If you remember, this past December I read through the entire Chronicles of Narnia series before Christmas. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire series - even though it was done in one week (which was, quite frankly, exhausting and overwhelming). At the end of the week I was happy to say that I had revisited the books and had refreshed my memory as the stories. However, I also knew that I hadn't spent enough time with each individual title, and purposed to spend more quality time with each portion of Aslan's story at a future moment. I also decided (privately) that I'd like to create a Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge and invite others to read about Narnia along with me. (This idea is similar to my L.M. Montgomery Challenge which I hosted for the first time this past January and will host again in January 2010.) I was planning to host the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge in December but figured summer was just as good a time as the Christmas holidays! Perhaps it's even better timing.
So here is what I invite you to do:
In keeping with the spirit of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Challenge, I leave the Narnia Challenge rules fairly wide open.
In short, spend as much or as little time in Narnia as you would like!
There are seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. (I'm listing them in the order that Lewis numbered them and the links lead to my reviews of December 2008.)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician's Nephew
The Last Battle
You are perfectly welcome to read one book or the whole series! Perhaps you'd just like to make family nights movie nights for a month and watch various adaptations of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which have been translated to film. That's your call. I merely extend the invitation into Narnia to you and you may explore it to whatever your heart's content. The only thing I ask is that you write up a blog post sharing what you have learned while in Narnia to share with the group at large.
DATES FOR THE CHALLENGE:
Sign up will be Friday, June 19th. Come back here to Reading to Know and I'll have a Mr. Linky ready to go. Link up so that we'll know that you are participating in the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge and we'll be set!
The challenge will conclude on Tuesday, July 17th. At that point in time I will put another Mr. Linky up. You are invited to link up all the blog posts that you have written up over the course of the Reading Challenge (June 19th - July 17th). If you bloged about a particular character from the series, or a book, a movie, a song, or whatever! Come back and share your thoughts on July 17th. (I'll, of course, post reminders from time to time.)
In the meantime, what's to do? SPREAD THE WORD! Blog about it, Twitter it, Pass it Along!
Here is the code for the button (which currently leads to this post):
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I hope you'll join in!
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