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Day 24 – A book you wish more people would’ve read

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This post is part of a month-long series of pre-dated posts running while I am on holiday. Feel free to comment, I’ll get back to you when I return!
Please note that any “reviews” I write here are simply my own opinion and that I am not doing any objective, informative reviews for this challenge. If there are any spoilers in a post, I will indicate it at the top.
I draw the book covers straight from Goodreads and you can click on the images to go to the book’s page on there.

I read Anne of Green Gables years and years ago. It could be as much as ten years ago. To make a long story short, I loved it. But it seems to me as though people don’t read these kinds of book anymore. Everybody I ask invariably replies the same: they’ve heard of it, perhaps seen it on TV, but they haven’t read it and that makes me sad.

I loved the Anne-series and I tried to read as many of the books as I could find. I also really enjoyed Anne of Avonlea and some of the others, but when Anne started having her own home and family, she grew beyond a world that I knew and could identify with and I lost interest in the books.

I read Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island. The first two I enjoyed, but Anne of the Island was already passing beyond my frame of reference. Anne of Windy Poplars I never could find. Anne’s House of Dreams I read, but I didn’t like it all that much (I was a young teenager, remember? It’s not really a book that I could identify with. Perhaps I would feel differently if I read it now.) I made an attempt to read Anne of Ingleside, but it didn’t really work. I know my mother then borrowed it and read it and she loved it. But I can’t really say anything about it. Then I tried to read Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside, but I had missed too much out of the series by now and the books simply confused me. Anyway, I wanted to read about Anne, not about her children and her life as mother. I also read both Chronicles of Avonlea books and liked them, though not nearly as much as Anne of Green Gables.

 

That doesn’t really matter, you know. It is Anne of Green Gables that matters. I wish that more people would have read this book, because I want to talk about it, but I can’t find anyone who has read it. Though, come to think of it, I would probably have to do a reread as well if I want to talk about it. 😉

What is it that makes Anne Shirley such a beloved character? Is it her spunky (ah, how wonderful to be able to use that word again) nature and her simple determination to make the best of every situation? I don’t really know, because it is so hard to define. However, I do think that it is Anne’s courage to carry that made me love her character so much. Also, I never really realised how much a part of me she became until I recently saw a light flash through my window at night. I immediately thought of how Anne and Diana signalled to each other using pieces of cardboard and candles. Also, when I first used dye in my hair, I was thinking, “I just hope it doesn’t turn out green, like Anne’s hair did.” Remember that moment when Anne had to emerge with her green hair? I think that picture has been imprinted on my mind forever!

I just love suddenly remembering scenes from books like this. It can always remind me how much a character has become a part of me. I have a way of always remembering Anne’s disaster with the cordial at odd moments and it never fails to make me smile.

Therefore, it is moments like this that makes Anne of Green Gables my book that I wish more people would have read. I wish that more people could share in moments like this.

 

I see that several of the Anne-books are available as free eBooks. Do me a favour and make my wish come true by downloading and trying it for yourself. Why don’t you? It’s a lovely book. 🙂

Tomorrow I write about the character that I can identify with the most.

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7 responses

  1. I love the Anne of Green Gables books. I read the whole series about four or five times when I was a pre-teen. I haven’t seen any of the TV adaptations of it but I’m confident the books are so much better than any Tv adaptation could possibly be. 🙂

    July 18, 2012 at 19:51

    • I haven’t seen a whole TV adaptation either. I saw parts of one, but my uncle kept absent-mindedly channel-hopping and then I missed bits. 😛

      July 21, 2012 at 00:22

  2. I feel like I missed out on a lot of love that young girls seem to have both for this series. I couldn’t get into it (though, to be fair, I also couldn’t get into the Little House on the Prairie series… I was a huge disappointment to my mother for this!). Now that I’m older I think I’d enjoy it a lot more.

    For me, I’d have to say ‘Bread Givers’ is one of the most fascinating books about women and class/religion/society I’ve read … ever. I can’t even say ‘a while’. The historical context of the immigrant girl growing up and trying to make a better life – in spite of what her orthodox ather does – is simply amazing, but even though I am never sure what to make of the ending (I read something different into it each time), I still feel like it says a lot about how people bring themselves up in the world and the responsibilities they have even if they don’t like it.

    July 20, 2012 at 18:09

    • Of course, people have different opinions, but to me there is just something irresistible about Anne.
      I haven’t heard of that one, but it does sound good! 🙂

      July 21, 2012 at 00:27

      • I really enjoyed either a movie or a series I had seen some of based on the book… when I was about 17? But I’ve never had a chance to follow up and actually read it, which I really need to remedy. I just wasn’t enthralled by historical stories when I was a kid! xD

        But Bread Givers is fairly good, and I was glad my professor had us read it in class. I was absolutely ecstatic that it wasn’t Great Gatsby (I’ve read it 4 times over the last 8 years and I still dislike it as much as the first time), but even so it still really caught my attention.

        July 21, 2012 at 20:43

  3. I am so happy this is here. 🙂 I read the entire Anne series and loved it to bits. She was such an inspiration to me, much like Pollyanna. I loved stories with a girl who had spunk. And Anne’s imagination is incomparable. I also love Megan Follows as Anne Shirley. I’m sad people don’t read books like this, too. They have no idea what they’re missing.

    July 22, 2012 at 07:31

    • 😀
      “Me too” on all points! 😛

      July 25, 2012 at 18:05

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