Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

anne of green gables cover imageSummary: Anne, an orphan, is adopted and becomes a beloved family member. But there are SOOOOO many long descriptive passages that make it a less-than-great read-aloud.

I am not great about reading to my kids, but we do tend always to have a book that we are slowly working through. And this one was very slow. I picked it primarily because I knew there were several TV and film adaptations, and that has previously been a motivator to keep reading.

I read at least this first book of the series as a teen, but I really did not remember it beyond the broad outline of the story. I think I probably remember more from the TV adaptations than the book. I wanted to read an old book in part because I knew the vocabulary would be more of a challenge, and I wanted to introduce my kids to vocabulary they would not get with more recent books. And I got the vocabulary. The annotated edition is helpful both because I was reading on Kindle, which has a built-in dictionary, but also because the annotations helped beyond the dictionary.

If it were just unfamiliar words, that would have been fine. But what I did not remember was the pages of descriptions and the super long run-on sentences within those pages of descriptions. There were many examples of sentences that were several lines long. And paragraphs that were more than a page long. This is something that when I am reading myself, I do not notice, but when reading out loud, it is very noticeable.

I think my kids may have been a hair on the young side (8 and 9), but they did not want to give up on the story even when I was tired of it. We have not started the Netflix series yet because we are almost done with the current series we watch as a family. But that will be the next thing we pick up. I do not think we read any more books in the series, but I may read them myself; I am pretty sure I did not read them previously.

My plan is to pick up A Wrinkle in Time for our next read-aloud.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery Purchase Links: Annotated Paperback, Annotated Kindle Edition we read, Rachel McAdams narrated audiobook, Full 73-hour series audiobook

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