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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Review

Writing a review has never made me nervous, until now. I don’t feel qualified to review such a beloved classic. But here I am, ya know, doing it anyhow. So here we go.

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” The owner of the hobbit hole is Bilbo Baggins and he doesn’t know it yet but he is in for an adventure. When Gandalf shows up at his door his life will never be the same.

I started reading The Hobbit in February and I put it down. I was having a weird aversion to fantasy at the time.

I also had a bit of a hard time getting into Tolkien’s writing style. It was definitely an adjustment.

My husband bought the movie set and I finally sat down to watch it. After I finished the movie I wanted to give the book another shot. I enjoyed it more the second time. I love the adventures they encountered. I even became attached to the dwarves. In the beginning I found Bilbo slightly annoying, but I loved his character development. I still had some issues with Tolkien’s writing style. At times I didn’t feel as connected to the book as I would have liked to. In the end, I really enjoyed it. I am not sure if I will pickup The Lord of the Rings. I am still debating it, but I wouldn’t mind being back in Middle-earth.

My Rating: 4/5

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Whammy by Ted Akin Review

Whammy was an interesting adventure. It was part mystery, part comic book. It was a lot of fun.

In Lily Grove, Texas two things keep the town moving, farming and the oil field. When an accidental death happens, Klive Anderson tries to find out why it happened. Stacey Karlise owns a coffee shop by day as a front for her other, less legal, business. She has lived in Lily Grove her whole life and small town life is wearing her down. But something is about to shake up her small town.

The story starts out by alternating between real life and the comic inspired book that Klive is writing. Klive started writing it to help relieve the pressures of his job at the oil field. When a death occurs that seems a bit suspicious, Klive’s book begins to turn into a mystery.

While Klive is researching a real life mystery, Stacey begins to read Klive’s journal. She starts giving him feedback and encouragement. When Stacey begins to get involved with the real life mystery it triggers the events that happen in the next part of the book. That’s really all I can tell you without spoiling the rest.

This book is a lot of fun. It is a quick read that I flew through. Klive is a likable character, but Stacey was hilarious. I loved her.

About halfway through the book there is a major shift in the events. Stacey becomes the main character. My only complaint is that there is no closure at the end. When Stacey becomes the main focus that is the last we hear of Klive. I wish he was included in the end to make it all come together. It made it feel a bit disjointed.

My Rating: 4/5

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Questions of Perspective by Daniel Maunz Review

I didn’t know I needed this book. It is so different from what I usually read. Peaches the cat was probably my favorite part of this whole story. I have a soft spot in my heart for little gray cats.

April 19, 2011, was the most important day in the world and only Dave Randall knows why. His friend John Manta disappears without a word. Without his friend there to distract him, Dave throws himself into his unfulfilling law career. Once Dave really understands what happened to his friend he set off with Peaches the cat to find more meaning to life. Soon Dave discovers that his journey to learn more about his existence will change more than his own life.

I wasn’t sure that reading about a man going through an existential crisis would be a good idea right now. Surprisingly, it brought peace to my heart. When Dave was working at the law firm I could feel the boredom and discontent that he was experiencing.

When Dave left the law firm I was so excited. Then he moved to a little cottage in upstate New York, where he hiked daily with Peaches. His life became more centered during his time in the woods. He started to figure out part of his purpose in life. It made me want to take my cat on a hike. Somehow though I believe that would bring more unnecessary stress to my life. My cat is not as mild mannered as Peaches.

I am not going to give anymore details because I want to keep this spoiler free. This book gives great life lessons that can be applied daily. The best lesson I came away with was at the end. The actions at the end of the book made me realize that people who are going through hard times need encouragement. It can literally change their life and the lives around them. Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone and reach out to people.

I think this is a book everyone should read. There are so many great lessons to take away from this. The authors writing and descriptions are great. I plan to read anything else that he writes.

My Rating: 5/5

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Mountain Climbing with Dinosaurs by Doug Goodman

I was given a chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. As soon as I saw the word dinosaur in the title I was hooked. I read Jurassic Park several years ago and really like it. I wanted to give another dinosaur book a try. Don’t compare this to Jurassic Park. The only similarity is the dinosaurs. I actually liked this better than Jurassic Park.

Twin brothers, Brady and Travis, are known world wide for their mountain climbing skills. Their world is shattered when they survive a mass shoot that took the lives of thirteen of their classmates. After that day, they set a goal to climb thirteen mountains to honor their friends. New Profanity Peak is next. It is their most dangerous climb. Not only is it a restricted area, it is a dinosaur preserve. This climb will change their lives forever.

I loved the motivation behind climbing the mountains. Adding the mass shooting in was an interesting twist to the story. To see the impact of that through the view of a teenager is horrifying. I knew going into this that it is a horror story, but I still got attached to the characters, against my better judgement.

This is a fast moving story that flashes from past to present. It fully develops the story within a short space of time. It helps to understand the characters motivations and mindsets during the climb. The dinosaurs are always in the background of the climb, but then they come in and attack full force. I think I would have liked to seen them included just a bit more.

My Review: 4/5

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