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?
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?
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?
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!
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 🙂 How ’bout those questions I asked at the beginning of the month?
Anne of Avonlea 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?
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 😉
Anne has such high hopes and ideals when she sets out to teach Avonlea school. However, she’s in for a few surprises. 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? 😉
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 for Anne of the Island 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 😀
Hello! January 2016 has arrived, which means, among other lovely things, reading challenges have commenced! I’m really excited about this challenge because it’s going to be exactly that — a challenge! And that’s a good thing!
So, there isn’t a schedule for this challenge. Do read at your own pace, no pressure! But, I will be doing quarterly posts each with a link widget so you can link up reviews if you’re blogging through this challenge. Add your book review links for January, February, & March on this post.
LINK UP INSTRUCTIONS:
To keep the links looking uniform, name them in this manner:
YOUR FIRST NAME | BOOK TITLE
Alrighty, before I leave you to your reading, I have a gift for you. I’m a lister and best able to keep track of things when they are on paper in front of me, soooooooooo for those of you who are like me and like writing things down with old fashioned pen and paper, I’ve got a simple, free printable sheet to keep you on track during this reading challenge.
I have sweet, sweet memories of my mom reading the Little House books to me as a little girl. I also have great memories of watching the TV series on sunny afternoons (I’m currently collecting the series on DVD!) Needless to say, the books are a very special part of my childhood. So I’m extremely excited to join this read-along.
Here is the schedule: January – Little House in the Big Woods February – Little House on the Prairie March – Farmer Boy April – On the Banks of Plum Creek May – By the Shores of Silver Lake June – The Long Winter July – Little Town on the Prairie August – These Happy Golden Years September – The First Four Years October – On the Way Home November – West from Home December – Pioneer Girl/ A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert (we are going to read one each of these and then both if we have time. You are welcome to choose either one or any other book related to Laura Ingalls Wilder)
If you don’t have a set of the books, you can get the entire box set HERE.
It’s that time of year when book bloggers are gearing up for another wonderful year of reading challenges!
Okay, so 2016 is going to be quiet different for me. I’m not book blogging at Unscripted!! I’m moving my bookish scribblings to this blog. I’m kind of sad but kind of really excited! 🙂 It’s like when you start writing in a brand new notebook and you think of all the words that will one day fill the pages. And those pages smell so fresh and new and you think about how great they’ll smell and feel after they’re covered in inky words… *Ahem* sorry. Writer’s rambling. Anyway, here’s my master list of challenges for 2016. I’m just going to post the buttons & the links to my sign up/details posts. If the title intrigues you, CLICK ON THE BUTTONS for the original post!
(Btw, if you don’t know what a sign up post is, it’s the post that I link to a host’s sign up page signifying that I’m participating in their challenge!)
There are sooooooo many great challenges out there, it was extremely hard to narrow it down! They add up really fast! Agh #booknerdproblems. Any of y’all tackling some reading challenges? If not, you should give one a try! 🙂
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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
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 😉
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)
Again, these additional reads are they are totally optional. So far, I’ve chosen these two:
The 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!
The 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.
One or more titles in the series will also go towards these other reading challenges:
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January- A classic you’ve always wanted to read- Start the year off with a bang!
February- A classic you’ve always dreaded reading- Get that book out of the way… and who knows! You may end up loving it!
March- A classic you’ve been recommended- We all have those
April- A classic you’ve seen the movie/miniseries/TV show of- If you’re like me you’ve probably seen quite a few film versions before being able to read the book. It’s time for that book to get read!
May- An American classic
June- A British classic
July- A European classic (non-British)
August- A modern classic- Up to your interpretation
September- A children’s classic
October- A classic by a female author
November- A classic by a male author
December- A classic written under a pseudonym- If you don’t know which books were written under pseudonyms here’s a few names to help you out. Jane Austen wrote her books under a pseudonym (by a lady) as did the Bronte sisters (published their books under male pseudonyms), George Elliot (real name Mary Ann Evans) and Agatha Christie also wrote a few books under the Pseudonym Mary Westmacott. Men who also have written under Pseudonyms are Mark Twain (real name Samuel L. Clemens) and Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). I’m sure there’s more out there but there’s a few to start you out.
My Classics Club deadline is getting closer and this will help me pick up the pace!