Things were a little bit quieter than usual.
But the coffee was soothing. And I like seeing friends who don’t mind the fact that I have kid stains all over my shirt.
The story . . . delightful.
I think I figured out why we weren’t as talkative. Though Anne of Green Gables is truly a precious and heartwarming book . . . there isn’t any one particular character that we could . . . well . . . rip to shreds or judge . . . or hate. It was a happy book. Wholesome. Heartwarming.
And happy books just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Like the foam on the top of my cappuccino.
If you missed this book, I would encourage you to still read it. (I have 80 pages to go. I so wanted to finish it before I wrote this blog post.) It makes the world look a little greener. It is a little oasis of felicity.
And so, I’ll close with a little bedtime story . . . as it is time for me to go to bed . . . (brought to you by Book-A-Minute Bedtime Stories).
(Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert send for an orphan boy to help out at Green Gables.)
Anne Shirley, you are not a boy. Go back to the orphanage.
If I work really hard, stay out of trouble, enrich your lives with my buoyant spirit, rescue you from the doldrums of your pragmatic ways, and touch the hearts of the townsfolk…then can I stay?
(Anne does all these things except stay out of trouble.)
I love the transformation we see Anne go through in this book. Here are a few questions to get you thinking before we meet for our discussion…
1. How does Anne’s opinion of her hair change?
2. Anne’s clothing transforms through this book, explain the role of fashion for the characters.
3. Nature is always there for Anne, why is it such a reliable companion?
4. Anne is often talking about people being or not being her kindred-spirit. What are some qualities you would list as those of a kindred-spirit? Have you experienced this type of friendship?
5. What are the differences in the way Anne deals with her emotions in the beginning of the book compared to the end?
6. How Anne uses her imagination to make reality seem more appealing or attractive?
7. Why does Anne insist that her name be spelled with an “e”?
I hope you have enjoyed the book, or still can find time to finish it before we meet! Such a great story! Can’t wait to see you all on Monday!!
I don’t know about you, but Matthew Cuthbert might be my favorite character of this book. Without having all the parental responsibilities he gets to be a friend and like a grandparent to Anne! What a fun relationship to have with this imaginative red haired girl! I love her tendency to give new dramatic names to everything. Such a great warm-weather book to read outside!
We are meeting to talk more about Anne and her adventures Monday May 17th. We will be back at Paradise Bakery and Cafe (at the Hamilton Town Center Mall) at 7:00pm.
If you want to be ahead of the game our June book is The Sunny Side: Short Stories and Poems by Proper Grown-Ups by AA Milne. Check out Amazon… they are anywhere from $5 to a few cents in the new/used section!
June: The Sunny Side by A.A. Milne / Monday June 21st @ 7:00pm
July: Shane by Jack Schaefer/ Monday July 19th @ 7:00pm
tea for everyone.
2 new book clubbers.
May revealed. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
door prize. happy winner!
good times had by all!
Because I was not able to make it to this meeting I would LOVE to hear from everyone what you thought of A Tale of Two Cities! Leave a comment and let me know how the discussion went… and if you weren’t able to make it like me leave a comment with what you thought too!
May: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery / Monday May 17th @ 7:00pm
June: The Sunny Side by A.A. Milne / Monday June 21st
July: Shane by Jack Schaefer / Monday July 19th