First of all, I would like to quickly note that this challenge is being run in conjunction with the Reading to Know Classics Book Club. The January read for the book club is Montgomery's The Blue Castle. If you would like to read one book and participate in both challenges, The Blue Castle should be the one! However, the L.M. Montgomery Challenge is more inclusive than just this one title.
As regulars around here are well aware, Montgomery is one of my favorite authors. I love beginning a new year by slipping into the quiet, imaginative world which she created. I wouldn't say that her writing is brilliant (in an academic sense). If you've read one story I'm rather forced to acknowledge that you've read them all. All of her stories tend to use the same formula. (The Blue Castle being unique in that it is the only one of her stories not set on Prince Edward Island!) Even though her stories are predictable, I still like them. I find them charming.
So what is the point of this particular challenge? It is to give myself (and anyone else who might like to join me!) an excuse to read the L.M. Montgomery books of your choosing. You can read Anne, Emily, her short stories, or whatever you please. Reading Montgomery's diaries or a book about her is also allowed. If you have some time to squeeze in one of the movies, that's great too! Just expose yourself to a little Montgomery.
Two things are not allowed in as part of this challenge though! Which two?
- Before Green Gables, by Budge Wilson. This is a made up history of Anne. It's the imaginings of another author about my most beloved Montgomery character. It offends me and, this being a reading challenge I'm hosting, I do not allow it. :)
- I also do not allow the inclusion of Anne Of Green Gables - The Continuing Story because Kevin Sullivan lost his mind when he made this one and decided to re-write the history of Anne of Gilbert on the screen. This third Anne movie, in my book, is Anne heresy. We do not watch this one in our household.
With those two major exceptions there is a world of Montgomery waiting for you this month!
Today, at the start of the challenge, I invite you to leave a comment in the comment section saying that you intend to participate. I also would encouraged you to write up a post on your own blogs stating the following:
a.) You intend to participate.
b.) Listing which of her books you intend to read (or which movies you intend to watch.) Audio books do count, yes.
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I'm really hoping you'll chose to read along with me this month! Stay tuned for giveaways and news of other resources as we embark on the Fifth Annual L.M. Montgomery Reading Challenge!