The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

I was instantly drawn to this book, as soon as i read the first sentence I knew I was going to enjoy it. It has a sort of charm to it, being that it's a fairy tale for kids. I wanted to see the movie but I had to read the book first, so I finished it in one day and went to see the movie. I would say this is one of the few books that I read and saw a movie on that didn't ruin either one. I would say I liked the movie just as much as I did the book. Although I didn't know that they were making more than one movie out of such a short book.
The story is told from the point of view of the Hobbit, but I guess you can say the narrator talks more about him than as him. So for those of you that don't know the story of the Hobbit, it's about well a Hobbit, his name is Bilbo Baggins, he lives in a hole, and is deadly afraid of adventures or any type of journey, as all Hobbits are. He prefers his alone time and enjoys good food and all the comforts of living in a cozy hobbit hole. Yet he gets a surprise when Gandalf shows up with some friends and tricks him into hosting a party, and Bilbo being Bilbo gets interested and agrees to an adventure. And that is the end of Bilbos quiet life, he gets to go on a journey that will change his and everyones’ lives.

Of course being a children's tale we have the princes, kings, fairies, trolls, and of course dragons. It's beautifully written, simple enough for kids yet it also satisfies an adult. And It's a quick read too, I read the whole thing in a few hours. It just pulls you in and you have to finish it.

I would highly recommend this book, especially to read to kids as a bedtime story.

The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs - REVIEW

This book is funny and inspiring, I loved it.

A.J. Jacobs does a great job of not only following the Bible and other religious books but also his view on the world adds a nice perspective.

He is a secular Jew and decided to follow the Bible as literally as possible for 12 months. Both the old and the New Testament. It's amazing how far he gets into it, but he does admit that it's not easy, mostly because people don't act like that anymore and society has changed. So talking a certain way and the way he looks doesn't necessarily please everyone.

Nonetheless, he does a great job, plus the humor helps too. I was laughing as well as rethinking my own religious views, even though I'm Catholic and he mostly focused of Judaism.

I definitely enjoyed this book, even recommended it to some people, one of which is my mom, a huge Catholic believer. Hope she will enjoy it too.