Anne in Autumn
October 10, 2013 61 Comments
The leaves are turning, whether from the intense summer sun or the coming autumn, and it’s that time of year to discard the cheap summer paperbacks and rummage through the attic for more weightier reads. You know, books to cuddle up on the couch with while the pumpkin pie bakes and the corn chowder warms on the stove.
When I think of fall books, I think of comfort reads. And no read is more comforting than the Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery (there are eight in all).
Now, don’t be too quick to write these off as just some old tattered books that would pale in comparison to Harry Potter and Hunger Games. I think it’s good for us every now and then to invest in a read that isn’t quite so action-packed, and instead causes you to give pause and think about a simpler, quieter life. (And if anything, you’ll learn why it’s a bad idea to call a redhead “carrots.”)
But Anne of Green Gables isn’t slow, as in boring. No, there’s plenty of drama and humor to keep readers of all ages engaged. The best I can compare it with is Downton Abbey. There’s no wizardry wars or apocalyptic gun fights. Instead, there’s story infused with characters you won’t help but love.
Honestly, I can’t wait to read these to our kids, starting in the crib. I hope they grow up appreciating great stories, old and new. I especially love these books because adoption is such a huge theme throughout.
Sarabeth introduced me to Anne just before we got married, and I’m in debt to her for that. I’m sorry I laughed at her the first time she mentioned it. And I’m glad she didn’t laugh at me when I asked her to explain what a gable is.
Have you read the series? Which one is your favorite? What are your favorite comfort books for the fall?
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