As is the case with each LMM Reading Challenge, I like to host giveaways each way to celebrate and put titles in your hands that are otherwise difficult to find. Unfortunately, a great many LMM titles are either out of print or being sold at an exorbitant cost that it is making her works less accessible to modern readers. All year long I browse used book stores, garage sale and my local Goodwill to find non-Anne titles to give away during this challenge. If you look hard enough and long enough you can find some though so we have some contests to hold!
This year I found TWO copies of Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans which is a collection of some of her short stories.
Montgomery's short stories were printed primarily in magazines and have been organized and reprinted into books within just the last thirty years (give or take). I think her short stories are fun to read because, well, they are short. And pointed. You meet a variety of characters in a very short time, giving you a quick snippet of Montgomery's style. Almost every single story is a happy one, frequently with a moral attached. Most of the stories in this particular collection pre-date Anne, but focus on the plight of other orphaned characters. Montgomery sympathized with orphans for she found herself being raised by her grandparents after her mother died and father left to go west. She knew the sting of not having parents (around and available). It's been awhile since I've read this collection but flipping through it makes me want to delve in again. (Oh, but for time!)
At any rate, I'm delighted to be able to pass along this title to TWO of you.
An extra entry is available for any individual who is participating in this challenge and wrote up a post saying so!
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNERS, as selected by random.org, ARE #1 - Amy and #12 - Tarissa! Congrats, ladies!