- Release Date: 1908
- Page Count: 320
- My Rating: 5 stars
Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
Never have I ever related more to a fictional character than Anne. This is just the most adorable, heartwarming book ever and I honestly don’t think I ever read it before this week! I have the movies practically memorized and they follow the books perfectly, so there was nothing terribly new in this story. The only obvious difference was that Gilbert isn’t in the book as much.
But seeing Anne ramble on and on for pages more than made up for that. I just have to stick some of my favorite quotes in here:
“When people mean to be good to you, you don’t mind very much when they’re not quite–always.”
“One can’t stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?”
“Isn’t it a wonderful morning? The world looks like something God imagined for His own pleasure, doesn’t it? …I’m so glad I live in a world where there are white frosts, aren’t you?”
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
“It’s nicer to think dear, pretty thoughts and keep them in one’s heart like treasures. I don’t like to have them laughed at or wondered over.”
“Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them– that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”
“I like people who make me love them. It saves me so much trouble in making myself love them.”
“Ruby Gillis says when she grows up she’s going to have ever so many beaus on the string and have them all crazy about her; but I think that would be too exciting. I’d rather just have one in his right mind.”
“Dear old world… you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
So if you’ve seen the movies, you’re not really missing any of the book. But this story will never get old and now it can go on my favorites list! Because I seriously am Anne: