“Real life! We get enough real life living. I like fairy tales. I like a nice snug tidy ending in a book with all the loose ends tucked in.” —Uncle Horace in “Mistress Pat” 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁 If you like fairy tale endings like Uncle Horace, then you might be a fan of L.M. Montgomery, whose birthday is today. “Mistress Pat” is no exception to the rule, although I was starting to question whether she would get her fairy tale ending up to the very last pages of the book. Pat had to be stripped of everything she loved before she was able to truly know her heart. . Although Pat kind of drives me crazy, I enjoyed a lot of the secondary characters in the Pat books. Judy Plum was wonderful as was the addition of Tillytuck in “Mistress Pat”. Also, if you love cats, Silver Bush is overflowing with them. . . . #mistresspat#lmmontgomery#lucymaudmontgomery#authorbirthday#fairytaleending#bookworm#booklove#annestagram#booksoutofdoors#booksinthewild
#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
Happy Friday! This beautiful painting of the Norval Manse by @millypaints is currently on display at @williamsmillart . For those interested in this artwork, all of the proceeds will be donated to our L.M. Montgomery Museum and Literary Arts Centre in Norval! 🖼
#thankfulbookworms challenge Day 10 *final prompt* I’m thankful for you because... Here’s a tribute to my mom for instilling the love of reading in me. 📗Thank you, Mom, for reading to me when I was little. You must have had some of the #littlegoldenbooks memorized.📗 📘Thank you, Mom, for hauling all of us to the library after school and letting us pick out books and story tapes. That was the highlight of the week.📘 📙Thank you, Mom, for being so particular about the books we read. You knew the huge influence books have on small (and big) minds.📙 📕Thank you, Mom, for teaching us that books are our friends. “Books are our friends and we don’t hurt friends, so don’t lay them open face-down; or tear pages out; We don’t write on our friends, so don’t scribble in books; or crumple pages and drop them in the toilet. Books are our friends, so treat them nicely.” This was when we were little but the admonition must have stuck. I was just telling my sis that she should go through her books and sell what she doesn’t want. She replied, “No! Books are our friends and we don’t sell our friends.”😄 📚Thank you, Mom. I’m ever grateful to have you as my mom and my best friend💕 Also a big ‘thank you’ to @bookworm_baggins for hosting this 10-day prompt! I enjoyed it😊 Now...to show gratitude every.single.moment.🍂🍃🍂🍃 . . . #bookstagram#annestagram#anneofgreengables#serenahorst#readabook#readaloudrevival#bookphoto#beautifulbooks#librarylover#booklife#gratefuleveryday#lmmontgomery#anneshirley
“It was really beautiful to come home at night...to step out of darkness into the light and warmth of home.” —Pat of Silver Bush 🌲🌳🏡🌳🌲 L.M.Montgomery writes an ode to home in this coming of age novel. Pat hates change, but life is full of changes from a new baby sister (picked from the parsley bed) and a wedding, to siblings moving away and a heart-breaking death. Through it all though, Silver Bush never changes and this novel is full of love for home and the landscape that surrounds it. . I’ve read mixed reviews of this novel. I think people who are content with more “old-fashioned” notions of hearth and home would really enjoy it. Pat (and Judy) have some ideas that may rankle readers with a modern outlook. It might disappoint those who are expecting to meet a brilliant, funny, clever, spunky, or romantic heroine. Pat is a nice, no-nonsense girl who loves her home beyond measure and whose ambition is to be an (unmarried) homemaker. My July 1989 edition was marketed as YA Fiction. I think the YA market has changed a little since then. 😊 . I finished this up a little later than planned. It wasn’t a page-turner that demanded my attention, but was a quiet, comforting book that I enjoyed reading slowly. I plan to read the sequel, “Mistress Pat” in November. 3.5⭐️ . . . #patofsilverbush#lmmontgomery#lucymaudmontgomery#annestagram#domesticbliss#hearthandhome#bookreview#bookstagram#booklove#bookworm
f i r s t #heidiinbookland d i s c u s s i o n 👇🏻 . . (This discussion is about the first half of Anne of Green Gables. If you haven't read this far yet, or you're just joining us, or you want to wait until the book is complete, have no fear! A discussion about the second half/book as a whole will take place in early December.) . . Something that stood out to me so much during this part of the book was Marilla and how she reacted to/"parented" Anne. More often than not she tried to take Anne's background into account. She tried to teach Anne from square one. I loved how she defended Anne, in her own way, when it came to the Rachel Lynde situation. And how she stood by Anne when Diana Barry's mother accused Anne of purposefully getting Diana drunk. There were many small instances that I saw as moments we all experience in motherhood. Or moments we hope to have. Marilla is a great example of patience and understanding when it comes to our children. . . As always, any interaction with Mrs. Lynde is entertaining to me. . . I love Anne's drama but most especially about her red hair. As someone who has constantly changed my hair growing up, I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have that option. . . Those are just some of my thoughts for now. Will reschedule the IG Live soon and delve more into these points and others. Plus I'll respond to your comments and questions and thoughts below! . . Don't forget to use the #heidiinbookland If you share anything on your feed! ✨#bookstagram #bookworm#bookclub#anneofgreengables#annestagram#readersofinstagram#readingmom
#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!
