Goodreads Synopsis – 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 to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

My Thoughts – I’ve known about this book for years, alongside the Lord of the Rings, but I’ve never had the opportunity or the want to pick either up. As part of my reading for my masters they suggested reading the Hobbit so I thought I would give it a try.

Not going to lie, I found the book challenging to read. Some of the chapters were too long and I lost focus whilst reading them. About half way through some chapters, I felt like I needed a break and that they went on a little too long.

I didn’t develop any empathy or connection with the characters in the book. I think that this may be because it was a male dominated book, with no female characters even mentioned in the book. However, connecting with male characters has not been an issue in previous books. I also wasn’t rooting for the characters.

I think the general idea for the book was good, the plot was solid and has potential. But personally, this book just didn’t work for me, but I know many others love this book and others by Tolkein.