I didn't have time to read much in the last several weeks, but I finally started making some more time for it. I finished up the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia. These were some of my most favorite books when I was a kid, and I am reading my original copies (copyright 1970). I will be updating the cover art soon to reflect this version.
I read and reread these books so many times as a kid, but I probably haven't read any of them since I was about 12 years old. I was excited earlier this year when I found out that the first book was going to be made into a movie, and I wanted to reread them again before the movie comes out.
I decided to read the books in their original order rather than their repackaged chronological order (this one would be book #2 in that order). I guess that I shouldn't really criticize the new order without trying it, but I felt that this was the order that they were intended and the world of Narnia is properly introduced in the original published order. This may not be true, but that is what I tell myself! I think it is definitely an excellent start to the series in terms of pulling the reader into the world of Narnia. I don't recall being bothered as a kid that the original order was not chronological...
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is about four London children who stumble into an enchanted world (Narnia) through a magical wardrobe. In Narnia, they are introduced to the evil White Witch and the good and all-powerful lion, Aslan. It is a different experience reading the books as an adult. I am much more aware of the symbolism and biblical parallels than I was when I was a child, but the story still stands on its own as a wonderful tale in a fanciful land.
Other fantasy books:
Other books that Kerry read before seeing the movie:
Other books that Kerry read as a kid: