To keep things fresh and exciting with our Anne of Green Gables read-along, Jane and I thought some Top 5 lists would be a fun way to better understand your reading experiences. Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and link-up below. Our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! And without further ado…
Top 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Green Gables
1 – I’ve never read any of the Anne of Green Gables books before!
This is almost an embarrassing thing for me to say. I obviously adore reading, and while I haven’t read EVERY classic ever, I am really into children’s literature. In fact, I’m on a quest to read all the Newbery Award Winners by 2022, the 100 year anniversary of the award. How did I miss Anne? It’s not a book I had even heard about until I became an adult. My friends, family, teachers, and librarians obviously failed me. But now that Anne of Green Gables has found its way into my grubby little paws, I won’t let go until I’ve read them ALL.
2 – Anne is a fellow redhead! Hurray!
Take a second. How many red-headed protagonists can you name from children’s literature? Pippi Longstocking, little orphan Annie, Tintin, Alanna of Trebond, and Anne Shirley. That’s it. No, I’m not counting Disney adaptation characters. But growing up I never saw myself in the characters for most literature I read. I was obviously obsessed with every redhead mentioned above (I would not only pretend to be all the women, but I was also Tintin’s twin sister sometimes, as well), but somehow it never came to pass that I learned of Anne Shirley’s glorious mane of hair. This is being corrected.
3 – This was my Grandmother’s favorite book growing up.
Going back to #1, this probably makes you think my Grandmother wasn’t a great Grandmother. Not true, she just died when I was young. I only learned recently that this was my Grandmother’s favorite novel growing up. I mentioned #AnneReadAlong2017 to my mother and she told me all about it. The best part is that I can imagine my Grandmother reading and loving this series. The image in my head is beautiful. And it makes me wish I was able to discuss this series with my Grandmother when she was still alive. Anne of Green Gables is part of my family history. I cannot ignore that!
4 – SO MANY people have recommended this to me over the years.
As I mentioned above, I was only introduced to Anne of Green Gables as an adult. Every time Anne comes up on some level I only hear rave reviews. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard, “Wait. You’ve NEVER read Anne of Green Gables? How could that BE?!” I’d be wealthy. Or. Well. At least be able to build floor to ceiling bookshelves in my own personal library at home. Fancy ones. With a ladder. Regardless, I’ve heard Anne describes glowingly countless times. It just so happens that the right time hadn’t come up yet. Until now.
5 – I love talking about books!
As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, I *love* talking about books. In fact, the whole reason I started this blog was to have conversations about books, characters, plot, themes, etc. in a space I could access whenever I wanted to. When I learned about #AnneReadAlong2017, I jumped at the chance. Now that I’m co-hosting with Jane I have even more opportunity to participate in and lead discussions around Anne. I cannot wait to dig deeper into Avonlea with you all. Plus, since so many of my friends and family have already read this book, and the new Anne with an E Netflix series is out, I know I’ll have opportunities to discuss Anne in person with people as well. Want to chat about Anne? Let me know. I’ll be waiting. 😉
I could certainly mention more and more reasons why I want to read Anne of Green Gables. Having already read book one I already feel a connection to Anne Shirley and her world on P.E.I. But this is supposed to be a Top 5 list. I don’t want to get out of control. 😉
Other Top 5 Reasons To Read Anne of Green Gables
What do you think?
- Are you participating in our Top 5 posts? Link your posts below!
- Why do you want to read/re-read Anne?
- Do you have any special connections to this series? What are they?