Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge (2019) - TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

Hello, friends.

If you can believe it, I started the Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge TEN YEARS ago right here at Reading to Know. Ten years?! Where's the time go already!? Every year many of us have gathered to read a few books from one of our favorite authors. It's time to do it again - with a few treats thrown in for the faithful, eh?

If you've not participated before, consider doing so this year? I like to keep things easy around here so if you're new to this, here's the idea behind the challenge:

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

Just that. Pure and simple. Perhaps you'll only get through one book and maybe you'll read through several. Whatever you can manage to squeeze in qualifies you to be a participant!

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 it's so far off the mark. This movie should be considered Anne heresy and is banned around these parts.

This year I'm also going to specify that the new Anne with an E show is not allowed because it's just rubbish. Consider these limitations a host's prerogative if you must.

Everything else is fair game.

What I ask participants in this challenge to do is to write up a post on your own blog (if you have one still!) or share the following information on FB or Instagram:

1.  Indicate that you have every good intention to participate in this Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge (link to this post for the ease of other potential participants);
2. List which of her books you intend to read (or which movies you intend to watch); and
3. 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. If you're planning to read along, please let me (and everyone else!) know in the comment section!

Given that this is the 10th year of the reading challenge, watch for a giveaway or two and treats for those who are reading along. Be sure to let me know you are playing along so that I can include you in upcoming prize giveaway! Let's have fun with this, shall we!? Happy 10 years to the faithful! :)


Becky said...

I love your limitations :) I don't know if I've never noticed them before but I agree wholeheartedly.

Barbara H. said...

I'm planning to read Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy. If that will count for the challenge, then I am happy to participate with it/ :-) I was wary of it when I first heard of it, but then I read that the LMM estate was wary, too, but then liked it in the end. So I am reading out of curiosity but hoping it's good.

bekahcubed said...

Hurrah for L.M. Montgomery (and formulaic fiction :-P)

I'm planning to push your boundaries by reading a graphic novel version of Anne - and some other stuff too.

Tarissa said...

I'm excited about the Montgomery challenge! It's always refreshing to do this the first month of the year. :)

Here's my booklist:

Tarissa said...

Congrats on reaching 10 years of the challenge!

Livia Rachelle said...

I just found this through Tarissa blog.
I love your exclusions. I don't like the movies much period, but the last is definitely heresy. I prefer to ignore its existence, I was literally raving during and after watching it.

I'd love to join, but I do try to space out my re-reads (so I don't make myself sick of them), and I've read a lot of L.M. Montgomery recently, might join next year or might re-read Kilmeny of the Orchard (I think that's the only novel I haven't read fairly recently) or find some short stories I haven't read.

Carrie said...

@bekahcubed - HA! HA! :D Well, I can't stop you...

@BarbaraH - I will VERY much look forward to hearing what you think about that title. I hear nothing but good things being said of it, but that doesn't stop me from being infinitely suspicious myself. ;) I debating excluding that but ultimately decided not to, deciding to give it the benefit of the doubt. For a moment anyway. :D

Carrie said...

@Tarissa - Thanks! And thanks for you enthusiastic motivation which helps to keep it going. :)

Viola said...

I love your challenge - it's a wonderful way to start a new year. I know that I am joining late but I am interested in reading A Tangled Web and, perhaps, The Fragrance of Scented Grass. I hope to read some others as well! There seem to be a lot of complaints about A Tangled Web concerning racism! I am going to see what I think.

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