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Ncostell
Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery
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I just reread Anne of Green Gables for the first time as an adult it really holds up to my loving memory of one of my absolute childhood favorites. It was so fun to revisit the world of puffed sleeves and raspberry cordial and felt like I was spending time with old friends.

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BarbaraJean
Jane of Lantern Hill | L M Montgomery
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What are some of your favorite quotes or scenes from Jane of Lantern Hill?

Where does this one rank for you in the LMM canon?

Several of you have mentioned this as an old favorite (or a new favorite)—what makes it a favorite for you?

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sblbooks Jane was my favorite LM Montgomery novel ,next to the Anne of Green Gables series. I enjoyed Jane's time with her father on Lantern Hill the best. The quote from question 3 was the best.👇 3h
Blaire I‘m not doing this read along but for a certain period of time this was the only book my family had on tape and we listened to it on multiple road trips and I adored it. Seeing the title brings back many good memories 2h
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BarbaraJean
Jane of Lantern Hill | L M Montgomery
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Like Jane with the Bible, many people are turned off to certain books (or more to the point, religion) because of a bad experience in how they were introduced to it.

Whether it‘s a certain book or something larger like religion—have you had an experience that turned you off to something, that you later re-evaluated and found you connected with after all?

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

sblbooks This is a great quote. Poor Jane was so traumatized by her grandmother, berating her every time she made a mistake. It's no wonder she felt that way. I'm thankful I never had that situation. I love that her dad introduced her to Bible reading in a whole new way. 3h
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BarbaraJean
Jane of Lantern Hill | L M Montgomery
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What do you think of Jane as a protagonist?
She‘s not as prone to scrapes as Anne, her independence comes much more gradually than Valancy, and she‘s far more practical than Emily. What attracts you to Jane?

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

Bkwrm7 I like Jane's helping nature and enjoyment of gaining competence as she learns how to do things although occasionally she felt maybe just a little too perfect and capable. 5h
julieclair I love her positive attitude, and her true desire to learn the skills necessary to make a house into a welcoming home. 5h
sblbooks I love Jane, she is less dramatic than other protagonist. She starts out very timid, due to her upbringing. I love how grows throughout the novel. 4h
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BarbaraJean
Jane of Lantern Hill | L M Montgomery
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This book has several of LMM‘s common themes: the overbearing family who doesn‘t understand, the orphaned or isolated child who finds a new home, a quarrel/misunderstanding between lovers, childhood antics, joy in the natural world.
Are you drawn to these themes in fiction?
In reading Jane, did you see LMM developing these themes further or differently than in other LMM books we‘ve read? Or did you find them repetitive?

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Bkwrm7 I'm definitely drawn to some of these themes which is part of why I come back to Montgomery over and over again. Childhood antics, joy in the natural world and found family are some that I generally enjoy. Quarreling lovers I could take or leave though. 5h
julieclair Like @Bkwrm7 , I really enjoy the childhood antics and joy in the natural world. I find these themes to be so uplifting. They are a good contrast to the more challenging themes in many of the books I read. 5h
sblbooks I too, enjoy the childhood Antics and joy of the natural world in Montgomery's novels. Orphan is a buzzword for me.😊 4h
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BarkingMadRun
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Chapter 28: baby Arthur is born, big Arthur is a baby, and runs off to London for months because the baby bugs him 🙄 #pemberlittens #chapteraday

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Shemac77
Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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Pickpick

I don‘t know why but I find it positively thrilling to read a popular quote within its original context.
Beautifully written.

vivastory Same here & I love the Penguin Clothbound Editions 💙 8h
ShyBookOwl I know exactly what you mean! And I have that edition too. It's so pretty 😍 8h
LiteraryinLawrence Me too! Which one did you find? 3h
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Shemac77 So do I! Unfortunately the paint rubs off but I refuse to not read them to keep them “pretty”. @vivastory 42m
Shemac77 It‘s so pretty! @ShyBookOwl 41m
Shemac77 I found: “I am no bird and no net ensnares me” and “reader, I married him”. @LiteraryinLawrence 40m
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Graywacke
The Reef | Edith Wharton
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#whartonbuddyread
The Reef - Book One

George Darrow‘s obsession and disappointment with Anna Leath is overcome. She‘s forgotten (Do we pronounce Leath like Lethe?) for a Paris romance with orphan Sophy Viner. (Anyone else thinking of the movie Something Wild? Or the poor girl in Pink Floyd‘s The Wall?)

