Review: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

 Book review | Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery | 4 stars

Anne of Green Gables  by 
L. M. Montgomery

Cover illustration: Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.
Creative direction: Kristin Logsdon
Puffin Books 2014
ISBN 978 0 11 751400 4

 

Synopsis

Puffin in Bloom A new line of classics with gorgeously illustrated covers by renowned stationery brand Rifle Paper Co.s lead artist, Anna Bond. Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.


Bullet-point review

★★★★☆

+ witty main character
+ elaborate language
+ ‘good enemy’
+ Anne’s elaborate descriptions of what everything looked like
+ Anne’s naming

-last years were written about only briefly


Full Review

Yes, I loved this book. There’s only one thing that bothered me. It bothered me to deduct a star. The last years we read about have only been described so briefly. Honestly, most of that I could’ve done without. It didn’t feel as much as the beginning and was thus disappointing to me. The very last two chapters however felt like the beginning again.

The story of Anne is amazing. I loved her over-the-top descriptions of everything she sees and experiences, including the new names she gives everything. The other characters are great as well. I especially liked Marilla: stoic on the outside, because she’s been brought up that way, but with lots of love to give.

It’s an coming-of-age plot, which becomes clear throughout the book, as Anne learns more and more about life at Green Gables. The new Netflix series (definitely worth watching!), doesn’t quite stick to the book. I’m not sure which plot I liked better. On the one hand, the book seems more realistic. The show however, always has something dramatic going on, which has it’s own merits.

Definitely would recommend. Especially if you like wise-beyond-their-year, smart-aleck characters, who eventually are appreciated for who they are.


#currentlyreading The Circle by Dave Eggers

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I’m #currentlyreading The Circle by Dave Eggers. I don’t really know what it’s about. All I know the movie with Emma Watson has come out, so I really should read the book. I got this one through Facebook. Anyway, I think I’m getting a feel for where it’s going. At least for what the story is building up to.

Can anyone tell me more, without any spoilers?

CoaBB: I am a sucker for happy endings.

Yes, I’m shortening this CoaBB or Confessions of a Book Blogger. It’s easier this way to read what the post is actually about.

This post is about Happy Endings – the bookish kind. For those thinking of anything else: get your mind out of the gutter!

A lot of times, people seem to think that books aren’t realistic when the have a happy ending, as opposed to a tragic one. Sure, not all stories end happy. Certainly not in real-life. We hear too much about that on the news. It’s a bringer of bad news. So much so, that this year, the NOS (Dutch public broadcast news) has decided to have a segment each week, where they list the happy times they came across that week.

I feel like there’s already so much bad news we get through the news and other media, that I don’t find it necessary to pile on to that. Logically, I know the world hasn’t become any worse than it has been, we’re just bombarded with so many more stories about all the tragic events. Thus, books with happy endings help me feel just a little more balanced again.

That’s just my two cents though, my way to “live happily ever after”.

Questions and Answers Book Tag

I saw this tag about a week ago on the blog of Annemieke of A Dance With Books and it seemed like a fun one to do. Also, I’ve recently been going through my blog posts and I haven’t done a tag in ages. It’s really been so long! The tag was created by Kwante in Wonderland.

There are five questions I’ll have to answer. Let’s get started!

What is the first young adult book you read?

 

Sure, why ease into it. Start of with something ridiculously difficult. I’m honestly not sure. There didn’t really used to be a clear division when I was younger. As far as I knew, there were A, B, and C books, depending on how difficult they were to read. Then there were the adult books and that’s it. That’s how our library would label the books.  I can’t be sure of the first YA book I read. In English, I think it might have been Twilight that got me more or less back into reading.


Post 3 bookish gifs and give them commentary

 

Just like Annemieke, I’m not a fan of gifs. They seems so over the top to me and that’s just not who I am. So, I’ve got none to share.


What was the last (young adult) series you finished?

Uhm… I’ll have to check that. It’s been a while, but I finished The Newsflesh Trilogy at the beginning of this year.


Name one thing you hate and one thing you like in young adult books

 

When thinking of something I hate, the first thing that comes to mind are the love-triangles and insta-romances. I just really can’t do those anymore. There’s too many.

What I love, is the spirit of these teenagers. The confidence they often have (or find) to believe that they can change the world. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have those kind of convictions? I’m someone that questions everything, even my own feelings and beliefs, so something like that is just magical to me.


Do this cover test and post the result

Are You Able To Identify The Real YA Cover From The Fake?

You got 9 out of 10 right!

Golden Bookworm

You’re a gold-standard bookworm! You can definitely identify your YA covers like a BOSS. Never stop getting your read on.

Golden Bookworm
Oh look, a gif after all. I’ve got 9 out of 10 right. However, most of that was pure, unadulterated guesswork. I’ve only had three of those books with those actual covers, so I suppose I did pretty well. Admittedly, some of the photo shopping was a bit easy to spot.


So, that’s all I got. Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you think it’d be fun to do as well!

April & May Wrap-Up

I’ve done fairly well with the amount of books I’ve read in April and May. I’ve read a total of 13 books. Which puts the total amount of books I’ve read this year at 29. According to Goodreads, I’m a couple books ahead of my reading goal of 52. So, all in all I’m pretty positive.

