Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2016 Reading Challenges

I don't know why, but Blogger isn't letting me make a new page, which is what I'd planned to do with the below content, so instead here it is as a post. Oh, well. :)

Titles I've reviewed are linked.


The 12 Month Classics Challenge 

Hosted by Lois at You, Me, and a Cup of Tea. You can find more information here. This is my first time participating in a year-long reading challenge, so I'm pretty excited. :D

Please be prepared; everything here is up to change, as I rarely stick rigidly to my plans. :)

January- A Classic You've Always Wanted To Read- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

February- A Classic You've Always Dreaded Reading- Moby Dick by Herman Melville

March- A Classic You've Been Recommended- An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

April- A Classic You've Seen the Movie/Miniseries/Tv Show of- Either Sense and Sensibility or Old Yeller, depending on how much extra reading time school leaves me.  

May- An American Classic- A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich

June- A British Classic- Ivanhoe by Walter Scott

July- A European Classic(non-British)- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy or The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

August- A Modern Classic- The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

September- A Children's Classic- Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H. Porter

October- A Classic by a Female Author- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

NovemberA Classic by a Male Author- The Gold-Bug and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

December- A Classic Written Under A Pseudonym- Silas Marner by George Eliot

The Hardcore Re-Reading Challenge

Also hosted by Lois, here. I'm going for level one, which is Re-reading itch. :D

Here's a very rough idea of books I'd like to re-read this year:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery 
  • Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery
  • Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
  • Sergeant York and the Great War by Tom Skeyhill  
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Beowulf(translated by J. R. R. Tolkien)


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ask Me Anything Answers(and Merry Christmas!)

Thank you everyone for your questions! : ) And Merry Christmas, too, while I'm at it, because it's here!

Morgan asked:

What do you most want for Christmas?

A tricky one already! I want a fountain pen...and books...

What is your favorite fruit?


Ohhhhh, probably cherries.

What is your favorite soda? (If you don't have one favorite juice?)

Root beer.

What do you normally eat on Christmas Day? (Turkey, ham, steak...)


We eat meatballs, swedish tea ring(but we're doing monkey bread this year), candy canes, and other foods...

What is your favorite subject in school?

Shakespeare! That was only last semester, though, so we'll see what this semester brings.

Do you have any hobbies?


Well, besides the obvious blogging, I like photography, piano, reading(but you knew that), sometimes skiing, and writing.

What is your favorite type of food? (Chinese, Mexican, Italian...)


My parents met in Japan, so I absolutellllly love sushi. But I'm also a Mexican food fan. And Italian. 

Ummm, I'll say Mexican. But not everything.


Chloe asked:

What is one of the worst movies you've seen? 


One Night At the Museum 2. Mehhhhhh. 

I liked the first one, but it hinged on a unique plot, whereas the sequel didn't, so instead it ended up as a painstaking drag of less-than humorous plot twists and a less-than satisfactory conclusion. Not impressed.

Do you have a favorite tea flavor?

Yesssss! Apple Cinnamon. It's the bestest. :D

Do you have a favorite piece of furniture in your house? 

My bookshelf! 



Where do you best like to read? 

On my bungee chair.



When was the last time a book made you laugh out loud? 


Les Misérables. But more oft than not, I was laughing at the book, instead of with the book. 

If you could spend one day with any fictional character, whom would it be? 

*cries of anguish* 

NO! 

Okay, I can do this...

...

...

...

Anne Shirley.  



What is your favorite Christmas movie?



It's A Wonderful Life!!!!!!







Do you have a favorite Les Miserables character?

Jean Valjean!! He's incredibly sacrificial and unassuming. But Eponine is second. 



If you have a bookshelf in your room (if not, then just choose one from somewhere in your house), how many books are on it?

 I have two(bookshelves, not books)!

The first bookshelf holds 103 books, and the second holds 56 books, totaling 159 books. 


Two pairs of duplicates, 3 are my sister's(we share a room), two belong to the public library, and one I borrowed from the church library.

Bekah asked: 

How old are you?

I don't usually reveal how old I am online, but I will say that I'm a teenager.

What's your favorite Christmas tradition?


My favorite? Probably watching It's A Wonderful Life.


Would I be a terrible human being if I also copied this post?

Nope! I copied it from Abby and Morgan, so...

Have you ever seen "Elf"? (It's a Christmas movie, and a really funny one.)


Yes! How can a movie manage to be so funny and yet so sweet?




How long have you been blogging?


A while. Before this blog, I co-authored something with my sister, in which we encouraged readers to visit Alaska. That was, hmmmm, 5 years ago(????).

Then I moved to my Wordpress blog, Two Books In My Pocket, only then I called it something else. I've actually been over there for a long time, but you won't be able to find some of my earlier posts because they've been deleted. They were pretty awful. ^.^

So, long story short, about five years.

Follow up question, when did you start blogging?


So, sticking with the 5 years ago thing, I'd say 2010(ish).


On a scale of 1-to-10, how would you label your artistic abilities? 


3 or 4. My handwriting is decent, but my picture drawing skills...yeah, not so much. 

Abigail asked: 

If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

That's actually a really hard question.

K,

nerdy, weird, giggly


Favorite season?

Either winter because sledding and skiing and Narnia and CHRISTMAS, or summer because SUMMER BREAK. (Yes, those had to be in caps).

Favorite author?

C. S. Lewis! You can read my answers to the C. S. Lewis Tag here.

Do you play any instruments?

Yup! Piano is the only one right now, but I really want to try violin.

If you could spend one day with any fictional character, who would it be and why? 

Well, since Chloe already asked this, I'll just go ahead and pick a second choice.

Jo March from Little Women.

Favorite holiday?

Christmas!!!!! :D

Favorite superhero?(if you've seen any of them)

Loki! 



Ahem. Just kidding.

I've seen both Thor and both Captain America movies(twice). I liked Thor, but Captain America is definitely my favorite! You can read a guest post about him, right here.


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Again, thank you everyone!

I may be back again sometime soon to talk about the upcoming movie marathon I'm plotting to celebrate Tolkien's birthday, January 3rd. I'm going to stay up all night with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It'll be pretty epic, I'm sure. :D

Until then, have a blessed Christmas Eve!


And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." -Luke 2: 6-11, ESV

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Two Christmas-y Tags

Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King.
Christ the Saviour is born...

It's that time of year! My family is going to see a production of The Christmas Carol later today, which makes me considerably excited! I've been tagged/half-tagged for a couple tags, so here they are!

First things first, the

Christmas Movies Tag

Yay! :D

~Rules~

-Link back to the blogger who tagged you. (Bekah
-Answer the questions 
-Tag a general audience, or (a) specific blogger(s)


1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? 

Easy. It's A Wonderful Life!!! Seriously, go watch it. 

2. Which Christmas movie has your favorite representation of the North Pole? 

Same as Bekah and Ilse: Elf

3. Which Christmas movie has your favorite representation of Santa?

Hmmm, I feel like such a copy cat here, but probably Miracle on 34th Street. I also like Elf's Santa. 

4. What, in your opinion, is the most powerful Christmas movie you've seen?

My first answer would be It's A Wonderful Life, but A Christmas Carol also has a really powerful message. (Sorry, Bekah.)

5. This question you get to write. For me, it is: Which is the funniest Christmas movie you've seen? 

Elf!

"You sit on a throne of lies."

6. Which Christmas movie makes you feel the most Christmas magic? 

Probably Elf.

Thanks for the nomination, Bekah! I tag anyone who wishes to snag it.



Next...

The Christmas Tag

The rules:

-Post the picture on your blog(apparently we're just ignoring this rule, because the picture got lost somewhere)


-Answer the questions


-Tag up to 12 blogger


-Make up 10 questions for the other bloggers.
 (Or just pass on the questions below)


What is your favorite Christmas treat?
The swedish wafer cookies we make every year. They don't even have chocolate, but they're very tasty. 

Are there any special traditions that your family has to celebrate Christmas? 
Lots! I'll just mention one: Every Christmas, my parents find an ornament that signifies something we did that year or something we were "in to" to open on Christmas Eve. 

How do you normally celebrate Christmas? 

Hehe. Us kids aren't allowed downstairs(where the tree is) until 5:30. But we usually end up waking earlier to congregate in the hallway and whisper excitedly. At 5:30, we march downstairs to scrutinize the tree(Mom and Dad don't set out the presents till after we've retired to our respective bedrooms on Christmas Eve). Then we tear into our stockings. 

It's usually around that time(6:00-ish) that Mom and Dad come down. Then, we eat breakfast, Dad leads family devotions(I think?), and we begin on the tree presents, youngest to oldest, one at a time. In our house, that's the only way to open presents;)

Do you enjoy getting presents for your friends and family? Do you buy your gifts or go the homemade route?

