by C.S. Lewis
I realize that saying The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a Sticky Book is an entirely unoriginal suggestion, but it’s true. It may be the stickiest book in my lifetime. I have read it a half dozen times or so, but the first time I read it was with my mother. I think I fell in love with storytelling hearing my mother read this book to me. It’s a beautiful fable. I can recall lying up at night before bed as she made the world of C.S. Lewis a reality for me. (Side note: I love this Lonely Island video that came out almost a decade ago now. C.S. Lewis has never been so cool.)
“She did not shut it properly because she knew that it is very silly to shut oneself into a wardrobe, even if it is not a magic one.”
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
“If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most, or else just silly.”
“Always winter but never Christmas.”
“I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been – if you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again.”
“All shall be done, but it may be harder than you think.”
“And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to and end; but that was not to be.”
“If ever they remembered their life in this world it was as one remembers a dream.”
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Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.