I admit it. I read books like they’re going out of style (and they quite possibly are), so it was interesting when I got the daily prompt today, which had me pick a book I’ve read multiple times. That’s a tough one for me, seeing as I have read so many books multiple times, so picking one is tough. I think I’m going to have to go with The Magician’s Nephew, however, by C.S. Lewis.
For starters, while it wasn’t the first book in the Narnia series, it honestly should have been, as it outlines the history of people from this world being able to travel to Narnia, and it explains the magic, both good and bad, that inhabits the place. The glory of Narnia is in that magic, and it’s that magic that brings me back in time and again. That’s why I can read every single book in the series multiple times and still discover something new in each reading.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve read the book, but I’ll say it was so many times that I wore out the spine on my paperback copy. A few pages even fell out, but I stuck them back in, and even managed to use a couple of them as impromptu bookmarks. And at the end, when the children plant the tree that will become the wardrobe, my heart skips a little beat. Every. Single. Time. It’s the writing, the dream, and the majesty of it all, something that can’t be duplicated. That’s why I keep coming back to it.
And now I’m off to read it once again.