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Jun 18, 2012 03:47PM

60742 Home is someplace different depending how I'm feeling. Sometimes it's dependent on the people I'm with, but I can be on vacation with all my extended family, and when I drive back into western PA, where I recognize the landscape and climate, and am hearing familiar radio stations come back in... it definitely feels like coming home. Sometimes when I'm at my house, going home is going to my parents'. When I'm there, going home is back to my house. Just so long as I feel comfortable, maybe that's home.

I wish I could meet my Internet friends in real life. Also, as Bettina said, the Internet is how I keep touch with the people I HAVE known in person, too. But I've met a lot of really kindred spirits online, and it would be so cool to hang out with them in real life. It's so much easier for me to make friends through the written word, because I tend not to talk out loud easily. And you don't have to get through all that boring small talk online-- you jump right into the stuff you're actually interested in! Sometimes when I'm with real-life mommy groups, La Leche League meetings and such, I've been tempted to just say "You know I have a blog? You should read my blog. Then I bet we can actually have an interesting conversation." Gah.
Jun 11, 2012 03:28PM

60742 I don't know, I was a bit of a hypocrite about fitting in for a long time. I very stubbornly asserted that it's best to be yourself and not follow the crowd, but it was a long time before I truly stopped worrying that if I didn't have jelly shoes or charm necklaces or the right toys (NOT knockoffs) then I would be Scorned. But I was scorned anyway. I think around age 12 I became so fascinated with my own interests that I really did stop caring what anyone else's interests were or weren't, but I was so shy that it's not like my different-drum marching really SHOWED much (of ANYTHING) either. It wasn't until college that I really OWNED my geekiness, though my close friends were aware of the more complex me than "that quiet girl with the long hair who writes all the time and used to cry at everything" back when, too...

I certainly didn't have any stick-out embarrassing moments. I was perpetually embarrassed even if nothing embarrassing was happening.

I heard a marriage proposal almost going wrong story recently (though not as wrong as Victor's), but I forget it now.
Jun 05, 2012 07:21AM

60742 A friend pointed the blog out to me earlier this year, ironically more for the depression/anxiety support than for the humor. But the humor is unbelievable. I can't read anything by her without laughing out loud at least once. Even her serious posts.

This was the first-- and so far only-- strictly "fun" book I bought for my Nook, and immediately regretted not buying a hard copy, because hard copies are much easier to share, and I keep wanting to push passages on my husband.

I read a review of it the other day that referred to how she used to go swimming in the pig-washing cistern as one of the unbelievable events of her childhood. Which made me laugh, because JUST LAST WEEK my kids totally went swimming-- well, wading-- in a farm cistern. Though that one was used mostly for cows to drink from. I appreciated the backwoodsy nature of the childhood stories, because although MY parents had come from the city so my particular homelife wasn't that, er, redneck, our town and general area was, and I don't see a lot of that culture portrayed in books and media. Well, accurately. BTW, my high school had a renowned ag/hort department, too. I never took any cow-impregnating classes there, though.
Apr 16, 2012 03:42PM

60742 Braxton Hicks stood out for me particularly when I first read the books, because I was a new mom then-- I couldn't decide if it was funny or distracting! I'm a big fan of puns, anyway, so this kind of humor usually works for me. It wouldn't have worked in a more serious book, but everything else is so ridiculous here that I think it's okay.
Apr 05, 2012 03:29PM

60742 I'm always writing letters to myself as a kid, and as a kid I would have loved the reassurance that would have come from a future me. But, right, I'd probably question my sanity, first, if it actually happened.

It's been awhile since I've read this, and I know the time-travel/meetings-with-future-selves gets even more complicated in later books-- I feel like jumping ahead and mentioning some of those bits, but I really must not!
Mar 26, 2012 04:42PM

60742 Wow, everything at once!

1. The culture is very male-centric, and you wonder if among 13 dwarves maybe they could have sprinkled in a few women, but not if the culture doesn't reflect that. I think it would bug me more if there seemed to be token females shoehorned in to a plot that doesn't really fit them in this culture.

2. Is it genetics or culture? Goblins seem to revel in being bloodthirsty, but their whole culture revolves around that. And elves have a culture more attuned to arts and such... though I will argue that the elves in the Hobbit are more enigmatic than the ones in LotR, more like they could go either or any way, like humans, rather than being strictly good.

3. Like someone else said, there's the self-confidence, but even more than that he's become more of a LEADER as the story goes on. It starts out he's kind of pulled along on everyone else's scheme, he's kind of hapless and helpless and everyone's just humoring him, but by the end he's making decisions, coming up with plans, figuring things out, telling everyone else what to do-- and they're LISTENING to him. I think he was intimidated by the dwarves at first, but by the end he's seen that they can be stupid or petty or weak or confused as well, and he's not afraid of anybody anymore. Well, within reason. He'd still rather be comfortable.

