For this installment, and in honor of one of the most fascinating creatures in fantasy literature, I will be adding a few books that all have one major thing in common – dragons! These brilliant beasts have been used as popular devices in stories for hundreds of years. One of the earliest literary dragons is seen in Beowulf, an epic poem that may have been composed as early as 700AC. They are powerful creatures, often full of wit and magic, and can pose as a significant threat when angered. Dragon myths are common, with ancient civilizations and tribes from all over the world talking, singing, and writing about these intelligent creatures. Readers, almost universally, have fallen in love with dragons and I am no exception.
Some of the books I enjoy reading most include dragons, so it is not surprising that many will appear here in my personal collection. There will be more to follow, but we will get the ball rolling with a few of my very favorite!
- Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde
- Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
- The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien
Velde, V. V. (2003). Dragon’s Bait. Orlando, FL: Magic Carpet Books.
There is not another book published that I have read more times than Dragon’s Bait. In honesty, I cannot remember where I got this book, but it has been a part of my master collection since I first began reading. Dragon’s Bait was one of the first, it not the very first, books I ever read and enjoyed by myself. It also introduced me to the wonders of young adult fantasy writing.
Wrede, P. C. (1990). Dealing with dragons. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace & Company.
Dealing with Dragons was a Battle of the Books required reading, an afterschool activity my mother encouraged me to participate in during my middle-school years. I actually own the three subsequent novels as well. This book, like the others, is important because it is part of the transitional period I went through during which I finally started to read books for enjoyment.
Tolkien, J. R. (1965). The hobbit. New York, NY: Ballantine Books.
J. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was the most complicated book I had attempted to read when I was in eighth grade. While not strictly a “young adult” novel, it certainly helped to broaden the scope of my reading world and helped me to realize that I was capable of reading more complex literature.
If you have not done so already, make sure you check out my recent review of Dragon’s Bait! The review was my most recent blog post prior to this one. You will also be able to find it, and all future book reviews, by visiting my Book Reviews Page!
What are your favorite books containing dragons? Tell us about your favorite literary dragons, the traits / characteristics they possess, and what you love most about them!