This week, fans of J. R. R Tolkien celebrated world hobbit day on the 22nd September. Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two characters in Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
I thought there was no better time to write up my thoughts on one of my favourite recent reads; The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring.
I read this book about a month ago and was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I have been told by several people that the book was boring and difficult to read but my personal experience of it was completely different.
I immediately felt the sense of adventure at the beginning of the story. These hobbits go from the frying pan into the fire and then back into the frying pan again, there is never a dull moment.
Mr Tolkien includes humour in a way that allowed me to relax whilst waiting for something that is fantastically EPIC in its nature to unfold before my eyes – this was brilliantly done. I was smiling for half the time and please don’t think I didn’t laugh out loud a few times because I did.
The writing was easy to read. I knew that something great was in the works and Tolkien set up his characters and their universe like only a genius could. His characters are vivid and individual and I found myself thinking “oh shut up Sam!” or “for crying out loud Frodo!”
I enjoyed reading it so much that I cannot remember if there was anything negative to say about the book.
I gave it 5 stars on good reads because it deserves that and much more. If anyone is thinking about picking this story up, I would tell them to do it!
I hope they enjoy it as much as I did. Can’t wait to read the second book!
I just finished reading Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books. Written by Tony Reinke.
I mentioned in my introduction that I am a Christian and after reading this book, I think it’s perfect for my very first book review.
So let’s talk about why I picked up this book in the first place and what I hoped to gain from reading it. I am a passionate Christian and lately I have been thinking of how I can honour God more in the things that I enjoy doing; that is why I picked up Lit! I wanted some information on what God thinks about the types of books I read. As a book lover, of course I went and found a book on the topic. I came to this book expecting it to describe a list of books/genres that Christians should and shouldn’t read.
That is not what I got. In this book, I found a wonderful well thought out argument on the meaning and importance of reading as a person. The pleasure of reading was never denied and I think Tony did a great job of explaining the importance of Christians enjoying books, not just Christian books but all kinds of non-faith based books.
Another thing I liked about it is the emphasis on scripture. Tony did not shy away from saying: Yo! You need to read your bible – don’t ignore scripture in pursuit of pleasure. This was so key to me. In a world where there are so many pleasurable distractions, the value of God’s word can easily be forgotten. Lit! constantly reminded me of that importance and I love it for that. The first part deals about the “theology” of reading. The second on “How to read”.
I personally enjoyed the author’s voice in this book. His writing was easy to read and not at all tedious. His inclusion of references from other authors was frequent but not out of place. The quotes used illustrated his points brilliantly. I mean if someone else has already said it brilliantly why struggle to paraphrase?
Did the book meet my expectations? No. It didn’t tell me what to read and what not to read. It did however refresh my mind and make me think about why I love reading. Pointing to scripture as the light by which all other books are to be read was a good lesson to learn. The book also contains chapters on how to get other people into reading and different ways that books can be read. A “how to read books section” so to speak.
Like I said, if you are looking for a list of do’s and don’ts then this is not the book for you. This book motivated and challenged me to think about reading in a way that I never have before and I love it for that reason alone.
I will be reading this book again. I am certain of it.
I gave it 4 stars on goodreads.