So, I went to see The Hobbit

We finally got around to seeing The Hobbit this weekend, in 3D. I can’t say the 3D was worth it but a few scenes were cool. Overall, it was good but I think stretching it to three movies is, well, a stretch. What I remember is that hour and a half cartoon from childhood that managed to get everything important in there which made me wonder why Peter Jackson can’t make one two and a half hour movie that gets all the major story arcs in there with some cool effects. Many great sites have reviewed the movie so if you’re interested, google. My reason for relaying this information is entirely unrelated to the actual movie.

If you saw the movie, you probably saw the preview for The Wizard of Oz. I’m not a huge fan, mostly because of the singing. I’m not sure if there’s going to be singing in the new one but the flying monkeys are still there. I don’t get flying monkeys. Just don’t. Anyway, this happened after the preview.

Me to husband: “I don’t get flying monkeys.”

Husband: “Well, I don’t get blue police boxes.”

*sigh* He’s never going to get Doctor Who.

Now, a weekly reading round up of sorts — I finished Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide which was very interesting in the way it was told. I’ll have more on it soon as I plan to write a review today. Yes, today. The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon was also good. I’ll have a review of that soon also because I plan to write a review of that tonight too. I’m planning to be busy later.

I bought three books the other morning: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers, The Last Page by Anthony Huso, and Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht. I read a sample of The Last Page and I can’t wait to read more but first, The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I started this shortly before heading out of town for the holidays and will pick it back up today. A few pages in and it’s as good as The Name of the Wind.

My question for you today, and getting back to the first topic of this post, did you see The Hobbit? In 3D? What did you think?

2012 Challenges

When I join challenges, I try to keep it to a minimum — for me that means about three and no more. I like to be able to keep up with and actually finish the challenges and three seems to be my limit. Unfortunately, there are some great 2012 challenges out there and narrowing this list down was crazy hard.

By the way, I know how to count; yes, there are five challenges listed below but two are personal challenges and ways for me to keep track of my reading habits and I’m not really counting them as actual challenges since I’m not joining anything to complete them. I’m only counting for my own reasons.

Gender in Fantasy and SciFi Challenge hosted by Cynical Bookworm

Runs January 1 – December 31, 2012

You can read the rules here.

What I’ll be reading for this challenge:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (re-read)

Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin

The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly (re-read)

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Back to the Classics Challenge 2012 hosted by Sarah Reads Too Much

Runs January 1 – December 31, 2012

You can read the rules here.

What I’ll be reading for this challenge:

Any 19th Century Classic — Madame Bovary by Gutave Flaubert

Any 20th Century Classic — This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reread a classic of your choice — To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A Classic Play — The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Classic Mystery/Horror/Crime Fiction — Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

Classic Romance — Emma by Jane Austen

Read a Classic that has been translated from its original language to your language — Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

Classic Award Winner —- Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Read a Classic set in a Country that you (realistically speaking) will not visit during your lifetime — Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Additions to the above that may or may not get read for this challenge:

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

The Lady in White by Wilkie Collins

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Tea & Books Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Garden

Runs January 1 – December 31, 2012

You can read the rules here. I’m in for the Berry Tea Devotee level, four books but I have a feeling this might actually be more. I heart big fat books.

What I’ll be reading for this challenge:

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin

A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

#4 is pending but will appear


Personal Re-Reading Challenge

This is my own. I’m going with the general timeframe – January 1 – December 31, 2012 and the list will change and probably grow (hopefully) before the end of the year. Also, feel free to join if you want. I’m not really putting any rules on this one. And yes, some of these books appear in the challenges above as well. It’s my personal challenge and I’m all right with that.

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell


Ebooks Read in 2012

I know there is a challenge out there for this but I’m doing my own thing. What I’m going to do is keep track of what I read on my Nook so I can compare how much I read on my Nook vs. regular books. That sounds so weird, regular books.

Joining any challenges this year?