#AnneReadAlong2017 : The End of Anne
#AnneReadAlong2017 / January 31, 2018

  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…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Rilla of Ingleside
#AnneReadAlong2017 , Book Review / January 25, 2018

Title: Rilla of Ingleside Series: Anne of Green Gables, #8 Author: L. M. Montgomery Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Bantam Books Release Date: February 25th, 1997 Format: eBook Pages: 277 Source: Owned First Published: 1921 Anne’s children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one could resist her bright hazel eyes and dazzling smile. Rilla, almost fifteen, can’t think any further ahead than going to her very first dance at the Four Winds lighthouse and getting her first kiss from handsome Kenneth Ford. But undreamed-of challenges await the irrepressible Rilla when the world of Ingleside becomes endangered by a far-off war. Her brothers go off to fight, and Rilla brings home an orphaned newborn in a soup tureen. She is swept into a drama that tests her courage and leaves her changed forever. (via Goodreads) Goodreads Amazon Oh, Rilla-my-Rilla. It’s so hard to think that #AnneReadAlong2017 is finally coming to an end! While I might be almost a month behind wrapping up this read along (oops! But, you know…. life), I am still sad to see it go. Sometimes, I wonder if I took my time finishing Rilla of Ingleside only so it wouldn’t end? Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : The End of Anne Giveaway
#AnneReadAlong2017 / January 10, 2018

It’s hard to believe 8 months have long since passed. Back in May, Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I committed to hosting an Anne of Green Gables series read-along. It’s been so much fun! I’ve loved reading such a well-loved, yet unknown to me, series all the way through. I’ve met so many amazing people, too! This journey has been an incredible ride. It’s been wonderful to see everyone’s passion, love, and interest in not only Anne Shirley but also L.M Montgomery. December should have been the proper wrap-up, but life got in the way and I still have to finish Rilla of Ingleside (I’m LOVING it this far!). While I might be a month behind, I want to thank everyone who has stuck with us this long. This means we’re hosting an END OF ANNE GIVEAWAY!!! End of Anne Giveaway This giveaway will be U.S. and Canada only** and will include the following items: 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…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Rainbow Valley
#AnneReadAlong2017 , Book Review / December 26, 2017

Title: Rainbow Valley Series: Anne of Green Gables, #7 Author: L. M. Montgomery Genre: Classic Publisher: Starfire Release Date: July 1st, 1985 Format: eBook Pages: 256 Source: Owned First Published: 1919 Anne Shirley is grown up, has married her beloved Gilbert and now is the mother of six mischievous children. These boys and girls discover a special place all their own, but they never dream  of what will happen when the strangest family  moves into an old nearby mansion. The Meredith clan is  two boys and two girls, with minister father but  no mother — and a runaway girl named Mary Vance. Soon the Meredith kids join Anne’s children in their private hideout to carry out their plans to save Mary from the orphanage, to help the lonely minister find happiness, and to keep a pet rooster from the soup pot. There’s always an adventure brewing in the sun-dappled world of Rainbow Valley. (via Goodreads) Goodreads Amazon   As you might have noticed, I’m a bit behind on my #AnneReadAlong2017 reading! Life has a way of changing our free time and priorities sometimes, doesn’t it? In this particular case, while I found Rainbow Valley endearing and adorable, it was a really slow read for me. I found…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Top 5 Things I Learned Reading Anne of Green Gables
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / December 22, 2017

I am ashamed at how absent I’ve been with blogging and reading lately. I am a book behind with our read along (but almost done! Review to come ASAP!)– a horrible shame as I am co-hosting with Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf. But, as we learned from Anne, life can be unpredictable sometimes. More on that in a future post– let’s focus on Anne! Now that we’re wrapping up our read along with Rilla of Ingleside and Anne is fading into the background of her children’s lives, it’s time to focus on all the great things Anne has taught us. Each chapter of every book comes with a wonderful life lesson. But what are the lasting ones I will walk away with? It was challenging to select only 5 lessons, but they are some of my favorites. 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 Learned Reading Anne of Green Gables   1 – Appreciate the world around you.  I find the way Anne Shirley finds beauty in the world absolutely charming. She is completely…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Anne of Ingleside
#AnneReadAlong2017 , Book Review / November 10, 2017

Title: Anne of Ingleside Series: Anne of Green Gables, #6 Author: L.M. Montgomery Genre: Classic Publisher: Starfire Release Date: June 1st, 1984 Format: Hardcover Pages: 274 Source: Library First Published: 1939 Anne is the mother of five, with never a dull moment in her lively home. And now with a new baby on the way and insufferable Aunt Mary visiting – and wearing out her welcome – Anne’s life is full to bursting. Still, Mrs Doctor can’t think of any place she’d rather be than her own beloved Ingleside. Until the day she begins to worry that her adored Gilbert doesn’t love her anymore. How could that be? She may be a little older, but she’s still the same irrepressible, irreplaceable redhead – the wonderful Anne of Green Gables, all grown up… She’s ready to make her cherished husband fall in love with her all over again! (via Goodreads) Goodreads Amazon   Somehow, in all my excitement in October (aka: Overwhelming Busyness), I never managed to post my review for Anne of Ingleside! Well, better late than never right? It’s hard to believe there are only two books left after this… The 6th book in the Anne of Green Gables…

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Favorite Anne of Green Gables Characters
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / October 27, 2017

As we are closing in on the conclusion of our read along (can you believe there are only two books left?!), it’s obvious Anne of Green Gables contains quite an amazing cast of characters. Sadly, but reflective of real life, these characters come and go from Anne Shirley Blythe’s life. Despite their waxing and waning that doesn’t mean they need to go far from our hearts! This month,  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I encourage you to join us as we reflect on our favorite characters from the Anne of Green Gables series. 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 Favorite Anne of Green Gables Characters   1 – Miss Lavendar Miss Lavendar Lewis is certainly one of Anne Shirley’s Kindred Spirits. The whole tale of Miss Lavendar is nestled deeply into my heart. She lost her one true love and grew old, but refused to let life get her down. She still made the most of her life— keeping Charlotta the Fourth around for company, using her active imagination, and focusing on what brings her joy. Lavendar’s story,…

#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 : Anne’s House of Dreams
#AnneReadAlong2017 , Book Review / September 14, 2017

Title: Anne's House of Dreams Series: Anne of Green Gables, #5 Author: L.M. Montgomery Genre: Classic Publisher: Starfire Release Date: November 1st, 1993 Format: eBook Pages: 248 Source: Owned First Published: 1917 Anne’s own true love, Gilbert Blythe, is finally a doctor, and in the sunshine of the old orchard, among their dearest friends, they are about to speak their vows. Soon the happy couple will be bound for a new life together and their own dream house, on the misty purple shores of Four Winds Harbor. A new life means fresh problems to solve, fresh surprises. Anne and Gilbert will make new friends and meet their neighbors: Captain Jim, the lighthouse attendant, with his sad stories of the sea; Miss Cornelia Bryant, the lady who speaks from the heart — and speaks her mind; and the tragically beautiful Leslie Moore, into whose dark life Anne shines a brilliant light. (via Goodreads) Goodreads Amazon     Wow– I thought I would never see y’all again by mid-last-week. I came down with a summer cold (worst), and now with changes at work and some personal things we are deep in the busiest time of the year for me. But it feels…

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