Challenge: Narnia Week

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!

Happy reading!

29 thoughts on “Challenge: Narnia Week

  1. I’m also one of the ones who was reared on Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of my favorite books ever, and may have been what started my love of books with boys on boats. 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy the series too!

  2. I read and re-read all the chronicles avidly when I was a child, and there are moments when I like one or other of them to read as an adult. I re-read The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe very seldom, since I dislike all that overt symbolism which one can ignore in the other books. The ones which get re-read most frequently are The Magician’s Nephew, The Horse and His Boy and The Silver Chair – I like the central and slightly quarrelsome relationships in these books – Diggory and Polly, Bree and Shasta, and Jill and Eustace (respectively).

    Have fun with your challenge!

  3. My heart is happy about this and I am going to play along. I am. By then I will have an apartment and a less wretched commute, and then I will have time. I love these books so, so, so much.

    (I hope you’re prepared to hate them. I don’t know if I’ve ever met anyone who read them for the first time as an adult, and liked them.)

  4. I have never read any of the Narnia books, only seen the original movie. I would love to do this challenge, but my November is positively packed! If I end up with time, or even if I can just read a book (or several), I’ll try to participate!

  5. I read my son THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE this summer and he enjoyed it. I don’t think I’ll be joining you this time, but I do enjoy the series since I have fond childhood memories of them!

  6. I would love to join! I’ve read The Magician’s Nephew, but that’s it. I bought the set last year for my kiddos, but I’ve been wanting to read them as well.

    What is the best order to read them? My set has The Magician’s Nephew as book 1 and The Horse and His Boy as book 3. I’ll probably read them all in that one week. They’re pretty short–I think I could manage it.

    • Yay! I’m excited!

      Your set, which is like mine, has them in chronological order. Since The Magician’s Nephew and The Horse and His Boy aren’t as connected to the main arc as the other five, I’m reading them before or after I read the main five. Since I’ve never read all of them, I don’t know which order is the best to read them in, but my reading order has been approved by a friend of mine who loves them. Wikipedia has more on it. It’s actually quite contested whether you ought to start with The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe or The Magician’s Nephew, actually!

  7. I love them too, although I’m certain if I read them for the first time now I would not love them. But I was reared on them! My favourites are Magician’s Nephew, Horse and His Boy, and Voyage of the Dawn Treader. 😀

    I just reread those last year (I think…it might have been 2008…can’t remember!), so I’m not sure if I’ll reread them again. Perhaps I’ll grab The Silver Chair, though; I barely remember what that one’s about (so it must’ve been my least favourite as a child, after The Last Battle)!

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