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Taking A Literary Vacation From The 21st Century? Please! Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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★★★★✬  4.5 stars

Oh, Anne! How I wish I had known I’d love your story so much – then I would have not postponed reading it for so long. A big thanks to Jackie B. @ Death By Tsundoku and Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf for finally giving me a nudge to read this. I am so happy I did!

As you might have heard on my blog already, there’s a readalong – starting in May, with a book for every month of the year to spend with stories about Anne. And I feel like May is just such a good month to begin – because that’s when Anne arrives at Green Gables.

If you’re unaware about what happens in this story (much like I was just a month before), Anne is an orphan, adopted by an elderly brother and sister. She is a very happy-go-lucky, imaginative child that is a true delight to read about. And it’s not just Anne – it’s the old romantic aspect of a life before now, at your folks’ cottage, way over and beyond… Basically, Little House in the Prairie (now don’t start, I need to read that one as well.)

There are so many things I could say about Anne, and at the same time – so few. Most of you have already read this book, probably, so it’s hard to write a review. But why should you read about Anne?

Let’s start at the top then.

You want a reading vacation.

Living in the 21st century is tiresome business, mate. Our pace is just deadly sometimes, especially for some of you who live in concrete jungles. Well, reading Anne of Green Gables has been a true escape for me! I don’t know what it is about this book, but it somehow soothes you and makes you feel slowed down, cozy and peaceful. It’s a true reading vacation for your heart.

You want meaningful quotes.

I can tell you, this book has been a treasure trove for highlights for my Kindle. I kept wanting to throw nice quotes around for my Instagram so often that I even had to restrain myself. It involves both deep thoughts and childish, sincere ideas that you’ve once thought yourself, but couldn’t quite voice. Some weren’t even very deep ones, but just ones that resonated with me so much (like spelling ‘Anne’ with an e? Ever since starting to learn English, I hated it being spelled ‘Ann’… unfortunately, my first text book thought that was pretty much the only way it should be spelled. NOOOOO)

You want to feel safe and cozy.

Cause for some reason that book feels like that! I honestly don’t know why. It just gave me so much comfort.

You want to read a revolutionary book for its time.

It might not feel revolutionary now, but think about it. The book centers on women. It treats female independence as a normal thing. Encourages girls to study. Mentions women perhaps voting? And there’s more than that. While I felt like ‘being Anne’ would be quite normal today (in fact, many kids are encouraged to be like Anne now), it wasn’t back in the day. Anne’s antics are said to be weird so many times, but the general tone of the book shows them as the better way to be. To throw away decorum, to just be yourself. When I was reading this book, I often wondered – would our culture be like it is now, actually, if books like this didn’t talk about it a century ago? I have doubts about that.

You may still ask why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5? Well, I felt like the ending was a little bit too sweet, maybe. But that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. Long story short, I’m extremely glad I joined this read-along and can’t wait to get started on the second book in the series. I miss Anne already!

Also, for all you Anne-fans. I know Little House In The Prairie is another tale, but I would not be mistaken in assuming that a lot of you will also have read and loved it! There’s a new release this autumn, called The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books. It’s a book about the background of the stories, where the author lived throughout her childhood, even the plants that grew there and the ways people traveled, even what foods they cooked! It’s pretty much your encyclopedia to all things Little House. You can still grab it on NetGalley, if you’re a reviewer!

Anyway, I hope my reasons for loving Anne are enough to nudge you into reading this masterpiece of 20th century literature. Or have you read this famous classic already? If not, what’s holding you back?

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Brian Joseph
4 years ago

As always your post is so imaginative and well done Evelina. Your use of pictures and graphics is superb.

What you wrote about the prose being a combination of deep thoughts and simple sincere ideas is interesting. I find this to be true with certain great authors such as Jane Austen and Anthony Trollope.

