Health isn't just about what we eat, it's also about our mindset and how we take care of ourselves physically✨Trying to work on balancing it all out, so starting a lil 12 days of health is wealth challenge in honor of 12 days of Christmas🎄 . Check out my stories for more details! Starting tomorrow for 12 days do something that will benefit your health whether it be eat a nutritious meal, go for a walk, getting some extra sleep, or even doing a face mask😊 . The holidays are crazy, but remember to take care of yourself and make time for the ones you love!
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#24daysofanne#12daysofannestagram my introduction to Anne and L.M Montgomery was watching Road to Avonlea every Sunday night, watching the Anne miniseries on vhs on repeat, and an abridged version of the story I got from a scholastic book order, until I finally read the first one around the age of 7.
Happy 144th birthday, Maud! I have always felt a strong bond to this woman who died long before I was born. She introduced me to Prince Edward Island, Canada, and the vivid imagination of one special redhead. Learning more about her life (like visiting her birthplace and many places that inspired beloved settings in her books) I feel even more connected to her. She was a teacher before she was a writer, including at a newspaper for awhile. She wrote beautifully about nature and life, with so much humor, although she went through a lot of tragedy and battled depression. Often I wish I could give her a big hug. Thank you, L.M. Montgomery, for writing so many wonderful stories with characters who feel real. #12daysofannestagram#lmmontgomery#lmmontgomerybirthday
I set a goal this year: to read the whole Anne series. Spoiler alert: I did it! It feels great to stick to something. For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey although I slowed down a bit with books 6 & 7. Rilla of Ingleside wrapped everything up with meaning and sweetness, just as it all began with the incomparable Anne. Today is Lucy Maud Montgomery’s birthday. What a treasure she is to Canada and to a world of readers who see things differently.
Happy 🎂 to two of our favorites, Louisa May Alcott, author of #littlewomen, and Clive Staples Lewis, aka #cslewis, who brought us all through the wardrobe to Narnia! I celebrate these word weavers for their life-shaping influence on me! By the way, tomorrow is #lucymaudmontgomery's 🎂! Wanna do it up with a one day #12daysofannestagram tribute? Let's celebrate Maud in all her glory tomorrow. What do you say? I think this calls for cupcakes, don't you? #classicbooks#classicauthors
#partner Thanks to @tundrabooks for a free copy of the new board books Anne’s Colors and Anne’s Numbers! They were the perfect addition to my book list for Anne of Green Gables fans. 📖 2018 had been a great year for Anne fans! There have been so many wonderful Anne and L.M. Montgomery related books released this year that are perfect for introducing the next generation to beloved characters or to build up your home collection if you’re a collector. I compiled a list of the books released this year, plus a couple from last year, so you can make sure you don’t miss any of the options for the Anne lovers in your life! The full list is on my blog (direct link in profile) and includes a couple more books than those pictured here. 📖 Anne’s Colors and Anne’s Numbers are fun, colorful board books that are great for teaching young children basic concepts while also providing some nods to Anne. The illustrations are unique and engaging with their hand embroidered designs, although I think it would have been extra neat if you could actually feel the fabrics. 📖 Do you see any on this list you’ve loved? Who has read Marilla of Green Gables? I already shared my glowing review, but I’ve been hearing lots of great response from others as well!
Coming December 1st. Twenty-four days of Christmas, Anne, and Lucy Maud Montgomery ✨ hosted by myself and the lovely @anne_please_spell_it_with_an_e. We would love for you to participate too. 💞 #24daysofanne#christmaswithmaud
Stuffed to the puffs ( Anne's puffed sleeves!) over here, how about you? Autumn is almost over, so here's a last hurrah--one of my favorites from the #12daysofannestagram. I am very thankful for the poster, my dear pal @alisonhodgsonbooks, and all of you kindred spirits from all over the world who enrich my life with your warmth, wit and wisdom! #bookstagram#anneofgreengables#ilovetoread#classicbooks#booksbooksandmorebooks
On Friday I sold my antique #aliceinwonderland for $100 in store credit at the loverly Redux Books. Even though I kind of miss my Alice--I had it for 25 years!--it was all kinds of big fun to spend that store credit! My favorite is the old Anne of Windy Poplars, followed by a really beautiful vintage Heidi! Yes, there are two copies of Pollyanna! I love to do cover showdowns and have all of you weigh in with your thoughts! (Hence one more copy of Anne of Avonlea!). See anything you fancy on my Luscious $100 Bookstore Credit Pile? #anneofgreengables#12daysofannestagram#vintagebooks#pollyanna#bookpile#usedbookstore
My very late last day of #12daysofannestagram Fall edition: Anne with fall foliage. I was so busy and Fall took so long to come. I don't typically think of #fall /#Autumn when I read #rainbowvalley. It usually makes me think of spring or summer. But this late, warm Fall is making the leaves take longer than normal to change and the tree out front of my apartment has so many colors going on it looks like a rainbow! So it made me think of the 7th book in the Anne series. #books#reading#bookish#bookstagram#readhead#anneofgreengables#lmmontgomery
Hey kindred spirits, let's do for Anne's November quote what thousands of us did for her famous October quote! Maybe not quite as cross stitchable but so beautiful and evocative, don't you think? This amazing NOVEMBER quote comes from Anne of the Island! #anneofgreengables#lucymaudmontgomery#literaryquotes#november#bookishlove What do you think of Anne's November quote?
