I used to get in trouble for reading when I was young. I never had to go to bed without dinner or anything like that but I much preferred to read over doing anything else in the whole wide world. Life was just so much better when I could escape into a book and forget that I had to do some ridiculous chore or task. Even eating breakfast was super boring without a book! (If I didn’t have a book next to me, I read the cereal box.) Knowing the kid that I was, I’m sure that I tried bringing a book to the dinner table as well. I have a feeling that was not well received.
I read my share of Judy Blume, Little House and the Babysitter’s Club books. I remember getting lost in The Secret Garden and wondering ‘who done it?” while reading Trixie Beldon. However, there came a time where I discovered the Anne of Green Gables series and my love of L.M. Montgomery’s books began.
I can’t remember how long it took me to get through all eight books, I just know that it probably took me a week. Maybe two. I absolutely fell in love with those books. In fact, I still read Rilla of Ingleside every couple of years – yes, even as an adult. (Or twice a year. Ahem.) Even though my loyalties were firmly affixed to Anne and her family, I found myself drawn to other L.M. Montgomery books as well. I loved the Emily series. Maybe not as much as the Anne books, but I loved them! There were also Chronicles of Avonlea, etc. But it’s when I read The Blue Castle that the Anne books had some competition as my favorite L.M.M. book.
I always feel hesitant to go on and on about books (or movies) I love with the fear that you’ll read it and blame me for all those hours wasted on something that wasn’t so good. (Here, let me apologize in advance if you hate it.) But since we’re already in December and we haven’t once talked about our current Book Club selection, I feel like I should give you some background on why it was selected. Or maybe this is my way of guilting you into reading it! 14 year old Jill REALLY REALLY wants you to read this book, you guys!
It’s also a really fast read. And wholesome. Perhaps even a little bit adorable and lovely. Maybe it’s like a giant book hug, I don’t know but you should read it. Then join us for book club in January where we talk about how much we all loved it. (At least, that’s how it all goes down in my head.)
If you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for our CCM Book Club selections for next year, well…you will have to keep waiting. We’re assholes like that.
But to make up for that asshole behavior, we DO have the first book for the first two months of the year. Get ready. (And holy crap, I can’t wait to read this.)
There. We’ve given you (and by “you” I mean “me”) plenty of time to read this.
After you read The Blue Castle, of course.