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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
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it was amazing
bookshelves: youngadult, my_favorites, classic
Recommended to Shannon by: Mikkee, Tiana
Recommended for: Strong Girls or those are raising them
Read 2 times. Last read February 27, 2009.

I don't often give books five stars and as I neared the end of this book, I gave some thought to how many stars this book deserved. I've read the Anne of Green Gables series once before - over twenty years ago. In spite of the amount of time that has elapsed, I clearly recall reading the last book in the series very slowly and thinking to myself, "I will be so sad to not be able to read about Anne anymore." When I picked up this book a few days ago to re-read it, I found within a few chapters that it was like seeing an old friend. Anne was even more delightful than I recalled, since I now have daughters who share her "scope for imagination," her penchant for large words and her zest for life. Reading about Anne's appreciation for life's loveliness made me appreciate my daughters and long to live more in-the-moment myself. So, I decided that a book that feels like an old friend after twenty years deserves five stars.

Anne Shirley must be one of the most delightful characters ever written, largely because she is far from perfect. She makes mistakes, as we all do, but her mistakes are much funnier than my own feel and she makes me see the value in learning from each of them, laughing at them and moving on. Like my middle daughter, there is no lukewarm with Anne. I love that she approaches life enthusiastically, despite have spent a decade belonging to no one.

I also like that Anne talks straightforwardly about wanting, seeking and building friendships. Even now, I am hesitant, awkward and scattershot at building relationships. I may meet someone who seems a kindred spirit, but lack the time or, let's be honest, sheer boldness to approach them and seek to build a friendship. We see Anne seek and build relationships not only upon her arrival in Avonlea, but during her time at Queens.

One reasons I re-read this book was because two friends recommended it for it's fluency in writing dialogue. Unlike Little Women, which I attempted to read for the writing, this book did not disappoint. The dialogue sounds exactly like each character would sound and it flows smoothly from narration to dialogue and back. In fact, I'm baffled that Little Women routinely makes top 100 lists while Anne of Green Gables is nowhere to be found on the lists of must-read classics. Unlike the Little Women characters who are archetypes rather than three dimensional characters, Anne is a bold a female character who refuses to be categorized. That's exactly why I love her and love this book.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
February 17, 2009 – Shelved
Started Reading
February 27, 2009 – Finished Reading
April 24, 2010 – Shelved as: youngadult
January 14, 2012 – Shelved as: my_favorites
January 14, 2012 – Shelved as: classic

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Tiana Have you read this before? It's been my favorite book and movie for as long as I can remember. She's such an amazing character. I wish I had her enthusiastic and positive outlook on life. I love the effect she has on the people around her- she influences everyone she comes in contact with. I love it.

Shannon I was talking a little at girls night about how I don't re-read books very often. (I can only come up with about 10 books I've ever re-read.) So, I have read this book - once - in middle school. I read the entire series and clearly remember thinking when I got to the last book, "I'll be so sad to not be able to read about Anne anymore." So I remember how the books made me feel, but not much about the content. Mikkee Hall loves these books and re-reads them every year. She suggested I read it for a good example of meshing story with dialogue, so your review prompted me to put it on my to read list.

Rebecca This is one of the few series of books I reread constantly also. I think you will really enjoy them and am looking forward to your review!

Rebecca I am so glad you liked it when you re-read! I also think Anne is one of the best characters around. When we moved to Nashville when I was 7, I had a forest green bedroom and nicknamed it "Green Gables," I was so in love with those books (and still am). And (forgive my soap box) I think Anne is a MUCH better role model for young girls than Bella in Twilight, because even though she doesn't recognize true love in Gilbert right away, she does eventually realize the difference between her "imaginary" version of love and the reality. As a girl, I always thought back to Anne's mistake when I would get a bit too carried away with my schoolgirl crushes. I hope you re-read the rest of the series and enjoy them just as much!

Shannon Rebecca wrote: "I am so glad you liked it when you re-read! I also think Anne is one of the best characters around. When we moved to Nashville when I was 7, I had a forest green bedroom and nicknamed it "Green G..."

Yes, I think I will re-read all of them, but not immediately. There are just too many books out there begging to be read. I started The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society last night. I requested it several months ago from the library and have been waiting to work my way up the queue.

Rebecca I know what you mean about the library queue, you definitely have to read them when you get them! I love the title of that book, I look forward to your review.

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Lois Great review! I regret that I never read them as a girl. (They "sounded weird" and I never liked things about the country, like Little House on the Prairie...) I might just have to pick it up now to see what I've been missing.

Oh, and I totally appreciate your comment about making friendships!

Tiana I'm glad this book got 5 stars from Shannon. That's quite an honor! It totally deserves it, though. She truly is one of the most delightful characters ever written. I'm re-reading Book 4 now, and hoping to make it through all of them this year. She really does feel like an old friend.

Rachel These books are one of my favourite too! At school, when I was 15 I won a prize in an Edinburgh-wide essay competition and used the book token I got to buy most of the series. If they weren't hard back books I'm sure they would be showing the multiple readings more!
They are such great insights into a diverse set of characters - and I'm continually challenged, like you mentioned, to live more in the moment - to allow an enthusiasm for life & other people to show!
And on that note, I really do miss seeing your girls in the office here!