What a splendid reading month! October was dreary around here, and I got sick with a stupid virus, but the upside was tons of reading time. * The Storied Life of AJ Fikry ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was a reread for me and the perfect book as I develop a memoir about being the daughter of a bookseller. Like AJ, Abe the bookseller was also an adoptive dad of a bookish girl. 💝 * Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners ⭐⭐⭐⭐ See my earlier post for a full review but this minty fresh new read is just the fizzy tonic to pop into your Thanksgiving tote bag. * Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This classic pulled double duty as my classic and my diverse read this month. See my earlier post but EVERYONE should read this right now and be inspired by Cassie Logan, heroine. (Couldn't find the book right now so it is well represented by @carrottoppapershop 's Cassie Logan heroine bookmark! * Among the Shadows by #lucymaudmontgomery ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wrapped up this lightly spooky short story collection by #anneofgreengables author LMM just in time for Halloween. It was marvelous to enter Maud's world again through these stories of murder and mayhem and trysts with white ladies! * Praying with Jane ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 stars Anyone who loves #janeausten should check out this 31 day devotional by our friend Rachel Dodge (aka #12daysofannestagram participant @kindredspiritbooks !). I am halfway through and really impressed with her winsome way of weaving Jane's prayers and life with her novel characters and their lessons learned. Have you enjoyed any of my October reads?
I couldn't take part in the #annetober version of #12daysofannestagram but I so much enjoyed seeing all the posts. I think I'm now finally ready to pick up L M Montgomery's journals again - I've sort of been putting it off because I've already read the selected journals covering these years but I am so looking forward to reading the full version. . . Thank you to @carrottoppapershop and @thebooksellersdaughter for hosting - I hope you do so again!
The last prompt in the #12daysofannestagram - the #annetober edition - was to show off some Anne with fall foliage. I stepped outside, plunked ‘Anne’s House of Dreams’ on the ground, and here you have it! This is one of my favorites. I mean, they’re all my favorites, but it’s so wonderful to read about Anne wrapped up in her happiness after SO MANY BOOKS OF WAITING. Finally Gilbert and Anne are married!! This has been great fun @carrottoppapershop and @thebooksellersdaughter - please keep the Anne parties happening!
I agree with @lmmheirs that their illustrious relative #lmmontgomery would have been tickled pink to see her book baby rank #11 in the Great American Read! 🙌 Anne Girl! And I absolutely agree with the top pick: #tokillamockingbird is an American masterpiece. But I think Outlander as #2 is OUTRAGEOUS! Yeah, a really fun and addictive book series, but nobody will be talking about it in 110 years, like we all do about #anneofgreengables, or in 150 years (#littlewomen), or 200 years as in the case of #janeeyre. Harrumph! What do you think? What did the voters get right and wrong on this list? Honestly, even though I am a wildly loyal Canadian expat, and OBVIOUSLY Anne is my favorite lifetime book, I kinda think a contest called The Great American Read should be open to ....American books! Such an odd thing for me to say, but maybe the Outlander thing put me over the edge. What book did you vote for repeatedly? 😊 #thegreatamericanread#americanliterature#12daysofannestagram
The fifth prompt for the #annetober version of #12daysofannestagram calls for showing your favorite book from L.M. Montgomery for fall time reading. This was a super tough call for me because cough, I just want to read ‘The Blue Castle’ all the time forever, but I think I’ll choose ‘Emily of Blue Moon’ which believe it or not I only read this for the first time two years ago! What? Why? How? I’ve said it before - silvery Emily is the moon 🌙 to Anne’s 🌞 sun. This series is more mysterious and melancholy, and it is absolutely PERFECT for fall and winter reading, especially if you see all the gorgeous covers put out by @viragopress . So beautiful! @thebooksellersdaughter and @carrottoppapershop , I’m slow but I’m still moving through this challenge, thank you for putting this together!
