2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | Final Quarter Intro

It’s October!

Anne of Green Gables October

Fall is here and where I’m at in southwest, it’s cooled off slightly and the highs have gone down to the 80s. *sigh* I miss Autumns like the one in the picture above! That’s why reading Avonlea in the fall and winter is going to be super sweet to me–the homeyness will bring a cozy sense of nostalgia.

We’ve reached the last quarter of the year and this is the time to read anything you’d like by L.M. Montgomery.  I’ve chosen to read these 2 titles for October and November:

  • Emily of New Moon 
  • The Road to Yesterday

I really wanted to read The Blythes are Quoted but I had no idea how hard it would be to get a copy. Soooooo Emily of New Moon it is!

This is the link up post for October and November. December will be a catch up month like September and you can post any books you read during those months as well

I’ll do a final post in December to wrap everything up but until then, continue reading and enjoying your Avonlea adventures!

Here’s the linky:

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | August Introduction

RILLA OF INGLESIDE

Good morning all!

Well it’s here! We’re at the last book of the series! How are you feeling? I’m a bit sad to tell you the truth! I’ve so enjoyed this 🙂

I haven’t read this book in many a year and the only thing I remember is that I think I cried. And back then, it took a lot for me to cry.

Oh good grief. I cry more easily now soooooooo I’m anticipating tears this go ’round.

Break out the Kleenex y’all! Here’s to the last installment of Anne.

Happy reading 🙂

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | July Round Up

JULY ROUND UP

Y’all, the summer is almost over! I don’t know about y’all, but the past several weeks have been CRAZY for me!! I did manage to finish Rainbow Valley though and I thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂 How about some discussion questions?

  1. This book was totally centered around the Blythe small fry and their friends. Reading about their adventures in Rainbow Valley made me think of Anne’s days with the the Echo Lodge crew in Anne of Avonlea. It also made me think of Camp Laurence from Little Women, as well as sweet Betsy-Tacy moments. The innocence of childhood play is so lovely to read. Do you have any favorite Rainbow Valley moments? Did they remind you of other childhood moments from any other books?
  2. Montgomery likes writing about romance lost (Captain Jim and Lost Margaret) or almost lost forever (Mr. Irving and Miss Lavender). What would you have done in Rosemary’s place? Would you have kept your promise to your sister and refused John Merideth despite loving him?
  3. We’ve said goodbye to Anne’s childhood long ago. This book is a farewell to the sweet childhood of the Blythe clan. This always makes me sad. While being an adult is a wonderful thing in so many ways, childhood always calls to us in one way or another. What do you miss about childhood?   

We’ve made it to August, dear Readers!! Remember, if you’re not caught up, don’t sweat it. September is a catch-up month (much needed for me!). I’ve got some other deadlines to meet so I will be catching up on discussion questions then. The Rill of Ingleside post will be up soon!

In the meantime, here’s the linky:

Happy reading!!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | June Round Up

ANNE READING CHALLENGE ROUND UP

Good evening everyone!

I think I’ve set a record for latest round up post yet. Life has been so crazy the past several weeks and it’s promised to stay this way for the next few weeks so reading and blogging have, unfortunately, been shoved to the back burner. I do apologize. Now you know why I tucked in a catch up month in this event cause I knew I’d need it! I’m suffering from a classic case of too many plates spinning and not enough hands to keep up!

For those of you who have finished the book and have continued to the next one, cheers to staying on track!! I so applaud you for keeping up with this challenge 🙂 But enough of the accolades, how about some discussion questions?

  1. Montgomery has some precious episodes in this book about the Blythe children. Do you have a favorite of the Ingleside munchkins? What was your favorite story?
  2. In this book we really get a taste of Anne and Gilbert’s parenting styles. What do you think of Doctor and Mrs. Blythe as parents? Do you have any thoughts about the way their household is run?
  3. Anne fears that Gilbert no longer loves her because he doesn’t seem to be as attentive. Do you think that Gil should have been more cognizant of his behavior or should Anne have voiced her concerns? Was she just being a worry-wort and over-dramatizing things or did she have a legit reason to be concerned/jealous? 

I meant it when I said I need to catch up. I probably won’t be posting my answers until September. But please have at it! And here’s the linky for those of you who are blogging 🙂

Hope y’all are having a fantastic summer so far and are reading all sorts of interesting books 🙂 Have a great night!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | June Introduction

ANNE READING CHALLENGE JUNE INTRO

Hello Readers!

