Who else is obsessed with @babylitbooks? We’ve loved these board books that introduce kids to classic literature through creative ways for years, and recently added Anne of Green Gables to our collection. Each page has a location from the novel and a quote, and the map at the beginning of the book is perfect for finding each location on Prince Edward Island. This is one of my favorites from the BabyLit collection! I’m feeling nostalgic today for the #12daysofannestagram posts, so be sure to check out the hashtag if you are in need of some Anne today too.
So.... we acquired a new kitten. Meet Julie! She'll be Jarvis' farm cat companion and part of the mouse patrol. She's in quarantine until her vet appointment on Monday. #hickorycovefarm (and #12daysofannestagram because some of my bookish friends will understand why we named her Julie 😉)
Nostalgia. I’ve been so busy this month that I’ve missed most of the prompts for #julywithbooks18 but it’s been a slow, rainy morning and I’ve been meaning to do a quick Anne / Emily post since I finished re-reading them all last month. 🌹🌹🌹 When it comes down to it I identify more with Emily but I prefer Anne. Re-reading Emily reminds me more of mistakes I made and regrets I have from my past but Anne reminds me more of past friendships and the good times we had. Emily is a bit more pessimistic like me, but Anne’s outlook encourages me to be more positive. 🌹🌹🌹 I think that difference between Anne and Emily can be seen in these two quotes that distill their outlook on life: 🌹🌹🌹 “Dear old world, you are very lovely and I’m glad to be alive in you.” —Anne “After all it’s not a bad old world - and the folks in it are not half bad either.” —Emily 🌹🌹🌹 Do you see the glass as half-full like Anne or half-empty like Emily? Which series is your favorite? . . . #nostalgia#booksandflowers#nostalgicreads#anneofgreengables#emilyofnewmoon#lmmontgomery#lucymaudmontgomery#12daysofannestagram#annestagram#bookstagram#booksofinstagram#igreads#booklove#bookquotes
My June was crazy, so I missed #12daysofannestagram, but I really enjoyed pondering the prompt, “if you loved Anne, you’ll love...” The answer caused me to grab this one off my shelf for a re-read. * Elnora Comstock is not an orphan, but she may as well be — living with her embittered and unloving mother leaves her no resources but her own heart and courage. When she is determined to get an education she finds a way to work her way through high school by collecting the natural treasures of the swampy forest Limberlost. Like Anne, Elnora has brains and ambition—and a generous and loving heart. Her love for and knowledge of the natural world is unparalleled, and she has allowed suffering to make her compassionate, rather than bitter. Her high school scrapes, her blossoming adulthood, her clear-sighted foray into romance...all make for a lovely tale. I loved it as a child and greatly enjoyed my reread now. * This book was published in 1909 and definitely fits Christine’s (@christineandbooks) hashtag #forgottenfavoritebooks. Have any of you read it? * #bookstagram#summerstooshort#classicchildrensbooks#agirlofthelimberlost#genestrattonporter
With Anne with an "E" hashtags all over Instagram, I just had to take a look at the LMM section of my local used book shop when I dropped in. I bought a few books (next post), but also had fun looking at the various incarnations of Anne. The 3rd one really surprised me! Not how I picture Anne girl at all. #12daysofannestagram#annewithanereadalong2018
Thank you to @candlewickpress and @netgalley for an e-copy of this book. I found this biography of L.M. Montgomery fascinating as well as heart breaking as I read about the difficult life she faced. I am a big fan of Anne of Green Gables and was very interested to learn more about how the book came to be. There was clearly a lot of thorough research done for this biography, but it still flowed very smoothly and was an engaging read. 📖 Reading the biography enriched my understanding of L.M. Montgomery’s novels as I found out many of the inspirations or influences for characters, plots, and settings. I learned about many of the people who had a book dedicated to them and I am going to always look at those dedications and remember those important people in her life as I read or reread her books. There are some L.M. Montgomery books I haven’t read yet and I look forward to reading them with an even greater understanding of where they came from. 📖 To see my full review and to learn more about this book check out my blog post through the link in my profile. The book is available now.
July TBR 🌺 I’ve got seven books in this stack for the @bookstagramlibrarians summer photo challenge; but if you’ve been following me for any time, you know I’ll read more than that this month, so I’m also planning on reading the Green Knowe series for Whitney’s monthly challenge @theunreadshelf because although I’ve found them all, I have only read one. 1) Moon Over Manifest is from my Newbery shelf 2) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a #greatreadpbs book that I’ve already finished, and so is... 3) The Catcher In the Rye, which I’ll be reading along with @baldo_and_his_books and some others. 4) Silas Marner is a short book I chose for #readtheclassics2018 5) A Grief Observed is a short C.S. Lewis that I found at a library book sale recently that I decided to read when I saw @_the_bookish_blonde_ loved it. 6) The Blue Castle is the LMMontgomery novel I have been looking forward to rereading this month, especially after seeing all the love for it last month during #12daysofannestagram 7) The Power of Silence is a free book on my Kindle through FORMED that my bookclub is reading. . . . #tbr#booklove#bookworm#julywithbooks18#americareads#bookclub#readalong#series#theunreadshelfproject2018#augustineinstitute#ignatiuspress
“A wind ran through the garden as they entered it and it looked as if every flower and shrub were nodding a head or waving a hand at them... ‘Miranda got what you wanted from the seedsman . . . I think you'll find everything, even the scabious. What do you want with scabious, Jane? It's an abominable name . . . sounds like a disease.’ ‘Oh, the flowers are pretty, dad. And there are so many nicer names for them. . . . Lady's pincushion and Mourning Bride.’ - LMM’s Jane of Lantern Hill I’m starting a new hashtag for #flowersoflmmontgomery as I build my literary inspired garden. 💕 These little $2 beauties have been bobbing happily in the garden for months! And they also seem to be a favorite of the butterflies. I can see why Jane wanted to plant them. 🌱 #12daysofannestagram#janeoflanternhill