#AnneReadAlong2017 : A Biography of L. M. Montgomery
#AnneReadAlong2017 , Author Spotlight / October 8, 2017

  At this point, we’re just a bit past halfway for #AnneReadAlong2017 !!! Halfway?! That’s craziness. For those of you not following along at home (which, honestly, you all should be. This has been amazing!), Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I have been hosting an Anne of Green Gables Read Along. You can learn more about it here. But reaching the halfway point, I realized that we haven’t spent any time talking about the woman behind the book: L.M. Montgomery herself. That seems like a horrendous oversight! So grab a mug of something delicious and follow along as we learn more about L.M. Montgomery’s life and the origin of Anne Shirley. Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada on November 30th, 1874. Her mother died of tuberculosis when she was only 21 months old, and while she still lived with her father for a while, young Montgomery was under the custody of her maternal grandparents. Sadly, her childhood was spent mostly with her strict grandparents and her imaginary friends. There were few children around for Montgomery to socialize with. This period of her life was essential for developing her creativity. It’s obvious that Montgomery’s childhood served as…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Things I Wish I Could Change About the Anne Series
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / September 29, 2017

I have come to ADORE Anne Shirley and the Anne of Green Gables books. Yet, as uplifting and wonderful as these tales are, nothing is ever perfect.  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I have taken some time this week to reflect on how we might improve upon the Anne of Green Gables series– specifically, what we would love to change about these books. Montgomery creates a beautiful world for Anne to grow up in, but there are a few things which don’t sit well with me, as you’ll see below. 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 Things I Wish I Could Change About the Anne Series   1 – Diana Barry’s obsession with her weight Diana Barry is never really described in a fashion which would imply she is overweight. Yet, starting in Anne of Avonlea, Diana begins to lament over how large she has grown. This continues throughout the rest of the series, too! She never gets over it, even when Anne tells her everything is okay and Diana is beautiful. I understand that this book series…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Giveaway Winner!
#AnneReadAlong2017 / September 11, 2017

  Wow– it’s hard to believe that we’re over halfway done with this amazing read along! To celebrate, and to thank all of you for your amazing support and wonderful participation, Jane @Greenish Bookshelf and I set up our first giveaway. It’s been an adventure figuring out how we want to work together, want we want to provide, and how we want to engage our community. We really appreciate all the wonderful support you’ve provided us! Thank you all SO SO SO MUCH! You can follow along with our progress, and find out how you can participate by checking out my #AnneReadAlong2017 page, or Jane’s linked above. And yet it feels like we’re only just beginning. Jane and I have even more planned for you in the second half of our #AnneReadAlong2017! We hope you’ll stick around for more interesting posts, giveaways, read along options and more. And, as always, Jane and I are open to any and all feedback you might have. Comment below! But why am I still babbling? You want to know about the giveaway! We are giving away the boxed set paperback collection of The Complete Anne of Green Gables! I was supposed to announce the winner a few days…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Adventures I Would Join in with Anne Shirley
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / August 25, 2017

After reading Anne of Green Gables, it’s obvious that Anne gets up to all sorts of antics. Some of them are just silly things manifested from her imagination and others are just zany circumstance. Regardless, they all make for wonderful stories. Wouldn’t it be magical to join Anne Shirley on one of these adventures? How about five?! Therefore,  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I thought that it would be fun to identify which adventures we’d love to join Anne Shirley on. After all, she could use a new friend in us, right? 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! Also- We have a giveaway to celebrate the halfway point in our #AnneReadAlong2017 adventure! Can you believe it? We’re already halfway done reading all these wonderful books. Check out my post from yesterday for details and how to enter. It’s open internationally, my friends. Spread the word! And without further ado…   Top 5 Adventures I Would Join in with Anne Shirley   1 – Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 16: Diana is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results Now *this* is the tea…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Halfway and Giveaway!
#AnneReadAlong2017 / August 24, 2017

