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.”
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.”
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.