I know what you’re thinking, why is she talking about a book published in the 1950’s? The answer: Because it’s the greatest book ever written!!
Of course, that’s just my opinion and that of maybe a million or so other people.
This is my The Lord Of The Rings story. I remember back in the 70’s my brother read the books. At the time they were published individually as a trilogy. He was obsessed with them and everything Tolkien had created. I was eleven or twelve. I wanted to read them. I really did, but I just couldn’t get my nail polish, lip gloss and Shawn Cassidy brain around it.
Fast forward thirty years. saw a copy of the full three books in one volume on display in the bookstore and picked it up. That night I sat down on the couch with the eleven-hundred page book in my lap. My husband said, “How are you going to read a book that long?” “Just one page at a time,” I said. About ten days later, I was sad to close the book. Why hadn’t I grasped the greatness when I was a child? Who knows. What I do know is J.R.R. Tolkien was a genius and The Lord Of The Rings is a KickAss book. The movies are really great, but they left out so much fabulous detail. Of course, they would each have had to be eight hours long each to cover it all. Even if you’ve seen the movies, you should read this book. Put it on your list of things to do before you kick the bucket.
Tolkien takes the smallest and most unassuming creature in all of Middle Earth and turns him into the hero. A hobbit according to page 2: Their faces were as a rule good-natured rather than beautiful, broad, bright-eyed, red cheeked, with mouths apt to laughter, and to eating and drinking. And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them). they were hospitable and delighted in parties, and in presents, which they gave freely and eagerly accepted.
These are not fierce warriors out to find adventure and save the world. Yet, that is exactly what little Frodo does in spite of the fact that his kind and happy heart would have much rather stayed at home with a pipe and a good book. For this an a thousand other reasons The Lord Of The Rings is my pick for Books Kicking Ass.