#2016ClassicsChallenge, Anne of Green Gables.

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At the start of this year, I decided to take part in Stacey's 2016 Classics Challenge, to broaden my reading horizons. I started with Little Women, and this month I delved into Anne of Green Gables, which I absolutely adored. Anne, with an e, of course. 

WHEN I Discovered This Classic
I imagine it has always been on my radar, though it has been on my Goodreads to-read list since May 2015 (which is when I started the account)

WHY I Chose to Read It 
Natalie from Hey Natalie Jean often mentioned the story in her blog posts and so many others quoted "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." that I was desperate to read it. I was not disappointed. 

WHAT Makes It A Classic
Written in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, it has sold over 50 million copies and is known all over the world. It has been adapted as film, made-for-television movies, and animated and live-action television series. Since the mid-twentieth century it has been considered a children's novel but it is loved by all ages, and numerous sequels have been written. 

WHAT I Thought of This Classic
I absolutely love this book. The way Lucy Maud Montgomery writes is so beautifuly descriptive and poetic, and Anne (though she has her quirks) is such a sweet, likeable character. Following her from her arrival to Green Gables, how truly thankful she was to finally have a home, through her schooling and mischievous behaviours. I laughed, several times, and cried reading this book, which definitely makes it score pretty high in my opinion. I've already downloaded Anne of Avonlea and cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

WILL It Stay A Classic
Absolutely. Girls young and old will adore this book and the sweet characters.

WHO I’d Recommend It To
Everyone. Everyone who loves a romantic story. Everyone who likes beautiful imagery and description. Everyone with an imagination, like Anne. Everyone who wants to fall in love with the characters, from Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, to Diana Barry and Gilbert Blythe (who I adored, even if Anne didn't!)

Next up for the challange, I've started The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, which isn't what I'd expected at all. Hopefully I'll finish it before the end of the month because I'm finding it pretty hard going, if I'm honest. Any suggestions for what I could read next?


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