WOW! Can you believe we’ve hit the halfway point in our Anne of Green Gables read-along already? I can’t. It’s been such an amazing journey and I feel so honored to be partnering with Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf. It’s been an adventure figuring out how we want to work together, want we want to provide, and how we want to engage our community. We really appreciate all the wonderful support you’ve provided us! Here are all the great things we’ve gotten up to thus far:   –Read the first 4 Anne of Green Gables books– –Posted reviews for all four books on both our blogs– –Cross-posted and shared Anne dialogue with many amazing readers– –Developed and published Top 5 Posts which feature Anne– –Encouraged others to join in by writing reviews and participating in Top 5 posts–   You can follow along with our progress, and find out how you can participate by checking out my #AnneReadAlong2017 page, or Jane’s linked above. And yet it feels like we’re only just beginning. Jane and I have even more planned for you in the second half of our #AnneReadAlong2017! But to start, we want to celebrate those who have been participating with us and thank you…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Anne of Windy Poplars
#AnneReadAlong2017 , Book Review / August 17, 2017

Title: Anne of Windy Poplars Series: Anne of Green Gables, #4 Author: L. M. Montgomery Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Turtleback Books Release Date: December 1st, 1983 Format: Paperback Pages: 288 Source: Library First Published: 1936 Anne Shirley has left Redmond College behind to begin a new job and a new chapter of her life away from Green Gables. Now she faces a new challenge: the Pringles. They’re known as the royal family of Summerside – and they quickly let Anne know she is not the person they had wanted as principal of Summerside High School. But as she settles into the cozy tower room at Windy Poplars, Anne finds she has great allies in the widows Aunt Kate and Aunt Chatty – and in their irrepressible housekeeper, Rebecca Dew. As Anne learns Summerside’s strangest secrets, winning the support of the prickly Pringles becomes only the first of her triumphs.  (via Goodreads) Amazon   I really, really, really wanted to love this book. Reading all of the Anne of Green Gables books in a row is something I’ve really enjoyed. However, I was warned early on that the even number books are the more challenging ones to read. But Anne of…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Songs for my Anne Reading Soundtrack
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / July 28, 2017

For those of you who don’t know, my original degree is in music performance. Yes, I was a performing musician for a while before I ended up in my current corporate office role. Trust me, it isn’t as glamorous as it sounds to be a professional musician, but it was a bit of an unintentional journey to my current role in life. But that’s life, right? Anyway– I have a keen ear for music and I’m constantly listening to something. As I’ve been reading Anne, I’ve found my background music has fallen into a steady rhythm. So, this month’s #AnneReadAlong2017 Top 5 post features the songs I have been listening to while reading! Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and linkup below. Just post your link in the comments! For future posts, our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! New to the #AnneReadAlong2017? Hosted by Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and myself, we’d love to have you along for the journey– no matter where you are in your Anne reading. And without further ado… Top 5 Songs for my Anne Reading Soundtrack   1 – Beethoven’s 6th Symphony: Pastoral Ahhh, Beethoven. This is…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Anne of the Island
#AnneReadAlong2017 , Book Review / July 12, 2017

Title: Anne of the Island Series: Anne of Green Gables, #3 Author: L. M. Montgomery Genre: Classic Publisher: Kindle Edition Release Date: October 11th, 2015 Format: eBook Pages: 278 Source: Owned First Published: 1915 New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and frivolous new pal Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises…including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly Anne must decide if she’s ready for love… (via Goodreads) Amazon   After reading, and being a bit disappointed with, Anne of Avonlea I wasn’t expecting much from Anne of the Island. I had expected that the magic and charm of Anne of Green Gables faded after book one; that it was all a fluke! Thank goodness…

#AnneReadAlong2017: 5 Adventures Present-Day Anne Would Have Gotten Up To
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / June 30, 2017

After reading Anne of Green Gables, it’s obvious that Anne gets up to all sorts of antics. Some of them are just silly things manifested from her imagination, but others are just zany circumstance. Therefore,  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I thought that it would be fun to come up with new adventures for a modern day Anne Shirley. 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 Adventures Present-Day Anne Would Have Gotten Up To 1 – Leads a Local Chapter of Our Shared Shelf Emma Watson’s Goodreads book club, Our Shared Shelf, is fantastic. I can 100% see Anne Shirley deciding that the students of Avonlea School (while student or teacher) or those of Redmond College needing to be more open in understanding The Other in their midst- whether they be women, Muslim, disabled, etc etc etc. She gets so excited and puts posters all over the school inviting people. However, once a diverse group of readers show up and begin to argue with each other about what is “correct” in their eyes (therefore, everyone…

#AnneReadAlong2017: 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Green Gables
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / June 2, 2017

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…

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