"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." Anyone heard that quote? Ok, ok, I know it's been everywhere lately. (With good reason- I mean, it IS October). But in case you haven't, it's a lovely quote by the fiery, strong-willed redhead, Anne of Green Gables. I do have a soft spot for Anne with an "e", so I decided I couldn't let October pass without a shout-out. But then I realized I didn't actually know much about her creator, L.M. Montgomery. And I bet lots of you don't, either! So today I bring you House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery. ❤ It's a biography for young readers (ages 10-14), and it's impressively comprehensive and well-researched for a young readers version of anything. Yet it's also written in a way that's totally palatable to middle graders, reading almost like fiction - I found it really easy to read. So what did I learn about L.M. Montgomery? Among other things, and in no particular order: . 1. She suffered major losses as a child and even into adulthood and struggled with depression and anxiety. . 2. She also struggled with trying to break free from her family's and society's strict expectations of both her and women generally. . 3. Anne of Green Gables was created out of just two sentences: "Elderly couple apply to orphan asylum for a boy. By mistake a girl is sent them." . 4. She once had a conversation with Earl Grey, the visiting governor general of Canada - who had come to see her - on the steps of a women's outhouse. . 5. She got no money from a "talkie" version of Anne of Green Gables - the actress of whom later changed her name to Anne Shirley! . 6. She was nonetheless one of the best paid authors of her time. 💪 Another highly recommended read. ❤ . . . #houseofdreams#candlewickpress#lmmontgomery#anneofgreengables#annewithane#annestagram#girlpower#fiercefemales#trailblazers#mentalhealth#classics#biography#nonfiction#youngreader#middlegreadereads#kidlitpicks_middlegrade #kidlit
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 .
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
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!
“The kitchen yard was full of the pale gold of aspens and the turkey house was almost lost in a blaze of crimson sumacs. The white birches...were amber, and the huge maple over the well was a flame.” —Mistress Pat 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂 I don’t know that I have a particular favorite LMMontgomery book to read in the fall, but “Mistress Pat” certainly has the most autumnal cover of all my Bantam paperbacks and this description of the trees at Silver Bush appears in the first chapter. It’s nearly impossible to find a book written by LMMontgomery that doesn’t have a beautiful descriptions of nature in all it’s seasons, though. 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁 Have you read the Pat books? They are not usually ranked highly as favorites of Montgomery fans. . . . #12daysofannestagram#annestagram#natureinthewrittenword#mistresspat#lmmontgomery#lucymaudmontgomery#coverlove
“October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in the aftermaths. Anne reveled in the world of color about her.” —Anne of Green Gables 💛🍁🍃🍂💔 These are the lines that precede Anne’s famous and oft quoted, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!” October has been slightly less than colorful here this year. It’s been such a damp, brown and green autumn that I might have to drive in to town to collect some colorful leaves for the last day of #12daysofannestagram . . . #annestagram#montgomerysoctober2018#lmmontgomery#lucymaudmontgomery#booklove#bookworm#bookquotes
I’m a couple days behind on the October rendition of #12daysofannestagram hosted by @carrottoppapershop and @thebooksellersdaughter but I’ll get there eventually! The second prompt was ‘Cozy with Anne’. I don’t think that would be hard to do at all with any one of the gorgeous @viragopress covers of the Anne series, especially this one. Is this quintessential falltimey or what?! Add a scarf and a beverage and you’ve got yourself a good time. 👍🍂🧣🍁
Well color me stoked - my awesome pals @carrottoppapershop and @thebooksellersdaughter are throwing another #12daysofannestagram party! The #annetober version! A more mini sized, autumnal falltimey gathering of Anne goodness. So excited! The first prompt is to show off some Anne with a beverage. I can’t think of anything more cozy than to pick your favorite Anne book and read it in Autumn 🍂 with a cup of tea! 🍂🍄🍁🧣🌾🐿 I’d like to take the time to remind that my Anne of Green Gables book surprise boxes are available all year round (except December) and are so packed with Anne goodness it’s bonkers. The Anne book of your choice - I’m using gorgeous editions from @viragopress - plus candy, tea, stationery items, art from @lucyintheskycreations, bookmarks, Anne fabric, washi tape....it’s a treasure trove of Anne! $45 plus shipping, U.S. orders only. To order, send me an email! (See my bio for email address) I even have Anne WRAPPING PAPER from Korea. Such a treat for any #annefan ❤️❤️❤️.