Yes! I usually buy gifts online or at Target/Walmart/Fred Meyer. My only crafty skill to speak of is cross-stitching, so I've given cross-stitched presents once or twice.

Is it cold where you live? Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Well, we live in Alaska, so, yes, quite cold! We usually have a white Christmas, but I don't know about this year...

What’s on your Christmas list this year?


A fountain pen, gift cards, books, movies, and (ideas geared towards my siblings) eos chapstick, or mechanical pencils.

What’s your favorite Christmas song?

Gosh... That's impossible. Maybe Joy to the World or God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Christmas Eve festivities. 


What does your Christmas Tree look like?
Haha, we picked ours from the great outdoors this time(not even a tree farm), so it looks pretty scraggly. 

What are you reading in December? (Anything festive?)

*checks Goodreads*

I only actually read and finished one of these this December; all of the others I've started and haven't finished yet, or started earlier in the year, and finished in Dec. 

To Kill a Mockingbird, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever(seriously underrated, you guys), Les Misérables, War Horse, Persuasion, and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

I'm also hoping to read A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher. 

Are you an organized little elf or are you still shopping/preparing on Christmas Eve?

I save all of the wrapping till Christmas Eve, but otherwise, pretty organized.

How early do you start to get into the Christmas spirit?

Thanksgiving time.

Do you make any Christmas crafts? Decorations? Send physical Christmas cards?

Our family sends Thanksgiving letters instead of Christmas letters to reduce stress, so I guess those don't count. 

I also made some to-from tags this year(only two). They take me waaay to long! 

What’s the menu for Christmas Day?!

Monkey bread, candy canes, meatballs, and cream puffs.

What makes it FEEL like Christmas for you? (Weather, specific tradition, food, smell, person, etc.?)

Singing Christmas-y hymns, watching Christmas movies, and SHOPPING.

Do you have relatives coming? Excited? Nervous?

Not this year.

What famous Christmas character do you most identify with? (Scrooge, Elf, Tiny Tim, the Grinch, Santa, etc.)

What?? I'm going to be painfully honest and say that I feel like Scrooge sometimes, because I'm not an artsy, "let's-bake-some-cookies" sort of person, but I also put a lot of time and thought into presents, which would mean Santa. 

That's a hard one!

If you were to start a new Christmas tradition, what would it be?

I don't know.... Maybe driving around to see the lights before returning home after the Christmas Eve service.

What Christmas movies do you like to watch this time of year or what’s your favorite?

It's A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street(although I missed it this time while I was at The Force Awakens), Elf, and anything else my mom suggests.

What’s your favorite Christmasy book or book with a favorite Christmasy part?

Christmas Carol!!!!

Thank you for reading! Again, anyone who likes may take the tag. Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Les Miserables Book Review

Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism, and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat--by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place--and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert...A compelling and compassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Misérables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830. (-from the back cover on the Norman Denny translation)

I finished Les Miserables!!!! It took me 79 days, but it's done now.

You'd have no idea how many times I fell asleep reading it. Sometimes in the morning my mom would walk into my room to wake me up, and find me slumped over that book(I call it "that book", because "Les Misérables" is getting tiresome to type). I was at page 900-something a few days ago, and planning to finish it some time before December ended, but then I thought, "You know what, I'm just going to finish this now," so I spent, like, 5 hours each day, pushing through it.  I even stayed up till 2:30 one night(impossible without black tea and my Pirates of the Caribbean Pandora station). Wow.

The book stretched for quite some length, 1,222 pages to be exact, effectually this review will be 1,222 words. Ready?

Oh, and one note before things get started, spoilers will mainly be marked, so feel free to read even if you haven't tried the book yet!

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To kick things off, I'd like to address some the common concerns one hears for Les Miserables.

Firstly, you've probably heard someone complain about the length. And, that someone would be right to do so. Admittedly, Les Miserables is a thick novel. In fact, it's over four times longer than Pride and Prejudice.

In a way, the length can be attributed to Hugo's tangents, which, I must write, are inexcusable. While visiting the library Thursday, I found a copy translated by Norman Denny(mine was by Charles Wilbour). Being in a strong Les Mis-craze, I read the introduction. I'll quote it here, as many of his points parallel mine.

