This is the final wrap-up post for the July Anne of Green Gables Read-Along! Thank you so much to everyone who participated. It was so much fun to read with you and discuss the book. If you have a review or any final thoughts, please leave us all a link in the comments so we can check it out!
I wrote a review of Anne of Green Gables previously, and Krysta has a whole L.M. Montgomery event planned for October. So instead of writing another review, I just want to list some of my general thoughts and impressions after reading the book this time.
- Anne of Green Gables is just so good. I know I’ve said this before, but I am always amazed by how much I love this book. I’ve probably read it at least 15 times now, and it’s always enjoyable. This is not one of those books that was great when I read it as a child but falls flat when I read it as an adult. It is not a book I ever get tired of. Every time Montgomery manages to draw me into the story. It’s one of my favorite books, and I imagine it always will be.
- Anne always inspires me. Anne certainly has her failings, but she’s also incredibly kind and optimistic. Every time I read the book, I make an informal commitment to live a little bit more like her: seeing good in everyone and joy in even the little things as life. (How delightful to be excited by something as simple as sleeping in a spare room bed!) I want to see all the potential in the world that Anne does.
- Diana is still boring, and I’m sorry I think so. I have never particularly liked Diana and have always been a bit baffled why Anne loves her so. I think I finally have the solution though: Diana would be a lovely person to know in real life, but is completely dull as a book character. She has the singular problem of just being too nice. As far as one can tell, Diana never gets into trouble or does anything untoward (besides that bed-jumping incident, where she was peer-pressured by Anne). Diana is always lady-like and polite. She always obeys her mother and respects adults. She’s a wonderful person. She just doesn’t have enough rebelliousness to do something bad or enough imagination to do something ridiculous just because she thinks it would be fun. There’s just no story in a person like that.
- Montgomery’s prose is beautiful. I always know that Montgomery is a wonderful writer in the back of my mind, but rereading her books always reminds me with full force. She has everything down: gorgeous descriptions, individual voices for each character’s dialogue, the ability to write something either biting or beautiful. I love YA books, but many modern authors are far more concerned with plot than prose. Montgomery does both with amazing skill. If I could write like anyone, I think I might choose her.