Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Goodreads:  Anne of Green Gables
Series: Anne of Green Gables #1

Summary:  Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert meant to adopt a boy to help on their farm.   But when Matthew gets to the train station, he finds a girl waiting—a girl who talks all the way home about scope for the imagination and names the trees and gushes about how she has always wanted a real family.  Matthew likes the girl, but he will need to convince the practical Marilla that their house needs a girl to brighten it up more than it needs a boy to plow the fields.

ReviewAnne of Green Gables is a heartwarming book that bears numerous rereadings.  Anne’s spunkiness, vivid imagination, and desire to simply be loved make her a fresh and likeable character each time readers meet her—and every time they will want to adopt her themselves as their bosom friend.  Her knack for naming things and her fierce loyalty make her the perfect companion for any situation.

The other characters are equally as wonderful, starting with the shy Matthew Cuthbert who always seems to know what Anne needs and likes to listen to her talk.  He and Anne match perfectly through all their differences.  And Marilla, though seemingly stern and always taking pains to be practical and proper, has an equally warm heart that cannot help but shine through.  They form an unusual but perfect family.

And Anne’s antics and their reactions are absolutely hilarious.  The fun starts on the ride home from the train station, with Anne asking ridiculous questions and Matthew completely perplexed and giving strangely straightforward answers.  When Anne stops saying funny things, she starts doing them.  Almost every chapter seems to have Anne in a new scrape.  Watching her grow up into an elegant young lady will make readers just as proud as Matthew and Marilla, but it is good to know that no matter how old Anne gets through the following books, crazy things tend to happen to her.

L. M. Montgomery is a naturally charming writer with her wonderful characters and beautiful descriptions of Prince Edward Island, and Anne of Green Gables is one of her most charming books.  It is no wonder that generations readers have fallen in love with the book and the girl (and often with the handsome Gilbert Blythe!).

Published: 1908

L. M. Montgomery Reading List

Below is a list of works by L. M. Montgomery, including books she wrote during her lifetime and short stories that were gathered into collections after her death. You can use the list to decide what you might like to read during the read-along, or you can copy and paste it onto your own blog, highlighting what books you have already read and which you would like to read during the event. Have fun!

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Anne of Avonlea
  • Anne of the Island
  • Anne of Windy Poplars
  • Anne’s House of Dreams
  • Anne of Ingleside
  • Rainbow Valley
  • Rilla of Ingleside
  • Emily of New Moon
  • Emily Climbs
  • Emily’s Quest
  • Pat of Silverbush
  • Mistress Pat
  • Jane of Lantern Hill
  • Kilmeny of the Orchard
  • Magic for Marigold
  • The Story Girl
  • The Golden Road
  • The Blue Castle
  • A Tangled Web
  • Chronicles of Avonlea
  • Further Chronicles of Avonlea
  • The Road to Yesterday
  • The Doctor’s Sweetheart, selected by Catherine McLay
  • Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
  • Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
  • Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
  • After Many Days: Tales of Time Passed, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
  • Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
  • At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
  • Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
  • Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories, edited by Rea Wilmshurst
  • The Watchman and Other Poems
  • The Alpine Path: The Story Of My Career
  • The Selected Journals of L. M. Montgomery
  • Courageous Women

L. M. Montgomery Read-Along Begins!

Today is the start of the L. M. Montgomery Read-Along at Pages Unbound!

How do you participate?

  • To start, you can comment on this post to give everyone a head’s up that you’ll be participating!
  • Next, set your goals for the read-along by visiting our list of Montgomery’s works.
  • Read any book(s) by L. M. Montgomery!
  • Post your reviews on your own blog.  Then come back here and link them up by clicking the green Mr. Linky graphic near the bottom of this post.
  • Feel free to grab some of our badges below to show off what you’ve read!
  • You can also post movie reviews, discussion posts, or other Montgomery-related post on your blog and link them up during the event.
  • Have fun!

What will be happening at Pages Unbound during the Read-Along?

  • Book reviews
  • Movie reviews
  • A quiz
  • Polls

Badges

L. M. Montgomery Read-Along (to come)

Beginning on July 8, Pages Unbound Will be hosting a read-along of the works of L. M. Montgomery!   Most of you have read Anne of Green Gables, but have you met Montgomery’s other characters?  Emily?  Pat?  Jane?  Kilmeny?  You can reconnect with your favorites, or read something completely new!  Find a list of your options at Wikipedia.  Then, between July 8 and July 21, post your reflections on the books on your own blogs and link up the reviews here so other Montgomery fans can visit!  You can also post movie reviews, discussion posts, or any other Montgomery-related material!

At Pages Unbound, we will be posting a variety of book reviews during the two weeks.  There will also a movie review and some other fun activities.  More information to come in July!