With the many fantasy books on the market these days, it is easy to forget where it all started. Reading Tolkien for me is like going home. The Hobbit was one of the first fantasy stories I read, so it may have an unfair advantage on my sensibilities. But I believe the characters, the action, the details of the world Tolkien created- all still hold up against the best that has been written in the field. For this and many other reasons, I include The Hobbit as one of my classics.