Very excited to delve in to Marilla by @sarahmmccoy! When @sarahmillerbooks came out with Caroline, about Ma Ingalls, I honestly thought, 'someone should come out with a book about Marilla.' And now it's here! Thank you to @williammorrowbooks for a free copy of this wonderful book! Bravo to Sarah McCoy for bringing Marilla Cuthbert's story to life! I cannot wait to start reading! 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 #12daysofannestagram#anneofgreengables#annewithane#bookcollection
#partner @williammorrowbooks Happy Release Day to Marilla of Green Gables by @sarahmmccoy! After reading an advance copy I had the opportunity to ask the author some questions. You can see all of her wonderful answers, my full review, and more information on my new blog post through the link in my profile. • When I heard this book was coming out I was simultaneously excited and nervous. The characters of Anne of Green Gables are some of my most beloved characters and I was worried that I wouldn’t like what the author did with them. I’m thrilled to say that I loved this book! • The author spent time walking where L.M. Montgomery walked, scouring books, fully experiencing Prince Edward Island, and talking to Montgomery’s family members. I felt like that care and devotion really shone through while the author still allowed herself to make her own creations and interpretations. • I loved seeing the imagined origins of so many iconic aspects to the book (like the amethyst brooch and red currant wine) as well as the early stages of Marilla’s relationships– including her friendship with Rachel, her tender sibling relationship with Matthew, and her sweet and heart breaking romance with John Blythe. The story was emotionally poignant, the characterizations were rich and fit so well into what I could believe of them. The political/social context of the story was fascinating as well. • And, perhaps best of all, reading this book made me want to reread Anne of Green Gables once again with these new possibilities and insights on my mind. With such widely beloved characters and such a range of reader views, there are bound to be people who don’t like this ‘origin story’, but for me, it completely worked. I am very curious to hear what other Anne fans will think of it! I’m dying to discuss it so please come back and tell me your thoughts after you read!
“....glad to live in a world with Octobers” — oh Anne, I couldn’t agree more! I love this 4th prompt for the #annetober edition of #12daysofannestagram ! I’m so thrilled that @thebooksellersdaughter and @carrottoppapershop decided to run a mini Anne festival this month! 🍂 Never in all of my days will I ever tire of seeing the leaves change in autumn - never not ever. Please don’t mind the regram of this shot from last year!
Out tomorrow! Thank you very much to @williammorrowbooks for the review copy. 🌙 Kindred spirits, heading into Marilla’s Green Gables was a pleasure. I think there are Anne fans who will pick on anything outside of their beloved cannon, but if you’re not in that camp I believe you’ll find this book fine company as you settle into these shorter days with a cup of tea and warm blankets. I didn’t want to put it down. 🌙 McCoy gives nods to the world readers know, like the amethyst brooch and raspberry cordial, and artfully spins out the origin stories of the beloved Anne series. You meet Rachel Lynde as an overly chatty, sweets loving teen and finally get to see the courtship between Marilla and John Blythe that always so piqued my interest in Anne of Avonlea. McCoy is not Montgomery (nor trying to be) and the more dramatic element felt out of place for me, but she honors the Anne stories and I so enjoyed getting to wander down this path to see McCoy’s vision of what made Marilla the complex character we grow to love through Anne’s eyes. Will you be reading this one?
