I've read The Hobbit several times since I first read it when I was 8 and I still get lost in the story. There is a reason this book is a classic! I felt it was fitting to read it before I went and saw the movie that just came out. You can't help but love Bilbo and the dwarves after reading this. And Tolkien did a magnificent job in creating the world of Middle Earth. I would love to visit the Shire if it were a real place!