Year End Reading: Myths and Fairy Tales | Wyatt’s World

The last days of the year seem a good time to dip into reimagined fairy tales, or myths once told around a fire centuries ago. Here are five books that mine the richness of long-lived legends. 

  • Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths by Nancy Marie Brown (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Ragnarok: The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt (Grove)
  • Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge and illustrated by Andrea Dezso (Candlewick)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller  (Ecco)
  • Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman (Viking)
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at