And he writhed inside at what seemed the cruelty and unfairness of the demand. He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one. (146)
–The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy, by C.S. Lewis
At some birthday a long time ago (I don’t remember which one exactly) I was given a copy of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I had heard Becca and Spencer talk about The Chronicles of Narnia (I probably heard more spoilers for those books than any others I’ve read 🙂 ), but I had not read any of them before that time. I was told I should read The Magician’s Nephew first* but I wanted to read the book I owned first, so I waywardly did.
I proceeded to read the rest of the books, and loved them! I read them so many times that I couldn’t read them any more–which, for me, is 7 times. 🙂 I’m ‘into’ repetition!
So I moved on and read other things. After a while I got in a conversation with someone about the movies, and she said they were good. I told Dad I wanted to watch them. So we watched The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe together. I liked it–but that’s another story, and a long one too. After watching the movie, I went and re-read the book (movies do that to me); and found I could read it again! There were actually some things I had forgotten.
The other day I needed something to read, and grabbed a random book off my shelf. It happened to be The Horse and His Boy. I opened to a random place and started reading. It was delightful! Of course, I knew exactly what had happend, and what was happening, and what was going to happen, and what had happened and was going to happen in all the other books–but it was still fun!
What are some of your favorite books? What are your ‘comfort books’ that you know you love? Some of my others are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Little Women by Louisa Mae Alcott, and Prophet by R.J. Larson. I go read my favorite parts of these just for fun when I need something to do! I could probably quote most of them to you! 🙂
* It is a common misconception that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia. And I guess in some ways it is, as it was written first, but The Magician’s Nephew takes place before it does, so I call it the first.