Editor Obsessions: Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables, by LM Montgomery, is my all-time favorite book Anne and I are ‘kindred spirits’, after all. Any other kindred spirits out there?
We both have red hair (I love the line, “I thought nothing could be worse than red hair, but green is ten times worse!”) and overly active imaginations, as well as an affinity for the written word. Written in 1908, Anne represented a strong female character that was rare for that era. She is the perfect heroine for girls ages 2 to 99.
As a child, I had an imagination that ran wild and got me into plenty of trouble—especially at school. I was always staring out the window and not at the teacher. I was a major distraction to both myself and those unfortunate enough to be friends with me. (Need proof? All my teachers from fourth grade till my senior year strategically placed me front in center in ALL my classes—but it didn’t stop me.) Life was always interesting, to say the least, and I can’t say I regret having a detention or two and having to retake a test every once in a while because I was a little too spunky.
There are millions of books in the world and not enough hours in the day to read them all. And of course I have to fit in my favorite TV shows and movies, so there are only a few books I treasure enough to read over and over.
1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
2. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
3. Harry Potter (I’m cheating and including them all) by J.K. Rowling
4. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
5. Are You There God It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume
Of course, this is subject to change. What are your top five reads? Or are there any other Anne fans out there? It’s not just for redheads you know!