Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is
Top Ten Books I Read in 2014
1. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd: A unique narrative voice, a town full of magic and kindness, and diverse characters all make this middle-grade special.
2. I Am Otter by Sam Garton: Otter’s undefeatable spirit as well as her otter-logic lend this story a unique charm.
3. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare: Full of strong women from the dignified Hermione to the sharp-tongued Paulina. Only the women in this tale dare stand up to the mad king!
4. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: Books upon books have been written about Dante, trying to explain just what makes his work so beautiful and so special.
5. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: Full of rare beauty, a thing of wonder and of mingled joy and sorrow. We’ll probably never see its like again.
6. The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien: The epic history behind The Lord of the Rings, full of even more wonder and beauty. Some people find it complicated, but it is worth the effort!
7. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle: A beautiful but sad story.
8. Shakepeare’s Language by Frank Kermode: I don’t typically review Shakespeare criticism on the blog, but I read it for fun and enjoy it, usually where people can’t make fun of me.
9. Beowulf by J. R. R. Tolkien, ed. by Christopher Tolkien: A powerful prose translation of the now (thanks in part to Tolkien) famous poem.
10. Empire of Bones by N. D. Wilson: A powerful story about love and sacrifice, chock full of adventure and a large cast of amazing women and characters of color.