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My Favorite Books of 2012

My Favorite 15 Books of 2012 (#10-#6)

NOTE: Check out favorite books #15-#11 and #5-#1. You might also enjoy my favorite books from 2011 and 2010.   “The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade.” — Anthony Trollope   This was a relatively slow reading year for me. After knocking out 87 books last … Continue reading

The Hobbit

Fr. Barron on “The Hobbit”

In his latest video, Fr. Barron unveils the Catholic symbolism within The Hobbit:   “I’m sure by now everyone knows that J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a Catholic—and a very devout Catholic. Catholic themes are pretty apparent in his literature and once you get that, you begin to see them everywhere. … Continue reading

On the Shoulders of Hobbits

Three Hobbit-Related Book Reviews

Bilbo’s Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning of The Hobbit by Joseph Pearce   Many regard Joseph Pearce as today’s premiere Catholic biographer. He’s profiled many literary icons like Shakespeare, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis. His book on J.R.R. Tolkien remains my favorite Tolkien biography. Thus I was excited to hear about Pearce’s new book on The Hobbit, published alongside its … Continue reading

What Books Would J.R.R. Tolkien Recommend to a Young Reader?

A couple months ago a young mother messaged¬†Joseph Pearce, the Inklings expert who wrote¬†my favorite biography on J.R.R. Tolkien. She was seeking book recommendations for her daughter who is a big Tolkien fan: “My young daughter (almost 12 years old) has a gift for writing and is enthusiastic about Tolkien. I very much want to encourage her in the right … Continue reading

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