Challenge: Narnia Week, Day 3

Status Report:

  • Book: A severely used copy of the 2001 The Chronicles of Narnia omnibus by HarperCollins. I wonder if it will turn up any interesting notes, like my copy of A Midsummer’s Night Dream.
  • Books Read: 3/7
  • Pages Read: 329/767
  • Progress:

Today, I finished Prince Caspian and I’m already into The Voyage of the Dawn Treader–which Lewis kicks off by mocking tee-totalling non-smoking vegetarians. Two out of three, Lewis! (You’re lucky I’m a carnivore.) And we were getting on so well!

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Challenge: Narnia Week, Day 2

Status Report:

  • Book: a severely used 2001 copy of HarperCollins’s The Chronicles of Narnia omnibus. (The date is iffy; it’s got a sticker advertising the film version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which was released in 2005. Hmm.)
  • Books Read: 2/7
  • Pages Read: 197/767
  • Progress:

Today, I got through The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe–I won’t be reading The Horse and His Boy during the week then. Perhaps after I’ve finished The Last Battle. This, of course, will make counting my pages interesting. Yeesh.

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Challenge: Narnia Week, Day 1

While you may not have gleaned it from my meandering Sunday Salon post (which, of course, is the day everyone on Facebook decides to check out what their friendly neighborhood Clare is doing), yesterday was the kick-off for Narnia Week, a celebration and exploration of C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. For some book bloggers, this week is the time to post their thoughts on The Chronicles of Narnia and books like Laura Miller’s The Magician’s Book, about the author’s relationship with the series. For yours truly, this week is time for a mad dash through Narnia, experiencing much of it for the very first time. After each day of the challenge, I’ll write up a little report on my reading so far–with a review of the series at the end of the week.

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Review: Beauty

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Beauty was the first Robin McKinley novel I was ever aware of. My high school library had a copy, and it was one of the first books on the reading list, as it is recommended in Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust. I actually rented Sunshine, which I thoroughly enjoyed, because I couldn’t find Beauty at my local library. Unbeknownst to me, it was published long before the young adult category existed, in 1978, and so was shelved with the children’s books. Feeling a need to temper a library pile that was weirdly missing fantasy, I tossed it on the pile the last time I visited my library. Unfortunately, it’s another beloved book that didn’t work for me.

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Review: Napoleon’s Pyramids

Napoleon’s Pyramids by William Dietrich

When I was a kid, I adored Ancient Egypt and read everything I could find on the mythology and the culture. A book that combined my love for Ancient Egypt with my natural love for Napoleonic France (every single slight about French martial ability fades with Napoleon in the picture) was just begging for me to read it. Even before I finished it, I knew someone was getting this for Christmas.

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Review: The Luxe

The Luxe
by Anna Godbersen



The Luxe is quite in demand at my local library–I finally had to put it on hold just to read it. Alright, I’ll own up–I enjoy a Gossip Girlnovel every once in a while. During my sophomore year of high school, a girl in my math class let me borrow a few novels, and they are crack. You just keep compulsively reading them until they are finished, and then realize you haven’t really read anything of worth after you’re done. But man, it’s fun while you’re reading them.So rest assured that when I say this is similiar to Gossip Girl, it’s kind of a compliment. The fact that’s a period piece set it apart for me–I can have the ridiculous romantic entanglements with repression and clashing social classes on top? Yes, please!

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