Friday, January 01, 2016

Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge (2016)

L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge

Hello, my friends! Welcome to the 7th Annual Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge held every year in January right here at Reading to Know.

If you are new to this, here is the idea behind the challenge:

Read as much Montgomery as you can during the month of January.

Just that. Pure and simple.

Montgomery is my favorite female author of all time and I love beginning a new year with her quiet, spunky, imaginative characters. Despite the fact that her life was far from serene and perfect, she managed to create characters that have made the world laugh and smile for over 100 years. I take pleasure in her books, despite the fact that they are rather formulaic. I find them to be remarkably peaceful. They are quiet reads which keep a slow and steady pace and which continue to draw me back to them year after year after year. If you have not had the pleasure of reading a L.M. Montgomery book, I hope you'll take the time to do so this month. If you are looking for another excuse to take a leisurely walk around Prince Edward Island with some of your favorite friends, well then, please, let me provide that excuse!

I invite you to read any book by Montgomery or about Montgomery as part of this challenge. Audio books are, of course, very welcome as are the first two Anne movies created and produced by Kevin Sullivan. The only two things which never have and never will "count" towards participating in this challenge are the following:

  • 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.
  • 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 movie should be considered Anne heresy and is banned around these parts.

Consider these limitations a host's prerogative if you must. (Heh.)

Everything else is fair game.

What I ask participants in this challenge do is to write up a post on your own blog stating the following:

a.) That you intend to participate in this Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge;
b.) List which of her books you intend to read (or which movies you intend to watch); and
c.) Enjoy whatever it is that you manage to work through during the month.

I do hope you will join in and be a part of this reading challenge. I so enjoy hosting this every year and always try to learn something new about Montgomery as I read on. If you're planning to read along, please let me (and everyone else!) know in the comment section!

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Stephanie said...

The girls and I talked this morning and we are going to read Anne of Green Gables this year - it was between that and Pat of Silver Bush and Anne won out. We have not watched the movies before either (well, I have, but not the girls) and that will probably be our reward when we get done. I can't wait!

Cassandra said...

I'm so excited!! Anne is on my list this year and I'm thrilled to read as much as possible in January. Woohoo!!

cucki said...

Yipeeee Anne is my favorite and I think myself always as Anne and this year I got a bit red in my hair too :)
Can't wait yo start her book from Anne of green gable
Hugs X

Tarissa said...

I'm joining you again this year -- fitting in another short story collection! :)
Here's my post:

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I'm in! :-)

Tami said...

We are in. I've been wanting to introduce my older crew to favorite literary character of all time...and this is the perfect opportunity.

Barbara H. said...

I'll be reading Emily's Quest to finish up her series and then may read one of LMM's stand-alone books after that if there is time and inclination.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I only own Anne of Green Gables, but will borrow more from the yes, I am excited to finally read this book :0) mari

Brittanie said...

I will be re-reading Anne of Green Gables. It has been awhile since I have read the original Anne Girl Book.

Kim Shay said...

I have spent the last couple of years reading not only Montgomery's novels, but her poetry as well. I have also read many critical works of her books, her biography, and four of the five volumes of her selected journals. Anyone reading Montgomery would definitely benefit from going beyond just the Anne novels (the Emily novels are excellent) and taking in some of the critical works of her writing.

Susanne said...

Hi Carrie, thanks for the nudge to get going on my Anne series. I did up a review for Anne of Avonlea. And also said I was doing this challenge on my 2016 Reading Challenges post. Only got one book done, it's been a crazy month.

Susanne said...

If this post has already gone through, than please just ignore it. I'm thinking my comments are not posting for some reason so here it is again. :}

I was thanking you for getting me going in reading the Anne of Green Gables series I purchased last year and have not got to. I mentioned this challenge in my 2016 Reading Challenges post here:

I said that I was going to try and do a couple but it's been a crazy month and alas, I think Anne of Avonlea is going to be the only one I get to. That review is here:

If I can manage one more I'll let ya know. Thanks for the inspiration!

Unknown said...

Posted my review of Emily of New Moon! Thanks for the inspiration to revisit an old and dear friend. =)

Viola said...

I am looking forward to the 2017 challenge!

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