I consider myself blessed to have been surrounded by books from my earliest years. An exposure to the writings of great minds was deemed an essential foundation for a good education within my family. While decent learning might have been the product, an indescribable love for the books themselves was the by-product. Often I have been asked as to what could be regarded my personal favorites. So I have decided to share my top ten books read in 2013 in this essay.
My first and all-time preferred book is the Bible. A canonical collection of texts considered sacred to both Christians and Jews, it is the most widely distributed and best-selling book. It is believed that the Bible was authored ...view middle of the document...
It is the second best-selling novel ever written, with over 150 million copies sold. The title of the book refers to the story’s main antagonist, the Dark Lord Sauron, who had in an earlier age created the One Ring to rule over the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule over all of Middle-Earth. The story follows the course of the War of the Ring through the eyes of its characters and is divided into three parts: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Two Towers, and The Return of The King. One of my favorite quotes from this book is, ‘It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish,’
The fourth on my list is J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, a fantasy novel which is recognized as a classic in children’s literature. The story follows the quest of the home-loving hobbit, Bilbo Baggins to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug, with emphasis on the themes of personal growth and heroism. A quote from the book that stresses the need for planning goes, ‘It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.’
The fifth would be the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. TIME magazine has included this novel in its ‘All-TIME 100 Novels’. The story describes the adventures of the Pevensie siblings in the magical land of Narnia; their encounter with the true lord of Narnia, Aslan; and their personal growth as a result. When describing the sadness of the sisters at the death of Aslan, Lewis writes, ‘I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been – if you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing was ever going to happen again.’
The sixth on this list is the Pulitzer Prize winning classic, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The story deals with the themes of racial injustice, loss of innocence, courage and compassion. Lee successfully combines the narrator’s voice of a child observing her surroundings with a grown woman’s reflecting on her childhood thus making for intricate play of perspective. The narrator’s father, Atticus Finch has been regarded as a moral hero and a model of integrity by many readers. Author Mary McDonough Murphy calls this book ‘an astonishing phenomenon’.
The seventh is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the endearing children’s classic written by English...