Friday, July 30, 2010
To Wrap Up July & Head into August
In July, I (and the little folks around my house) participated in the Narnia Reading Challenge sponsored by Carrie at Reading to Know. My original goals were to read/finish The Silver Chair with my girls and to listen to the last two books, The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle, on audio during our family vacation.
I'm happy to say that we completed all proposed goals! I don't have any big, in-depth insights to share from the books. It had been a LONG time since I had read any of these stories so they felt very new to me as we went through them. I found that I have very ambivalent feelings about The Silver Chair. I had a hard time enjoying the characters of Eustace and Jill (although I learned to like Eustace very much in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Much of time, I felt like it was just a place holder in the series. The middle book that takes you from point A to point B but seems like filler a lot of the time. (Please don't hate!) : )
We also did listen to the last books of the series on our trip and it has renewed my interested to read (with the girls) and re-read (for myself) those books again! I didn't remember much of either of those stories (or The Horse and His Boy for that matter either) and it was fun reconnecting with them. While the girls and I are taking a small break on our Narnia reading for something a little lighter before school starts, I do anticipate we'll get back to them again before next year's Narnia challenge. At least, I hope so!
Next up is Amy's (at Hope is the Word) To Kill a Mockingbird challenge. Doesn't this well-worn copy look impressive?
Sadly, I've never read this book although it's been on my shelf a long time! I'm going to aim to tackle this one in August (along with school, etc.) so that will be the extent of my goals! However, Amy did mention that there is movie made of this book so I may try and tack that on as well, after I read the book, of course. : ) Coincidentally, I read a really interesting article on the book and it's author in the July issue of Southern Living. I didn't realize this was the author's only book, and that she is extremely reticent to discuss it or really accept any recognition because of it. Her hometown of Monroe, Alabama is very sensitive to her wishes and while they have a few things planned for this anniversary year of the book, they are keeping it fairly low-key overall.