In daylight I belong to the world... in the night to sleep and eternity. But in the dusk I'm free from both and belong only to myself... and you. ☂️ Have you read Anne of Windy Willows? I seem to feel differently every time I read it.
Book sets in spring time
Oh, this was a hard one, because so many books are set in Summer, when adventures can happen, but then I remembered how Anne of Green Gables talked and talked about everything being in bloom, so I would assume, though it is further north, on Prince Edward Island, that Spring still happens in, well, the spring. #anneofgreengables#lmmontgomery#booksinspringtime #springbooks
When the badass bitch of the awesome, mind-melding puzzle of a Netflix show Russian Doll calls out the lesser known L.M. Montgomery series as her childhood favorite, it's hard not to "squeeeeeeee!" with delight and go dig out your own copy. For the record: Anne of Green Gables, the PBS version of the 80s, is THE BEST TV adaptation of a book, or okay, top five. BUT - when it came to actually reading the books, I was all about Emily of New Moon. I FEEL SEEN, AND SO DOES EMILY, y'all. Thank you, Russian Doll. 😍
Felicity was always so direct and demanding as a child, but as she grew older, she realized that the choices she makes have a huge impact on her life. One of the important lessons we took away from Road to Avonlea was the importance of keeping those you love close to your heart. There's no use in holding grudges! Watch Felicity and Gus’s relationship blossom on Road to Avonlea here: www.gazebotv.com
I loved Anne of Green Gables. I did not even like Anne of Avonlea, I thought it was boring and Davy drove me crazy. But I will continue on because Anne + Gilbert = ♥️ and I need to know how it happens. (I’ve seen the movies approximately one gazillion times, so I know it happens)
You all said you wanted to see more than just bookmark art! So here ya go :) Still bookish, but I’ll soon be offering it as a print. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favourite classics, do you also love this story?
I not much of a fan of green, unless it's mint green or forest green, but lime green is not okay with me!
Also I proudly point out that I have read all but one(Anne of Windy Poplars)of these books! #readerlife #needinginspirationchallenge - Loving the Green
“Maud had a very unusual memory, with excellent recall of anything she had either read, heard or felt.”
~ Mary Henley Rubio
I’ve always thought that having an excellent memory is probably key for writers - and especially for the writers of children’s books. It’s that ability to remember how children feel about things that differentiates the authentic writers of childhood from the pretenders.
I read all of the Anne Shirley novels last year, so they are still pretty fresh in my mind. Whilst reading this exhaustively researched biography, it’s natural to consider the ways that Maud’s own experiences overlapped or inspired those of her characters. Maud was an only child whose mother died of tuberculosis when she was a toddler. Throughout her life, Maud romanticised her relationship with her father, but in actuality she rarely saw him and was raised by her maternal grandparents. Although Montgomery’s ancestors were a distinguished lot of Scottish Presbyterians, liberally spread around Prince Edward Island, she still identified very much with the “orphan” character that appears so often in her fiction.
As I’ve been reading this biography, along with #kindredspirits@teereads and @catebutler, I’ve also been obsessing about ideas of ancestry and inheritance. My daughters gave me a #23andme DNA test for my birthday and I’ve been having the best time doing some genealogical sleuthing. My latest “score” is discovering a distant cousin whose great-great grandmother Mary Jane Smith was a sister to my great-great-great grandfather George Washington Smith. How DNA can be sequenced from a gobbet of saliva I’ll never understand.
LM Montgomery benefited from a rich oral history that kept the stories of earlier generations alive; DNA flow charts are hardly the same thing, but they do provide some strange sense of connection. As I’ve recently become a British citizen, (after living in England for many years), it’s been weirdly gratifying to learn that I’m 61.7% British & Irish anyway.
It wouldn't be Women's History Month without celebrating Marilla Cuthbert! She is a (very) straight forward woman who believes everything happens for a reason!! If not for Anne Shirley, Marilla and Matthew would have never experienced the joy of raising a child!
