As a lifelong reader and almost-lifelong writer, I’d like this blog to be a place to share my thoughts on books and writing––and a place where you can share your thoughts, too. Together, we can discover new books and help each other as writers.
Some of my earliest memories involve reading––snuggling up to my grandmother while she read the Sunday comics, and lying in bed while my father sat in the hall and read books like Treasure Island and Robin Hood to my brother and me.
Then there was my mom, who always had a book ready when I had nothing to do. One of those books was Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This classic, written in the early 20th century, tells the story of Anne Shirley, an orphan who comes to live on a Prince Edward Island farm with a middle-aged sister and brother, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert.
I remember the first chapter being hard to read for nine-year-old-me. But I plowed on, and fell in love with Anne when she appeared and rode home with Matthew along a flower-lined road she renamed the “White Way of Delight.” Later, I delighted in reading about the scrapes she got into––breaking her writing slate over Gilbert Blythe’s head when he made fun of her red hair, dyeing her hair green instead of black, and getting her best friend Diana drunk at tea by mistakenly serving currant wine instead of the non-alcoholic raspberry cordial.
|Here's me visiting Green Gables, the farm|
that Montgomery visited as child and the
inspiration for Anne's home.
My favorite books still have strong female characters living lives different from mine. Some of my favorite authors are Elizabeth Berg, Anna Quindlen, Marie Bostwick, Cheryl Strayed, Lisa See, and Sue Monk Kidd. A few of my favorite children’s authors are Lois Lowry, Eve Bunting, Ann Rinaldi, Kate Messner, Patricia MacLachlan, and two writers I've met at workshops, Shannon Hitchcock and Joyce Hostetter.
Today, I buy Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid books for my grandsons and Annie Barrows' Ivy and Bean series for my granddaughter––and love them both. But Anne of Green Gables remains my favorite childhood book.
What was yours?