The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by CS Lewis

I remember why I stopped reading these as a child. They are pedantic which can sometimes be annoying. I wish this title came first as it would be a great set up to Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe rather than an oddly placed prequel.



Isn’t this cover delightful? It’s got an art deco feel that I love more than the other classic style covers. Don’t know what this story is about?  Here’s a blurb:

The many readers who discovered C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles through ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’ will be delighted to find that the next volume in the series is actually the first in the sequence—and a step back in time. In this unforgettable story, British schoolchildren Polly and Digory inadvertently tumble into the Wood Between the Worlds, where they meet the evil Queen Jadis and, ultimately, the great, mysterious King Aslan. We witness the birth of Narnia and discover the legendary source of all the adventures that are to follow in the seven books that comprise the series.

My fave line from the whole book is “My doom has come upon me” as said by the witch. Regardless of its quirks, I’m still having all the good, comforting feels.

Books Children

Carly Keene, Literary Detective

Carly Keene

Carly Keene, Literary Detective: Braving the Brontes


Mist crept in over the ocean and flowed over the little island.

I love opening lines of a book. They can make or break it for me. This one is AWESOME. And if you’re like me, you love reading books and imagining yourself within the pages of the book. Our two heroines, Carly and Francesca, are no different.  Imagine finding yourself living with the Bronte sisters; how fun would that be?

Way fun. I think.

Carly Keene is a twelve-year-old from Alaska who has always longed for adventure. She gets her wish when she is transported back to 1846 and finds herself living with the Bronte family in England. There is a mystery surrounding the Bronte sisters, and until she solves it Carly is stuck in the past. Will adventure be what she thought it would be? Will she ever get home?

Sounds great, right? Best line in a book:

I want to read all the books!”

“Yeah, all the books!” agreed Francesca

I couldn’t agree more.


Books Tea Parties

Bookish Tea Party Fun: Orange Tabby



It’s a Dewey Party!  Not really but the colors of the party go well with the book and the young miss liked cats so we incorporated that into the theme as well. Our birthday girl was turning 12 and she and her friends were good readers.  It was easy to develop a party that these little ladies could enjoy.



We played pictionary using book titles.  The player chose a book title from a basket and then had to draw the title without using words.  Can you guess what this book title is?

Tea Party Games



And of course, you can guess what book title this is, right? What other bookish games can you think of?



Books Young Adult

Portals, Passages and Pathways #BRMaul @brmaul_author @SamiJoLien

Portals, Passages and Pathways




Imagine finding a door to another world. Maybe it’s in your wardrobe a la Narnia or maybe it’s a portal like Harry Potter uses. What would you do? Would you enter that other world? I wonder…

When a portal to another world cracks open just outside the small town of Riverside, it sets off a series
of events forever changing the lives of two boys; one boy is chosen to lead a world to peace while the
other one is chosen to tear it apart.

Simon Whittaker lives an ordinary teenage life. That is until the most powerful ring in the land of
Magnanthia chooses him to become its guardian. Overnight, Simon has had to flee from something
trying to kill him, seen magical spells he had only read about in stories, and stepped into the most
majestic world ever imagined.

Swept away to the fantastic world that’s in the midst of a brutal war, Simon must place his life in the
hands of four unlikely travelers, a swordsman, ranger, cleric, and wizard, sent to lead him down the
right path.

While King Elderten has ordered death to Magnanthia’s nine guardians, the group he believes is
responsible for the kingdom’s devastation, Simon remains the only hope for those who believe the
guardians are innocent.

Meanwhile, Jak Jakobsin has been pulled through a portal by two of Bedlam’s undead scouts.
Bedlam’s overlord plans to use Jak, along with his army of undead, goblins, and trolls, to build a force
so powerful that Magnanthia will be his forever.


Someone’s trying to kill him just after he becomes guardian of a whole kingdom? And you thought you were having a bad day!

Think Brandon Sanderson for teens.

And also? Run for your life.  These people are out for blood.

“Portals, Passages & Pathways” is a story of our greatest journey, to discover our purpose in this life,
and the consequences of the choices we make to get there. “In the Land of Magnanthia” is the first
novel in the series and is complete just under 115,000 words. It’s told from the alternating viewpoints
of Jak and Simon.

Epic read!