Every January, I like to revisit one of my favorite authors - L.M. Montgomery. This was originally inspired by Reading to Know's L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge. This year, though, I didn't officially participate because I wasn't sure if I would be able to fit in any Montgomery books. But I'm very pleased to say that I read three! Here are some quick thoughts about my reads:
I have read the Anne of Green Gables series so many times. Now I'm working my way through a reread of them all a little bit slower - one every January. This year, it was the turn of Anne of Windy Poplars. This book follows Anne through three years as a principal at Summerside. She has her challenges and her highlights, but she remains the same Anne through it all. In fact, she often steps aside as the main character to let someone else shine in the spotlight. I guess L.M. Montgomery was so full of these little stories of unique characters that she even had enough to fill an Anne book. As many times as I had read this book, I just learned this year that Anne of Windy Poplars was written nearly 20 years after the other Anne books. That may explain its slightly different style. What matters, though, is the magical atmosphere of Prince Edward Island, and that still abounds in this book.
As much as I love L.M. Montgomery, I had surprisingly never read a biography of her. Maud by Harry Bruce is a great introduction to her life. It's a very fast read, and it focuses mostly on her childhood and early adulthood, up to her marriage to Ewen Macdonald. I loved seeing what she was like as a child, and how many characteristics she shares with the lovable Anne and Emily. Her life was not always easy, but she knew she could find magic in nature and an escape in writing. I'm so glad she combined those passions of hers to produce the many books she did. If you are looking for a quick view of Montgomery's life and the opportunity to get to know her a little bit better, this would be a great book to read.
Akin to Anne is a collection of short stories written by L.M. Montgomery and originally published in several different newspapers. The subtitle is "Tales of Other Orphans" (hence the connection with Anne in the title). Most of the stories were just a few pages long, and while they were all enjoyable, they did get a little repetitive. It may have worked better if these stories were not grouped together, since they all had very similar plots (poor orphan gets miraculously discovered by a relative). Even so, it was fun to read some of Montgomery's short stories, since I hadn't really done that before.
2/4/2016 09:23:14 am
I have heard so many good things about the Anne series, but I never read it growing up! After reading a post about all the different editions, I treated myself to a really beautiful paperback set -- now it's just time to finally get reading!
2/7/2016 02:55:29 pm
Owning them is the first step. :) I hope you enjoy them!
2/4/2016 09:42:07 am
L.M. Montgomery is an author I've been meaning to read for quite some time, especially since I started delving in to world of children's classic literature. I hope to read the Anne of Green Gables series at some point, although I doubt that'll be this year.
2/7/2016 02:56:21 pm
The Chronicles of Narnia is more important, in my humble opinion. But the Anne series comes a close second! I hope you do get a chance to read them someday (soonish)! :)
2/4/2016 06:13:14 pm
I can't believe I missed these books, and the movie (TV show?) as a girl. It was right up my alley too. I guess I was too busy with Little House! Lol. I really need to read this series. Maybe this summer!
2/7/2016 02:57:30 pm
Anne and the Little House have some similarities, as far as the simplicity of life back then. I hope you enjoy them when you get a chance to read them! :)
Yay!! I have so much love for L.M. Montgomery, and love seeing others who do too!
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