Sunday, January 04, 2009

Anne of Green Gables

Can you believe I've never read Anne of Green Gables? As much as I read growing up, I can't believe that no one recommended this book so that I inhaled it as I did so many others over the years.

A few months ago, I read Much Ado About Anne (reviewed HERE), the delightful second book in the Mother-Daughter Bookclub series, in which the young teens and their moms read Anne of Green Gables, so that sort of whet my appetite for the story.

Carrie
, my most prolific contributor at 5 Minutes for Books, is sponsoring the Lucy Maud Montgomery challenge at her blog Reading to Know this month, so I'm going to join in and try to read it. I'd love for Amanda to read it with me (or for us to do it as a read aloud), but she tried to read the Great Illustrated Classics version a year or two ago and declared it "boring." Amanda is an adventure/fantasy/mystery lover, and doesn't like my beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder either, so we'll see.

13 comments:

Carrie said...

Oh my. I feel like we can TRULY be freinds after you've read it. ;D (Jonathan just read it a few months ago and he just watched the movie with me the other day!)

=)

The official link up is here:

http://www.readingtoknow.com/2008/12/lucy-maud-montgomery-reading-challenge_31.html

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

That strange sound you heard around 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon? That was me. Gasping because you've never read Anne. How can this be?! Remedy this tragedy quick! Please. = )

Adventures In Babywearing said...

You know, I've never read it before either!

Steph

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I just read Anne within the past year, but haven't gotten past the first book. I'm going to read more in this series for the challenge.

heather said...

Oh, my friend, you're in for a treat! Anne is the most formative book/character/can I say person? in my life. How many times have I read those books? Who knows.

stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

I'm shocked and appalled! :) So glad you are remedying this great literary tragedy!

Jen Rouse said...

Hmmm. I imagine you will love Anne, but if your daughter loves action she may not love Anne. Although Anne does get into all kinds of entertaining mischief, it's written in a very, very wordy kind of prose that can be hard to get in to.

Islandsparrow said...

When I was a little girl, I read Anne of GG but skipped all the descriptive parts. It is part of our PEI school system now, but a lot of children find the reading tough sledding. LMM was quite flowery in her description.

If your daughter hasn't seen the movie, you might want to watch that with her. It could possibly spark her interest to read the book.

I actually liked the Emily books better when I was younger. But now the Anne series are my favourite.

Hope you enjoy Anne!

Vivian said...

I tried to get my eldest to read the book, too. She read a chapter and stopped. Sigh.

Enjoy the books!

Dianne said...

The Anne books were some of my favorites over the years. I've read most of LMM's books, I think. I can't believe you never read them growing up. The movies are good but impose a sense of time on the characters, whereas the books have a sense of timelessness that I've always appreciated. Good luck on the challenge!

Katrina said...

I must admit -- I've never, ever read Anne. Of course, I'm sure you're not entirely surprised, given my love for action and mystery and adventure. Part of me feels like I "should," but another part of me is simply not motivated... I did love the Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was younger, so I am *capable* of reading that kind of book. I'll look forward to reading your thoughts.

Dana said...

I am shocked you have never read it! She really is my favorite author of my youth, and can't wait to have Paige read her!

Lisa writes... said...

Anne is wonderful! Particularly the first in the series!

I read the Emily books for Carrie's challenge...and look forward to posting my thoughts.

"Carrie, my most prolific contributor at 5 Minutes for Books"--now, that's the understatement of the year!