Well, I did it! I completed the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge 2016. This was the second time I completed the Challenge.
The twelfth book I finished was for the category of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Dystopian Classics. This is not a favorite category of mine which explains it being the very last one to finish. I attempted 2 books, Foundation by Asimov, and Out of the Silent Planet by Lewis but neither held my interest. I then realized that a children’s classic would fulfill the requirements of the category which opened up new possibilities. I’d much prefer reading about goblins than futuristic science fiction.
The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald was a favorite of my daughters back in the day when we homeschooled. I had never read the book but handed it off to them, both of whom loved it and actually fought over who would get to keep our family copy when all was said and done.
Rather than actually read the book though, I ended up listening to it through the Hoopla app and my library. The narrator was wonderful with his deep English accent and his ability to vary his voice for the different characters. I enjoyed every minute of it.
George Macdonald was a gifted writer. He knew how to blend words together almost poetically and paint a vivid picture.