1. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

    There have been so many books that I have loved over the years that it is difficult for me to remember a first one. I do recall I was fairly young when I first got my boxed set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings one Christmas. I sat down and read the whole set straight through, from morning until night, from Christmas to New Year’s. No television, no radio, just reading — no doubt with a few breaks for meals and showers. I still have those books, moved many times and much worn.

    I am rereading The Hobbit after seeing the second Hobbit movie recently. I still like the book better.
    – Jerry A.

    More stories of bookish love, this way.

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  2. fangirly-squeal:

    Fully stocked with AWESOMENESS! And yes, we have 1 Bofur hat (I got the other one). My job really does rule. @Powell’s Books, Beaverton, Oregon.

    It’s true: we really are fully stocked with AWESOMENESS.

    (Source: bofursunboundbraids)


  3. “A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”

    ― J.R.R. Tolkien

  4. Happy 121st birthday to J.R.R. Tolkien!

    The Smithsonian has a few ideas on how to fete the famed author with a Hobbit-themed celebration.

  5. hmhbooks:


    J.R.R Tolkien Fan Builds a Hobbit Hole with 2,600 Balloons: In celebrating the upcoming release of The Hobbit, Utah-based Balloon artist Jeremy Telford turned his family living room into an authentic hobbit hole using 2,600 hand-pumped balloons over three days in about 40 hours of work. If you’re curious about the process, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video!

    Well, what have YOU done today?