Anne of Green Gables will always be my number one go-to book and has been since I first met her (Anne Shirley) at the age of 13 or 14 when I was given this book as a birthday present. Ever since I first opened the book and delved into its pages years ago, Anne Shirley has been a sort of literary/imaginary friend. Someone much like Anne’s own imaginary friends who kept her company in lonely and difficult times.
This 1908 classic is a must-read, in my humble opinion. L M Montgomery’ s Anne Shirley is an irrepressible red-headed orphan with a mind of her own and a fiery spirit. Her adventures throughout this book and all the other books in the series are amusing and hilarious.
By no means though is this book a babyish or watered-down. There are teenage crushes, accidental drunkenness, death, loss, failure, lost tempers and so much more mixed in with all the loveliness and wholesomeness. This is a must-read for children (and adults), and my kids would definitely be introduced to my friend Anne Shirley (I really do feel like she’s my friend, particularly because I read this book as often as I can)
The 1980s Tv Drama series starring Megan Follows as Anne is wonderful also. Megan Follows does a stellar job bringing this vibrant character to life. Check it out if you ever get the chance.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
“True friends are always together in spirit.”
“My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.”
“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”
“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
“Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them– that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”
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