This is the first Tolkien book I've read. While certainly a great change from my usual reads, it was an enjoyable story. Since Hobbits, dwarves, wizards and dragons are not a familiar theme to me, I found it a little challenging to keep up with where each fit in the larger picture. Bilbo Baggins is an endearing character whom I often found myself identifying with as he proceeded on the adventure of his life. Quite an interesting tale that I'm glad I read.