Happy Monday, y’all! We took my girls to Disney this past weekend, and I may or may not have stuffed a couple of books into our stroller (remember I have this fear of going anywhere without a book on standby 😜) much to my husbands dismay (still not sure after all these years of being with me, how this is surprising to him 🤷🏼♀️). . All that being said, one of the prompts for the #12daysofannestagram was “your favorite non-Anne book by L.M.Montgomery”, and I knew this book would be it, and that I just HAD to have a picture with it in front of Cinderella’s castle! So I’m a few days late, but it was a blur of a weekend! . If you haven’t read The Blue Castle, I highly recommend it! It’s actually in my top favorite books of all times! If you enjoy a light hearted story with depth, adventure, quirky characters, humor, and an unlikely romance, try this one! I adored the main character, Valancy, because she goes from being a “people-pleaser” and only doing what others told her to do, to becoming quite plucky, chasing after her dreams, and having some gumption! You’ll be rooting for her the whole way through. . Have any of you read The Blue Castle? Do you have a favorite non-Anne L.M.Montgomery book? Hope everyone has a great start to the week! . #anneofgreengables#lmmontgomery#classicbooks#read#book#books#bookstagram#bookstagrammer#booknerdigans#bookpic#bookphotography#annestagram#annetober#alwaysreading#favoritebook .
#12daysofannestagram Today is supposed to be a picture of Anne and fall foilage,but I forgot to track down some fall leaves today(it's just starting here in SC!), so my wheat bouquet will have to do. I love this #anneofgreengables mug that my bosom friend Mary gave me long ago! @carrottoppapershop @thebooksellersdaughter , I have loved these chances to remember Anne this October!
This might just be my favorite of these Bantam covers from the 1980’s, partly because of the inclusion of Gilbert in the background. Today’s #12daysofannestagram prompt is Anne and Fall foliage, which this doesn’t quite fulfill, but this wreath has been hanging by my front door since last fall & I just realized I’ve become one of “those” people who leave seasonal decor up all year long. 🤦🏻♀️ And since I’m making confessions - I don’t own any Anne books aside from my vintage #anneoftheisland & these Bantam editions are on loan from my niece just for the October Edition of this #photochallenge - I’m trying to slowly reduce the number of books in my home, so I’m not planning to acquire more LM Montgomery books at the moment, but if I were, I think I’d be very tempted by the editions from Tundra (and might just give in when they release an edition of The Blue Castle). #bookstagram#books#booknerd#booklover#lmmontgomery#anneshirley
The third prompt for the #12daysofannestagram (the #annetober version), was to show off some Anne goodness with pumpkins. I’m so excited to read ‘Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me’ by Lorilee Craker! It looks utterly charming and it delves into the concept of what it means to be an orphan, and how that came into play for Craker herself and her own daughter, both adopted. This memoir looks like such a lovely story exploring how Anne’s fictional life impacted the author’s journey towards understanding her own feelings of loss and what it means to be a family. I think it’s going to be the perfect fall time read, @thebooksellersdaughter! Can’t wait! 🍂🍁✨
So after posting 4 times and then reinstalling Instagram--here's what I got left in the old IG tank: 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍃🍁🍃 Well, and also this is my post for Day 6 of the #12daysofannestagramanne and Foliage! Or should I say Anne and GILBERT and foliage??? Flowers are foliage, too, ya know! I Googled it. Seriously, it's been a slice of heaven, my friends. Thank you to all who participated in our very Anneish 📷 challenge! #anneofgreengables#lmmontgomery#annewithane#literarylove
Anne and fall (ish) foliage for the last day of our mini #12daysofannestagram! Thank you to everyone who participated this time around. It’s so fun to feel connected with kindred spirits around the world in this small way! Let’s do it again soon, shall we? 😄Be on the lookout for a giveaway from me and my cohost @thebooksellersdaughter this week! What would you like to win from my shop? An Anne quote mug? These paper dolls? Tell me below! 👇
#12daysofannestagram#annewithane#anneofgreengables#princeedwardisland#annetober Day 6: Anne & foliage ........ After the wind had blown all night, Anne slipped outdoors to survey her beloved trees. “The freshly fallen needles & tossed pine cones would make a nice fall arrangement”, she mused. “Won’t Marilla grumble at my ‘cluttering up my room’ again,” she knowingly sighed, “but it’s worth it to bring in the fresh autumn fragrance.” Passing the berry-laden boughs, she had to run up under the foliage to feel the canopy as if a garment. Her old dream of the dryads fluttered in her imagination. She loved the fanciful pictures that awakened when she brushed just the tips of their wings in her mind. The calm, mirrored “Lake of Shining Waters” delighted her as she rambled beside its silver surface. Glancing toward the patch of trees, which was (no doubt) hiding more spectacular colors in its mysterious depths, she wondered if her heart was up to braving the Haunted Wood. “Not this evening”, Anne thought, “I’ll do that when I don’t have a pinafore full of pine cones & needles.” Anne shuddered as a chill flickered down her spine. “Ah, any excuse to escape THAT experience again!” (Fan Lit 😉) @carrottoppapershop @thebooksellersdaughter #myfavoriteannedoll#anneofgreengablesdoll
