Own Your Own Hobbit House: Critical Linking, April 16, 2017

This post is sponsored by Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist.

The Lord of the Rings fans don’t have to travel all the way to New Zealand to experience the Shire, thanks to Steve Michaels. The Montana resident is the proprietor of the Hobbit House, a cozy abode modeled after the tiny creatures’ hillside dwellings. Once a private guest home, Travel + Leisure reports that the residence is now for sale, giving LOTR lovers the chance to live their Middle Earth fantasies in full.

Even as someone with no history with the books, this is a PRETTY AWESOME piece of real estate.


The parents say they were genuinely shocked that the seven books, which were written for teenagers aged 16 and 17, were on a featured display in the Teen Lounge section. The books were displayed near tables where the parents gathered for a weekly book club, in which many of the children were 11 years old.

The books include titles such as, “The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex,” a compilation of 17 female authors writing about losing their virginity in their teens; “Sex: An Uncensored Introduction”; and “The Little Black for Boys: Guys Talk About Sex.”

And, as a reminder, public libraries aren’t a substitute for parenting, so maybe it’s time for a lesson on not having your kids pick up books not for them. Or maybe move your book group. Or maybe most importantly, talk to your 11-year-olds about sex because they already know, parents.

Meanwhile, here’s a librarian doing a damn good job making sure those books get into the hands of teens.


This list is long, yet somehow it doesn’t even come close to being exhaustive. New York City is filled with so many great treasures for the literary-minded, that it’s impossible to list them all. (It’s a great problem to have; I know.) Below, read up on some of the absolute literary must-sees. Whether you’re here for just a visit or you’re in it for the long haul, you’ll find that New York City is overflowing a with unique bookstores, beautiful libraries, literary monuments, and old haunts of famous authors.

It’s good to be a book nerd in NYC. So go out, and paint the town read. (Sorry.)

Maybe a useful guide for those going to the city who’ve never been before (& those trying to expand their bookish footprints).


One of the interfering gentlemen was Dickens. Paul Edmondson, the head of research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, which now owns the house in Warwickshire and a string of other properties associated with the bard, has traced the story of the sale through the archives, and found that despite ardent fundraising in London and Stratford-upon-Avon they were far short of their target with the sale fast approaching. Dickens threw himself into the campaign, organising readings and benefit performances of Shakespeare works, and almost doubled the fund.

Huh. A fascinating story about the role Charles Dickens had in saving William Shakespeare’s home. From PT Barnum.

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