No prizes for guessing what I’ve just read! Yep, it’s The Hobbit; an all time Tolkien classic. I’ve read it all in just under one month, which I am rather proud of. It’s the kind of story that is simply a chapter for each exciting event, one after the other. Well, here it is. Enjoy! (buy the book here)
A jolly band of dwarves and a wizard unexpectedly appear on Bilbo Baggins’ doorstep one evening and the next thing you know is that they’re all on a marvellous adventure to raid the great treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a very large and rather smug dragon. Meeting both friends and foes on the way it is a very bumpy journey yet they all reach the mountain in the end.* But there is still the dragon to rid, and it’s going to take a lot of real courage. Can they do it, or will they all be burned to a crisp?
This book started off really interesting, but nearer the end it started to bore me. My liking of Bilbo decreased quite quickly in the last few chapters too, so I also started to not enjoy the book anymore. But there is still the beginning, which is quite an adventurous tale. The epic battles (although there weren’t many), the wonderful friendship and the dwarves, and I never could’ve thought of a story like that. So the story still stands out, and is not the worst book I’ve ever read, which is good.
Moving on to the next set of books, which is going to be Classic Novels! After this post (which is about the story, A Little Princess) I will probably not write another for some time because I’m reading rather a long book (not giving even the slightest hint of what it is!!). This story is a very moving novel about a girl who had everything…. (buy the book here)
Sara Crewe and her father lived in India and they were incredibly rich, but they had to go to England where Sara was sent to a girl’s seminary. Here she was presented as a show pupil and got everything she wanted, like a princess.* Life was perfect for Sara, as always, except for the fact that she is not in her father’s presence. Then one horrible day the news is upon her that her father has died and has left her no money and she must work as a scullery maid in the attic of the school. She is told to do various jobs whenever the cook feels like bossing her around and has to go out in all weathers to shop for food. Life is miserable now for Sara, but she still keeps her kind and loving spirit and it doesn’t matter that she is treated horribly because it’s fine if she still believes that there is a true princess inside her.
What a beautiful novel this is and did you know that is was written in 1905?!! Wow, this book is nearly as old as me! Just kidding. Anyway, wouldn’t you love to be like Sara and have everything you wished for? She has a life every little girl would dream of and yet she doesn’t act the least bit spoiled. This I would find quite hard for I would like to boast a little bit about it. Sara is perfect. Not practically perfect, she’s just perfect. This is also a film and the film I don’t think is much different apart from the fact her father doesn’t really die, he just goes blind for a bit. But in the end they all live happily ever after, except for Miss Minchin, the cruel head of the girl’s seminary. She ends up working as a chimney sweep. Would you like to live as a chimney sweep? I don’t think so. Bye!!!