Memorable quotes from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a highly enjoyable read, and it also turned out to be an unlikely source of inspiration… Here are some memorable quotes from the famous novel:

“Go back?” he [Bilbo] thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

And, finally:

“When there’s life, there’s hope.”

Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

It has been weeks since I finished Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, but I can’t stop thinking about it.

The subject matter is challenging and daunting: written from the perspective of Julia, a pre-teen living in suburban California, Age of Miracles imagines that the rotation of the earth starts to slow.

Daylight stretches well into the night, darkness lasts well into the day. Clock time becomes a thing of the past as the earth spins slower and slower.

Age of Miracles is an intriguing read. It draws attention to just how fragile our existence really is. Continue reading