But some of the digressions, or interpolations, are still indefensible, the most flagrant being the account of the Battle of Waterloo, which occupies the third book of Part Two. It is sub-divided into nineteen chapters filling sixty-nine pages of the closely printed French text, and only the last chapter, seven pages long, has any real baring on Hugo's story...tremendous though it[Hugo's account of Waterloo] was, [it]had no more to do with the story of Les Miserables than any other major historical event that had occurred during the century. -Norman Denny

  But, without the longer tangents, the work would still carry on for 1,000+ pg., which leaves the rest to be attributed to the pure scope of the narrative(also, perhaps, general wordiness on his part). Hugo skillfully worked multiple characters' stories together, introducing new plot twists every other page(yeah, that was an exaggeration).

So, was it too long? Yes.

Should it have been pages, and pages, and pages shorter? No.


Another popular concern(quite possibly the most popular) relates that the story is too miserable, too sad, and too many characters die. Also, tied into that, are the disturbing morals of some of the main characters.

Yes, the story is miserable, but please don't forget: it is named Les Misérables(poor wretches). Assuredly, Hugo didn't intend to write a happy novel, bursting with smiles, or ending with a contented-sigh-worthy conclusion. Quite the contrary; to preface one 18 pg. digression over French slang, he writes--
When thirty four years ago the narrator of this grave and gloomy story introduced into a work written with the same aim as the present, a robber talking argot, there was amazement and clamour. 
However, I will concur that certain sad aspects could've been avoided.

*Spoilers*

For example, I believe Hugo should have killed off the barricade boys. Even Enjolras. He spared Marius, for which I am ever so grateful, but more than one survivor of that failed 2nd French revolution would've been going to far.

Character deaths which I didn't find necessary?

1. Madame Thénardier

2. Jean Valjean

3. Gavroche

And that's only three!

Eponine should have died because she never would've been happy without Marius,

Fantine should have died because she never would've been happy without Cosette, and

the Bishop should have died because he was old and already happy.

*End of Spoilers*

Don't misinterpret this, the character deaths hurt me just as badly as they did any other Les Mis fan, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have done the same if I were Les Miserables's author. *ducks*

Lastly, readers(myself included) dislike Hugo's disregard for the "show me, don't tell me" skill. I have nothing to refute this. That, and the tangents were his largest flaws.

Now that I've scratched the surface of those ideas, I can move to praise for Les Mis.

The Characters(awesome people, by the way)

Jean Valjean-

 He's been promoted to one of my top favorite characters, like, ever. Just wow.

*Spoilers* 

I cried when he died. It wasn't faaaaaaair!

Cosette uttered a piercing cry:
"Father! my father! you shall live. You are going to live. I will have you live, do you hear!"
Jean Valjean raised his head towards her with adoration.
"Oh yes, forbid me to die. Who knows I shall obey perhaps. I was just dying when you came." 

*End of Spoilers*

Fantine- I do wish he'd spent just a wee bit more time on her. She's well-developed, anyways.

Hugo liked to make assertions about his characters instead of allowing the readers to think as they'd like, and he continued this practice for Fantine, but as far as my memory serves, he never went out and said, "Fantine did all of this for Cosette, disregarding her own personal needs." The preceding sentence is a conclusion I drew after reading her narrative, and it stuck better than if he had flat out told me.

There's one example of a successful "show me, don't tell me" implementation.

Cosette-

Mehhhh. It's not that I hated her or anything, but, I wish she had done something a little more than fall in love and marry Marius("marry Marius" is fun to say, isn't it?).

The Bishop-

Um, did I need to read his 50 page biography?

No, no, he was my favorite at first, I just got tired of his life after a while. (Wow, that sounds rude.)

Eponine-

Eeeep! Second favorite character.

*cries*


Just, I can't even. *Spoilers* Her death was the first passage in literature to EVER make me cry. Here,

"And by the way, Monsieur Marius, I believe that I was a little bit in love with you.” ASDFGHJKL 

*End of Spoilers*

Marius-

Contrary to the opinions of many fans, I appreciated Marius. I even liked him. But, at the same time, he made me SO MAD. *Spoilers* When he edged Jean Valjean out of his daily visits to Cosette and tried to trick Cosette into forgetting about him. When he ignored Eponine. Grrrrrrrrr. *End of Spoilers*

Enjolras-

I can't decided whom I liked better between the two, but I completely respect the opinion of anyone who likes Enjolras better. He was pretty awesome.

Gavroche-

He was sinful, too. But, his carefree, selfless disposition really touched me.

Other Parts I Liked/Loved

When Jean Valjean dragged Marius through the sewers. The guy who had fallen in love with Jean Valjean's favorite person in the world, daily visited Valjean's garden without his permission, AND Jean Valjean still exerted everything he could towards the fragment of hope that Marius would survive. That, readers, is why Jean Valjean is my favorite.

