December Reads: The Hobbit, Ender’s Game, NY Diaries

December Reads: The Hobbit, Ender’s Game, NY Diaries


Of course I had to re-read The Hobbit in order to accurately pick apart the movie. I enjoyed reading the book this second time just as much as the first. It is a children’s story, especially when compared to LoTR but it still has it’s complexities that makes it a substantial read.

This same sentiment goes for Ender’s Game which I had never read before though wish I had. Again, this is another children’s story in some of it’s conflicts but the writing is done so well that the story never feels overly simple or condescending.

Although Ender’s Game and The Hobbit are set in a world of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, both can be enjoyed even if that is not your predominant interest.

Ender’s Game
Author: Orson Scott Card
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Great writing about a boy who’s supposed to save the world and doesn’t want to

Author: E.L. Doctorow
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3/5
Summary: Strangely entertaining historical fiction & dry satire set in early 1900′s NY

The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Bilbo Baggins doesn’t like adventures, he just wants to go home and drink tea

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
Author: Michael Chabon
Genre: Mystery
Rating: 2/5
Summary: Boring mystery set in a different world for no particular reason

NY Diaries
Editor: Teresa Carpenter
Genre: History
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Excerpts about NYC from the diaries of famous & non-famous people between 1609-2009.


4 Replies to “December Reads: The Hobbit, Ender’s Game, NY Diaries”

  1. I am just re-reading The Hobbit after having seen the movie so I’m doing it opposite! (I almost didn’t see the movie due to the animals dying due to improper housing and AHA’s issues with the movie, though.) It’s nice to re-read it again – so nice I missed my subway stop this morning.

  2. Oh, I ADORE Ender’s Game! Didn’t want to potentially ruin it by reading any of the sequels.

    I vaguely remember attempting the Hobbit years ago and failing. Saw the movie this month, loved it.

    1. Although I have been recommended the Bean series, I doubt I will read any of the other books. I might read non-Ender books by the author though because I loved his writing style.

      I recommend giving The Hobbit another shot!

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