Hi everyone, happy Sunday! First off, I’d like to apologize for the unexpected blog silence. It’s been a very busy week and I’ve so far failed at scheduling posts (so much for those new year resolutions…). But! I am here today with a belated but exciting post! Lindsey from Reeder Reads is hosting an Anne of Green Gables readalong where participants will read one book in the series each month and I’m so excited to be a part of it. Click here to find the schedule and join us!
I’ve only read Anne of Green Gables once before, and that was for a class in university. (Shocking, I know!) But I have yet to meet anyone who can say they disliked the book once they’ve read it. I think a lot of it has to do with the strength of Montgomery’s characters – they are all so endearing, especially the fierce, imaginative Anne. If you haven’t read the series before, I would highly recommend it! And if you need extra convincing, here are 5 reasons why I love Anne of Green Gables:
5. The beautiful descriptions of Avonlea.
While Avonlea doesn’t exist in real life, L.M. Montgomery descriptions make you feel like you’re really there admiring all the greenery and beautiful landscapes. With her extensive descriptions, plus Anne’s made up names for places like “Lake of Shining Waters” and “Lover’s Lane,” you’ll feel like you’re right there basking in the Avonlea sunlight with the residents.
4. Matthew and Marilla.
When Matthew and Marilla find out that an orphan girl has been sent to them instead of the boy they requested, they don’t know what to do. Their initial reaction was to send her back (girls can’t really help Matthew in the field, after all!). But, after some consideration and some very amusing speeches by Anne, the siblings decide to keep her. Throughout the book, you’ll start to love them just as much as you love Anne; Matthew for his quiet and loving nature, and Marilla, for her stern appearance but secretly warm heart. Was there ever a more perfect fictional family?
3. Quotable moments.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Have you heard this quote before? Yep, it’s just one of the many quotable things Anne says in Anne of Green Gables. Another one of my favourites is this gem about following fashion trends: “…I’d rather look ridiculous when everyone else does than plain and sensible all by myself.” Let’s bring puffed sleeves back, Anne.
2. The Gilbert/Anne competition.
Yes, every heroine needs a nemesis. In Anne of Green Gables, poor Gilbert Blythe struck the wrong chord when he made fun of Anne’s red hair. Anne, the master of holding grudges, becomes fiercely competitive with Gilbert every year in school. It’s so fun to read Anne’s one-sided hatred towards Gilbert when he’s so good-natured about their relationship for the most part. Will they ever become friends??
1. Anne Shirley
Anne, Anne, Anne. She is probably one of my favourite fictional characters ever. She has such a bright personality that you would have to be cold-hearted to not love her. She’s spunky and so full of life. Besides being a fun character to read, she also inspires me to exercise my imagination, and to love everything with all of my heart, from beautiful mornings to romantic writing. I will always thank L.M. Montgomery for creating such a vivacious character.
Have you read Anne of Green Gables? What is your favourite part of the book/series? Are you participating in the #GreenGablesReadalong? Don’t forget to use the hashtag on social media so we can all follow along together!