Ah, January! I look forward to this month like I do no other, mostly because of the “clean slate” it represents to me. However, one reason I’ve looked forward to it for the past six years is the L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge at Reading to Know. Since 2009 I have re-read most of Montgomery’s non-Anne books, and I’ve reflected on Montgomery’s works in a few other posts, as well:
L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, adapted by M.C. Helldorfer review (also thoughts on what makes a good adaptation)
PEI Reminscences, a post in which I share pictures and memories of mine and Steady Eddie’s honeymoon on the Island*****My favorite post!
L.M. Montgomery Meanderings, a post in which I reminisce about how I became such a fan
One important thing is new this year: both of my girls have read Anne of Green Gables on their own, and Lulu has read the entire series. I feel a little bit silly explaining this again, but giving Anne to my girls was a big deal to me. I didn’t hand her over lightly. In fact, I waited for what felt like just the right moment. The girls got both Anne movies for Christmas, too, and yes, we went ahead and watched the first volume (though NOT the second. . . yet!) (It should also be noted that I can still quote most of it. 😉 ) Now we’re about fifty pages into Anne of Green Gables as a read-aloud. I’m going to go ahead and admit here that it feels a wee bit anticlimactic, to be reading it after they’ve both read it AND seen the movie. And no, I cannot read it without using the same inflections and emphases that the actors do in the movie. 🙂 Still, though, I wouldn’t miss this for anything. My girls are champing at the bit to finish the Anne movies, so I’ve promised them that we’ll watch the second one when we get through the book together.
If we get through Anne in time, we’re going to pick back up with the King cousins and company in The Golden Road. I introduced my girls to L.M. Montgomery via The Story Girl last year, and it was a huge hit (so huge, in fact, that two of the three of us picked it as a favorite of the thirty or so books we shared together last year).
I just realized while working on this post that I never finished the Emily trilogy this time through. If I can eke out the time, I’ll try to read Emily’s Quest on my own. We’ll see how that goes.
So that’s part of what will occupy my time in January. I’m looking forward to it!