1. The Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery, books 1-5. I never read these as a little girl. I actually didn’t even really know the story until the big snow storm of my last year of college when my roommates and I watched them snuggled on the Lighthouse couch. For my last book club before we moved from Charlottesville, the ladies decided to revisit a classic story from childhood. We also had kid food for that book club. Go head and try it with your book club – great fun was had by all. Late this summer, my 27 year old self was reading Anne of Green Gables for the first time and LOVING it. I was charmed by the story and the flowing words. I found myself wanting to be transported back in time to be able to relive my childhood in my very own Green Gables world with strolls down Lover’s Lane and picnics beside the Lake of Shining Waters. Anne of Avonlea naturally followed next.
‘After all,’ Anne had said to Marilla once, ‘I believe the nicest and sweetest of days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.’ – Anne of Avonlea p. 160
As summer turned into fall, I just kept moving through the series. I read Anne of the Island. Anne and Gilbert had still not fallen in love so I opened Anne of Windy Poplars. I wanted to see what their life was like in their cozy little cottage in Anne’s House of Dreams. I am not sure I have had a favorite of them so far. They are just all delightful in their own way. I stumbled upon the image below, and I think it sums up Anne’s life philosophy perfectly.
2. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a simple mystery set in England in the 1950s. The heroine is an 11 year old girl who stumbles upon, well thrusts herself really, into the solving of a crime committed at her family estate, Buckshaw. This was a good book to have on the couch to read a little here and a little there (while I was nursing Eva) without a bunch of yuckiness tangled into the story as there so often is in modern day mysteries. Some of the humor was very British, and thus went right over my head. Overall, a decent read once the story was set up.
What have you been reading? I always love a good recommendation, please.