Thursday, June 21, 2018

Book Beginning: Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis




I was born in the winter of 1898 at Belfast, the son of a solicitor and of a clergyman’s daughter. My parents had only two children, both sons, and I was the younger by about three years.

-- Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C. S. Lewis. Such a prosaic beginning for the creator of Narnia!

This has been on my TBR shelf forever, so I finally decided to read it with my ears and got the audiobook download from my library.

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  1. My title has the word "surprise" too!

  2. There are quite a few "older" books on my shelves I need to get to. This sounds interesting. I have fond memories of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, but I know so little about the author himself.

  3. Some of the books on both my actual and virtual shelves are beyond old, they are positively ancient.

    I would like to think that if I had the courage to do a hard cull and almost start again, things wouldn't build up so badly, but I just know that isn't true. I would just have more space to fill with some of those lovely charity shop book finds!!

    Enjoy your book and thanksfor hosting BBOF :)


  4. I haven't read any other books by C. S. Lewis except for The Chronicles of Narnia. I do have to admit that this one looks pretty interesting.

  5. I've read this a couple of times - once as a teenager, when I read a lot of his books on Christianity and then again a few years ago. I love his writing.


  6. I never read anything by him.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting, Gilion.

  7. I've done that - had a book in my TBR for years and finally get to it from an audiobook from the library. Hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

  8. A great author! Hope you enjoy it, I'm absolutely sure you will!

    Here is mine this week:

    Have a lovely weekend! x

  9. The Chronicles of Narnia have always been some of my favorite books but I really know nothing about Lewis himself. This sounds really interesting.

  10. I enjoyed the Narnia books but don't know anything about the author. I hope you are enjoying the story. This week I have a book that has been on TBR mountain way too long - A Rumor of Bones by Beverly Connor. Happy reading!

  11. I've only read Narnia. I've never thought about any of his other works. Hope you enjoy it.

  12. I would like to read this one. I like the title. The beginning isn't boring.


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