Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Off the Beaten Page on the Tangalooma Whale Watch Cruise

Izzy is the cousin on the right.

What are you reading? Chronicles of Narnia the Magician's Nephew, and Water tales, Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman.

Why are you reading 2 books at a time? I brought two in case I finished one. Water Tales is boring in the second part. Chronicles is very interesting, and you should probably read it before you read the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, which everyone seems to be reading because of the movie.

What did you read before this? Ella Enchanted, which is suited to teens. Generally I read more than most of my friends.

She says, 'Reading is nice.'

By the way, on the cruise we saw these two whales above, and the one below. And about 10 of their mates. Just spectacular...


  1. +JMJ+

    I'm of the school that believes The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe should be read first, and The Magician's Nephew sixth, as they were written. On the other hand, I have a good friend--a bigger C.S. Lewis fan than I'll ever be--who insists that reading the stories in chronological order is better.

    It may have something to do with our own experiences reading through the series. My order was: Wardrobe, Caspian, Voyage, Chair, Horse, Nephew, and Battle; hers was Nephew, Wardrobe, Horse, Caspian, Voyage, Chair, and Battle. One day I might do a read-a-thon, reading everything in that chronological order, just to see what difference it makes.

  2. I must confess to huge gaps in my YA/childhood reading history that include the CS Lewis canon. How's that for keeping it real? I will get busy and fix up that gaping gap asap.

  3. +JMJ+

    If it makes you feel any better, I didn't read C.S. Lewis until I was out of high school! And that was only because a friend got me the entire set at once. If I had had to buy the books myself, I'd probably have only read two or three of them.

  4. Hi DeLynne-the whale watching looks fabulous! I like the YA posts-I remember falling in love with books at that age.

    I hope Lesa is holding up okay. Please convey my condolences on her loss. In the meantime, you're doing a great job!

  5. En, that does make me feel better, thanks.

    Bibi, thanks for the endorsement. I was worrying my posts were getting too similar.

    And I am sure Lesa appreciates your thoughts.

  6. Thank you, bibi-- I do appreciate your thoughts-- such a difficult time-- I feel so changed but am trying to get back on an even keel.

    I read all the Narnia books in order as written in middle school/early highschool-- my last adult reading was in chronological order-- it did make more sense in chron order so maybe kids should read in chron order. I am a traditionalist though-- my little boy's first StarWars marathon started with episode IV.

  7. +JMJ+

    I'm a Star Wars traditionalist, too, Lesa!

    But there was a time I did a sort-of marathon watching IV, V and VI one night and I, II and III the next night . . . There was something about III that made me want to watch IV again immediately . . . so I did . . . and I almost watched V and VI again, too! LOL!

    So there is something to be said for watching Star Wars in chronological order, as well, but I think that should be done after one is familiar with the original trilogy. You know? Like an exercise rather than the definitive movie experience. =)


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