#Narniathon21 begins

#Narniathon21 image after Pauline Baynes

On this, the last Friday of the month (and three days short of C S Lewis‘s birthday on 29th November) the start of #Narniathon21 is officially announced: the wardrobe door is now open!

As previously noted, we’ll be reading all seven titles of The Chronicles of Narnia in publication order, beginning with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950). You will have a month to read each title at your own speed, in your own time, until the last Friday of the corresponding month when you’ll be invited to comment. Here’s the schedule:

  • 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.

At the end of the month you’ll be invited to join a conversation here — and also on Twitter — about that month’s instalment. If you find yourself at a loss as to where to begin, I’ll pose three general questions which you can either respond to or ignore, as you wish—this readalong is designed to be an enjoyable experience, not an examination! (But in the meantime feel free to add initial thoughts below.)

Two more points: as the last Friday in December happens to be New Year’s Eve (when you may have other things on your mind!) that month’s summative post will be on Thursday 30th December.

Secondly, roughly midway through each month I shall aim to post (or repost) a review of a related title or discuss a topic which touches on an aspect of that month’s selected title. As always the tag #Narniathon21, with or without the hash, may alert you to that post, principally on Twitter if you don’t already follow this blog.

And now all that remains is to remind you how it all started so innocuously:

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.

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59 thoughts on “#Narniathon21 begins

    1. They’re all pretty much novella-length (though sadly rather late for #NovNov?) and I thought starting with LWW in time for Christmas was quite apt. Join in if and when you can, Karen, nothing is compulsory! 🙂

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      1. Don’t know how I missed the announcement post. I’ve dug out my copies, but haven’t found The Horse and His Boy which I know should turn up, and don’t have a copy of The Last Battle but it shall be secured. Looking forward to this very much!

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        1. No worries, Mallika, I’m just glad you spotted it in plenty of time! 🙂 For now, we’re just reading LWW so no rush for those other two titles for a few months; good to have you on board.

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    1. Thanks, Laurie, hope it lives up to everyone’s expectations! In the meantime I scheduled a repost of my Planet Narnia for the middle Friday in December, in the hopes it will stimulate or at least intrigue those who’ve yet to come across it. 🙂


  1. Oh yay!!! I’m not an audibook person but I thought it would be fun to at least start of with the audio and then if I find that I can’t, I’ll switch to an ebook. According to Hoopla, LWW is not #1 in the series??? I thought it was??? Hoopla says The Magician’s Son is #1.

    Anyway, I will start as soon as Nonfiction November ends. lol

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    1. Hi Jinjer, hope you can join in, whichever way suits you, and of course finish Nonfiction November first!

      Chronologically The Magician’s Nephew is first, but I ran a poll and the majority who expressed a preference said they preferred to go with the publication order starting with LWW — so that’s the way we’re going! 🙂

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  2. Risa

    I’ve only just finished reading LWW with my 6th graders. So, I’ll be following the posts till December end, and will join in from “Prince Casper”. Looking forward to that!! =))

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    1. I’m like you, Ola, I shan’t be starting till well into December but my copy is definitely to hand! By the way, I’m using separate paperbacks for this readalong rather than the one-volume hardback I read first time around so as not to be tempted to get ahead of myself… 😁

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  5. JJ Lothin

    Just wondered whether you’d seen Alan Garner in today’s Guardian on ‘The book I could never read again’:

    “I never enjoyed CS Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. I read the books with horrid fascination. They were, in my opinion, and remain, nasty, manipulative, morbid, misanthropic, hectoring, totalitarian and atrociously written.”


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    1. I hadn’t, JJ, but to be honest that was my own initial reaction when I first read the Narniad in its entirety half a dozen years ago, so I’m not surprised. (Philip Pullman had a similar reaction.) In my 2015 review I tried to be positive — https://wp.me/s2oNj1-narnia — but I saw a little of what Garner complains of, and was greatly disappointed.

      However I’m feeling more charitable now and intend to look for the strengths in the Narniad for this slow reread! 🙂

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      1. jjlothin

        How interesting! Rather a lot of decades have passed since I read the series, and doubtless my own feelings about Narnia are very much feelings – i.e. wrapped up with subjective childhood memories …

        If I get time over Christmas, I’ll try and get hold of a Lion/Witch/Wardrobe and take another look with my elderly-adult (!) eyes.

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  6. Oh! Sounds like fun! I read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in Spanish and English to my bilingual students many years ago. I was so captivated that we bought the complete set on CD and I listened to all the stories, minus the last one of course, every morning as I got ready for work.
    I’ll be putting this fun marathon on my calendar! So glad I heard about it at Deb’s Readerbuzz.

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  8. My Narnia reading has been spotty. I have discovered the joy of careful reading late in life, and these Narnia books seem to be perfect for some of that. I’ve found a bio of Lewis and a couple of commentaries and even a cookbook to accompany my reading…should be fun.

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  13. I am here from Kaggsy, and I would very much like to join. Although I am a bit late, perhaps the fact that I have read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe more times than I can count will help me earn your good graces.☺️ What a wonderful idea for a reading event! So happy to have found it.

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    1. Never too late, Chris, though I apologise for the late reply as my mobile phone seems to have glitched for the last time and I’m having to do some catch-up now.


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