Narnia Project 2012


Welcome to the Narnia Reading Project. If you would like to explore Narnia and share your thoughts and reviews with others, then, please, sign up in the link collection below. If you would like to use a project button, please go to my project announcement post.

This is no read-along with a reading schedule. If you blogged about one of the books or want to discuss anything, just leave a comment on the book’s page (links right below this paragraph) to link us up to your post or just share your thoughts right there.

The seven books in publication order (German titles in brackets). Links go to each book’s discussion page.
  1. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe (Der König von Narnia)
  2. Prince Caspian: The return to Narnia (Prinz Kaspian von Narnia)
  3. The voyage of the Dawn Treader (Die Reise auf der Morgenröte)
  4. The silver chair (Der silberne Sessel)
  5. The horse and his boy (Der Ritt nach Narnia)
  6. The magician’s nephew (Das Wunder von Narnia)
  7. The last battle (Der letzte Kampf)
The seven books in chronological order
  1. The magician’s nephew
  2. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
  3. The horse and his boy
  4. Prince Caspian: The return to Narnia
  5. The voyage of the Dawn Treader
  6. The silver chair
  7. The last battle

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe Prince Caspian The voyage of the Dawn Treader ‘;’/The silver chair The horse and his boy The magician's nephew The last battle

The reading order is not altogether clear. C. S. Lewis himself wasn’t sure which reading order would be best or whether it even mattered. He wrote to a young reader:

So perhaps it does not matter very much in which order anyone read them.

Scholars, however, say different:

Scholars and readers who appreciate the original order believe that Lewis was simply being gracious to his youthful correspondent and that he could have changed the books’ order in his lifetime had he so desired. They maintain that much of the magic of Narnia comes from the way the world is gradually presented in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. These academics believe that the mysterious wardrobe, as a narrative device, is a much better introduction to Narnia than The Magician’s Nephew — where the word "Narnia" appears in the first paragraph as something already familiar to the reader. Moreover, they say, it is clear from the texts themselves that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was intended to be read first.

Source: Wikipedia


The order by completion 

The best reading order according to the "Pocket Companion to Narnia" is the one in which C.S. Lewis completed the books (makes kind of sense):


  1. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian: The return to Narnia
  3. The voyage of the Dawn Treader 
  4. The horse and his boy 
  5. The silver chair 
  6. The magician’s nephew
  7. The last battle 

I think this is the order I will read the books in.  


Secondary literature:




More info

C.S. Lewis page at HarperCollinsPublishers


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Add your name and URL of your blog to the link list below to sign up for the project.

I would like to sign up for the Narnia reading project 2012

1.  Darlene @ Darlene's Book Nook   12.  Bex  
2.  Kathy @ I Write, I Read, I Review   13.  Julie @ My Book Retreat  
3.  Colleen @ Les Livres   14.  Jerika  
4.  Whitney @ She Is Too Fond Of Books   15.  Sina @ Shelf Fulfilment  
5.  Rikki's Teleidoscope   16.  Bridget (Bridget's Books)  
6.  Gina @ Book Dragon's Lair   17.  Emily @ A Few Good Books  
7.  Sanz @ A Shelf of My Own   18.  Rachel  
8.  Risa @ Breadcrumb Reads   19.  Daisy Chain @ chocolate-covered Books  
9.  Alicia   20.  Bitsy @ Ex Libris Bitsy  
10.  Jaime   21.  Carin  
11.  Jillian (A Room of One's Own)  

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26 Comments Write a comment

  1. Hi, Rikki! Thanks for hosting the challenge! I was planning to read this series aloud to my kids, so it is good timing!

    We plan to read in chronological order, so we might be a little off since you are reading in publication order. No matter though! We can enjoy reading each other’s reviews as we go along.


    • Hey Darlene, great! Thanks for joining me.
      I was also wondering what order would be better, especially since I am a BIG fan of chronological, but then I read that the world was developed by and by, so when you read the first chronological book you don’t know all the things that you were supposed to know after having read the first published book. Sort of confusing. I can see why you would read in chronological order to your kids though.
      I’m looking forward to you reviews. Will you include some of your kids’ observations? I am sure they will see things differently than we do.


  2. This sounds great and I am looking forward to it! I’ve been meaning to re-read these books for ages and this looks like the perfect opportunity. It will be interesting to see how I feel about them now v.s. how I felt as a kid or as a teen. What an awesome idea!


    • Thanks for joining, Kathy Ann. For me it is a first time read, I am curious how I am going to feel about them.


  3. I never realized The Magician’s Nephew was intended as a prequel! That makes so much more sense to me, and I wish the books would be numbered that way to reflect this. I think when re-reading, if you remember the stories, reading order probably doesn’t matter at all, but for first-time readers or people coming back not really remembering what went on in the books, it’s helpful to know about this kind of thing.

    I think I’ll go ahead and sign up for this! I hope I’m not taking on too much with reading challenges for next year, but I think I’ll be fine to add seven smaller books to the TBR. 🙂


    • Thanks, Colleen, for joining. Seems I am the only one who has never read them before. 🙂


      • Thanks for stopping by my blog!

        I’m really glad you didn’t set up deadlines and such for this, haha, because I feel like at some point next year I’ll stress myself out over the other challenges, trying to reach the goals I set for myself. This one’s nice and easy and at everyone’s own pace, though!

        And I can’t wait to see what you think of them as someone who’ll be reading them for the first time!


  4. I’d been planning to tackle Narnia next year. Am only too glad to be able to read it with others! :D…. am just off to make my post!


  5. thanks for stopping by…..and for the reminder to visit those who have joined my challenges!

    Had to join this one….I’ve been meaning to read the whole series for YEARS! Thanks for hosting 🙂

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  6. I love the Narnia series so much and have been planning to re-read for a while now, so I’m excited for this! Thanks for hosting and kicking me into gear!


  7. My son is reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe right now and I’m planning on getting him the rest of the series. So I think I’ll read them as well! I don’t know which order I’ll read them in. I haven’t decided yet, although I think I’ll read The Lion first, so perhaps I’ll go with the publication order.


      • Hi! I totally forgot to add the blog post to linky. Thanks for reminding me! Looking forward to reading with you guys! 🙂


  8. I was just wondering…how are we sharing our posts? Do we link our reviews to this post? Or will you have separate posts for each book? And if you do, approximately when can we expect updates?

    I’m just asking ’cause I’m trying to make a list of challenges I need to check-in on through the year. I found that after having signed up for my 2011 challenges and I didn’t check in for a single one!


    • I was thinking that everybody would link to their blog posts here and then we can come and talk about it. Alternatively I could create a subpage for each book. Hm, maybe ths would be a better idea, so we can have all in one place. Let me think about it for a couple of days…


  9. I have started to create a separate page for each book, as Risa suggested. One of them is up already. I will add the other ones in the next few days. Come January 1, everything will be ready for the project to start. Have fun reading!


  10. I will definitely join in on this one. I don’t know that I’ll commit to all of the books and definitely not rereading Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (which I didn’t really care for) and Prince Caspian which I’ve already read, but I do want to finish that brick in my shelf so I’m game to try at least two of the books this year. Thanks for letting me know about this, Rikki!


    • Hey Carin, great to see you here. As you know I am no friend of reading pressure, so read as much or as little as you want.
      I hope I will like The lion…. otherwise I will not feel inclined to read on at all.


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