My sixth grade teacher read this novel out loud to our class, and despite the fact that I was a surly middle schooler who absolutely hated to be read out loud to by anyone, I absolutely adored this story. In fact, after only one chapter, something about Anne resonated with me so much that I immediately checked out the book and read it straight through myself, followed by the rest of the series.
I also berated my poor mother, for giving me a middle name of Ann, with no E, which seemed positively dreadful to me, after Anne had declared it so.
It was only a small leap from there to the movie series, which I adore and have watched with my sister about a million times in the past 25-ish years.
In addition, I have to credit this novel for my early obsession with everything Tennyson, and poetry in general. It definitely set me on a poetry spiral, When I had previously disliked and misunderstood most poetry. Needless to say, this book definitely had an impact on my life, and is tied to so many childhood memories that it holds soft spots inside my heart.
While I reread the books several times as a child/teen, this is my first time revisiting them as an adult, and I’m still captivated by everything Anne and Prince Edward Island (and obviously Gilbert, who interestingly enough, I named a baby after in 2017–and not my baby, but someone else’s baby, which is pretty much my biggest claim to fame so far).
Book 83 read in 2018
I had forgotten a lot about how Anne’s story continued, so it has been fun to revisit it and note all the changes from the movie series, which I just recently rewatched (for the umpteenth time).
It’s interesting to see her grow up and change, and I still love this setting.
Book 84 read in 2018
Wow, do I love this one! I forgot how fun and quirky all of Anne’s college friends are, and the final chapters of this one make me so happy!
Book 85 read in 2018
This book has so many interesting side characters. I miss Gilbert, but I love that Anne gets to enjoy some independence before marriage.
I confess I kind of want to write some Anne and Gilbert fanfiction, since LMM cuts out all the good stuff. I feel quite sure I could spice things up a bit, even just in the letters Anne writes to Gilbert. Of course, that would have horrified many a 1936-er, but I suspect the 2018-ers could handle it.
Book 87 read in 2018