Oh darling, let’s be homebodies...and read Anne all night long 😉 . Anne will always have a special place in my heart, so when @carrottoppapershop and @thebooksellersdaughter announced the #12daysofannestagram, I thought it would be fun to participate with all of you fellow #kindredspirits 😊 . Today’s prompt is Anne and a beverage, which is usually coffee, because coffee is my love language 😜 ☕️ And my adorable coffee mug (which is perfect for a homebody like me who wants to spend my evenings reading) is a recent purchase from @bookshelftville! . I also got inspired to re-read the whole Anne of Green Gables series by @linesiunderline, and am currently reading the second book, Anne of Avonlea! What a pure delight to escape into Anne’s world right now! . Are any of you participating in these fun #bookish prompts and happenings? What’s your favorite Anne book?! . #bookworm#bibliophile#anneofgreengables#annestagram#octoberreads#fallreading#coffeeandflowers#coffeeandbooks#read#bookstagram#booknerdigans#bookstagrammer @azaleahillfarm
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott, Marmion LMMontgomery turns the reference to that poem on it’s head as she creates a protagonist who is not one who lies, but one who prides herself on bring brutally honest. . “It must be admitted frankly that Aunt Becky was not particularly beloved by her clan. She was too fond of telling them what she called the plain truth. And, as Uncle Pippin said, while the truth was all right, in its place, there was no sense in pouring out great gobs of it around where it wasn't wanted. To Aunt Becky, however, tact and diplomacy and discretion, never to mention any consideration for any one's feelings, were things unknown.” . We meet everyone from the Dark and Penhallow clans as they come to Aunt Becky’s last levee before she dies. She is in possession of a family heirloom that all the clan members either want for themselves or are curious to find out who will get it. What they get is a dose of Aunt Becky’s saltiness and then the novel follows several of their stories as they have to wait another year to find out who will win the prize. . There are a LOT of names to keep straight, but the stories of Peter and Donna, Hugh and Joscelyn, Gay and Noel and Nan and Roger, Big Sam and Little Sam; Margaret Penhallow, Little Brian, Dandy Dark, Drowned John, the Moon Man and more are compelling and I found myself flying through this book. . Along with “The Blue Castle” this novel was written with a more adult audience in mind and it should be noted that the story unfortunately ends on a rather offensive note. . Are you planning on reading anything by LMMontgomery in October? “Pat of Silver Bush” is next on my list! . . . #lmmontgomery#atangledweb#montgomerysoctober2018#booklove#bookworm#igreads#bookstagram#booksandflowers#booksandbotanicals#bookreview#annestagram
#partner @tundrabooks Happy release day to this beautiful picture book! 🌸 I first read the book as an e-copy through @netgalley several months ago and loved it, but I knew it would be even better in its physical form with the gorgeous illustrations by @genevievegodboutillustration (one of my favorites!) so I was thrilled that @tundrabooks sent me a free copy. 🌸 The illustrations pair perfectly with @kallie.george’s whimsical text to make this an ideal bedtime story. There have been many different variations of picture books where the character says goodnight to everything, but I think that concept is ideal for this story. Anne is a character you know would want a chance to say an enthusiastic goodnight to everyone and everything she loves before she goes to sleep. 🌸 Are you an Anne fan? Have you introduced the next generation to Anne yet? My kids are too young for the full story so this was the perfect exposure for them. When I read it with my son he asked “Is this that girl from your favorite book?” and that basically made me feel like I was winning at life 😄. My previous review of this book (and the early chapter book Anne Arrives) are on my blog (link in profile).
