Journey to Narnia because you are never too old for fairy tales: A Read & Gush read-along - Reading List

Journey to Narnia because you are never too old for fairy tales: A Read & Gush read-along

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Read Gush Book Club: Autumn Read Along of The Chronicles of Narnia

Over the summer I had the immense joy of co-hosting a read along of Anne of Green Gables, and Anne of Avonlea with my amazing Bookstagram friend, Natelle.  It was so fun to gush over this classic with many other bookstagrammers twice a month.

Some had never read the books before, others were rereading, and we all fell in love with the adventures Anne found herself on.

Since we had such a great time, we decided to host another read along: The Chronicles of Narnia.

And I would love for you all to join in!  All the discussions will be held on Instagram, so make sure you follow me, Natelle, and our hashtag #readgushnarnia so as not to miss all the fun - there will be giveaways, so you are not going to want to miss anything.

Group Read Alongs

Alright, so I'm going to venture a guess that some of you have never done a group read along... maybe only in school... and let's be honest assigned reading is never fun... 

These are completely different.  

First of all, you don't actually have to read the book if you don't want to - granted it won't be as fun during the live discussions if you have no clue what we are talking about... but hey that's fine if you want!

Or maybe you have read these books already and love them and remember them... you don't have to reread them if you don't want!  Join us anyway.

There is also a movie version of these two books - which while not perfect, ring fairly true, so that's an option.

Or if you're like us and you simply adore Narnia, you will want to reread these.  

And if you are one of those who has never read any of the Narnia Chronicles, you will love meeting the Pevensie kids, and all of the characters who help them to enter Narnia... not to mention you will finally understand why everyone is for Aslan.

The Details

The idea is super easy, you pick up the book, in any format you want, and start reading. 

Every other Saturday, Natelle and I will lead a group discussion, or gush session, on Instagram stories, live.

And because last time was so fun, we are adding in photo challenges so that you can earn more ways to win prizes.  Plus if you need to gush even more between our live discussions, there will be group private chats to discuss more of the details of the books.

Basically, we want to hear from you, as much as you hear from us.  There are so many little details in these books, and gaining other's likes, even dislikes, of them help us to see an even bigger perspective of the magic that is Narnia. 

Read Gush Book Club: Autumn Read Along of The Chronicles of Narnia

Narnia Group Read-Along  


October 1: Begin reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
October 4: Photo challenge: Show off your Narnia books
October 6: Live Discussion on Instagram - We will discuss all of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (specifics on time will be announced on Instagram)
October 7-19: Read Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia & The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
October 11: Photo Challenge Book & crown (for Prince Caspian)
October 18: Photo Challenge:  Sea of Books (for Dawn Treader)
October 20: Live Discussion on Instagram -  We will be discussion Prince Caspian & Dawn Treader (specifics on time will be announced on Instagram)
October 21- November 2: Read The Silver Chair & The Horse and His Boy
October 25: Photo Challenge: Book & Reading spot/setup (for Silver Chair)
November 1: Photo Challenge: Your favorite bookish extra - bookmark, mug, print- that resonates with your own personal story (for His Boy)
November 3: Live Discussion - We will discuss both Silver Chair & His Boy (specific time will be announced on Instagram)
November 4 - 16: Read The Magician's Nephew & The Last Battle
November 8: Photo Challenge: Take your book outside
November 15: Photo Challenge: Book & weapon
November 17: Final Live Discussion: We will discuss the last two books, and touch back on the whole series (times to be announced on Instagram)


If you have been following along on Instagram already you might know that we are collecting goodies to giveaway during the live discussions! 

We are hoping to get some great products lined up for the giveaways at each live discussion,  so if you are a shop, or have a favorite shop, and have a Narnia themed product feel free to contact me via Instagram to discuss how to sponsor one of our discussions.

Just like before, Natelle and I will collect all those who participate in the live discussions (that means chiming in on the conversation, not just lurking, sorry), as well as photo challenges, and story mentions that utilize the our hashtag, #readgushnarnia.  Please understand that not all prizes will be available outside of the United States, as cost is often prohibitive, however, I am trying to arrange one international prize...

(with all giveaways please know that there will be rules and such... you must be 18 or older, or have the permission of a guardian to enter- you will have to have an address that USPS will mail to - each giveaway specifics will be mentioned during the live - but none of these will be associated with Instagram, or Facebook...)


Discussion one: A complete Nerdy Post Narnia theme box! [click here to find all there amazing boxes and goodies]

Prize break down:
  • This box was released December 2017. 
  • Necklace
  • Button
  • Fabric Coaster
  • Auto grade sticker 
  • Color in postcard
  • Two-side soft touch bookmark
  • 2 5x7 Mini Prints
  • 8.5 x 11 in Print

This prize is open to international entrants - the rules and guidelines on how to enter can be found here [click here] and will close October 8, 2018 at 8:00 amEST.

Read Gush Book Club: Autumn Read Along of The Chronicles of Narnia

That pretty much covers it! 

I think anyway - if you have any questions, or concerns, let me know!  Leave a comment below or message me on Instagram.

I hope you will join in... just follow me on Instagram and Natelle: Tall_Telle_Tells_Tales and check it out!

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Read Gush Book Club: Autumn Read Along of The Chronicles of Narnia

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Marissa Writes

*** Do you need to purchase a set of the Chronicles of Narnia to join us?  Considering clicking over to Amazon through this link before you buy and a small bit will come back to help fund this site - it won't cost you more, but I'll be forever grateful!

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  1. As a Reading Specialist, I totally love this. Anything that gets people involved in the joy of reading!

    1. That is exactly why I do all of this... Reading opens so many doors and everyone can benefit from it at every age.

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