Yes, it's time!!! I'm so excited for this! It's my only challenge this year (IsweartoGod) apart from the Graphic Novel one (which I keep forgetting I signed up for), and it's going to be so much fun! :D
Here's the kick-off post from the lovely Eva -
http://astripedarmchair.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/let-the-lord-of-the-rings-read-a-long-begin/#comment-15055 - and here are my answers to her questions:
When did you first hear of The Hobbit?
In primary school. One of my teachers talked about it :D
What made you decide to join the read-a-long?
I'm an insitgator :D
Have you read it before?
Yes. Many, many times
If so tell us about that experience.
Oh, gosh! When I was a kid, it was my favourite book to read if I was off sick from school. It always made me feel better. I used to borrow my brother's very battered copy, which had a page missing.
If you’re new to The Hobbit, do you have any preconceptions going into it? N/A
J.R.R. Tolkien pretty much founded the modern fantasy genre. So let’s take a moment to think about the genre as a whole; have you always loved fantasy? Or perhaps you still feel rather skeptical towards the whole idea of wizards and dwarfs and magic? What was your introduction to the genre?
The Hobbit and LOTR were my introduction to the genre, I think, although I loved Narnia and the Dark is Rising sequence as well; and I spent the bulk of my teens avidly reading anything I could get my hands on. I love fantasy still, but I've veered away from high fantasy, I think, and I love that the genre is so broad now. :)
Do you have a certain plan for reading it? A few pages a day, spacing it out over the month? Or are you just going to race through it? Let whimsy decide?
Let whimsy (and time!!!) decide.
The road goes ever on and on ... come and take the journey with us :D