As I’ve been getting my feet wet visiting other book blogs over the last couple of days, I noticed that a couple of people were participating in a Narniathon–a readalong dedicated to reading one book in the Narniad per month (in published order).

I commented on Anne’s blog, My Head is Full of Books, about how I read the series once 14 years ago (as an adult). I said that I enjoyed some of the books and disliked a couple of them. I also told her I wanted to read them again at some point to see if I feel differently about them now. She responded and told me she was a big believer in reading them in published order.

I think Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe is the best intro to Narnia. If one starts with The Magician’s Nephew all the fun of reading it as a prequel is lost. Plus it’s not as good. It might put readers off.


I then told her that I think that was why I didn’t like a couple of the books as I read the series in chronological order. She invited me to participate in the Narniathon and after thinking about it, I decided I might as well do it.

I’m a month behind, so for January, I’ll be reading THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE and PRINCE CASPIAN: RETURN TO NARNIA. I already have them checked out from the library. I may read some of Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe during Bout of Books this week.

Thanks, Anne, for the push!

If you want to know more about the Narniathon21, you can visit Chris over at Calmgrove.

Have you read The Chronicles of Narnia before? If so, which order did you read them in? Which book is your favorite?

Bout of Books is a week-long readathon held every January, May, and August. It’s low-pressure. There are optional reading sprints, Twitter chats, and Instagram challenges.

Nothing like waiting to the last minute to decide, but I’m joining the Bout of Books readathon from January 3rd to 9th. I’ve been toying with the idea of participating for about a month now. Since school doesn’t start again until January 10th, I decided that Bout of Books would be a great way to jump start my reading for 2022.

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read my Unofficial Trim Challenge book, ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Frederik Backman, and start my IRL book club book, KEEP MOVING: NOTES ON LOSS, CREATIVITY, AND CHANGE by Maggie Smith. I may read some of my January PBT book as well, HOW TO: ABSURD SCIENTIFIC ADVICE FOR COMMON REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS by Randall Munroe.

Are you going to join in the fun? What are you planning to read?