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post #21 of 40
Man, it has been WAY too long since I read some of these books. I thought that The Blue Castle was the only book I liked outside of the Anne and Emily series, but now I think maybe I liked Jane of Lantern Hill too (that's the girl whose parents got divorced right?), and maybe also the one about the family who inherit various belongings (is that A Tangled Web? Someone help me out here!), and I also have vague recollections of a book about a woman in slighly more modern times (beaux were called boyfriends and parlors were starting to be called living rooms) but I can't really remember the story. Seems like it at least had some good parts. Was she the plain girl (I know there were a lot of plain girls!) who was always hearing about a beautiful relative but then found out she had big feet?

I know that there were also books I did not like, though. For example, I remember really wanting to like The Story Girl, but not being able to enjoy it.
post #22 of 40
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Originally Posted by Sustainer
I also have vague recollections of a book about a woman in slighly more modern times (beaux were called boyfriends and parlors were starting to be called living rooms) but I can't really remember the story. Seems like it at least had some good parts. Was she the plain girl (I know there were a lot of plain girls!) who was always hearing about a beautiful relative but then found out she had big feet?

That sounds like The Blue Castle !

I picked up Pat of Silver Bush at the library today. I remember not enjoying it when I was younger, but I'll give it another try. I ordered the first volume of her journals too.
post #23 of 40
The woman in The Blue Castle was also always being compared to a prettier relative, but I'm thinking of a different book.
post #24 of 40
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Originally Posted by Zipporah
Oh me too!!! I *was* Emily, through and through!!! Everyone loves Anne, of course, but Emily is a far deeper and richer character, even though she only has three books. I will never forget Aunt Elizabeth and Aunt Laura, Cousin Jimmy and the "black books", gold-haired Ilse, gruff old Mr. Carpenter ("you're too fond of italics, Jade!"), and of course Teddy, whom i have always been a little in love with...

I think it's time i reread them, it's been a few years now....

Emily is more autobiographical IMO.

I have all the Anne books and all the Emily books and I have the Ghosty one (not title...the one with ghost-ish stories in it) too..*L
post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by the_lissa
Has anyone seen the Road to Avonlea or Emily of New Moon tv series? I'm obsessed.

I saw the TV series but the last Anne one was *really* bad. I couldn't believe how far they diverted from the books...it was awful.
post #26 of 40
Oh, me me me, I'm a big L.M. Montgomery fan! I have all the Anne books. I used to have the Emily books too, but I can't find them--I may have loaned them and not gotten them back. I enjoyed The Blue Castle and A Tangled Web, too. Haven't read Pat of Silver Bush. And now I need to get hold of her journals ... I've often wondered about her as a person.
post #27 of 40
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I'm almost finished Volume I of the journals - fascinating and sad.

nak
post #28 of 40
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Originally Posted by Sustainer
The woman in The Blue Castle was also always being compared to a prettier relative, but I'm thinking of a different book.
"The Story Girl"?
post #29 of 40
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Originally Posted by napless
I'm almost finished Volume I of the journals - fascinating and sad.

nak
If you think vol 1 is sad - don't go anywhere near three, four and five.
post #30 of 40
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Originally Posted by Divina
Oh, me me me, I'm a big L.M. Montgomery fan! I have all the Anne books. I used to have the Emily books too, but I can't find them--I may have loaned them and not gotten them back. I enjoyed The Blue Castle and A Tangled Web, too. Haven't read Pat of Silver Bush. And now I need to get hold of her journals ... I've often wondered about her as a person.
Her journals are fascinating.
post #31 of 40
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I finished Volume I of the journals. Fascinating! I'd like to immediately check out Vol. II but I won't - I didn't get anything else done cause I was so immersed in the book! I'd better pace myself.

Now I'm reading Mistress Pat . (It's easier to put down!) I don't think I'd enjoy it as much if I hadn't read the journal - "knowing" her a bit really enriches the book for me.
post #32 of 40
I have read every single book by L.M.MOntgomery I can get my hands on. I would have to say that my all time favorite Anne book is "Rilla of Ingleside." My favorite non-Anne book is "A Tangled Web" , followed closely behind by "The Blue CAstle" and the "Pat of Silverbush" books.

Glad to see I am not alone!
post #33 of 40
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Originally Posted by the_lissa
I love the Anne books, but I especially love the Emily books.

Me too!
It's been a while, I should re-read them
post #34 of 40
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I just finished Mistress Pat . I guess I'd never read it! (I thought I'd read all of her books.) I was surprised and shocked by the ending!!!

If I hadn't read the first of LMM's journals, I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much. I would have found Pat's unending raptures over her home annoying and tedious. Having read the journal, I empathized with Pat (and with LMM!)
post #35 of 40
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Originally Posted by napless
I just finished Mistress Pat .
If I hadn't read the first of LMM's journals, I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much. I would have found Pat's unending raptures over her home annoying and tedious. Having read the journal, I empathized with Pat (and with LMM!)
Hmm, I might need to reread it then, I don't think that I have read that since I was in school. It isn't in my library of LMM books.
post #36 of 40
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Originally Posted by mamatojade
If you think vol 1 is sad - don't go anywhere near three, four and five.
It gets worse???! I just finished volume two - what a tragic life she had. I think I need a break before I continue with number three!

In spite of the tragedy, this was a fascinating read. Hearing how her books came to be is so interesting! (Further Chronicles of Avonlea was a result of a scam by her ex-publisher! At the end of Vol. 2, she has just finished Rilla of Ingleside and vows that she will never, ever write another Anne book - but she hasn't written Anne of Windy Poplars or Anne of Ingleside yet!

I frequently recognized passages in the journal that appear, word for word, in a novel.

Interesting - but kind of exhausting. I keep wanting her to live happily ever and am so sad to know she doesn't.
post #37 of 40
I read the Anne books.. although I think there were a few I didn't have.. it seemed like I was reading a whole lot of Anne, and then there was Rilla.. must have missed something...

is the Emily series a "ghost writer?" Anyone know.. I hate that.. I used to read the Nancy Drew Carolyn Keene books, and they all went to a ghost writer...
post #38 of 40
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Originally Posted by Sustainer
I love the Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea movies with Megan Follows, though I didn't care for The Continuing Story since it didn't even try to resemble the books.
I could not agree more, I was SO DISAPOINTED with it. Other than catching up with the actors, it was downright wrong.

Loved Rilla of Ingleside, but I was never a big fan of the Avonlea books for some reason, but I will definitely check Emily.
post #39 of 40
I have been a L.M. Montgomery fan for a long time! I got Anne of Green Gables from my aunt when I was 10. I have all the Anne books, the Emily books, and Jane of Lantern Hill, The Story Girl, At the Altar, A Tangled Web, and Against the Odds. I've always loved Anne. I also have had a hard time being a redhead. I keep Anne of Green Gables and Pride and Prejudice at my bedside as my go-to books. Whenever I am in between books, or find my current book not as good as I hoped, I know I can pick up Anne Shirley (or Elizabeth Bennett) and just open to a page and read. I even named my oldest after these 2 heroines.
I've never read Montgomery's journals. I never even knew they were out there. I'll have to do a search.
post #40 of 40
I love LM Montgomery.

I thought I was the only one to ever read "Blue Castle."

db
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