Now that the secret is out of the bag and you all know I’ve committed to yet another reading challenge, I feel comfortable telling you I’ve just finished book 2 of the Anne series, Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The Anne Read Along challenge is one that I heard about it from The Book Date, who heard about it from co-hosts Jackie at Death by Tsundoku and Jane at Greenish Bookshelf, the latter being its progenitor. The challenge suggests a book a month from May through December, so naturally I’m hopelessly behind and will likely experience some miraculous (read: obsessive) catch up toward the end.
If you’ve never read Anne of Green Gables you really ought to. It is an absolute classic, beautifully written, and a piece of history. Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in 1874 and published the first Anne book in 1908; this second volume was published in 1909. So if you’re looking for “a book 100 years or older,” these count, and since they’re public domain, you can also read them free via Project Gutenberg. If you’re around my age, you probably grew up on the Megan Follows movies. #meganfollowsismyanneshirley ❤
Anne of Green Gables is about a precocious orphan girl who gets adopted and learns what it is to have a home. Anne of Avonlea picks up the story as Anne has completed a teaching program and is now teaching the elementary school she once attended. She started the first book at age 11; this one opens with her at age 16. Her students, and readers, naturally, adore her. She and Marilla adopt a pair of twins, Davy and Dora. And Anne also makes friends with Miss Lavendar, Charlotta the Fourth, and little Stephen Irving. Anne’s life continues to be surrounded by the beautiful, provincial life of rural Prince Edward Island. And Anne continues to get into and out of several scrapes, though it’s clear that she has done and continues to do a lot of growing up.
Here we go for reading challenge updates:
- PopSugar 2017 reading challenge No. 18 a book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile. The Anne of Green Gables series is eight books, and Anne of Avonlea is book 2.
- Book Dragon’s Lair Audiobook challenge Nope.
- Book Dragon’s Lair Pages Read challenge This 276 pgs brings me to 12,293 pgs.
- Read It Again, Sam Yes! This is my fourth re-read this year, bringing me to the first goal of Déjà Vu. Huzzah!
- My Reader’s Block Mount To Be Read (TBR) and Rock My TBR challenge Yes. I purchased the entire series intending to reread it a year ago and I’m finally on the task.
- Diverse Reads challenge (here and here). No, but I have plans.
- The Book Date Full House challenge Nope.
- The Book Date Read the Books You Buy challenge Because I bought these last summer I didn’t think they should count for this year’s purchase challenge.
- The Worm Hole’s What’s In A Name challenge Nope.
- Anne Read Along Yes! Yes! Yes!
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So there’s book 2 of 8 completed for the Anne Read Along. How’s your reading going?