The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

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Special collector's film tie-in hardback of the best-selling classic, featuring the complete story with a sumptuous cover design inspired by THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and brand new reproductions of all the drawings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely…

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40 authors picked The Hobbit as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I know I made a big jump from a modern sci-fi series to classic fantasy, but when I was a skinny, anemic 10-year-old kid, Bilbo Baggins, a hero who was three feet tall and liked good food, was the first time I genuinely identified with a fantasy hero. 

Heroes are always these big, strong, aggressive men. I love Marvel movies, so I think of Steve Rogers, Captain America. Bilbo Baggins broke that mold so far it shattered in a million pieces. Some people forget that even Captain America started out as a small guy with poor hearing and some major…

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Hobbit especially after visiting Hobbiton and Rivendell while traveling in New Zealand. I’ve seen the movie but hadn’t read Tolkien’s prose so I decided to rectify my oversight and started reading The Hobbit. I’m so glad I did!

There is more to the story than what is seen in the movie and having the background, the mythology, the motivations more clearly defined helped make the story even better. Definitely worth a read if you haven’t already!

When I was young, I had a terrible problem. I hated reading. Apparently, I needed glasses but never knew it. I would lay my head down on books (the only way I could get my eyes to move to the next line) and eventually get in trouble for laying down. It became a punishment and a chore. That is, until a copy of The Hobbit was placed in my hand.

I blazed through the magical adventure of the unknowing Bilbo Baggins and his zany companions. I couldn’t put it down. And for the first time ever, my brain and heart…

The Warlock's Curse

By C.B. Oresky,

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C.B. Oresky Author Of The Warlock's Curse

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Who am I?

Since childhood, the library was a wondrous place filled with magical tales and epic stories about strange realms that I could take home…devour…and get lost in. I grew up dancing to enchanting classical music…as an adolescent I painted majestic unicorns…my best friends are my enchanting pets. I often retreat into the deep silent woods or walk along the crashing waves of the ocean to find solace in the magical beauty of nature. Now, as a writer I hope to bring the wonder I’ve found in this world into the strange places and unique characters I create. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite fantasies: worlds that I truly fell in love with.

C.B.'s book list on fantasy filled with so much magic and wonder

What is my book about?

Clara and Angelica Grace have never met ghosts. They’ve never sailed on a tall ship, ridden wild unicorns, or fought with magical weapons. Instead, the teenage twins have a wretched existence, ignored by their troubled parents in a rundown home and tormented by the town’s snobs.

Everything turns topsy-turvy all of a sudden when the discovery of an ancestor’s hidden journal with an odd key to an unknown door leads them into an entirely different realm.

The girls go on a thrilling oceanic voyage to search for mysterious whales, train with a seasoned warrior, and are befriended by a wise Master. But all is not a bouquet of lovely lilies…they are hunted by a cunning warlock and must rid themselves of The Warlock’s Curse.

The Warlock's Curse

By C.B. Oresky,

What is this book about?

Clara and Angelica Grace have never met ghosts. They’ve never sailed on a tall ship, ridden wild unicorns, or fought with magical weapons. Instead, the teenage twins have a wretched existence, ignored by their troubled parents in a rundown home and tormented by the town’s snobs.

Everything turns topsy-turvy all of a sudden when discovery of an ancestor’s hidden journal with an odd key to an unknown door leads them into an entirely different realm.

The girls go on a thrilling oceanic voyage to search for mysterious whales, train with a seasoned warrior, and are befriended by a wise Master.…


I love the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy but I think to start an adventure you need to begin at the beginning!

The Hobbit has such charm and what are now classic quotes that I like to re-read this every year. Bilbo is relatable as a fellow who likes his home and routine, but decides that he can rise to the challenge and leave safety to help the group of dwarves. 

Even once you’ve found your voice, using it is still a slog. You must ever adapt to new circumstances, people may not understand what you’re doing, and it can be humiliating to make a mistake. The Hobbit helps me visualize why the effort is still worth it.

Using your voice parallels this heroic adventure. Like its protagonist, you’re embarking on a journey to discover gold (although again, yours is figurative). It’s a trail fraught with peril and uncertainty, but if you’re successful, you’ll enrich both your community and yourself.

“There are no safe paths in this part of the world.…

From Barron's list on finding your voice.

Talk about an epic adventure, much of it on foot through mountains and forests! And the destination was the Lonely Mountain, similar to several stand-alone peaks in the Adirondack Park.

The Shire, where Bilbo Baggins lives, reminds me of the peaceful fertile countryside between the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain to the east and the St. Lawrence River to the North. The dense, primeval Fangorn Forest and other Elvin woodlands are similar to the endless acres of untouched forest in the Adirondacks.

And the alpine summits atop the High Peaks can be as welcoming or as wild as the mountains in…

What’s not to love about The Hobbit, a classic quest that demands more from its hero than they think they can undertake?  

But perhaps what I love most about Bilbo Baggins is his consistent desire to be done with danger, yet his courage to face it anyway. In doing so, he discovers his true strength and displays an admirable and inspiring humility. The world doesn’t need to know every sacrifice you make for others, it’s enough that you’re making a difference.  

The main characters I write often share many of Bilbo’s values and traits, being the hero that their worlds…

I love this book because it is an adventure in finding oneself and who values you.

Bilbo Baggins is unique among the hobbits. He doesn’t fit the pattern, but in joining an adventure he feared less than not joining, he came to find a family built on common goals, adventurous spirits, and the acceptance of difference.

How wonderful it is to find one’s kindred spirits where you least expect them and most need them.

I’ve loved fantasy from the time I was a little girl and my dad made up bedtime stories.

His were the best, of course! I must admit, though, I wasn’t introduced to Tolkien until my late 20s! A co-worker was so engrossed in the book while reading it on her lunch hour, she loaned it to me when she finished. I was hooked!

Tolkien was a master when it came to description, and unlike other verbose authors, I never tired of reading about the hobbits, dwarves, elves, or the evil beings that threatened Middle-Earth.

No list on any topic related to fantasy could be complete without the author that influenced everyone and everything that came after.

A gardener, seemingly content with his simple life of farming, eating, and smoking, goes on an adventure to reclaim the treasure of a group of homeless dwarves from a marauding dragon. This book and its sequels, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has never failed to make me cry, and I’ve read them a hundred times. 

Every author strives to affect his or her readers the way Tolkien impacted his.

From Kevin's list on SF&F for spring.

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