I can’t say it has been a great reading year thus far. Sadly, I haven’t read that much. I have only finished 31 books so far this year. And, while few of those books have been bad or average, even fewer have been great. Two of those were rereads. Rereads that should come as no surprise if you have been following my Tolkien 101 series. Given that I’ve read just three 5-star and two 4.5-star books this year, I am doing a Top 5 post instead of a Top 10 post.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (review)
I didn’t just reread The Hobbit, I reread it twice, including once out loud to no-angel (in and out of the womb). And I have basically reread it again, if you count The History of the Hobbit. Haters begone! The Hobbit remains one of my very favorite books of all time, even better than…
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (review – part 1, part 2)
Which isn’t to say that The Lord of the Rings is bad. The first half of The Fellowship of the Ring is very slow, but it absolutely holds up as a towering work of English literature. It is so Superversive it hurts. After all these years, it still has the power to regularly move me to tears.
Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg (buy it)
I am also rereading this one for a second time this year. I read it once before no-angel was born, and now I’m reading it in stages as she grows. This book it awesome. It is relatively slim, it’s hilarious and filled with fun illustrations, and it is absolutely chock full of ingenious little “life hacks” for baby wrangling.
Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone (review)
Boone’s tale of the spider apocalypse is one of my favorite series from the past several years. Zero Day is book three and brings the trilogy to a scary, squishy close. You can find my review of the first book here.
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski (buy it)
My final book is another Tolkien book. Only this one is about Tolkien, not by Tolkien. It is also about the other Inklings, but especially about C.S. Lewis. This is one of the better nonfiction books about Tolkien I’ve read and an excellent place to start if you are a Tolkien fan and you want to learn about the other Inklings. I will have a review up on Thursday.