Summer is the most perfect time to go on a vacation- literary or otherwise!
And where better to go than Narnia?
Everyone’s heard of it, I’m sure, picking up one or a few or all of the seven books in C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasy series as a child. But the appeal is timeless and for everyone.
I’m of the group whose tried reading the series in its entirety but only read a couple of the books. But, this July, I’ve decided to revisit and discover Narnia!
Before tackling this reading challenge, I had to decide in what order to read the books? The issue seems highly contested: publication or chronology order! Apparently, the author himself “expressed a mild interest” to the latter (as mentioned here) but I’ve chosen the former. If you were discovering Narnia as they were first being published, you would get them as they came. There’s a certain enjoyment in treating each book as a puzzle, and only after completing the series, would you see how everything fit!
I’m going to plan to read one book every four days starting tomorrow and posting reviews on Goodreads and my weekly IMWAYR posts with a wrap up at the end of the month. You can follow my progress on Twitter with #SummerOfNarnia.
Publication Order: [Scheduled reading end date]
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) [July 5th]
2. Prince Caspian(1951) [July 9th]
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) [July 13th]
4. The Silver Chair (1953) [July 17th]
5. The Horse and His Boy (1954) [July 21st]
6. The Magicians Nephew (1955) [July 25th]
7. The Last Battle (1956) [July 29th]
Join me on my Summer Reading Challenge: The Chronicles of Narnia!
What are your thoughts on the reading order issue? Which do you prefer?