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6 Inspiring Books & Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables is one of those books that I WISH I would have read when I was a young girl.

It’s hard to imagine that I didn’t pick up one of these books until last June when it came up in conversation with my friend Danielle Daniel. And right after, I strolled down to the Port Townsend book shop. Luckily they had the most beautiful copy right there.

It was quite thick. I thought I would buy it and if I didn’t like it, the book would make a beautiful art journal.

But I loved it! It was so inspiring and playful and wise and full of moxie.

Growing up, I had the toughest time adjusting to being the only redhead in school. Yes, it eventually led me to loving that I was different and embracing all of my uniqueness in other ways too. But I wish I wouldn’t have spent so much time believing it was me and not them.

I wish I had know Anne of Green Gables then. But alas, I am happy to share her with you all now.

Even if it’s been a long time since you’ve picked up this delightful book, I recommend a reread over a cup of tea in the garden.

And a few of my other favorite books that I’ve been reading (from L to R, top to bottom):

1. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber: This is a magical fairy tale

2. The House of Fear by Leonora Carrington: I wasn’t sure what to think of this book at first, but as I read on, I couldn’t put it down

3. Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman: You can listen to Gaiman’s inspirational speech here, but I found that reading it, really helped it all sing in and resonate more

4. They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie: I am a fan of nearly every Agatha Christie book (especially on a lazy, rainy day)

5. The Ocean At The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: I am a HUGE Gaiman fan and this one, while slow at some points, proved to be another fantastic read

6. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

What good books have you been reading lately?

Juliette Crane


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  1. Some of these covers are just gorgeous!

    • especially the older books seem to have fabulous covers… although the layout on the neil gaiman speech book is so incredible. as is your book cover 🙂

  2. I read Anne of Green Gables when I was 13 years old and loved the TV series when it was released two years later ::

  3. I grew up in Ontario, Canada and I think Anne was pretty much a national heroine for all of us 🙂 I do still read all of that series of books now and again- and anything from Lucy Maud Montgomery, as all of her main characters are full of moxie and fun! One of my other favorite books by her that you should pick up for a quick read some day is The Blue Castle…

    • that’s cute to hear because my friend Danielle who turned me on to Anne is Canadian 🙂

      i will look into the blue castle… sounds very fun!

  4. Hi Juliette!
    LOVE Anne of Green Gables also, isn’t it BEAUTIFUL. Also, Anne of the Island is my other favourite in the series if you haven’t read it! Have you read the Dovekeepers? I saw it on your pile, that’s one of my favourite books too, so haunting and beautifully written. I work in a book shop so am a bit of a book geek!
    Jem xx

    • i have not read that one in the series yet… adding it to my list. thank you!!! i would go crazy working in a book shop… i just love old books. just picking them up and paging through… not even reading them sometimes 🙂

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