No inspiration for photoshoot today but a cover like this needs no company, does it? Yesterday, I started the #greengablesbookishtag and promised to post my own answers today. Here we go: 👧🏽 Anne (the best book with red cover on your shelf): Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 👧🏻 Diana (a book that has followed you since childhood): Ensimmäinen lintukirjani (My First Bird Book) by Lars Klinting 👦🏽 Gilbert (a book with beautiful cover and perfect story): Paha puuska by Kirsti Kuronen 👵🏼 Marilla (a book you hated first but learned to love): Finnish national epic Kalevala 👴🏼 Matthew (a book that guides you through your life): Muumilaakson marraskuu by Tove Jansson 💬 Rachel Lynde (a book you read bc someone told you about it): Alastalon salissa by Volter Kilpi 🍷A bottle of home-made juice (a book that turned out to be something else than you first thought): Lately, Johda tunteita, menesty työelämässä by Camilla Tuominen let me down. Of you like the idea of this tag, don't hesitate to take part, even if you are not tagged! #annestagram#anneofgreengables#bookishtag#bookstagram#bookishpic#oldbook#annaomassakodissaan#booktag#lmmontgomery
Those who know me a bit better are hopefully aware of me being a huge Anne of Green Gables fan girl. 😍 I don't know if I should blame my autumn cold or not - anyway, I felt I needed a new bookish tag, and the result is #greengablesbookishtag. I'd love to see you participating! ❤ I'll post my answers tomorrow. 👧🏽 Anne (the best book with red cover on your shelf) 👧🏻 Diana (a book that has followed you since childhood) 👦🏽 Gilbert (a book with beautiful cover and perfect story) 👵🏼 Marilla (a book you hated first but learned to love) 👴🏼 Matthew (a book that guides you through your life) 💬 Rachel Lynde (a book you read bc someone told you about it) 🍷A bottle of home-made juice (a book that turned out to be something else than you first thought) #anneofgreengables#annestagram#greengables#annanunelmavuodet#annasarja#lmmontgomery#tyttökirjat#bookishtag#anneandgilbert#anneoftheisland#fangirl
These beautiful board books from @tundrabooks #partner are just amazing. Kelly Hill did such a great job creating some of the most beloved scenes from Anne with fabric and embroidery floss so the pages look three-dimensional. My little boys can’t keep their hands off them. They want to pull Anne’s braids like Gilbert! 😆 I was so thankful for the opportunity to review these board books for preschoolers, along with the picture book, “Goodnight, Anne” and early reader, “Anne Arrives” — they are directly below this review in my feed if you missed them. I think any fan of Anne of Green Gables is going to love having these books to introduce Anne to their young children, nieces, or grandkids. “Anne’s Colors” and “Anne Arrives” are my two favorites; which of these look the most interesting to you? . . . #annestagram#anneofgreengables#boardbooks#conceptbook#childrensbooks#colors#numbers#kidsbookstagram#kidlit#raisingreaders#tundrabooks#kellyhill#lmmontgomery#12daysofannestagram
Finally after 3 trips to Ilocos, I was able to try this experience!!! 💪 Thank you so much to our parentals @rica.sshi and @jek_manalo for pushing me and @joyreyesduran (kahit di naman sya nag slide sa sand hahaha). ☺ #braveyan#annestagram#itistheanne
#repost @coastalwanderings with @get_repost ・・・ I brought this L.M. Montgomery book with me to New Zealand because I wanted something familiar to remind me of Eastern Canada when I knew everything would be new and strange. I thought that maybe since it helped me ease into being so far from home, it might help me adjust to the idea of returning to it in a few days. So yesterday, I pulled it out again to find this picture full of one side of the family I love. I have some mixed feelings about leaving this beautiful country and the people who have been so good to me, but knowing that I’m going home to these guys and so many others who love me is definitely helping