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Bite Size Memoir 11: Holiday Reads

This week’s Bite Size Memoir Prompt is: Holiday Reads
Do you read on holiday? If you do, what do you choose?

Reading isn’t high on my agenda while holidaying because I love soaking up the surroundings and just be. Light reading at a new destination is usually confined to information from the tourist centre or local newspapers.

If I do need to take ‘heavier’ reading material, I’d select Tolkien’s The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. I clearly remember my first read of The Hobbit.


I borrowed it from the Hamilton High School library. At home, gob-smacked from the opening lines, I followed mum around the house, while she cleaned, and read beloved paragraphs to her. Mum wasn’t impressed. I reread that magic opening paragraph over and over again. My love of the fantasy genre began with this book.

I’m really taken with Smaug, the talking dragon. Although I’ve heard dragons are now considered cliché, I can’t imagine myself writing fantasy without adding my own creations: just need a difference.

This statue symbolizes my committment to finishing my novel.

This statue symbolizes my commitment to finishing my novel.


[It’s a challenge all right, keeping to 150 words! Contributed to Lisa’s Bite Size Memoir by Christine, from Victoria, Australia]


17 thoughts on “Bite Size Memoir 11: Holiday Reads

    • I read it nearly every year. I have a version on vinyl record set and used to play it all the time when my kids were growing up… and often when they were at school too. 😀


  1. Aw thanks Christine. Lovely images of a little you, trailing after Mum reading. And a nice work around the topic when you prefer the total relaxation of just being in the moment.
    I loved the hobbit and was then disappointed finding Lord of the Rings hard going by comparison but I loved the depiction of Smaug in the recent film! Thanks for joining us this week, Lisa xx 🙂

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  3. Reading about you and the Hobbit brought back memories of it for me also. My brother found it first, a hard covered edition the same as you have pictured. I can understand your ongoing love of it but have to admit I can’t see how they made three films out of it.

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