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!
So guilt + busy weekend has kept me from writing this post on time. Guilt? Yeah, cause you see, I haven’t finished Anne of Windy Poplars yet. Agh. I’m sorry, but it has been so hard sinking into this book! At the beginning of the month I said that it’s the one I’ve never actually read all the way through and it’s still true. I’m still working on it though and WILL FINISH IT SOON!
All that notwithstanding, I can still offer some discussion questions for those of you who have completed this month’s read.
What do you think of Anne’s letter’s to Gil? Do you have any favorite lines? Are you or have you ever been a letter writer? Do you require a certain kind of writing instrument to write certain things?
Whose your favorite character in this book? Any kindred spirits that stole your affection?
This is the last book before the start of Anne’s married life. What have been your favorite moments in her childhood, adolescence and young adulthood? What has she learned? How has she changed? How has she remained the same?
Here’s the linky if you’re blogging your way through 🙂
Alrighty! That’s all I’ve got for this one. I’m not going to lie, while it’s interesting to see Anne in a totally different environment, I miss all the old familiar faces and I don’t like Gilbert not being around :(. Y’all ready for the next chapter in her story? Hello May! Hello House of Dreams! I’ll have the next intro post up tomorrow.
I’m sorry about the lateness of this post but this one’s a bit tricky for me. You see, I don’t think I’ve ever actually read this book all the way through so I really don’t have much to say as a way for introduction!!
Here’s what I do know:
Anne and Gil have begun their long-distance engagement, with him at med school and her now beginning a new position as a principle and teacher at Summerside High School.
The series wasn’t written in order. Montgomery wrote books 1-3 consequtively, followed by 5, 7, & 8. Book 4, Anne of Windy Poplars, was the seventh book written, followed by book 6, Anne of Ingleside.
The second installment of the TV series, Anne of Avonlea, is a loose adaptation of books 2-4 so I’m interested to see what made it on screen!
I’ll have both the discussion questions and answers at the end of the month because, you know, I’ve got to know the story to make them up!
It’s February!! And that means we’re reading Anne of Avonlea! 🙂 🙂 I’m so excited for this book, it’s one of my favorites in the series. There’s so much to love about this chapter in Anne’s life that you miss from the movie. But I’ll leave my comments for book review, for now, here are my discussion questions for this 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?
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?
What do you think of Miss Lavender’s romance? Do you agree with Gilbert’s comment on what could have been? 😉
These questions are, of course, optional but I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’re inclined to share! And remember, if you’re posting on social media, use the hastag #ayearinavonlea so I can follow what y’all are up too :D.
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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