The Hobbit

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The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

Yes… Many of you might shun me for just now reading The Hobbit… In fact, I have never read any of The Lord of the Rings or seen any of the movies. If I have seen the movies I have only seen bits and don’t remember anything. Now that we are over that atrocity let’s get to the book review.

The Hobbit was actually really good. I look forward to reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The book was a quick read and not difficult to get through. The book was close to 300 pages. I read the book over a few days but could easily have sat down and read the whole book in a weekend.

JRR Tolkien is not one to shy away from descriptions of scenery, characters, or emotions. There can be several pages dedicated to a description. There are some instances where this seems to drag on but in other instances it is helpful to the progression of the plot. Also, get ready for several songs written into the book. You have to get go at singing a song you don’t know the tune too. They are short and usually explained in the next paragraph.

The ending is more abrupt than I had hoped. The majority of the book is leading to this apex moment and then the apex moment happens in a few pages and things are back to normal and the book is done. I was a bit disappointed in the ending and wished for more descriptiveness in that moment (surprising to want more description from JRR Tolkien I know).

However, I do completely recommend this book. It is a good read (for those of us who are still behind the times). It kept my interest and I wanted to know what happened next. Look for my Lord of the Rings trilogy reviews next!

PS. Yes the book in the photo is well used. That is because it is my coworker’s copy.

– The Katie Clark

Day 35

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Dubuque, Iowa

Today is day 35 and things are going good! Tonight I will be testing soy. I have no reservations with testing soy. I haven’t had issues with it in the past. I see no reason for me to start having issues now.

PS. Doesn’t that watermelon just look amazing!!! Summer fruit… YUM!

– The Katie Clark

The Short Term Home

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Dubuque, Iowa

A few years ago (immediately after I graduated college) my husband (then fiance) lived in Dubuque, Iowa. We were there for about 1 year. We had tons of fun exploring and touring Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. We enjoyed our 1 year “vacation”/relocation and have many fond memories of Iowa. We are glad to be home in Colorado though!

– The Katie Clark