2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | January Round Up

ANNE JAN 2

Good evening everyone! Oh my goodness, it feels like forever since I’ve posted!! January has been a whirlwind for me and I’m just now beginning to catch my breath. To be completely honest, I haven’t quite finished the book but I’m coming along. When I tell you my life has completely changed in the past month, I mean I’ve just entered a whole different season of life that I’m still adjusting to! But that’s a post for another day 😉

Let’s talk Green Gables!

How was the first book? Have you completed it? Not yet? No worries! Me either, right? Lol. I’m about to switch to audiobook to speed up.

However, I did promise a post on the last day of the month and I want to keep my word! So let’s take a look at those questions I posed at the beginning of the month.

This first installment of Anne Shirley’s story is about her finding a home after years of displacement. While we often consider ‘home’ to be synonymous with ‘house’, it’s also a state of being. What does home mean for you and what makes it special?

My Answer: Home for me is family. Home is where I feel safe with the people I love. Home is where I can let my hair down, relax, rejuvenate, experiment, play, create, escape, pray, sing, read, and not worry what others are going to think about me because the people in my home accept me as I am.

Friendship is such a huge theme in this book. There are many elements that make up a great bosom friendship like Anne and Diana’s but if you had to pick three of those elements, what would they be?

My Answer: Only three? Lol that’s hard and made up this question! Okay, I’d say love, trust, and forgiveness. Those are loaded and come with sub-divisions but that’s the short answer ;).

Of course, we love Gilbert Blythe but the real sweetheart in the first book is Matthew Cuthbert. What makes Matthew such a great father figure in Anne’s life? And (if you’ve read the books before) what effect do you think his love and influence has in the rest of Anne’s life? 

My Answer: Oh Matthew is suuuuuuuuuch a sweetheart and I think what makes him so is the combination of his desire to love and his natural disposition to quiet, simple sweet temperedness. He’s just a real sweet guy, not out to prove anything, just work hard and be a credit to his sister. He and Anne are a perfect father-daughter pair cause she does all the talking and he’s a patient listener. He gives her the necessary room to be herself and I think that that was the perfect bookend to Marilla’s more strict version of love that gave her the structure she never had.

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

Are y’all ready for February? Ready or not, here it comes! And that means we’re reading Anne of Avonlea! I love this book, it might be my favorite….might. It’s so hard to choose! My February intro post will be up tomorrow and we’ll talk Book Two! Be patient with me, dear Reader, it might not be up till the evening.

I’d love to know how y’all are getting along! I hope your January has been as wonderful and, dare I say, as challenging as mine as been ;).

Have a wonderful evening!

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  • JulieDiane

    Well, I actually just started on Anne of Green Gables. I’ve been going back and forth between reading an e-book and listening to a dramatic reading. What I immediately remembered was the beautiful picture that Lucy Maud Montgomery paints of Prince Edward Island and Green Gables. I sometimes find myself skimming over descriptions in books, but not in Anne.

    “What does home mean for you and what makes it special?”

    Home for me is undoubtedly my family. My husband, my parents, my sister and her family. We all live in the same small rural area. I think I could live just about anywhere if they were with me. On the other hand, I don’t want to consider life changes that might take me away from them. I love my house, but it isn’t as important as the people who love me unconditionally.

    “but if you had to pick three of those elements, what would they be?”
    Loyalty is the one that comes immediately to mind. I’m sorry, I need to re-read further to talk about this more.

    “What makes Matthew such a great father figure in Anne’s life? And (if you’ve read the books before) what effect do you think his love and influence has in the rest of Anne’s life?”
    Matthew is the first person in Anne’s life who loves her unconditionally and truly enjoys her company. Marilla comes to love her the same way, later, but Matthew is the first. He gives her a soft place to fall and also gives her someone who will share in her joys. I think someone to share in your joys is a very important part of life. I think Matthew gives Anne a sense of security that will stay with her. His influence probably kept her from becoming completely wild.
    I love these books, but I’ve never really discussed them before. I’m having a little trouble putting my thoughts into words. Looking forward to finishing Green Gables and starting Avonlea!

  • Hamlette

    I finished it off a few days early and then totally forgot to zip over here at the end of the month to link up! I dove right into Anne of Avonlea, though I’ve had to set it aside for a couple days to finish off some stuff that was due to the library.

  • Ila Hilda Sissac

    I recently read Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne of The Island, Jane of Lantern Hill, and The Blue Castle over the past few months. All 4 books were very good.

  • Melissa Gross

    I’m late to the discussion for this first book, but I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading it! Anne is such a great reminder to us to look for the positive and the beautiful in our every day life!

  • I wrote mine before I knew about your challenge so hope it’s still okay to link it up! 🙂