4. Not sure. One favorite moment that stands out for me is right when they're entering Mirkwood, because I was having a bad day when I was reading that and couldn't really concentrate, but STILL the description was grabbing me and making it come to life in spite of my not-being-quite-into-reading. I also was particularly fond of any of those moments, later on, when Bilbo WAS clearly taking charge of the group and showing just how far he'd come, character-development-wise.

I too will admit to skipping most of the songs. The pacing felt funny to me sometimes this time through, too. But to be perfectly honest my actual least favorite part was realizing exactly HOW much time Bilbo spends invisible, reading with the upcoming movie in mind: I have this weird problem with anything Martin Freeman is in, where I become REALLY ANTSY anytime he is off-camera, just waiting impatiently and irrationally for him to come back-- but I realize this is entirely a personal problem of mine and has no bearing on the actual book itself.

My weird story is that I'd completely forgotten the last three chapters. I'm not sure why-- maybe I hadn't actually finished my previous rereads? Maybe I stopped caring after the dragon was slain? I don't know, but somehow reading the last three chapters was like reading a COMPLETELY NEW BOOK. I had NO idea where they were going and what was going to happen!
Mar 21, 2012 04:00PM

60742 I'm not unusually arachnophobic, but the scene with the spiders probably creeped me out the most. There were so MANY of them and they moved so FAST and their webs were so POWERFUL!

But as for what I'd face? Really? I have to face one? Well, I'd SAY I'd want to face Smaug, but "face" in this case really means "hide in a corner and just watch. WOW. A DRAGON!" And then I'd try to sweet-talk my way out of a confrontation. Probably wouldn't work. But I WOULD HAVE SEEN A DRAGON, so that's okay.
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Mar 06, 2012 12:36PM

60742 For most of my life, a definite "NO." But lately I've been having a Need To Do Something Drastic And Different type issue, and... I really think I might. But like others have said, now I CAN'T. I CAN'T just pick up and leave for adventure-- I've got kids and other responsibilities!

But Bilbo's living pretty much a life of leisure, with no immediate family or really any obligations that we know about. And he's middle-aged for a hobbit. In short, MID-LIFE CRISIS. I think he might have been LESS likely to follow his Tookish instincts if Gandalf had come a few years earlier, but now he's primed for a change.

And I kind of feel that way right now. But I'm not an independently-wealthy bachelor.
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Mar 02, 2012 07:03PM

60742 Just realized I didn't comment over here yet.

I think the issue is not so much about "scary" as much as "will your kid really appreciate this yet, or might they more in a couple more years, and you could be taking the time to read them something a little less complex but still wonderful now?" My son will be 5 in April, and no way I can see him getting into this yet. I was thinking 7 or 8. It's going to happen someday (he's named after a hobbit for crying out loud-- though we probably won't do THAT book aloud until he's, like 10), but for now we've got a lot of other books to get through. There's no hurry. He's not coming to the movie with us this December. Meanwhile there are so many excellent books that a preschooler will be able to follow much more easily. Someone above mentioned My Father's Dragon-- EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT choice for introducting your preschooler to fantasy. That was actually my son's first chapter book read-aloud-- he loved it. It's just the right amount of danger and full of clever problem-solving, and your hero is a child, as opposed to a middle-aged (although very short) man.

I'm not disparaging the idea of reading The Hobbit to your kids-- actually I think it's BEST as a family read-aloud. Just more for kids who have had some more experience with a ) long books and b ) fantasy tropes than kids who are only just starting to get into these things.
Feb 20, 2012 07:09PM

60742 Okay, I'll bite. I read it for the first time when I was 13 and have read it several times since, though not for several years and not enough to be able to tell the dwarves apart. Stupid dwarves. I'm still bitter about the dwarves because a couple years ago I was playing around at work taking Accelerated Reader tests and I completely bombed the quiz on this book BECAUSE I COULDN'T KEEP ALL THE STUPID DWARVES STRAIGHT. Mind you, I took this quiz as an adult and it didn't count for anything, but I'M STILL BITTER ABOUT IT. But I love the book, and am looking forward to the movie something frightful on account of a) the LOTR movies are my favorite book adaptation ever and b) I have the world's hugest crush on Martin Freeman; and I think I can forgive it for being full of Stupid Dwarves, and MAYBE, if I read the book again, I'll be one step closer to MAYBE being able to tell them a LITTLE more apart. Anyway, what with all this movie stuff running through my head ridiculously often, I've been looking over at that book feeling tempted to pick it up again for the past year, so maybe this is my excuse.

Side note: my son's named after a hobbit. Just not one who's been born yet in this book.

Okay, I'll stop talking now.

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