Every year around Christmas-time, I read all seven of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I first read The Chronicles of Narnia after I received them as a Christmas present when I was 10. I instantly fell in love and read all seven in as many days, and ever since then, reading these books is my own personal Christmas tradition. Last week, I read the first two, The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe.
The Magician’s Nephew
This is where it all began. I don’t know why this book doesn’t get more love from people. Usually, everyone just skips straight to The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe but for me and for my homeboy C.S., it all begins with The Magician’s Nephew. It’s a magical adventure and the word “chap” is used several dozen times so it has all the makings of a great story. This is where we first meet both Aslan and the white witch and see how Narnia is created. It’s beautifully written, Narnia is created with a song, and the way C.S. describes it is lovely and enchanting. I love Diggory and Polly, the two central characters and think they are both very well written even though the book is a bit short. I love it. I mean, obviously, because I re-read it every year.
The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe
This is the book most people think of when they think about The Chronicles of Narnia and it’s been made into several movies the most recent in 2005. This is the tale of the four Pevensie children and their first adventure in Narnia and it is awesome! I love The Beavers and Mr. Tumnus and just about every other magical creature in this book. It’s just so fanciful and lovely and magical and I love every bit of it. And, spoiler alert, Diggory from The Magician’s Nephew is the Pevensie’s Uncle and he is a completely awesome grown-up and I want to be just like him.
If you haven’t ever read these books, you need to do it immediately. Aslan wants you to, I’m sure of it. Also, if you’re anything like me, they will put you in a really good mood for like 2 weeks. True story.