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July 29, 2006

Kidlit 7: L.M. Montgomery

Blogathon 2006

If you held a gun to my head and made me pick, I'd have to say that L.M. Montgomery is my all-time favorite children's author. I don't know what it is about her, exactly - her language? Her vivid characters? The world she evokes? Probably all of the above. She's best known for the Anne of Green Gables series, but she wrote a few dozen novels and hundreds of short stories. The Emily series and The Blue Castle are other favorites of mine. Interestingly, even though I'm pretty sure I own all her novels, there are a few I haven't read yet. I think I like knowing that there are more to come. And I think I'm trying to wait for the perfect time to read them, which makes it kind of difficult.

LMM also holds a special place in my heart because the very first e-mail list I got involved in, almost ten years ago now, was devoted to her. That list has changed a lot over the years, but I'm still on it, even though I don't participate much. And I keep in touch with several friends made through that group.

I've been reading and rereading these books since I was eight or so, and it's hard to define the effect they've had on me, as they're so intertwined with my life. I know they have contributed to the value I place on things like family and home, as well as learning and pursuing dreams. And every time I read them, I find something new.

Posted by Kat at July 29, 2006 03:30 PM

Back in November you mentioned you were working on a novel. What is it about and how is it going? Did you finish it? What genre is it? Are you going to submit it for publication?

Posted by: Ivy at July 29, 2006 03:44 PM

Ah, I thought I sensed a kindred spirit! One of the podcasts I listen to is Time2Knit, where she's reading "Anne of the Island." Knitting and listening to great books -- how can you go wrong?

Posted by: sprite at July 29, 2006 03:45 PM

*blissful sigh* I still love this series. I still want to be Anne! LOL

You're a quarter of the way through and looking strong. Hang in there! :-)

Posted by: JL at July 29, 2006 04:00 PM

I SO WANT THIS BOOK. Thank you for reminding me to go put it on my wishlist and mark it highest priority. Christmas is coming faster than we think.

I have a suggestion for filling your wee small hours. Do you have a good computer mike and plenty of hard drive space? You could do some recording for Librivox.org. Try it. It's addictive. The only LMM book they're doing right now is all claimed up but I could give you a couple of my AotI chapters if you were at a loss for something to start with. I'm thinking of embarking on my first solo project (Silas Marner, which I can't find anywhere in their "in progress" or "completed" sections) when I'm done with the Anne bits. If this makes no sense to you at all, it will once you've perused their site for a bit. Don't hate me for sending you there, though.

Posted by: Rachel at July 29, 2006 08:55 PM

i love that my middle name *IS* anne :) WITH the E. ;)

i would say it's a tie between Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden for me. oh and the book "go dog go" i don't think i can choose..

Reading (quick) through your other posts... yes to harry potter, and i never owned any babysitter club, or american girl books on my own but think that they were good, almong with railroad children (i think, i've never read it but i've heard such good things of it in getting kids to read) and hardy boys/nancy drew (never read those either) and mrs pigglewiggle... hmm... i love reading memories...

Posted by: peninah at July 29, 2006 11:12 PM
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