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Lucy of Green Gables

I had a lovely book-loving mother moment Tuesday after the girls’ softball practice. Lucy had gotten a really solid hit on the first pitch and was feeling really satisfied and proud about it, and I said, “Yeah, the feeling you get when you know the bat has gotten a big piece of the ball is such a great feeling, right?”

She said, “Yeah, my bat hit that ball with a big thwack! just like Anne’s slate on Gilbert’s head.”

Then it was my turn to feel satisfied and proud.

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BTT: Serial

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Series? Or stand-alone books?

Most books I read are stand-alone books, but I think that’s partly because I don’t read a lot of mystery or science fiction/fantasy, which I think are genres heavy on serialization. My favorite series of all time would be the Harry Potter books, of course, with the Anne of Green Gables books following closely behind (and sometimes tied for the lead).

I also loved Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and I think his work straddles this divide, in a way. Most of his works are stand-alone books, but the more you read of his work, especially the Castle Rock books, the more you see continuing characters and themes and the evolution of the setting. So while they are not “series” books, inhabiting that shared universe links them in a rich way that rewards the frequent reader.

This is my Booking Through Thursday post.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters as Family Members

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Courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish, here are the top ten characters I’d like to share a family with!

Like Laurie at What She Read, I feel like I could people this top ten almost entirely with the Weasley clan of Harry Potter fame. To be honest, I see Mr. and Mrs. Weasley as wonderful parental and marital role models; their unquestioning support of each other and their children, their bravery, their generosity and hospitality, their awareness of what’s important (family, courage and morality) and what’s not (money, status, housework) are all qualities I hope to emulate in my own family. And who wouldn’t want Fred, George and Ron as older brothers, at least for a little while? I’ll throw Harry and Hermione in here too, as they are so often “honorary” Weasleys throughout the series, and Hermione ends up marrying in. Percy, Bill and Ginny never quite grabbed me the others did, but I’d welcome them all in my own little Burrow anyway.

Of course, like thousands of bookish little girls, I spent hours longing to be part of the March family, of Little Women fame. As a somewhat lonely kid, I always envied the hustle and bustle of large families, though today I know that having that number of kids is not the best for me. Something is always happening, a playmate or fellow combatant is always around, and wherever they went, they traveled in the cocoon of the family.

Can I add the Blythes of the Anne of Green Gables series here, as well, for another of my literary familial role models? Once again, I don’t plan to have such a large family of my own, but I have wanting lately to reread the series, especially the later books that see Anne as a wife and mother with quite the crew of rambunctious and dreamy children. I also love and am inspired by the idea of Anne creating a family she never knew, growing up an orphan as she did (and I did not, but identify anyway, for other reasons).

 

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Literary Blog Hop: Setting

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What setting (time or place) from a book or story would you most like to visit? Eudora Welty said that, “Being shown how to locate, to place, any account is what does most toward making us believe it…,” so in what location would you most like to hang out?

One of the reasons I read certain books over and over is because the world the author has created is so compelling that I want to spend more time living in it, even if the novelty has worn off, even if I’ve visited it hundreds of times before.

For this prompt, I have two answers: Prince Edward Island, due to the Anne of Green Gables series, and Hogwarts, from the Harry Potter series. When I was younger, I wanted to be one of the children running up the path towards Avonlea school, and now, I’d love to be the teacher in that school (if I could have my own family as well), or live next door to Anne and Gilbert and all their lovely children. If I couldn’t have that, I’d love to be a literature teacher at Hogwarts (again, with my own family), teaching the semiotics of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

This is my literary blog hop post.

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BTT: Firsts

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Do you remember the first book you bought for yourself? Or the first book you checked out of the library? What was it and why did you choose it?

Like many others, I found this a really hard question, one that evoked many memories and recollections, but not one specific “first” I could really verify as being “correct.”

The first book I chose to buy for myself was probably in a series, either The Babysitters Club or Sweet Valley High , books that I bought or borrowed whenever I could and read obsessively. When my own girls recently started reading BSC books, I was surprised at how much I still remembered about Claudia, Kristy, Mary Anne, Dawn and Stacey and all their innocent adventures.

I remember a beat-up copy of Little Women , and I remember hunting down every single L.M. Montgomery book I could find, which I also read over and over again. I was and remain a devotee of the Anne of Green Gables series first and foremost, but I also read and loved the Emily of New Moon trilogy, the Pat of Silver Bush novels, and really, every other book I think she’s ever published. Whether or not they fall in love like I did, my own girls will definitely own a copy of all of her books as well. If I had to choose, I would say the L.M. Montgomery books had the biggest influence on me as a child, having a major impact on how I see the world today.

I wish I actually did know the first book I ever purchased, the way you wish you knew your first word, or how we treasure those pictures of newborns with scrunched-up faces. The moment I was read my first book, and the moment I started building my own personal library, are equally significant to me, as the moments when I truly started becoming the person I am today.

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