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?
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?
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?
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!
Good evening! Real quick post to kick off our reading of book #3, Anne of the Island.
Okay, this is the book where things between Anne and Gil start picking up. I won’t give away too many details incase we’ve got first-time readers but this book definitely gets into the good stuff 😉 By now we’re totally aware of the differences between the books and the TV series, but let’s focus in a little more this month and do some comparisons in regard to the developments in Anne & Gil’s relationship.
There are some great conversations between Anne and Gil in this book. As much as I love the TV series, some of the real essence of their friendship is lost in the film adaptation. They were such buddies! Is there a scene in the book that you wish hadn’t been left out of the film adaptation?
The proposal. Ah! The proposal! Tell me, which do you like better? The film version or the book version? Mind you, I see Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie when I read the books so I’m not talking about the acting but rather the the scenes for their own sake.
Let’s talk about Roy Gardener, the man straight out of Anne’s dreams. Give three reasons why he’s so not the guy for her. And if you’d like, talk a bit about having an ‘dream man’ and whether or not we should hold out for them or eventually let them go.
Christine Stewart. I get that TV has to be written so that the plot moves along smoothly and all, and I can respect that, but really? What do you think about what Sullivan did in the movie as opposed to how Montgomery wrote Gil’s relationship with her?
I could come up with so many more great questions but I’ll stick to my three. I hope ya’ll enjoy reading this book! It’s super delightful, very heartwarming, and might even make you cry! I can’t wait to hear what ya’ll have to say!!
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.
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!
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This is probably my favorite reading challenge. Not because I’ve been particularly successful at completing it, but I LOVE the concept. This is my 3rd year and I plan on getting a lot accomplished in 2016. I’m really excited cause she’s added some new stuff this year :))
Complete the card below. You can do it in any order you wish. You are allowed “one free exchange”, if there is something on the square you really dislike you may change it to something of your choice. Once you have played this free choice that is it. Mention the exchange in the final summary post.