I have a confession to make. I’ve never read The Chronicles of Narnia.
Okay, yes, in middle school I read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe for class, but beyond a passing interest in the White Witch and pondering what on earth Turkish delight could be, I didn’t follow the world further. I know girls who have been downright reared on The Chronicles of Narnia, but I’d simply never been interested.
Until I learned of the existence of The Magician’s Book by Laura Miller in this post by Ana over at things mean a lot. (Seriously, go read it–she explains why this is a book you want to read more than I can at the moment.) I wanted to read it immediately–but could I really do that without reading the source text first? I was also surprised, this year, by the fact that the Disney film adaptations are continuing, with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader coming out in a few months. (I thought the franchise was dead!) Clearly, it was time to correct this terrible oversight and finally read The Chronicles of Narnia.
But how could I pass up challenging not only myself, but other book bloggers? Thus, I declare November 28th to December 4th Narnia Week, in celebration of C. S. Lewis’ birthday. Much like The Lord of the Rings Rewatch, Narnia Week will have two levels of difficulty.
Level one will be simply to read all The Chronicles of Narnia during the month of November, and post about it during Narnia Week itself. It’ll be a nice and leisurely stroll through Narnia.
Level two is more of a mad dash through Narnia, my preferred pace. During Narnia Week, I will, each day, read one of the books. While I haven’t quite decided when I will read The Magician’s Nephew or The Horse and His Boy (bookending the week or both on that Saturday?), I will read the main five books in order during the weekdays. That order is as follows:
- Monday: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
- Tuesday: Prince Caspian
- Wednesday: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- Thursday: The Silver Chair
- Friday: The Last Battle
Essentially, the idea is “seven books in seven days”–how you get there is your own affair.
I hope you join me on my first read of The Chronicles of Narnia, whether you’ve grown up with them, already read them, or have never picked them up before. I think this is going to be a fun challenge.
Feel free to talk about it on Twitter and use the hashtag #narniaweek to keep things nice and organized. And don’t forget to share your posts by adding it to the widget below!