Why I love the Anne books

One of the reasons I read aloud to my children is that it gives me an excuse to enjoy all the books I loved as a child over again.  Plus, it is interesting to view the same books from an adult perspective.  Now, I will admit, that some books just do not hold up and I am left wondering why I loved it so as a child, but others do.  The Anne of Green Gables books certainly fit in the latter category.  I love them as much as an adult as I did when I was a child.  Not only are children portrayed as real children, but LM Montgomery captures motherhood so vividly as well.  For instance,

"But Anne was feeling conscience-stricken.  'I should have found out what was troubling her [in reference to her daughter, Nan].  But I've been too much taken up with other things this week... things that really mattered nothing compared to a child's unhappiness.  Think of what the poor darling has suffered.'

She stooped repentantly, gloatingly over them.  They were still hers... wholly hers, to mother and love and protect.  They still came to her with every love and grief of their little hearts.  For a few years longer they would be hers... and then?  Anne shivered.  Motherhood was very sweet... but very terrible."
    -from Anne of Ingleside


Alison said…
a.dore. the anne books...and pretty much all of l.m. montgomery's stories...the emily books, the story girl books...the short stories...in fact, the title of my blog comes from the very first anne book.


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Julia said…
Ahh...I love the Anne books! I can't wait till my girls are a little older, so that I can read them aloud to them. L.M. Montgomery writes with such poetry that captures the feeling perfectly.
LawMommy said…
I've been re-reading these and am almost finished with Anne of the Island. At the end of the day, especially the last few days that have been completely insane, I am so enjoying my time with Anne. :0)
Lucy said…
LMM's "The Blue Castle" may very well be my all-time favorite book. I can't count how many times I've read it. Love Anne! Didn't care very much for the Story Girl books though.
thecurryseven said…

I'm embarrased to admit that I'd never heard of The Blue Castle, so I looked it up and am about to reserve it at the library. I'm so excited. Just last night I was complaining to J. that I had started more than a few books that I just couldn't finish for one reason or another and just wanted a book I could sit down and enjoy. I think this will fit the bill nicely. Thank you!

Erica said…
I LOVE the Anne books. My girls are still too young to enjoy them, but I will confess that I go through the series about once a year on my own. I just recently read Mistress Pat and The Blue Castle. I bought them at a second-hand store (10 cents each!) and am so glad that I did.

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