Book Title: Anne of Green Gables (Anne #1/8)
Author: L.M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery

Synopsis (from Goodreads)Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.”

Related Blog Posts: ‘A Book That Makes You Happy' from the 30 Day Book Challenge / L.M. Montgomery Tag (for quotes, including the rest of the series)

Five Words: Love, friendship, childhood, beauty, and classic

Why I Re-Read This: Because I love Anne Shirley, and have since I was a little girl.  My mom read them when she was little, and then we read them together when I was.  I have re-read the series many, many times. I’ve always identified with her big imagination and love of words and wonder. I re-read the Anne books when I feel I need a reminder of something sweet, simple, and organic; something that reminds me of how I grew up, and that takes a (sometimes necessary) step away from dystopia, fantasy, and magic.

What I Love

  • Anne and Matthew and PUFFED SLEEVES
  • Anne tearing a strip out of Rachel Lynde, and Marilla’s internal commentary on the situation (Marilla’s commentary in general)
  • Marilla explaining prayer
  • Anne getting Diane drunk
  • Gilbert effing Blythe
  • Honestly, what don’t I love

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Anne’s backstory.  Not… not not liking it as much as being upset by it, but then that’s half of who Anne is: Optimism and happiness in the face of rejection and abuse.  I didn’t not like it as part of the story, but it always makes me sad.
  • Not much else

Favourite Quote: “Tomorrow is another day with no mistakes in it.

Favourite Adaptations: Anne of Green Gables (with Megan Follows), and the unfortunately short-lived Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series.

Who Should Read It: Anyone who hasn’t, and anyone who has who might be in need of another dose of Anne’s personality. Little kids, especially, I think would benefit from Anne Shirley.  I know I did.