2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge

Earlier this year, I wrote Why Women Love Gilbert Blythe and Why Guys Should Pay AttentionIt’s probably the most widely read thing I’ve ever written in my life. It struck a chord with many Green Gables fans and I was so happy to share some great Anne and Gil moments with everyone in memory of Jonathan Crombie.

Of course, with all the hype about Anne and Gil, I craved the books. So next year, I’m going to read through all 8 books. If you love the books as much as I do and it’s time for some re-reading, I invite you to join! And if you’ve always been a fan of the films but have never read the books, then you, my dear, are so missing out and should really consider reading them next year!

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The Anne series includes the follow titles:

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of the Island
Anne of Windy Poplars
Anne’s House of Dreams
Anne of Ingleside
Rainbow Valley
Rilla of Ingleside

I soooo cannot wait to begin, these are some of my favorite books from my teen years and re-reading them is always such a treat! 


  • I’m going to keep it really simple. All you have to do is complete books 1-8 between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. I’m not setting a schedule, just read at your own pace. Easy, peasy, lemon squeasy!
  • Any format is acceptable (hard copy, e-book, audiobook)
  • Crossovers to other challenges are allowed encouraged, and totally expected 😉

Extras: (Updated)

  • Since there are 12 months and only 8 books, I decided to add two more titles to my list. If you want to do a book a month, that would leave room for 4 additional titles. Here are some more Avonlea reads you may want to consider: (some of these were suggested in the comments below)
The Emily books:

3. Emily’s Quest

Again, these additional reads are they are totally optional. So far, I’ve chosen these two:

TheBlythesAreQuotedBookThe Blythes are Quoted – Montgomery wrote this book as the final chapter in Anne series but was never published in it’s entirety until much later. I had no idea it existed until today and am looking forward to getting my own copy!

roadtoyesterdaylucymaudmontgomerybookThe Road to Yesterday – This is an extremely abridged version of the The Blythes are Quoted. So abridged that a reviewer on Goodreads said they are two completely different books. I’ve had it on my list to read for awhile so I’m going to add it to this challenge.

Blog Schedule (Updated):

Now, while there is no set reading schedule, you should know what to expect from me as host so I do have a schedule for myself on the blog.  I’m going to be reading a book a month and will do an intro post on the first of the month and my review and discussion question answers on the last of the month.
So, my calendar will look like this:
  • January – Anne of Green Gables
  • February – Anne of Avonlea
  • March – Anne of the Island
  • April – Anne of Windy Poplars
  • May – Anne’s House of Dreams
  • June – Anne of Ingleside
  • July – Rainbow Valley
  • August – Rilla of Ingleside
  • September – Catch Up
  • October – The Blythes are Quoted
  • November – The Road to Yesterday
  • December – Catch Up/Round Up/Giveaway
September thru December, you can read as many extra titles as you’d like. Since this isn’t my only reading challenge for the year, I’ll just be reading two extras with September and December as catch up months. Aaaaand since December is the Christmas season and time of giving, I’ll be doing a giveaway ^.^
Again, read at your own pace but this is what you can expect of me ^.^
Also, at the end of every month, I’ll have a link up where you can post your reviews if you’re blogging your way through the challenge.

So, Green Gables fans, it’s time to take a trip to back to good ol’ Prince Edward Island for a yearlong visit with our favorite Anne (spelled with an ‘E’).  

You don’t need a blog to join but if you are a blogger, sign up below with your link. Either way, leave me a comment and let me know that you’re joining the fun!

And if you’d like, here are a couple of smaller versions you can copy and paste to your blog 🙂

If you’re sharing the challenge on social media, use the hashtag #ayearinavonlea.

Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge 2016

Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge 2016

Happy Reading!

One or more titles in the series will also go towards these other reading challenges:

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  • Hamlette

    I’m definitely joining, because I was planning to do exactly this myself in 2016! I haven’t read The Blythes are Quoted before either, but have ordered a copy just a couple days ago. Not sure if I’ll also read The Road to Yesterday or not — thinking I’ll do the two Tales of Avonlea books instead, we’ll see. When I get a post up about this, I’ll be sure to link up here 🙂

    • Oh lovely! The Tales of Avonlea books would be great! You know, I’m probably going to include a list of books that can be read as extras… Hope you enjoy the challenge!

      • Hamlette

        That’s a great idea!