“She is a rare artist, this old Mother Nature, who works “for the joy of working” and not in any spirit of vain show. Today the fir woods are a symphony of green and greys, so subtle you can not tell where one shade begins to be the other. Grey trunk, green bough, grey-green moss above the white, grey- shadowed floor. Yet the old gypsy doesn’t like unrelieved monotones. She must have a dash of colour. See it. A broken dead fir bough, of a beautiful red-brown, swinging among the beards of moss.” Quoted from The Blue Castle by L.M Montgomery #myfavouriteauthor#lmmontgomery
This post is dedicated to the joys of comfort reading, in honour of Rosamund Pilcher who died earlier this week, and whose novel 'The Shell Seekers' must be one of the ultimate comfort reads. Originally published in 1988 it quickly became the best selling paperback in the world.
Have you read it? Do you have a comfort read - a book, series or author that you return to again and again?
Friends, I’m dragging today. Wilder woke up at 3:15am last night (this morning?) and decided it was about time he got up for the day. I spent the next three hours trying to convince him he should still be sleeping. Nothing like a sleepless night to remind you of how NOT young you are anymore. I don’t have a lot of energy to do any reading today. But these are the books I WANT to be reading. Maybe this tea will perk me up? Send help. Mostly for my kids. I’ll be over in the corner sleeping. For my fellow Anne of Green Gables fans, tell me, what book outside of the Anne series is your favorite? I’ve been working my way slowly through them all (so far The Blue Castle holds my heart) and The Story Girl is next up in the #lmmreadalong2019 this year. It’s part of a duology and I can’t wait to get back to the heart comfort that my dear Maud’s writing brings me.
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How many books should we keep? 🤔
I've got a new blog post up thinking about exactly this, in rather belated response to the Marie Kondo 'controversy'. Do go and have a read. The link is in my bio and also by swiping up on today's story. 📚
And talking of being belated, you may notice my last four posts have been rainbow colours. This is in honour of LGBT History Month last month!!! In the UK Black History Month and LGBT History Month are both in February. I wish they chose different months rather than competing with each other! 🤷♂️
History Months are incredibly important. History as it has been handed down to us in the West is wildly imbalanced, and overwhelmingly straight, white, male and Euro-centric. Specific months which focus on forgotten and repressed history help redress the balance. ✊🏼
👍🏻 @hotcocoareads post today coincided with me wondering Why isn't there a Womens' History Month? Well there is apparently, just not in the UK. It was started in 2011 and 2012 but subsequently abandoned. I'm appalled at this. Can we revive it? Come on UK women. Who's in? ✊🏼
Anyhow, I started posting rainbow colours, albeit not in standard ROYGBIV order four days ago. Coincidentally @jennsbookvibes
started #jennsrainbowchallenge . Whilst I am behind times with some things I am early and totally out of synch on this! Today's prompt is orange and I'm on pink. Which is not even in the rainbow. *sighs*
Are you doing any challenges? 📚
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I received these two Folio Society editions as a Christmas present. ✨ I hope they’ll publish more of the series. And wouldn’t Emily of New Moon make a dreamy @foliosociety edition?
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It’s the weekend!
Whilst I won’t have lots of time this weekend for reading as I’m hard at work on TP&HS: Book 2, when I do get some spare time in between staring at a blank screen/crying in frustration/laughing at my own stupid jokes, I’m going to be reading My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier and Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery.
I’m not *loving* Anne of Avonlea as much as I’d hoped because it feels like a regurgitation of the same scenes from Anne of Green Gables. Which is a shame, but it does mean I’m looking forward to the next book, Anne of the Island, a little bit more because I know that her writing can be so much more exciting! I still love Anne and think she’s amazing, but this isn’t quite doing it for me.
On the other hand, My Cousin Rachel is SO GOOD. I’m only a few chapters in but it’s already so gripping and atmospheric. Exactly what I’ve come to know and love with her books!
What are you hoping to read this weekend?
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What are your favorite “comfort reads”?
I’m finally going to kick off my re-read of the Anne series next month. I’ve been reading a lot of heavier books, and I think it’s time to break things up. ♥️
This book is on my blog! Go to: Collections | Children’s Classics | Tundra Books Anne of Green Gables Set