Monday, January 28, 2013

January Book Club: The Hobbit

For January’s Book Club, we finished reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Ben, Cam, Harry, and John were present. Arnav participated from NYC virtually. Here are our thoughts…

What kind of person is the main character? How do you know?

Ben: Bilbo Baggins was the product of two families. He inherited an adventurous side and a good side. He thought he was good but he ended up being adventurous.

Harry: He's a person who is split between two kinds of personalities: sensible and adventurous. His Baggins side is cautious but his Tookish side takes over during battle. He is very courageous and kind-hearted.

Who if your favorite character in the story? Why?:

Cam: My favorite character is Bilbo because he's kind of dorky and boring at the beginning. Once the adventure started, he got more fun to read because he got the ring and went on adventures.

If you could change a scene in the story, which one would it be? Why?:
Ben: I would change some of the parts where it talked about them being bored on the trail. It makes you bored.

Cam: I would change some of the parts with the party at Bilbo's house because some of it didn't make sense. The ending of the book was rushed.

Please rate this book from 1-5, with 5 being the best:

Cam: 4

John: 3.14

Harry: 5

Ben: 3

I think that this book was a 1000000 on a scale because who could do such a piece of writing so long ago. My favorite part was Gollum because the riddles were tricky and I liked how Gollum said "My precioussssssssssssssssssss." I pretty much liked everything because it was like an adventure in every chapter so it was like 19 books in one. All in 300 pages written in the 1950's. What a piece of work this book is!

We also solved many riddles (like the battle of wits between Bilbo and Gollum). In addition, we drew our own goblins, the bane of the first third of the book.

The next Book Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 6th from 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Please note the shortened time. The book we will be discussing is The Seer of Shadows by Avi. Copies may be picked up behind the Circulation Desk. 

party. In January, we will discuss the book in full. 

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