Review: Becoming Mrs. Lewis

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Rating: ★★★★★

I received this book for free as part of an Instagram tour (Just Read Tours specifically) I did to promote the book.

I was interested in reading this book because I am a fan of C.S. Lewis. I hadn’t heard of Joy Davidman before, so I was curious to learn more about her. Please note that although this book is based on real people and real events, it is still a work of historical fiction. 

This book was incredible. It beautifully depicted the relationship between Lewis and Davidman. Their romance was unconventional but epic. The love they had for one another is truly remarkable. I loved how they influenced each other’s work and treated each other as equals. 

Joy was such a strong woman. I enjoyed learning her backstory and seeing how she had the courage to not only leave her alcoholic and cheating husband, but also to start a new life with her children in another country. 

I loved the epilogue. It really gave Joy a voice. She comes from a time where people often silenced her voice and contributions. I liked that the author let Joy have the final word. 

Since this is a book about C.S. Lewis, is also discusses the Christian faith but it doesn’t go overboard with it. If you’re worried that it might be too religious, don’t be. The heart of the book is really their love story. 

Lastly, the endpapers of the book feature a map of Oxford which I found to be a really nice touch, since the Narnia books are known to have maps. 

Overall, this is an amazing read! If you are fan of C.S. Lewis or love books about incredible women, then pick this one up! 

The Liebster Award

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I was nominated (a very long time ago) by Zoe from Home of Indie Authors. Thank you so much for nominating me. I had a ton of fun answering your questions and coming up with my own. Here is a link to her post.

 The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog/post
  2. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions
  3. Come up with your own set of 11 questions to be answered by your nominees
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing – don’t forget to tag them, provide a link to their blogs – let them know!!

Questions and Answers 

Q. What are your favorite genres to read?

A. I read anything that strikes my fancy, but I particularly enjoy YA, middle grade, romance, historical fiction, and contemporary.

Q. What’s the first book you ever recall reading?

A. I honestly cannot remember because I was very young.

Q. Do you read self-published authors? Why? Or why not?

A. Yes I do! I love reading them because they often offer something different from more mainstream authors.

Q. Who is the author you stalk online the most?

A. Jenny Han! Also Jacqueline Smith, my new favorite Indie author. Her books are the best!

Q. Favorite bookish boyfriend/girlfriend?

A. Q Mercer from the Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters and John Ambrose McClaren from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han

Q. What are your favorite things of being a book blogger?

A. Sharing my love of books and reading. Also meeting amazing people.

Q. If you could spend a day in a book, which one would it be?

A. The Chronicles of Narnia! Who wouldn’t want to go there? For Narnia! And for Aslan!

Q. Turn your favorite book into a movie! Who directs it? What actors get the main roles?

A. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. Not sure about who would direct it, but I would love to see Dove Cameron as Bobbi.

Q. Kiss, marry, kill. Go!

A. Kiss: Rhysand (from the ACOTAR series) Marry: John Ambrose McClaren (from TATBILB trilogy) Kill: The White Witch (from The Chronicles of Narnia)

Q. A huge book disappointment?

A. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I didn’t necessarily hate it but it was so not what I was expecting. There was no plot and it wasn’t fangirl-y enough.

Q. A book recommendation for anyone reading this =)

A. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I recommend this to literally everyone.

My Questions 

  1. What book do you think is the most overhyped?
  2. Be honest! Do you judge books by their covers?
  3. What’s your biggest bookish pet peeve?
  4. What’s your unpopular bookish opinion?
  5. How many unread books do you have?
  6. Who’s your favorite fictional bookworm?
  7. If someone offered you a million dollars to burn half of the books you own, would you do it?
  8. Who’s your favorite author that most people have never heard of?
  9. Who’s your bookish OTP?
  10. What’s your stance on dog-earing books?
  11. Best book-to-movie/book-to-tv-show adaptation?

Nominations

I never know who to nominate for these things, so if you’re reading this and want to do it, consider yourself nominated!

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Why I’ve never read Harry Potter (and loved Narnia instead)

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I’ve never read a single Harry Potter book. I know, blasphemous right? How can that be?

Growing up I was a hipster before it was cool to be a hipster. One of the reasons I’ve never read Harry Potter was because I thought it was too mainstream. I didn’t want to get into it just because everyone else was in to it. I had a strong sense of self and individuality at the tender age of 7.

Another reason why I never picked it up was because it just didn’t interest me. The fact that it centered around a boy was a major turn off for me. When I was young I gravitated towards books that were more female centric. I loved Little House in the Big Woods, the American Girl books, the Dear America books, etc. All of these were about girls. By the time I reached third grade, I was obsessed with Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, which coincidentally were about girls (and their brothers in Wendy’s case) who travel to a fantasy land.

In fifth grade I discovered the magic of Narnia. The movie was coming out in December and the Scholastic Book Order (that my elementary school would give out) had the books available (they even came with a movie poster). So I got The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I read TMN first and I absolutely loved it! I fell in love with the magic and the world. Then I read TLTWATW and I fell in love with it even more! I loved how everything that was mentioned in TMN came back into play. I knew where the White Witch came from, how the lamp post got there, why the wardrobe was magical, and who the professor was. Then I saw the movie adaptation and LOVED it! It perfectly captured everything about the book. After that I went to Barnes and Noble and bought the rest of the books with a Barnes and Noble gift card that I got for Christmas. I read them and loved them as well. One thing I loved about all the books were that there was always a good balance of male and female characters.

Fast forward to eighth grade, the Prince Caspian movie, and my friendship with this girl named Elizabeth. I had known Elizabeth the previous year but I didn’t start talking to her a lot until eighth grade. Second trimester she switched into my P.E. class and we started bonding over Narnia. She loved it just as much as me. We would spend pretty much every P.E. class obsessing over it. She had a crush on the guy who played Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and I had a crush on the guy who played Peter (William Moseley) and we both thought that the guy who played Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) was Spanish and were mad to find out that he was British. We were a match made in Narnia.

The next year, ninth grade, we made a new friend named Ana. And guess what? She liked the Narnia movies too! After meeting us she read the books and loved them. We would spend most of our time at school obsessing over Narnia and the boy we all had a crush on (his name was Brandon and he was the total package but that’s a story for another time). When sophomore year rolled around, we saw the Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie together. I remember my mom picked us up after school drove us to the theatre.

We’re still friends today, even though we don’t see each other as often as we would like. The memories we made obsessing over Narnia are some of my favorites.

To sum up, Narnia gave me so much in life, that it will always have that special place in my heart. I know many people have had that experience with Harry Potter, but that just never happened with me. I honestly don’t know if I will ever read Harry Potter.

Is there a popular book series you haven’t read? Let me know in the comments!