I totally forgot that I never posted the intro for the next book, my sincere apologies! For those of you who’ve started the next book in our series, you’ve got the jump on me cause I’ve just started.

I hope you enjoy reading this chapter in Anne’s married life. In book 6, Mrs. Doctor Blythe wonders whether or not her dear Gil still loves her.

WHAAAA?!! Impossible!

Heehee. It’s been so long, I don’t remember much from this book so I’m really looking forward to re-reading it.

I will be asking discussion questions at the end of the month.

I hope you all are still enjoying reading through this lovely series! I’m loving it!

Happy reading everyone!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | May Round Up

May 2

May has slipped by and we’ve come to the end of another chapter in Anne’s life. What did you think of book 5? The new characters are such joy to read about and it’s lovely to have Anne and Gil finally safe and married 🙂

I have a few questions as we wrap up Anne’s House of Dreams. I can’t wait to read your thoughts! 

  1. How is Anne’s friendship with Leslie different from Diana’s? What are your thoughts about friendships and different seasons in life? The primary difference between the two friendships is one is more mature than the other. Diana will forever be Anne’s bosom friend, the first friend to ever love her, and no one could ever replace that. But Leslie comes into Anne’s life at a different season in her life. I think the struggle between Anne and Leslie and its final resolution gives it a depth that Anne and Diana didn’t experience. Friendships change over the seasons and the ones that are fortunate enough to last over time should grow and mature and change. I think that the bond and memories that Anne and Diana share will keep them together are forever friends and the struggle, pain, and victory that bond Anne and Leslie will prove lasting as well.
  2. Leslie’s life is a tragic one. Once you learn her story, you understand why she was so bitter the night Anne and Gil come riding blissfully into Four Winds. How would you have felt if you were developing a friendship with Leslie? I hope I would be as gracious and loving as Anne is to Leslie. I also think I would have felt guilty and helpless. Guilty for having such a wonderful marriage to my best friend and helpless because I wouldn’t be able to change her circumstances. It would have been hard for me not to take her mood swings personally and the whole situation would have been emotionally taxing. But like I said, I hope I would be loving, patient, and thoroughly understanding.
  3. This is the book where Anne’s whole life changes. She’s a married woman now with a different lifestyle, different dreams, and different goals. But she’s still the same lovable Anne she’s always been. What are 3 things you think should never change when you get married? Individuality. Ambition. The ability to enjoy the simple things in life.

Here’s the linky for your post or leave your answers in the comments below!

Ready for summer, y’all? Next up on the list is Anne of the Island! I haven’t read this book in ages so I’m really looking forward to it 🙂

Happy reading!

How to Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul | book review

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Okay, I’m kicking myself for not having read this book way back when I first saw it (which is too long ago for me to remember). This book is worth its weight in gold and a must-have for all serious bloggers. For real. Oh my goodness, couldn’t put it down!

How to Blog for Profit

How to Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

Rating: 5.0-5.0

My Thoughts:

Like I said in the intro, I wish I’d read this book earlier-it would have saved me some frustration and given the blueprint I needed when I started blogging and especially when I seriously began considering monetizing it.  The truth about blogging is that it’s not for the faint of heart. Blogging requires tenacity and an undying love for what you’re blogging about. Soukop is not only honest about the hard truths about what it takes to be a serious blogger, she also shares step-by-step tips and instructions for different aspects of setting up and running a blog.

Over the years, I’ve read many, many posts about blogging and social media marketing, monetizing, etc., hence, I was quite familiar with a lot of the material in this book already. HOWEVER, a writer/blogger/creative is only as good as their resources and reference material. This isn’t a one-time read. This is a break-out-the-highlighter-bookmark-the-important-sections-start-making-lists book. This is very much reference to keep on hand as well as one you can turn to when you’re stuck or need of  inspiration and a nudge in the right direction.

Soukop writes from a lot of experience and a genuine desire for the reader to succeed in their desire to make it in the world of blogging. Honest, friendly, and to-the-point, it’s like sitting with her over a cup of tea and a notebook. Not a lot of fluff and unrealistic expectations, she offers the practical advice you need to blog for profit (without selling your soul, of course).

This print version is the expanded 2nd edition and I flew through it in less than 2 days, yellow highlighter in hand (and I don’t do that unless I really mean business in a book). I HIGHLY recommend this book if you’re serious about blogging and turning a profit from doing what you love. It’s a gem 🙂 Don’t wait and regret later that you didn’t read it when you should have!!

Happy Reading!


