LitStaff Pick: The Books That Got Us Hooked Us on Reading

Anne of Green Gables seriesanneofgreengables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I don’t remember learning how to read, so I don’t know what my first favorite books were. Then I remembered the first series that I got into. The first series where I begged (or rather harassed) my parents to buy me all the books (they did.) The first series where I would hide out in my room, curled up in my bed and read for hours and hours. Anne of Green Gables.

I’ve written here on LitStack about my love of the series before, specifically Anne Shirley. She was a reader like me, had a wild imagination like me, prone to making a fool of herself like me, and eventually became a teacher (like me!) and a writer (still working on that one). OMG, I’m Anne Shirley.

I digress. I feel in love with Anne’s world and Avonlea which was so different from my own. Avonlea seemed almost romantic, a quaint way of living that was completely different from life in the California of the 1980’s. Reading the Green Gables series allowed me to travel back in time and learn that while lifestyles change, the people stay the same. My hopes and dreams were the same as Anne’s and the Green Gables series showed that a turn of the century Canadian girl and a modern African-American girl could find common ground.


-K. Imani Tennyson

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