This story gets lovelier each time I revisit it. :')
Anne Shirley wasn't a favourite of mine growing up only because I didn't read these books as a chiThis story gets lovelier each time I revisit it. :')
Anne Shirley wasn't a favourite of mine growing up only because I didn't read these books as a child. We went on a east coast swing that included PEI and the Green Gable house. My parents bought me a copy of this book at the gift shop and I was 12 at the time. I totally forgot about it for a good number of years until we moved and I found the book again. I had the same feeling reading this as I did for many of my favourites growing up - something warm and fuzzy, like reuniting with an old friend.
Usually I gravitate towards characters that I can relate to, especially as a kid, and that meant more wallflowers and quiet types, but Anne is certainly not one of them. That said, I loved her personality from the start. Nothing about her was like me at all. Her stories and wild imagination can certainly take some getting used to but the joy and warmth she radiated could melt anybody's heart. There are such wonderful relationships depicted in this series. The people in Anne's life are such sweethearts and I had forgotten about so many little moments that made me smile so much. Marilla's softening shell around Anne as she allowed herself to love this girl, Matthew's indulgence in puffy sleeves and his pride in Anne, Diana as a kindred spirit and how much these girls love each other, Gil's adorable crush and academic competitiveness with Anne, and so on. And I'm not even mentioning the island's beauty as depicted in this. Absolutely gorgeous. It's hard not to see all of it through Anne's eyes because it all sounds heavenly. And it really is a beautiful place to visit.
I never did finish the series so I'm doing a re-read of the first two books then going on with the rest. So excited to find out about what happens with Anne and Gil because for the most part, I have no idea beyond the second book/adaptation....more
I actually remember next to nothing about this book but the time period of it spans much narrower than the first, which can take someAs sweet as ever.
I actually remember next to nothing about this book but the time period of it spans much narrower than the first, which can take some getting used to. I just adore Avonlea and the characters so much that I didn't mind the slower pace in this one. Anne's mostly grown up now, enough to be a Miss Anne teaching at the local school anyway, and she's now got the challenge of bestowing wisdom on the little ones. It's a lot of pressure for her because she wants to do the very best she can.
None of the magic from the first is lost here. Anne is her lively self, more responsible but her imagination as quick as ever. The new characters are all interesting in their own way. I thought that I would maybe mix up or get bored by the children but they really were quite entertaining. The new adults like Mr. Harrison and Miss Lavendar also fitted in the story rather nicely. It isn't all sunshine and daisies in Avonlea but there's a warm glow to these books that I find comforted by. That's not even counting how absolutely gorgeous the island sounds. It really is beautiful in person but I haven't been since I was a child so I need to go back having read this series, to see it in a new light.
Off to the next one! I thought I had only read up to this one but it turns out the next one is the last one I finished of this series. :)...more
Boy, everyone is getting married. This one really felt different from the last one, with these changes in everyone's lives. Anne seeALL THE PROPOSALS.
Boy, everyone is getting married. This one really felt different from the last one, with these changes in everyone's lives. Anne seeing all her friends getting hitched makes me feel for her because I can understand that just checking facebook nowadays. But enough. All I want to be is at college and Anne's BFF as I read this. Her time at Redmond sounds just darling, with his studies but mostly her social calendar and dear old Phil providing a lot of entertainment. I can't get over at her living with her friends at the dreamiest place possible. Sigh.
Then all those men! I cackled over a lot of the proposals but Gil's first one will always make my heart ache a bit, even if I already know things will work out between these two silly soulmates. It lasted surprisingly short for something that hurts so much. In my memory it was a longer scene when I read it years back, and happened much earlier, although that may be the adaptation that's twisted events a bit. I also can't not think of Roy Gardner as anything but James Marsden (yes, of The Notebook in terms of being hopeless in his riches and good looks), by the way.
I adore this series. This one feels a lot more mature and Anne's coming into her own as a young woman wrestling with her romantic feelings. After this one I pretty much know nothing about what's going to happen (!), but I sure hope we get a wedding chapter of some sort between Anne and Gil. PLEASE....more
Simply a classic. Even if you are not a hockey fan, you will end up enjoying this book. The tale is simple and transcends all sport borders - who canSimply a classic. Even if you are not a hockey fan, you will end up enjoying this book. The tale is simple and transcends all sport borders - who can bear to put on a rival team's sweater? The opening lines are memorable, with a perfect finish at the very end. Worth a read in both English and French!...more