Nathan (@reviewbarn)
4 years ago

I never read Anne of Green Gables but your review reminded me of a series i was reading not long ago that was kind of the opposite. It was my favorite as a child even though it was probably already out of print by then but there was a jarring sequence where a chapter is devoted to making a ‘wild’ girl act more like a girl–with the final moment being her realizing how pretty she is in a dress.

Kind of a long tangent but it is amazing what is found reading old classics.

Grab the Lapels
4 years ago

Anne of Green Gables is actually quite different from Little House on the Prairie, not just in content, but mostly in writing style. People can maintain all they want that Anne is a children’s book, but look at the first paragraph. Did anyone else notice that it’s ONE complex sentence? Child me couldn’t read that to save her life. Little House reads much more like a children’s book.

Also, is your name Evelina or Avalinah?

4 years ago

Yay! So glad you enjoyed your first experience with Anne! I find myself wanting to quote most of the book in my review. So many great quote–some serious, some silly, and some just beautiful. This is totally a comfort and cozy book for me as well. I just feel so happy and good after reading it. Excited to have you along for the read along!

Also, I am totally checking out that Laura Ingalls Wilder book you mentioned! I just participated in a Little House Read Along last year and loved rereading the books. Such great children’s classics.

3 years ago

That’s a great idea! Then you get to quote more 🙂 I totally just got the LIW book on NetGalley! Excited to check it out!

Bambi Unbridled
4 years ago

I love reading vacations. It’s why I so rarely read contemporary romance these days – I need to escape to the past or some fantastical world.

Stopping by for #getsocial2017 from Bambi Unbridled

4 years ago

I remember reading this book soooo many years ago! I was probably mid to late teens, I think. It is a wonderful read.

Have you been to Prince Edward Island? It’s lovely. We have a little vacation there every few years. I haven’t done this yet, but I would like to, maybe this summer. Anne of Green Gables Tour

4 years ago

What a great post and idea 😀 Loving it

I watched the tv series when little. And was alll awww wanna go there

Lashaan Balasingam
4 years ago

I actually just recently found out about Anne (maybe 2 months ago) and definitely hope to visit her story in the near future. Your review definitely comforts me on its quality. This sounds like a amazing classic with great writing (those quotes though). I like the today vs Anne’s period comparison, definitely true on those differences. Excellent review! 🙂

Lashaan Balasingam
4 years ago

Hahaha I’m still discovering a bunch of books that I should’ve known about years ago! I only rekindled my love for literature around 2 years ago. 😉

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
4 years ago

Great post thanks for sharing #getsocial17

4 years ago

This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I have wonderful memories of reading it with my mom and my daughters. 🙂 I’m glad you loved it too. And I love the passage on prayer than you highlighted!

Laura Thomas
4 years ago

I read this many years ago and adored it. Should revisit it. Your exciting review is nudging me to dig out my old copy:)

Analee @ Book Snacks
4 years ago

Ahhh it’s been such a long time since I read this book!! This reminds me I should probably return to it sometime ahah.


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4 years ago

Awww so happy you enjoyed it! Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that didn’t love this book…

“I don’t know what it is about this book, but it somehow soothes you and makes you feel slowed down, cozy and peaceful. It’s a true reading vacation for your heart.”

Yes!!!! You nailed AoGG with these two sentences 🙂

J Lenni Dorner
J Lenni Dorner
3 years ago

I haven’t read these (or seen the new or older shows based on them) but it looks interesting. I like the quote about praying. I agree with Anne on that.

3 years ago

Interesting blog! Visiting from #getsocial17

3 years ago

“…it somehow soothes you and makes you feel slowed down, cozy and peaceful” Yes! This is what I love about all her books!

Liana @ Will Read for Feels

I actually had a really hard time getting into the Little House on the Prairie books, but by gosh, I ate up the Anne Shirley books like they were made of chocolate. I think I first read the first book in the third or fourth grade, then promptly read the other seven books that same year. But I’ve revisited Anne of Green Gables time and time again; I’ve probably read it at least a half-dozen times by now!


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