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Anne of Green Gables | book review

“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”

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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Rating: 5.0-5.0

My Thoughts:

If ever there was a character from a book that made you feel happy to be alive, it’s Anne Shirley. She’s spunky, cheerful, dreamy, and lovable. That’s why she’s such an enduring pillar in children fiction.

Anne Shirley is a young orphan girl who mistakenly gets delivered to the island of Prince Edward Island and into the care of brother/sister duo Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. A mistake because the Cuthberts were expecting a boy, not a red-haired little girl. What ensues is a new life of mishaps, discovery, wonder, bosom friendship, a long-held grudge, and love after years of not being wanted. Montgomery tells a story of a young girl who, coupled with her vivid imagination, resolutely determines to take what comes her way.

Anne of Green Gables is the first in a series of 8 books Ms. Lucy Maud and has remained timeless. Definitely a classic worth reading more than once 🙂

Here are a few more favorite quotes:

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”

“Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them– that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”


This book was read for the following challenges:

 

 

21 Questions

Let’s play a game. I’m in a bit of a blogging slump and I need a boost! Below is a list of 21 bookish questions for answering pleasure 🙂 Most of the questions are from a 30 Day Book Challenge from Blogs of a Bookaholic, and I came up with the rest.

I generally read more non-fiction than fiction but for these questions, I’ll draw from the fiction I’ve read over the years. However, there will be some non-fiction titles and authors too 🙂

21 Questions

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  1. The longest book you’ve read.  I think the longest novel I’ve ever read was Gone with the Wind…I think. Yeah, I’m pretty sure.
  2. Your “comfort” book.  One of my favorite YA novels is A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. I revisit that audiobook at least once or twice in a year just for a visit.
  3. Book you’ve read the most number of times.  I honestly have no clue. Through and through, possibly A Countess Below Stairs, or Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer, or The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare 
  4. Favorite classic book. My stock answer for this question is Little Women 🙂 But I have more than a few favorites!  
  5. A book that disappointed you. Paper Towns by John Green
  6. Book that made you cry.  I think Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was the last book that made me cry. And before that, John Green’s The Fault in Our Starsof course
  7. A character who you can relate to the most. Probably Jo March from Little Women.
  8. A character do you wish you could be most like? Ever since I read Jane Eyre, I’ve loved her individuality and devotion to standards, goodness, and honesty and I want to emulate those qualities.
  9. A thought-provoking book. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek
  10. Book that made you laugh out loud. Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff 
  11. A favorite author. Among many others, Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow, The Icarus Deception, & Tribes
  12. Favorite childhood book. Not that I could pick just one, but The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare is definitely one of them.
  13. Book with a clever story line. Just Ella by Maragaret Peterson Haddix  
  14. Book you couldn’t put down. Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine 
  15. Book I want to see made into a movie. The Advocate by Randy Singer 
  16. Book that left a surprising impression. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
  17. One of the best stories you’ve read in the last 12 months. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  18. One of the most heartwarming books you’ve read in the last 12 months. Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up by Ian & Larissa Murphy
  19. One of the most inspirational books you’ve read in the last 12 months. Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
  20. Favorite book series. Anne of Green Gables.
  21. All-time favorite book. This is usually the hardest question for a book-nerd to answer but it’s super simple for me: the Bible. As a Christian, I cherish the Word as God’s personal love letter to this world and I love it. Charles Spurgeon is quoted to have said,

Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.

I agree. There are many good, even great books but the Bible is the best. My go-to version is the KJV and one of my favorite editions is the Life Application Bible. If you don’t have a Bible, I definitely encourage you to get one :). And if you have one but haven’t cracked it open in awhile, don’t miss out on the wonderfulness (yes, I said wonderfulness) of God’s Word!

Want to play 21 questions? Go ahead and give it try! You can leave your answers below in the comments or do a post on your blog and link up below! Either way, I’d love to read your answers 🙂

Happy reading!

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2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | May Introduction

Anne May 1

Hello Readers!

I know this post is late! For those of you who’ve started the next book in our series, I hope you’re enjoying it so far!! Can you believe it’s already May?

Well, it’s FINALLY HERE! Anne and Gil’s wedding 🙂 🙂 🙂 Our sweethearts are getting married and starting their new adventure together as husband and wife! This is such a sweet chapter in Anne’s life and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have in years past!

I’ve decided to keep this introduction short and ask the discussion questions at the end of the month. If you have any thoughts about this book, go ahead and leave a comment and look out for the link-up on the round up post.

I hope you all are still enjoying reading through this lovely series! Even though my life is pretty hectic, (thus the late posts!) I’m loving this!

Happy reading everyone!