2016 Reading Challenge | Book Two

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“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

When determining the different books I would read for my yearly challenge, I took it as an opportunity to fill in gaps. Anne of Green Gables instantly came to mind. While I’ve watched the movies countless times (PBS seemed to air Anne of Green Gables on a monthly basis when I was younger), I still hadn’t read any of the series. Now was the time!

As a child, reading did not come easy to me. I have countless memories of my mother patiently sitting by my side as I struggled through chapter after chapter of early readers. I think my comprehension challenge drove me to love listening to audiobooks. Once my school work was done for the day you would have often found me in my room dressing an American Girl doll while listening to Adventures in Odyssey or the abridged version of Anne of Green Gables.

Anne of Green Gables (the first book in the series) follows Anne from the age of 11 up until she graduates with her teaching license from Queen’s Academy. I wasn’t sure how closely the movies followed each book, but I was surprised that essentially (minus a few characters) all the classic storylines are present. From what I can tell, the second movie is the one that combines a few of the later books.

“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”

I love the character of Anne and the dreamy backdrop of Prince Edward Island. Anne Shirley is constantly learning lessons herself while also teaching us, the readers, something too. She is feisty, but loving and we could all learn to be unabashedly full of imagination. Anne’s eagerness to feel a sense of belonging sparks joy and softens the hearts of those around her.

“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”

While, technically this series is considered children’s literature I found myself thoroughly engaged. Often laughing out loud! If you, like me, missed reading this as a young girl, I highly recommend it!

12 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenge | Book Two”

  1. This is a classic that SO MANY people just love, but, to be honest, I haven’t gotten myself past the first chapter! Like you, I’ve seen the movies so I know how lovable Anne is but for some reason it just hasn’t clicked for me. Maybe I’ll try again soon! Thanks for sharing and good luck with your challenge!

  2. I’ve read almost everything L. M. Montgomery ever wrote because I love how she created quirky and cantankerous characters that you really got to know. How cool it would be to experience Anne for the first time–I can’t even remember the first time I ever read it!

  3. Ah, such a great book to revisit! I have watched the movie version countless times as well, but it would really be fun to read it again, 20+ years after I first encountered my favorite Anne with an E. Love hearing that it holds up well in adulthood!

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