The scene where Marius watches the confrontation between Thénardier and Jean Valjean. That had to be one of the most well-constructed pieces of literature I've ever encountered. I mean, look at the dilemma Marius was in!

This is random, but I laughed a little too hard when Cosette first visits Marius after his illness and Hugo writes:

She appeared on the threshold; it seemed as if she were in a cloud. 

Just at that instant the grandfather was about to blow his nose; he stopped short, holding his nose in his handkerchief, and looking at Cosette above it...
What?

Conclusion

Would I recommend Les Misérables? Most certainly. It's one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read, and if one considers Lord of the Rings as three separate books, then it's my favorite. Les Misérables trumps any of the individual Lord of the Rings installments. (But, if you're like me, and you see them as one whole book, then LotR is still my favorite.) :)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Character: Jean Valjean

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Thank you for reading!! If you've gotten thus far, I'm impressed. Please tell me your thoughts!

Agree/disagree? Are you a Marius/Cosette or Marius/Eponine shipper?

Note: All quotes, unless otherwise marked, come from Charles Wilbour's translation.




Sunday, November 29, 2015

C. S. Lewis Quotes

Happy Birthday, Lewis!

And the quotes, as promised(my favorites are colored):

“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ."”

"Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon's lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons." (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” 

^^True, that.

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”




“I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” 

“I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia.”

^^This is Puddleglum, yeah? 

“It isn't Narnia, you know," sobbed Lucy. "It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?"
"But you shall meet me, dear one," said Aslan.
"Are -are you there too, Sir?" said Edmund.
"I am," said Aslan. "But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”


“Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.” (Magician's Nephew)

“If you think of this world as a place simply intended for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place for training and correction and it's not so bad.” 

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Thank you for sticking through all my C. S. Lewis posts this week! It was fun, Abby! 

Also, my "Why It Makes Me Mad That The Hobbit Is Rated R" post probably won't actually happen, like I'd suggested it would. But I am considering a post on Downton Abbey once I finish the first season(no spoilers, please!). Thoughts? 
^^


^^

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The C. S. Lewis Tag(YAYYY)

Just as I'd hoped, Abigail published a tag, so I couldn't resist filling it out immediately! :) 

 And don't worry-- I will stop talking about C. S. Lewis...eventually. 

Rules:

1. Thank or link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions. :) Put as much as you want, or as little.

3. Tag some of your blogging friends, to get the tag around!

Great! 


1. How did you hear about C. S. Lewis?
Well, I first read his books in the three-five year old range, but I'm not sure I could identify those as his at the time... 

When I was four/five, my parents gave me the boxed set of Focus on the Family Chronicles of Narnia dramatizations. Each story was introduced with a short bio, which would mean that's probably when I could first connected the name "C. S. Lewis" with "Chronicles of Narnia".

2. What was the first of his books that you read?
Tricky... My mom and I had actually talked about this a few days ago, and we settled on The Magician's Nephew.

3. Which one of his book(s) is your favorite?
The Last Battle, hands down!

4. Describe what you feel when you read his books.
Hmmm, they all, even Out of a Silent Planet give me a distinctly cozy feeling. The Chronicles of Narnia make me feel nostalgic and longing, like there's something I want really badly. Jack says that's my longing for something outside of this world. Like Heaven. 

He experienced that, himself. One day, as a young boy, his brother Warren showed him a (what was it again?) miniature fairy garden(??)and he described experiencing a strong "longing". 
5. How have you been touched or impacted by his works?
Yes! Most specifically, they were my first introduction to fantasy. They were some of the first chapter books Mom ever read to me, so you could also say they served to fuel my book-love.

6. What would you say to anyone who hasn't read any of his books?
Don't expect Lord of the Rings. Because it's not. But read them, anyways! In some ways, they're better and more boldly parallel to scriptural truths than LotR and other fantasy series, and yet never preachy. 

7. If you could write a letter to Jack, thanking him, or asking him questions, what would it be? (show us as your answer.) 

Dear Mr. Lewis, 

Thank you for writing The Chronicles of Narnia. They have touched and comforted me in a way no other book has. You're characters are vivid, writing style gorgeous, and narrative beautiful. I also experience the "longing" you talk about(particularly while reading your books!). 

I do have a few questions: Do you think that Susan eventually ends up in Narnia? 

How old did you imagine the Pevensies being? 

Also, do you have a favorite scene in Lord of the Rings

Your fan, 

Meredith May Johnson