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AUTHOR OF THE DAY: C.S. Lewis

Born on November 29, 1898, C.S. Lewis was a prolific Irish writer and scholar best known for his Chronicles of Narnia fantasy series.

Lewis graduated from Oxford University with a focus on literature and classic philosophy, and in 1925 was awarded a fellowship teaching position at Magdalen College, which was part of the university. There, he also joined the group known as The Inklings, an informal collective of writers and intellectuals who counted among their members Lewis’ brother, Warren Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. 

During the ’50s, Lewis started to publish the seven books that would comprise The Chronicles of Narnia children’s series, with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) being the first release. The story focused on four siblings who, during wartime, walk through an armoire to enter the magical world of Narnia, a land resplendent with mythical creatures and talking animals. Different parts of the series represented a variety of Biblical themes; one prominent character is Aslan, a lion and the ruler of Narnia, who has also been interpreted as a Jesus Christ figure. (Lewis would assert that his Narnia stories weren’t a direct allegory to the real world.)

Though the book received some negative reviews, general readers took to the story in a big way. The series has retained its international popularity over the decades.

Lewis’s landmark series, The Chronicles of Narnia, has seen a number of on-screen iterations, including a cartoon version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe that was released in 1979 and a 1989 BBC film series. Additionally, in 2005, a big-screen adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe hit movie theaters, starring Tilda Swinton as the witch Jadis and Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan. Two more Narnia films have been brought to theaters as well: Prince Caspian (2008) and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010). Movie version of The Silver Chair is reportedly in the works. 

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Reading slumps are awful and every reader dreads them. Once you’re in one it makes you feel like you just can’t ever pick up a book again. It’s hard for book bloggers too because if you aren’t reading, what are you supposed to post? You can’t liveblog, update goodreads, and personally I don’t even have to motivation to get on here when I’m in a slump, and lets not even talk about the stress of not feeling like reading ARC’s. But there are ways to get out of them! Or at least ways to float by until they pass. Here’s my tips that I used in my last reading slump!

  • Break out of your usual comfort zone and read something different! If you usually read fantasy, read a contemporary for a change. Or maybe you really love romance? Well try out something with a little more action! Sometimes falling into the same patterns of reading gets boring without you even noticing, so changing it up will be good for your motivation.
  • Don’t try to pick up that 500 page brick of a novel. It won’t do you any good and honestly, that intimidation of not making a lot of progress in the book will set you even farther into your slump.
  • Read some fluff! Fluffy books like Losing It by Cora Carmack, or Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik are always quick, easy, and fun reads that will put you in the mood for reading. Plus, the quicker the book you read are, the more you’ll feel like your reading and it will make you more excited to read. 
  • After a while of reading light, fluffy novels, you start to get into a rhythm of reading, so move onto something a little less fluffy. Something with more depth!  Jennifer L. Armentrout is my go-to author. Obsidian and Wicked are great! 
  • Never force yourself to read. If you try out books that are different than you usually read, or if you try out fluff and its just not working, don’t get down on yourself for not reading! Sometimes you simply need a break. Try something different for a while, like writing or journaling, drawing, arts and crafts, or even rearrange your shelves! Liv at rainydayscoffeeandbooks has a whole tag on bookish crafts that are fun to do, especially if you cant get into reading just yet! You can even try catching up on tv! Just don’t push yourself to read because you’ll get in even more of a reading slump, i promise you haha.
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