Monday, January 02, 2012

Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge :: 2012

L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge

It's time! It's time!

Oh, I love this particular reading challenge (being that Lucy Maud Montgomery is one of my top favorite authors.) I love to get lost somewhere (anywhere) on Prince Edward Island with Montgomery's characters. I also particularly enjoy doing this every January because it sort of eases me into the new reading year. The holidays are still wearing off (and, at times, that can prove more exhausting than others!) and Montgomery's works really do not require a lot of attention or added stress. They are perfect lazy reads for cold but cozy winter days. Ironic, given that Montgomery herself hated winter and always entered into a funk/depression when winter rolled around. Perhaps she wrote herself out of winter? She entered into her fantasy worlds so that she could personally escape her own cold and in so doing, gave us a chance to warm up our imaginations as well.

So what is the Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge? How long does it last? What's the goal? What is required of you?

As I mentioned, we're all winding down from the holidays so I think it rather important to keep this challenge rather simple.

How do you participate? By reading as many Lucy Maud Montgomery books as you like during the month of January. You can read one book or her entire collection of stories (should you be feeling so very ambitious!) Read at your own pace and your own interest. You may also wish to watch a Montgomery-related movie. (The first two Anne movies count, the second two DO NOT. The Road to Avonlea series absolutely counts!)

Perhaps you are familiar with Montgomery and want to visit with some old friends of yours. Perhaps you have yet to complete one of her series (like, oh, say, ANNE?!) and would like an opportunity or an excuse to get some books read! I merely provide the challenge. You set your own reading priorities.

Due to the fact that Montgomery's writings take us back in time to days when people used to sit out on their front porch and collect news and information from passers-by, I really like it when people write up their own post sharing what their reading goals for the month are and why their goals are set just so. Then I also like it when people visit around and see what others are saying and sharing about Montgomery.

Please consider writing up a post saying that you are participating in the Lucy Maud Montgomery Challenge and then come and link your post back up to THIS post in the comment section. Then, on January 31st I will post a concluding post for the challenge and will invite you to link up all of your Montgomery-related posts at that time so that others can read them.

Here is code you can use to link back to this original post via the button graphic you see at the top of this page:
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Note: Throughout the month I will host various Montgomery-related giveaways. If you are participating in the challenge (and have written up a blog post with a link back to this initial Challenge post) then you will receive two entries per contest. Just an added perk of officially joining in!

So! Go forth! Read Montgomery! We'll meet back here on January 31st and compare notes.


(P.S. If you have any specific questions related to this challenge, please leave them in the comment section and I will answer immediately.)


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Well, I'm in, of course! I still have to write up my post about my bloggy and reading goals, but this challenge will be on it. I'm thinking about reading A Tangled Web, but I seem to have misplaced my copy.

Jennifer said...
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Jennifer said...

It's here! Here's my post: Jennifer @ BlogfulofBooks' L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge

Annette W. said...

I would like to read another Anne book, but suspect much of my reading will be with the Book Club...BUT I watched the 1934 Anne yesterday! I also wrote about this (and other) reading goals for the year.

Bluerose said...

Here's my post:

A Faithful Journey said...

I'm in and so excited about it!

Barbara H. said...

I haven't written up a post yet, but I will. I'm planning to pick up where I left off last year, with Anne's House of Dreams (I've been looking forward to this one for a long time!) and Anne of Ingleside. That's all I want to commit to, but like last year, once I get into them, plus the fact that they go pretty quickly, I may want to read more. I want to finish working through this series before I go on to her other books.

I'll have to see if the library or Netflix has the Road to Avonlea series.

Alice@Supratentorial said...

I haven't written a post yet, but I'm thinking of joining in. I picked up Rainbow Valley at the library this weekend. I'm not sure if I've ever read it, although I've read the other Anne books countless times and the Emily books also.

Sky said...

Here we go!

bekahcubed said...

I'll be joining in again this year, re-reading Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea and making one more clothing article for my doll collection.

I wrote an introductory post (combined with my Week in Words post) here

Anonymous said...

oopppss... poste don the wrong Challenge entry!

Since some of the LCM books are available free on Kindle, i'm gonna read there.



Anonymous said...

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Litterairy said...

I'm in! I don't have a blog, but I'm bringing a friend! I plan to read another volume of short stories on my item with shall remain nameless, and I think I'll read Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, and Anne of Ingleside again. I've read the first 2 Anne books and Rilla many many times more than the middles. I think I'm up for a good dose of Miss Cornelia and Captain Jim. If time permits, maybe Kilmany of the Orchard.

Carrie said...

Litterairy - HAHAHA! =D (Ok, you know me. Shoot me an e-mail just so that I know precisely who this is.)

Lovin' all the posts and seeing the goals so far. FUN!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I'm in with a super long, bookish goals for 2012 post-->

Grace said...

Here is my post:

Have a lovely week,

Stephanie said...

I'm in and hope to write up my post at some point today or tomorrow - you and Amy have inspired me with your big beautiful bookish planning posts. :)

I'm hoping to (re)read The Story Girl and The Golden Road this year. I had thought hard about reading something aloud to the girls, but after just plowing through Little Men with its LONG chapters, I need a shorter chaptered book to do now. I'm feeling that some Avonlea episodes will make an appearance though!

Barbara H. said...

My post is up:

Gerbera Daisy Diaries said...

Only read one last January -- surely I can do the same this year! Post will be up tomorrow.

Stephanie Kay said...

I'm in! Reading 3 books, 1 child's adaptation, the movie and an Anne inspired tea.

Denise Bruce of Ingleside said...

Hi Carrie,
I'm new here, but saw your post on facebook and, of course, had to respond ;) I, thankfully, live on Prince Edward Island; have all my life. I definitely want to join in with you all. I'm a huge lMM fan and am very thankful to live where she lived.
I've read all her books, and am a writer trying to find a home for my children's stories as I type.
Which book shall I start with? hmmm I have a little spark of an idea that has to do with Gog and Magog, so have been wanting to re read all books that mention them, and I do believe that starts with Anne of The Island or Anne of Avonlea... i'll figure it out, but that's where i'll start (my shift key isn't always working lol) I have writing to do also, but this will be my get away and help me stay inspired, as Maud is my dear muse.
so happy to have come across your blog, Carrie, now to figure out how to put the picture on my blog, which i may not know how lol, but i'll try ...
Denise of Ingleside, PEI

Beth said...

I was finally able to sit down and write my post. Thanks so much for hosting this.

Viola said...

I was a bit too late last year and didn't finish. However, this year I hope to read at least one of the Emily books again in January!

Audrey said...

Here is my post with my goals for the challenge:

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