A little earlier than promised comes this announcement for a Narniathon, following the polls I conducted on this post.
As of the first week of July, the overwhelming majority of those who replied were in favour of a readalong of the Chronicles of Narnia. Not only that but almost all of you wanted to start at the end of 2021, rather than next year.
And finally, few were in favour of reading the series in chronological order, some didn’t mind, but most were for publication order. So here’s the beginning of a plan!
I aim to kick things off with an introductory post in the last weekend of November 2021. This will give Narniathoners a chance to (if necessary) acquire a copy of the title for the relevant month and a few weeks to read and reflect on it. I’m going to follow Laurie’s suggestion that we then discuss that title the last weekend of the month. I’ll suggest three questions on the Friday or Saturday to use as springboards and then hand over the comments section to participants. I propose the following timetable:
- November. Introductory post.
- December. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
- January. Prince Caspian.
- February. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
- March. The Silver Chair.
- April. The Horse and His Boy.
- May. The Magician’s Nephew.
- June. The Last Battle.
- July. Optional read: From Spare Oom to War Drobe by Katherine Langrish.
If it’s helpful I’m also going to propose the tag Narniathon21 or, for certain social media, the hashtag #Narniathon21 so as to distinguish this event from events in earlier years (which may have involved readalongs or bingeing on the Narnia film series). Do feel free to use the tag if you want for your own posts, reviews, Bookstagrams, tweets or whatever.
I’ve also created an image meme which you may borrow, or adapt, or ignore, as you may see fit: I’m not at all precious about it, especially seeing as it adapts one of Pauline Baynes’s classic images!
So there we have it, a fantasy fest to look forward to, to take us through the dark days of winter through to next summer. Are you still up for it?