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 | 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 | April Round Up

Anne Apr 2

Hello Readers!

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.

  1. 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?
  2. Whose your favorite character in this book? Any kindred spirits that stole your affection?
  3. 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.

Have a wonderful evening 🙂

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!

2016 Grown Up Reading Challenge | First Quarter

Grown Up Reading Challenge 1st Quarter
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.

Grown up Printable
Well, that should do it for now! I wish you all well as you start this challenge and any other challenge you may be participating in this year! Have a fabulous rest of the weekend! 
Happy Reading!
 

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | January

Anne January
Good afternoon! Happy New Year dear Readers! It is January 1, 2016 and that means, among other things, that the Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge begins!
 
I’ve been waiting for this since my initial challenge announcement and I’m so excited to be reading some of my favorite books with y’all!!
 
Okay, so first, a bit of housekeeping.
 
I said before that there is no set schedule for this challenge and there isn’t—you can read as fast or as slow as you’d like. However, you should know what to expect from me as host so I do have a schedule for myself.  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.

Alrighty, on to the discussion Q’s for the month. I initially said that I would post a discussion question but I couldn’t choose between these three so here they all are:
 
  1. This first installment of Anne Shirley’s story is about her finding a home after years of displacement. While we often consider ‘home’ to be synonymous with ‘house’, it’s also a state of being. What does home mean for you and what makes it special?
  2. Friendship is such a huge theme in this book. There are many elements that make up a great bosom friendship like Anne and Diana’s but if you had to pick three of those elements, what would they be?
  3. Of course, we love Gilbert Blythe but the real sweetheart in the first book is Matthew Cuthbert. What makes Matthew such a great father figure in Anne’s life? And (if you’ve read the books before) what effect do you think his love and influence has in the rest of Anne’s life? 
I’ll have my answers to these questions up at the end of the month!

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.
2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge Printable
And don’t forget, if you’re sharing your reading on social media, be sure and use the hashtag #ayearinavonlea 🙂
Well, that should do it for now! I wish you all well as you start this challenge and any other challenge you may be participating in this year! Have a great new year’s day and a fabulous weekend!
 
Happy Reading!

2016 Audiobook Challenge

2016 Audiobook Challenge

Hosted by Jennifer @ The Book Nympho & Melanie @ Hot Listens

For full details, check out the original post.

Levels:

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

I get a huuuge amount of my reading done via audiobooks so I’m going for the Binge Listener level.

I’ve got a lot to read in 2016 and this will help me keep up the pace!


Completed Books:

 

The Little House Series Read-Along

little house readalong 2016

Hosted by Lynn @ Smoke and Mirrors & Bex @ An Armchair by the Sea

For full details, check out Lynn’s original post or Bex’s original post.

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.

Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic series will count towards the Classics Club Women’s Classic Literature Event.

UPDATE: By request, I made a printable list for this read-along if you’d like to use it! 🙂

Little House Printable


Completed Books: