Anne of the Island, by L. M. Montgomery

40946102New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With her old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and her frivolous new friend Philippa Gordon at her side, Anne tucks her memories of rural Avonlea away and discovers life on her own terms, filled with surprises . . . including a marriage proposal from the worst fellow imaginable, the sale of her very first story, and a tragedy that teaches her a painful lesson. But tears turn to laughter when Anne and her friends move into an old cottage and an ornery black cat steals her heart. Little does Anne know that handsome Gilbert Blythe wants to win her heart, too. Suddenly Anne must decide whether she’s ready for love. (from Goodreads)

I don’t think this synopsis left much out, so I guess I don’t have much to say?

After watching Anne with an E’s second season, I was left -again- with so much eagerness of Anne that I resumed my reading of the series.

For many many years, this was the only book I had access to. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first read it, but I guess not older than 12, probably younger. And I read it over and over again, because I had such a girl-crush on Anne! She seemed to me soooo cool! She had red hair, which was something I longed for so much when I was a kid, AND she was going to college! On her own! And was living with her friends! And three cats! Literally, the girl had everything I ever wanted (and kind of, sort of, may be, I still want).

This book was, I believe, the first glimpse I had of what college life could be like, and I couldn’t wait to be of age! Little did I know how different college life would be for me xD

It’s been AGES since the last time I read it, so it was quite a peculiar experience. On one hand, there were parts I had, more or less, printed by fire on my mind. I knew that this, this and this happened. On the other hand, there were so many things I didn’t remember AT ALL, but, while reading, I immediately knew that it was a path that I had walked many times before.

For all of these reasons, this is, and probably forever will be, my favorite book in the series.  

Anne of Avonlea, by L. M. Montgomery

28914652At sixteen, Anne is grown up…almost. Her grey eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, she has earned the love of the people of Avonlea and a reputation for getting into scrapes. But when Anne begins her job as the new schoolteacher, the real test of her character begins. Along with teaching the three Rs, she is learning how complicated life can be when she meddles in someone else’s romance, finds two new orphans at Green Gables, and wonders about the strange behaviour of the very handsome Gilbert Blythe. As Anne enters womanhood, her adventures touch the heart and the funny bone (from Goodreads)

With this book I finally filled the holes of Anne’s early years (since I started reading this series, a long time ago, with book #3).

I definitely missed Anne’s bubbly and over-excited childhood character, since now, as a young lady, she’s so much composed… She’s the school teacher after all! (isn’t it weird? Thinking of a sixteen year old girl in charge of a class?) But I think, if I remember right, she explains it saying that, after all, she’s not far different from before, she just keeps all her crazy thoughts and avid imagination to herself. I liked that. I guess that’s what we all do… I love the way the characters grow in these books.

And I really feel sorry for Dora, she’s so overlooked just for being such a well-behaved little girl!

Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery

28918901As soon as Anne Shirley arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever…but would the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with decidedly red hair and a temper to match. If only she could convince them to let her stay, she’d try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes or blurt out the very first thing she had to say. Anne was not like anybody else, everyone at Green Gables agreed; she was special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreamed of the day when she could call herself Anne of Green Gables (from Goodreads)

I’ve been reading Anne’s stories for as long as I can remember, although I skipped the first two books (my mother had only #3, and the school library had the next ones, but no notice of #1 and #2). When I heard that Netflix was making a new adaptation on Montgomery’s book, I knew immediately that I had to read Anne #1 once and for all. I’ve been looking for her books for a long time, with little success, so I had to go for an ebook.

Oh, how I loved it! I don’t have Anne’s ability with big words to make the slightest justice of it. I wished I had read this as a kid, but anyway, I’m so glad I read this at all, which gives me an excuse to now keep up with all the other books in the proper order.

It’s such a heartwarming story, and I’m pretty sure that all of us, lovers of books and words, can see ourselves in Anne. I just wish now that I had more vivid memories from me at that age.

I’m just beginning Anne of Avonlea now, and I’m so glad that I still have so much of Anne in my future 🙂

Chronicles of Avonlea, by L. M. Montgomery

l-m-montgomery-anne-y-su-pequeno-mundo-emece-paginas-175-d_nq_np_302201-mla20278387559_042015-fVery recently I also read a novel inserted in Anne Shirley’s world, and, just like that one, this book isn’t about Anne herself. We get to see her around and hear of her from the other characters in the short stories. The only difference with the other book is that in this one Anne’s still a young girl.  I hope I’ll have more luck buying Anne’s books in the next year, because, so far, I only got town stories. Which are totally adorable and have the same atmosphere, BUT I WANT ANNE, for heaven’s sake!

The road to yesterday, by Lucy Maud Montgomery

historias-de-avonlea-l-mmontgomery-193611-mla20597035116_022016-oI don’t know if you’re familiar with Anne Shirley’s adventures (have you ever heard of Anne of Green Gables“?), but, long story short: Anne was an 11 years-old orphan girl that was adopted by the Cuthbert siblings. Montgomery developed an entire life for Anne, and through the series you can see her grow old, go to college, get married and have a lot of kids. And then she also wrote about the Anne’s kids. As long as the story goes, I believe there was no aspect in every day’s life that wasn’t portrayed in the books. Or, at least, for what life was during the first half of the 20th century.

This book in particular, however, it’s not about Anne or her family, although they’re mentioned in every single tale. Each story is auto-conclusive and gives us a sight in the life of the people from Avonlea, the little town where Anne lives.  Some of these stories depict themes such as resentment, revenge, insanity and murder, but also faith, family, friendship, hope and, of course, love. The love stories are the best, or at least my favorites. There isn’t a specific timeline, but you can tell that the years go by from the first to the last story, and it’s noticeable through the changes in Anne’s family.

This book is an alteration of The Blythes are quoted, and that earlier title gives you an idea about how we found out about Anne’s life in these stories: “Dr. Blythe says…”, “Mrs. Blythe says…”, “the Blythe kids…”, and there’s also a lot of “Susan Baker says…” because she, as their house keeper, is the most reliable informant about news from the Blythe household.  And, believe me, I was as eager for gossip as any other character in the book. That’s how life is in small towns, right?

Anne’s novels are so heartwarming! And if you don’t believe me, believe Mark Twain, who once said Montgomery’s Anne was “the dearest and most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice”.