Day 6 Anne with fall foliage. To be honest it’s been a late and poor season for color, and yet every day I see something that makes my heart swell and almost ache from its beauty. Lucy Maude Montgomery had a hard and, in many ways, love-deprived childhood being raised by her stern grandparents. I’m so glad she grew up in a place like Prince Edward Island where she was surrounded by so much natural beauty. She took such obvious joy in it, I hope she also found succor. . . . To keep up with the next #annestagram event follow @thebooksellersdaughter, and be sure to check out @carrottoppapershop for truly lovely literary-themed items like prints, bookmarks, mugs, and more. #annetober#12daysofannestagram
“Grandmother's sneers could not poison Jane's delight in the letters she got from the Island. They came as thick as autumn leaves in Vallambroso. Somebody at Lantern Hill or Hungry Cove or the Corners was always writing to Jane... If one could but fly in the darkness over rivers and mountains and forests to the Island for just that one night! What fun they would have running round putting turnip and pumpkin Jack-o'-lanterns on gate-posts and perhaps helping to carry off somebody's gate… Home! A little house looking seaward . . . a white gull . . . ships going up and down . . . spruce woods . . . misty barrens . . . salt air cold from leagues of gulf . . . quiet . . . silence. That was home . . . the only home she knew...The elms around 60 Gay turned a rusty yellow. Far away the red leaves would be falling from the maples . . . the autumn mists would be coming in from the sea. Jane opened her notebook and ticked off October.” #12daysofannestagram Day 5: 10/20 Favorite L.M. Montgomery book to read in the #fall. My first thought was Anne of Windy Poplars or the Pat books actually but I saw a few other people do those. I have also always loved Jane, as well. This is great Fall quote. In the earlier books, written before the 20s and 30s, there is never any mention of Halloween. Jane has one of the only references to the holiday. It is not my cover. It is the first edition. #books#reading#autumn#bookstagram#readhead
Day 6: Fall foliage and Anne 🍁🍁🍁 This photo prompt seems like the perfect day to introduce my new Anne doll! I actually bought her a couple months ago and cleaned her up and I am working on her wardrobe. I'll be making a little pinafore for this dress soon. 😄 🍁🍁🍁 Doesn't she look pretty with the colors of fall? 🍁🍁🍁 #12daysofannestagram#anneofgreengables#lmmontgomery#annetober#agig#nanchenille
Fall foliage and Anne. #12daysofannestagram#annetober Thank you to @carrottoppapershop and @thebooksellersdaughter for giving me the much needed distraction for this week. Especially today. My Dad wasn’t necessarily an Anne fan, but he did enjoy the trip he took with my Mom and I to Nova Scotia and PEI in 2010. That trip is one of my last memories of the normal that existed before brain cancer was discovered. I’m glad he was able to come.
Last two days of the #annetober edition of #12daysofannestagram hosted by the lovely @carrottoppapershop & @thebooksellersdaughter! It’s been so fun revisiting this challenge and meeting even more new kindreds!🍂 Hope you all enjoy the rest of October and fill it with all the wonderful autumn festivities! . . Prompts: Day 5, Favorite Fall Montgomery book; Day 6, Anne and Fall Foliage
On Friday October 19, we were thrilled to publicly announce that we have received the Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grant. This grant will help us realize our vision for the future L.M. Montgomery Museum and Literary Arts Centre in Norval. Thanks to the support of the Heritage Foundation of Halton Hills, the Town of Halton Hills, and Mayor Rick Bonnette, we are one step closer to bringing L.M. Montgomery home to Norval!
"Anne reveled in the world of color about her. "Oh, Marilla," she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn't it? Look at these maple branches. Don't they give you a thrill--several thrills?" #12daysofannestagram Day 3, (still catching up) 10/19: "Glad to live in world with Octobers." Now I can assure you that since I live in California, this was definitely not taken today or in any October... I took it a couple of years ago out my window. Although the leaves have started to change they will not be like this until November. Anne would likely have been a bit disappointed by Octobers here and may have wanted to skip to November! #fall#leaves#autumn#foliage#books#bookstagram#readhead