Thank you winter break for giving me time to read both of my books this month 🙂
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (new read)
Okay, this is, by no stretch of the imagination, a young adult book. It is absolutely a children’s book. In addition, I think a book that plenty of people have heard of, but I doubt many have read.
To be honest, you aren’t missing much. I’m glad I had plenty of time to plod through this narrative, which could be quite boring at times.
The book’s chapters don’t always seem to connect with one another, even though they contain the same characters: Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad. They act like people, but also retain traits of their animal selves, which is an interesting hybrid. The animal foursome has adventures, but some are of the “don’t try this at home variety.”
For example, Toad steals a car and when he is imprisoned for it, manages to escape by dressing like a woman and steals the same car again. What??!!
VERDICT: I don’t think this would appeal to any young adults that I know, and I really didn’t see the great appeal. Therefore, I would not include it on the list.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (new read)
I have a confession: I was scared to read this book. When I think of Tolkien, I think of hundreds of made up names and places that I can’t pronounce or keep track of. I purposely read it during my break though so that I could have all the time I needed. I am happy to say that it wasn’t as difficult as I thought!
I actually really enjoyed this story of Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit who accompanies a band of dwarves on their quest to reclaim treasure from the evil dragon Smaug. It chronicles their journey and all the challenges they face along the way. It even continues past the point where I thought it would end! Tolkien really has a way of pulling the reader into the story when it’s least expected.
If you enjoy fantasy, you will like this book. Not only is the story itself excellent, there are so many fantastical characters: hobbits, dwarves, dragons, goblins, trolls and even elves!
VERDICT: This was a perfect selection for the list. It’s a great book about self-discovery on top of everything else.
**If you’re worried like I was, you might want to try watching the first movie (it’s a trilogy) to see if you can follow it. I can’t wait to go back and watch the whole trilogy and see what they added!
*You can read Ashley’s review HERE*