2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | February Round Up



Hello everyone! February has ended and which means it’s time for our second round up of the year!

Let’s talk Avonlea. How did you enjoy the second book? This is one of my favorites in the series and it was a pleasure revisiting it ๐Ÿ™‚ How ’bout those questions I asked at the beginning of the month?

Anne of Avonleaย introduces a cast of new characters including Mr. Harrison, Miss Lavender, Davy & Dora, Paul Irving, and Charlotta the Fourth. Which new character(s) was the most endearing to you? What do you like about them?ย 

This is a hard one but I’d definitely have to say Davy Keith is the most endearing to me. He’s such a messy little boy but he’s sooo lovable and sweet and he totally adores Anne which is even all the more precious. Paul Irving comes in at a close second. He’s a precious kiddo too and also equally adores Anne. Both boys are such kindred spirits ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anne has such high hopes and ideals when she sets out to teach Avonlea school. However, she’s in for a few surprises.ย What do you think about expectations and ideals when approaching a new situation? What do you think Anne discovered in this season as a school teacher?

Anne, like I’m sure many of us sometimes do with new, exciting situations, approached teaching with her ideals and assumptions about how things would work out. I think this first season of teaching taught her that sometimes it’s the unexpected things, the situations you couldn’t have anticipated, that make the difference. And it’s okay to have a bad day as long as you pick up and continue to do your best.

What do you think of Miss Lavender’s romance? Do you agree with Gilbert’s comment on what could have been? ๐Ÿ˜‰

This comment of Gil’s after Miss Lavender’s wedding gives us a glimpse of his romantic side which is so *sigh*-worthy (<– I don’t know if that’s even a term or if it’s written correctly but it looks good to me!). But in answer to the question, even after years of reading the book, I’m not sure how I feel about it. If Miss Lavender and Mr. Irving had stayed together, Paul would never have been born. I love what Gilbert says about how they could have walked through life together but on the other hand, the point is they ended up together and along the way, there was still beauty in the lives they lived apart from each other.

I’m probably thinking more into this than maybe what Gilbert was driving at (cause he was totally hinting to Anne about how he felt about her) but while a lifelong romance between Miss Lavender and Mr. Irving would have been nice, Miss Lavender wouldn’t be the same Miss Lavender, there wouldn’t have been Charlottas 1 through 4, Paul Irving wouldn’t have been born, and Anne and Diana never would have found Echo Lodge. Life & beauty happen even when things don’t go the way maybe they should have and it’s still a wonderful thing if we make the most of it!

Now it’s your turn! Let me know your thoughts! If you’re blogging your way through this reading challenge, leave a link to your post for Book Two in the widget below so I can visit! Or just leave me a comment at the end of the post :).

I know I’m a day behind but I’ll have the post forย Anne of the Islandย up tomorrow. You ready for March? Anne and Gil are off to college! I’m reeeeally excited to talk about this chapter of their lives ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a great evening, y’all!

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  • Hamlette

    Thanks so much for hosting this! Your questions are such fun to answer ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m off to check out March’s now.

    • Your welcome!! This is a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m enjoying it too!!

  • JulieDiane

    1. I love Davy, possibly because I am aunt to a precocious six year old boy! I also really like Mr. Harrison and how crusty he is on the outside, but Anne manages to make a friend of him anyway. I always like unlikely friends in a book.
    2. I think that Anne’s years as a school teacher are very important to her maturation. The ideals she goes in with are not necessarily wrong, but there’s a reason tried and true methods of teaching work. I think she comes to a more realistic compromise between her beautiful ideals and the day to day grind of teaching real people with real problems. Children do not usually react to kindness and gentle methods the way an idealist thinks they should. Anne discovers that sometimes it’s not the method near and dear to her heart that works, but she has to meet her students where they are, using methods they understand.
    3. I think I do agree with Gilbert’s comment about having memories that belong only to each other. Yes, in this story Miss Lavender and Mr. Irving are who they are partly because of their separation. I know that love is beautiful when it comes later in life, but then there is baggage to be overcome. I think that an ideal love begins early and lasts a lifetime.

    • I’ve got some precocious boys in my extended family too which is probably why I also love Davy ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, Mr Harrison is definitely a great, crusty old gentleman you can’t help liking once you get to his heart! Love your comments ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I read this series last year with ReederReads and loved it all. Having discovered a true soul mate with my second long-term intimate relationship, I often think to myself that I am so glad we found each other when we did, because we would not have been ready for “us” any earlier, in my opinion! I loved this book and all the characters and I think I purposefully preferred Dora just because it is so easy to overlook the “good kids”! ๐Ÿ™ Having taught school, I thought Anne handled it well. She just kept persevering and so many times that’s what life is all about! Glad to see another challenge for this series this year!