Sunday, June 1, 2008

Anne of Green Gables

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of one of my favorite books of all time, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery.

I myself did not read these wonderful books until I was in college. I am sure that I had heard about them when I was growing up but for some reason I just hadn't read any of them. I guess I was just busy reading everything that Louisa May Alcott had written, I don't know. However, once I had read Anne of Green Gables there was no going back. I remember that I was a sophomore in college and was swamped with reading for school. I didn't have a car at that time and the only bookstore available to me was the campus one. I was in there one day, looking through the books and there was Anne of Green Gables. I don't know if it was on some class required reading list but it was there in paperback form. I needed something to read that wasn't school related so I bought it. What the heck. The name was familiar and I knew I should have read it at some point in time.

The dorm that I lived in had a small section of roof that was accessible from a friend's window and we used to climb out her window and lay there tanning (that was when I used to actively tan). Those hot spring days were where I first encountered the joy that is Anne.

Have you ever read a book and been totally enthralled. Where years later you still remember the feelings that the book evoked, you still remember where you were when you first read it? That is how it is with me and Anne. She was alive to me and still is.

So, to mark this anniversary I will again be reading the entire Anne of Green Gables series(not that I haven't read it many times before) and will be posting blogs over at Blogging Anne of Green Gables. Come on over and see what others say about these marvelous books


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