  • JulieDiane

    I want to join! I’m a librarian and will be posting on my library blog about the challenges I’m going to do in 2016. My blog is a franklincountylibrarymv.blogspot.com, but I don’t have a post up just yet. I love Anne and it’s been a couple of years since I read all the books. It will be fun to do it for a challenge!

    • Yay! Happy to have you It’s been awhile for me too!

      • Hibernators Library

        Well, instead of saying “a couple” I should say I haven’t read them since I was a kid, and I haven’t read all of them. Not sure what I was thinking last night when I wrote that. Haha.

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  • Cheryl Malandrinos

    I used to read these books annually. I’ve also ready many of the other books you’ve mentioned. Good luck to all who participate.

    • Thank you! It should be fun 🙂

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  • Bethany

    Sounds like a fun challenge – I love the Anne books and this is a great excuse to reread them! I reread the Pat books every year but I tend to only reread one or two of the Anne books a year. Looking forward to this!

    • Happy to have you join!! I’m looking forward to it too!

  • Danielle Byers

    I am so excited! 🙂

    By the way, I love the snowflakes in your blog.

    • I am too! Thank you! I love them too 🙂

  • Rachel Lantz

    I will be joining in, but I would like to recommend a few other L.M. Montgomery books I absolutely adore: A Tangled Web, The Blue Castle, and Kilmeny of the Orchard!

    • Welcome!! And thank you for the recommendations! I will add them to the list 🙂

  • Audra Christensen Silva

    This will be such a fun challenge! Thanks for hosting, 🙂

    • Elyssa

      I think it will be too! You’re so welcome!! 🙂

    • I think so too! You’re so welcome, my pleasure! 🙂

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  • Karen Marcum

    I will be joining. One of my goals this year is to watch less TV and read more and I’m so happy to come across this challenge. I read these books with my daughter when I home schooled her many years ago. I’m going to try and do the “Grown Up Reading Challenge” as well. Thank you for these challenges! These have definitely made me want to read again.

    • I’m there with you on the TV watching. I don’t regularly watch a whole lot but I’m no stranger to binge watching Hulu >< Yeeeeeeah so more page turning for 2016! Aww, that's so precious about you and your daughter! My mother home schooled my younger brother and me and spent hours reading to us. She didn't read Green Gables to me but she read Little House books. Dear memories!! 🙂 I'm so glad to have helped inspire the desire to read this year! Best wishes!

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  • Terri

    What fun! I haven’t read all of the books, so this will be a treat.

    • Oh you’ll definitely enjoy yourself 🙂 Happy reading!

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  • Melissa Gross

    I’m going to join in as I’m working my way through my young adult books and own all the Anne of Green Gables books. Along with the 8 books, I’ll be reading Before Green Gables as well.

    • Glad to have you on board!

  • Katka

    I´m joining 🙂 I want to read Anne in my mother tongue and if I´ll have time in english as well

    • Awesome!! 🙂 What is your first language?

      • Katka

        Slovak language 🙂

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  • Damaris Vilchis

    I joined . Today I started with Anne Of Green Gables. I read it in Spanish (my native language), although I have already read the story in English. My blog: http://chopinek200.blogspot.mx/

    Have a nice read!

    • Oh great! Enjoy! 🙂

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  • Karen Marcum

    I just finished book one “Anne of Green Gables”. I read it years ago when I was home schooling my daughter. What a wonderful story! I’m looking forward to book two! It is so good to be reading again.

  • Awesome that you listed some of Montgomery’s other books. I just received a text that the copy of The Blue Castle I had reserved has arrived and is ready to be picked up! I am trying to squeeze in several children’s books in April for Simpler Pastimes’ Classic Children’s Literature Event for April 2016 (https://simplerpastimes.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/coming-soon-classic-childrens-lit-event-4/#comment-2826). And Bex of An Armchair by the Sea and I are cohosting a Little House Read-Along for 2016! So much great children’s literature…and so little time! 🙂

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  • Hi Elyssa! My blog just read Anne of Green Gables for my new bimonthly book club and one my participants linked to your challenge. I’m so glad she did. I’ll definitely be reading through the whole series now that I’ve begun. And I didn’t know there was another book after Rilla. (I own Road to Yesterday, but it’s one of the few LMM books I haven’t read.) Maybe I’ll read that after Rilla of Ingleside and then search out the original. Always happy to meet a kindred spirit.