It seems that 2012 is an auspicious time to be starting a blog about fantasy books – not only is it the Australian National Year of Reading, but it is also the lunar year of the Dragon!
National Year of Reading
2012 is the National Year of Reading in Australia, focusing on teaching children to read and love reading, and also to allow keen readers to find new inspiration. Events are planned all over the country in libraries, bookshops and schools, so if you’re in Australia make sure you check out the Love2Read website at http://www.love2read.org.au to see what’s on near you and how you can get involved.
Year of the Dragon
What better way to celebrate the year of the Dragon than by reading a stack of Dragon-related stories? My Year of the Dragon challenge is this: read five books related to Dragons in some way then come back and let me know what you read! Take a button for your site if you wish as well.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Any of the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey (Amazon.com • Book Depository)
- Even though the first Pern book, Dragonflight, was first published way back in 1969, they remain fantastic stories. The world and characters will stay with you long after reading them!
- The Inheritance series, Christopher Paolini (Amazon.com • Book Depository)
- Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance – Eragon and Saphira’s story is an epic one, and I’ve only read the first two so far. Definitely on my list.
- How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell (Amazon.com • Book Depository)
- There are seven books for young readers about Hiccup and the dragons of Berk. The dragons of the books are quite different from those in the movie – they’re worth a read to get the real story, even if I do like the movie-version Toothless better.
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larsson (Amazon.com • Book Depository)
- Not a fantasy title but a thriller. I have heard mixed reviews and have yet to read it myself, but would like to this year.
- The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (Amazon.com • Book Depository)
- The classic tale of thirteen Dwarves and one Hobbit’s epic adventure to relieve a dragon of his treasure is timeless and should be re-read on a regular basis. Read it to your little ones before the movie is released in December.
Do you have any other recommendations of Dragon books to read?