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  1. Die Therapie by Sebastian Fitzek – 5 stars!
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – 5 stars!
  3. Leven na Haley by Jonathan Tropper – 3 stars
  4. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella – 3 stars
  5. We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi – 5 stars!
  6. Haantjes by Kluun – 3 stars
  7. 23301805Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – 4 stars

May

  1. Der Totenleser by Michael Tsokos – 3 stars
  2. Ach wär’ ich nur zu Hause geblieben by Kerstin Gier – 3 stars
  3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – 4 stars
  4. Vuur over Land by Margaret Mitchell – 4 stars
  5. 2250365Mind Games by Teri Terry – 3 stars
  6. Lügen, die von Herzen kommen by Kerstin Gier – 5 stars!

What did you read this month?

Bookhaul: April & May

Don’t be scared, but be warned. It’s a long list. I was lucky enough to find someone giving away their entire YA English collection and get a bunch of books from them. Also allowing me to spend most of my money otherwise. So, sit back and relax. It’s gonna take a while.

In the other that I bought/got them:

28802358Bought second hand at a flea market near Göttingen:

  1. In Sonnennähe by Januz A. Zajdel – a collection of Polish science fiction short stories by Zajdel.
  2. Wege zur Unmöglichkeit by various authors – a collection of (I think) German science fiction short stories.

Bought at a second hand store in Enschede:

  1. 156377Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
  2. The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
  3. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  4. Haantjes by Kluun

Got from my boyfriend, just because:

  1. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
  2. 20631808The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  3. We should all be feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Got for free through Facebook:

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
  4. 23766623Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  6. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  7. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
  8. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
  9. This Girl by Colleen Hoover
  10. Jewel by Amy Ewing
  11. The White Rose by Amy Ewing
  12. 25467610All the Light we cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  13. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  14. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  15. Great Short Stories of the World by Whit and Hallie Burnett
  16. Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore
  17. Is everyone hanging out without me? by Mindy Kaling
  18. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  19. 20775154The Christmas Books by Charles Dickens
  20. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  21. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  22. Mind Games by Teri Terry

Bought as audiobooks to listen on our drive to Switzerland:

  1. Ach wär’ ich nur zu Hause geblieben by Kerstin Gier
  2. Lügen, die von Herzen kommen by Kerstin Gier
  3. Noah by Sebastian Fitzek503828

Bought in Switzerland, because you can’t go home without souvenirs. The first one at the flea market in Geneva, the second in a regular book shop:

  1. Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders by Patricia Fallon (and other authors)
  2. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

20893527Got from the boyfriend, because I really loved the Netflix show:

  1. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Yep, that’s all of them. For those (which I’m assuming is everyone) who didn’t count along. It’s a total of 37 books in two months.

This obviously means reducing my TBR isn’t going as well anymore as it did at the beginning of the year. Oh, well. I’m really excited about all the new (to me) books, so I’ll dive in as soon as I can. I’ve already finished a few of these. Others I’m currently reading.

How many books did you add to your bookshelves this month?

Switzerland in May – tropics and snowy mountains it’s all in a day trip.

Those of you following my personal Instagram account already know. We spend the second week on May in Switzerland, trying to speak French and mostly miserable failing. Luckily, there were a lot of things around to cheer me up about the terrible state of my French language skills.

We stayed in a little village called Nyon, on the coast of Lac Léman near Geneva. It was a picturesque town, with lots of small streets, lovely houses (both old and new), as well as a gorgeous view of the lake and it’s snow topped mountains on the other side. It even had some Roman ruins still standing.

As it wasn’t a big village and nothing noteworthy was going on while we were there, we usually took day trips to places near the lake. We went hiking on Saint-Cergue. A mountain right outside Nyon, with a terribly curvy road to get up there.  We tried to followed one of the routes laid out, but got lost. At least we didn’t see any signs anymore and it seemed like we really weren’t on the route anymore, but then it seemed like maybe we still were. We’re still not sure, but we’re happy we at least found our way back to the car. Even if it took longer than planned.

Then, we also took a trip around the lake and discovered the most beautiful places there. We weren’t sure about where we would stop. We we’re just driving the coastal route and watching the gorgeous views. Eventually we stopped in Montreux. A gorgeous, tropical-looking village and the far east-end of the lake. It has a footpath right be the lake, where you can’t come by car, which is stunning. Seriously, if you ever go there, check it out!

     

Our next stop was in Yvoire, FR. A lovely village to walk through, as it still has a medieval city center and a castle. They also have a Garden of the Five Senses there, which was great to visit. I couldn’t stop feeling some of the amazingly soft plants. And did you know there’s a flower that actually smells like red wine? The woman at the ticket counter told us, but I thought she must be overstating it. Nope. It really, REALLY smells like read wine.

Other trips we took were to Geneva, where we visited the flea market and walked about town. It was a great day, and the lake looked lovely. There’s very little else I can say about Geneva. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit CERN.

We did however get to see the Mont Blanc. We took a cable car all the way up the Aguille de Midi. It wasn’t one of the best days to go up there, since it was a little cloudy, but every once in a while we could look all the way down. Eventually it started snowing, which really made it cold. I didn’t mind too much though, because the whole experience was just amazing!

Have you ever been to Switzerland? What stood out most for you?