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Mir This discussion has inspired me to read this series! I only ever read the first book as a child and thought it was just okay. I think as a girl I didn't want to read these because I was resentful of the way teachers, my mother, etc kept trying to make me read "girly" authors likes Montgomery and Alcott, but now that I am an adult I will try to give them a fair shake.

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I totally agree with you Shannon, Little Women is really hard to read; but my main point is that I totally agree with you on the great storybooks about Anne. She's like a sister. Thanks for your wonderful review. I have not read this since childhood but it's my favourite from childood, and after reading your review I want to read it again. I have as an adult seen the wonderful TV mini-series produced of it: the character chosen for Anne was just as I had imagined her, uncannily so!

Natasha Shabani I love Anne to. would in it be grear to have an imagination like Anne.

Sophia age8

Bernie Shannon, your review of this amazing book was awesome. I first read this when I was in grade ten. Anne (that's with an 'e') was and still is my favourite female characters of all time. Like you said she approaches life enthusiastically, without no one really cares for her until she came to Green Gables in the care of Marilla ( a strong willed woman, but loved Anne all the same) and her soft hearted brother Matthew who adored Anne. I now have a teen-age daughter and this is one of her favourite book as well. Anne, was a brave and strong-willed young girl with a great imaginations that a lot of young girls today lacked. Thanks again for your great review.

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Bindu Babu I am finding so many different editions of this book in flipkart and amazon not able to decide which one is the original work and which one should I buy. Can you help me?

Shannon Bindu, this one looks like a good place to start and it's available via paperback or kindle:

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Bindu Babu Thank you Shannon. Is it un-abridged version?

Shannon Yes, it's unabridged.

Shannon Yes, it's unabridged.

Nicole I read Anne of Green Gables for the first time just a few months ago and your review captures my thoughts so well! I too have daughters and I saw them as well as myself in Anne and the other characters. I too compared it to my experience reading Little Women and Little Women felt like hard work while Anne enveloped me until I was no longer reading the story, but living it. I can't believe that Anne doesn't get more praise and distinction. If she did I'm sure I would have read her much sooner. I can at least make sure my daughters won't miss out.

Jennifer I like your review of this book. I'm currently reading Anne of Green Gables and I'm loving it. I am actually very upset with myself for waiting so long to read this book because the movies have always been my all time favorites. I decided to read it for a reading challenge I'm doing and I'm very glad I finally decided to read it.

Roxana anne of green gables is a definite masterpiece, i read it many years ago but i keep re-reading it. the story is touching and characters are lovely.
every one should read the book and enjoy Montgomery's magic...

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Manybooks I think I have read this book and the entire series (except the last book) at least twenty times since the 1980s (when I first discovered it). Most of the books are like old friends and comforting to read and reread (except for Rilla, where I as a person of German origin just cannot get over how vicious Susan Baker's anti German sentiment, her ultra-nationalism is not only hard to stomach but kind of frightening).

I loved your review, and if I had not already read Anne's story, it would definitely have made me add it to my to-read list. Have you read the Emily series?

Michaela I have only made it two books through this series but i really enjoy them

Estee Hull This is by far the best book I have read this year. Great story and good characters make this book more heart warming.

Melanie Wonderful review! I have just started book two on audible. I loved book one more than I ever thought I would.

Manybooks Melanie wrote: "Wonderful review! I have just started book two on audible. I loved book one more than I ever thought I would."

Are you going to read the other instalments? You should ...

Tahera Great review! I am reading book 4 at the moment after binge reading the first three almost 5-6 months back and it does feel like meeting an old friend again after a long time. I am thinking about re-reading the first 3 books again before I continue with the series mainly to catch up on all the characters introduced.

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Lucy I love all of LM Montgomery's books and all the characters feel like friends. I have all of her books and even did a paper on her in high school. I hate how some of the newer books changed the english of the time. The one Canadian I have always loved the most.🇨🇦

Roman Kurys Great review, Shannon! What doesn’t stop to amaze me is how simple and good this book is. And by good I mean ethically as well as a fine story.

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Crumb Wow! Excellent review, Shannon.

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Hosnia I dont Prime

Jeffrey Schmieder My mom loved this series and tried to get me to read it but at 10 I didn't want to read books about a girl. But since we are visiting Prince Edward Island this year I thought I would give it another try at 53. I found it quite delightful.

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Lorelei They have a Netflix series after this book it was great and I really want to read the book

Jeffrey Schmieder The book is a quick read and both the wife and I finished it quickly. We went to Prince Edward Island and it was great to see the house in person. Amazing to see how much worldwide tourism comes to this small island because of the author's books. They even host a running play based on Anne's romance.

I loved this booksooooooooo much !!
this doesn't contain spoilers
4.9 stars yay!!
I dont haave a word for this

1) lovely
2) truly amazing
3) fabulous
4) beautiful
1) I loved it
2) read thirty times
love it


Have a great day

Daniel Sobelman is cool ! I actually liked little women a lot.I don't really understand what you're talking about.

Shairie Great review! :)

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Shifaa The first paragraph made me tear :') Anne is indeed the most delightful character that can ever be created <3

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