It’s so hard to believe that 9 months have passed. It feels like only yesterday that Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I were connecting to co-host the #AnneReadAlong2017. Over the last 9 months, we shared so much together and with those of you who participated in and followed our journey.
Over the course of the last 9 months, so much has been accomplished. We read all 8 books in the series, hosted two giveaways, posted books reviews and Top 5 lists, and written some additional posts to supplement and explore further our love of Anne Shirley Blythe. You can explore all the posts published by Jane and myself on my #AnneReadAlong2017 home page.
I learned so much from this experience. It’s been challenging for me to put into words all the wonder, awe, magic, and friendship I found by hosting #AnneReadAlong2017. If you haven’t read the entire Anne of Green Gables series yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. Montgomery’s writing is clever and to the point. I found myself laughing and crying along with (and sometimes at!) the characters. But really, watching Anne Shirley grow up, get married, and have children is miraculous. Watching someone’s life literally unfold in front of you is powerful. We followed Anne from her arrival at Green Gables and finding a family to watching her children grow up and go to war. So many amazing stories fall in between those moments, both happy and sad.
I will admit, there were challenging moments when I didn’t know if I would be able to finish reading the whole series. I either struggled with the writing, the content or the characters. By pushing through and reading every word, I learned a lot not only about myself but about Montgomery, too. She led a challenging life. Anne of Green Gables is only one small part of her collected works. If anything, I want to read more of Montgomery’s works and better understand this complicated woman, the struggles she endured, and how she managed to still inject so much magic and wonder into the world through her writing when she couldn’t always find it herself.
Okay. Enough of the sappy stuff. Let’s explore some of the highlights!
Anne of Green Gables Series Love Order
As you might imagine, I did not love all books equally. Each of them has their merits, and the whole series is completely worth it. But, there will always be favorites! Here is my order of Anne of Green Gables from most-loved-by-Jackie-B to least-loved-by-Jackie-B:
Anne of Green Gables (#1)
The original; the hook into this entire magical world!
Rilla of Ingleside (#8)
A beautiful, honest, and detailed exploration of growing up during World War I.
Anne’s House of Dreams (#5)
Anne and Gilbert finally get married and develop a WONDERFUL community of their own outside
Anne of the Island (#3)
Anne Shirley goes to college, makes new female friends, and discovers how what you believe you want and what you ACTUALLY want are not always the same.
Anne of Avonlea (#2)
As Anne Shirley comes into adulthood we explore a demi-repeat of book 1 with new characters and teenage angst.
Anne of Ingleside (#6)
Anne and Gilbert have moved into town and their children are growing up. Cute stories, but nothing overly exciting to write home about compared to the other books to this point.
Rainbow Valley (#7)
A collection of vignettes focusing on NOT the Blythe children, but their neighbors, the Merediths.
Anne of Windy Poplars (#4)
A demi-epistolary novel during Anne’s teaching year which was obviously written as an afterthought.
There is a huge range of ratings across all these books, yes. If you aren’t willing to commit to reading the full series, I STRONGLY encourage you to read books 1 and 8. Rilla of Ingleside easily stands alone and is wonderful.
Favorite Posts from #AnneReadAlong2017
During the course of the read along Jane and I posted over 30 posts, plus read-alongers also joined in! Here are few of my own posts I am most proud of:
As you might have seen on the End of Anne Giveaway post, we had a wrap-up giveaway! The winner of this giveaway gets an amazing Anne of Green Gables prize pack featuring…
- A Litographs Anne of Green Gables tote water-resistant 17″ x 14.75″ tote bag
- One 8×10 Anne of Green Gables print from CarrotTopPaperShop featuring the quote “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” from Anne of Green Gables
- Anne of Green Gables bonded leather hardcover book
And the winner is…..
Congratulations, Shouni! I will be reaching out to you shortly to get details on where to send your giveaway prizes!
This read along would not have happened without the amazing help and participation from so many wonderful bloggers. I want to take a moment to thank a few people specifically:
- Jane: Thank you so much for co-hosting this with me! It’s been wonderful finding a Kindred Spirit in you and bonding over this amazing experience.
- Melanie, Sarah Emsley, and Naomi: Thank you three for sharing so much amazing LM. Montgomery wisdom from your combined experiences, calling out important things to pay attention to, and helping me better understand the works of L.M. Montgomery
- Jillian: Thank you for bringing your passion to this read along! I feel so fortunate to know you; I have learned so much in the last few months from you alone!
- Laila: Thank you for your consistency and honesty throughout the entire read along. Your read along review posts were some of my favorites.
I couldn’t be happier that I took on this challenge and that you all came with me. This was a wild roller coaster and I loved every minute with you all. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
What do you think?
- That’s a wrap for #AnneReadAlong2017! What do you think of this experience? Would you participate in something like this again?
- What are your favorite Anne of Green Gables books? Which are your least favorite?
- Who are your favorite characters? Favorite scenes? Favorite settings?
- What L.M. Montgomery book would you recommend I read next?