So, what do you make of this? Is George in a true romance, or is he pathetic, or is this just a fling with his “other” kind of woman?

Tamra I‘m not feeling the love for Darrow; I‘m afraid he‘s the fickle type. I also can see the potential for Sophy milking her good fortune in Darrow. So many possibilities! (edited) 10h
Tamra “He hated the door most of all…” Darrow has gotten himself into a fix, i.e. Sophy? (edited) 10h
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Currey @Tamra @Graywacke I started out rather liking Darrow. He seemed to be a bit of a Lawrence from House of Mirth. Not rich but well off and he could communicate when he wished to. However, some switch was thrown in me during those last few pages of this reading. His forgetting to mail the letter became more of a strategy rather than a thoughtless mistake. Now, I agree that he seems fickle and has got himself into a bad place. (edited) 9h
Currey Opps @Tamra @Graywacke And Sophy, oh my, what is she thinking? Or not thinking? 9h
Lcsmcat Darrow is not impressing me! It feels like he has no ability to delay gratification, and suffers from (or rather makes others suffer from) a feeling that women owe him something. His anger at Anna for not giving him a reason for delaying his visit was so unreasonable! 9h
Graywacke @Tamra yes, not super happy. But did he ever really like Sophy or just liked her helplessness and how she looked? 9h
Graywacke @Currey Agree. I liked him and then he got worse. I wonder how much Sophy worked him over - giving him that letter. Not sure though. 9h
Graywacke @Lcsmcat they‘re subtle, Darrow‘s serious issues. 9h
llwheeler I agree that darrow is not coming off very well so far. Wharton seems to be really interested in the natural/open/innocent vs artificial/acting certain ways for society theme again, particularly in women characters... 9h
Lcsmcat @llwheeler She does seem to be revisiting that theme. I‘m curious to see what she does with it this time. 7h
CarolynM I don‘t like Darrow at all. I stopped believing in his feelings for Anna when he so quickly took up Sophy after such a small obstacle, then his previous obsession with another woman came to light and then he got all worried about Anna‘s stepson seeing him with Sophy. His vacillations about Sophy are pretty annoying too. 4h
Graywacke @llwheeler @Lcsmcat @CarolynM @Currey @Tamra it‘s funny to me that while i was reading I was very engaged in the story and in trying to understand who Anna and Sophy were, and I intrigued by the life of Americans in Paris. In hindsight I‘m mostly thinking how terrible Darrow has comes out. 2h
Graywacke @llwheeler @Lcsmcat it‘s an interesting theme of hers in general, and interesting here in light of Sophy who maybe is purely innocent or maybe has a little from both sides. Wondering about Sophy as an actress. 2h
Graywacke @CarolynM “previous obsession with another woman” - I think I missed this. But yeah, he was not exactly a steady one. Actually I think he just waffles to make his sins (or whatever the right word is) more acceptable to himself. 2h
CarolynM @Graywacke The woman he was pursuing at the “dreadful house in Chelsea” where he first met Sophy. 1h
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ProudBookNerd
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Too funny not to share with fellow book lovers.

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Roary47
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I‘m pretty excited about this challenge #pickleschallenge I have had this on my shelves for probably 15 years! Thank you for a reason to tackle it. I will definitely be more motivated with Pickles judging me. 🥰💛

RaeLovesToRead Glad to have you with us! 😊😁 If you manage to read the book I'll do you a celebratory post with Pickles looking impressed. Well... as impressed as I can photograph her looking 😸 Good luck!! 11h
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