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 Round Up

RILLA OF INGLESIDE 2

Good afternoon everyone!

We made it! We’ve finished the Anne series. I can’t believe how fast these past eight months have flown by. I’ve so enjoyed revisiting these sweet stories. Now how about some discussion questions?

  1. What do you think of Rilla? Is she like her parents? How is she different?
  2. After returning to Ingleside, Jem tells Rilla that Walter wasn’t scared at the front. Even though Walter was sickened by the thought of war, Jem said that he turned out to be a courageous hero. Why do you think that was? Anticipating a situation and actually being in the moment can be totally different experiences and sometimes bring out surprising reactions. Can you remember a time when this has happened to you? 
  3. There wasn’t much to Rilla’s relationship with Kenneth Ford in terms of time spent together. How do we know that their relationship is going to last?

Aaaannnnd here’s the linky 🙂

This month is catch up month so if you haven’t finished the series by now, you’ve still got plenty of time :).

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with another post as we continue for the last few months of the challenge!

Goodnight!

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 | 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!

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:

 

 

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!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | March Round Up

ANNE MAR 2

Good evening everyone! It is the last day of March, which means that we are done with book 3! How’d you enjoy it? I love this part of the story and it was great re-reading it! So let’s talk about Anne & Gil 🙂

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?  

Okay, so disclaimer of sorts: it’d been awhile since I’d read the book and I forgot there aren’t that many conversations between them in the book. However, I will say I love the scene with the apple tree in chapter 2. It’s a sweet, chummy moment between them and showcases Gil’s thoughtfulness and care in trying to cheer her up. I wish that hadn’t been left out.

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.

This one is hard but I thiiiiiiiiink I might have to go with the book version. It breaks my heart every. single. time. I mean come on…

“Things can’t go on like this any longer. Anne, I love you. You know I do. I–I can’t tell you how much. Will you promise me that some day you’ll be my wife?”

And when Anne says she can’t, poor Gilbert asks,

“Don’t you care for me at all?”

Aggghghghghggggg!!!! Oh my goodness, at this point, I just want to give Gil Blythe a hug and tell him not to worry, give her some time and she’ll come to her senses. With every sentence you can just read his heart breaking and poor Anne knows that she’s inflicting pain of the worst kind on her best friend and she can’t help herself. She truly doesn’t know how much she loves the guy! It’s terrible. And yes, it makes me want to cry. A+ to Montgomery for a truly heart-wrenching marriage refusal scene.

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.

Reason 1: He’s not Gilbert Blythe.

Reason 2: He’s not Gilbert Blythe

Reason 3: He most definitely is not Gilbert Blythe!

I think that about covers it!! Next question! Hahaha! Just kidding. Sort of. But for real, here’s what I have to say about Roy.

1: He doesn’t bring out Anne’s Anne-ness. I’m not sure how to describe this but you might already understand what I mean just by the statement. Gil brings out Anne’s Anne-ness–her joys, her playfulness, her dreams, her cares, her ambitions. And he cares for those things and delights in and shares them. Gil loves Anne’s Anne-ness. Not saying that Roy doesn’t enjoy Anne’s company but it’s not like Montgomery went out of her way too showcase Roy’s delighting in their relationship either. Anne is her true self with Gil cause they’re friends. I imagine she’s only a part of herself when she’s with Roy.

2: He’s not a chum. Gilbert Blythe is a chum, a best friend, a partner in crime, a buddy, a play mate, a cheerleader, a kindred spirit.  It’s his friendship with Anne and builds the foundation for their romance. Granted, not every friendship turns into romance but good romances have a good healthy dose of friendship. Nothin’ against Roy but he’s not a chum.

3: Anne’s not completely satisfied. If Anne was completely satisfied in her relationship with Roy, she wouldn’t be concerned about Christine Stuart. She’d find a way to push through the awkwardness and share in Gilbert’s happiness in loving another woman. That’s what you do when you’re totally over someone and can remain friends. But Anne doesn’t feel right about anything having to do with Gilbert which means she’s not over losing him. If Roy was all that her dreams cracked him up to be, she’d be satisfied with her decision.

And as far as having a ‘dream man’, We all have one at some point in life. I did for years and then when I reached my twenties, my dream man wasn’t so much a fully developed character in my imagination as much as he was just a collection of ideas. There were certain things I knew I wanted and other things I knew I’d never desire. Then I met the BF-now-Fiance and well, yeah, I’m satisfied! *happy sigh* *giggle*

BONUS QUESTION!

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 get the whole TV plot device thing but I think it’s sooooooo much sweeter knowing that Gil never loved anyone else but Anne. Period.

Now it’s your turn! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on this book!If you’re blogging your way through this reading challenge, leave a link to your post for Book Three in the widget below so I can visit! Or just leave me a comment at the end of the post :).

I hope you’ve had a lovely March and are ready for April 🙂

Goodnight!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | March

Anne of the Island

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.

  1. 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?  
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

BONUS QUESTION!

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!!

Happy Reading!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | February Round Up

 

ANNE SLIDER (3)

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 😀

Have a great evening, y’all!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | February

Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge February

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:

  1. 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? 
  2. 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?
  3. 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.

Happy Reading!