Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

I forgot how sweet this book is. This book reminds me of childhood. Its hard not think about the movie when you read the book, but reading the book is very worthwhile. Anne Shirley is an orphan girl taken in by a brother and sister who run their family far. She's a special girl with an over active imagination which causes her all sorts of problems, but more importantly it causes her all sorts of fun and happiness. 

For Anne, the 'waiting' for something fun is just as good as the something itself. The writing is very descriptive. I remember wishing I was Anne Shirley when I was a child and I'm sure I had a crush on Gilbert Blythe. It such a beautiful story of childhood, or at least the part of Anne's childhood we see.

It shows how a person, if they have the right disposition, can remain positive no matter what happens to them. Its worth reading this, if only to relive fun childhood memories of Anne of Green Gables and of the imaginary games you used to play as a child. 
"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for the imagination then, would there?"
-Anne to Matthew during the ride from the train station to Green Gables

Star Rating

6 / 8

Really enjoyable and well written. I would recommend it. 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

I read this book as an ebook on my iphone. It can be hard to read books on a phone, but this one worked perfectly for 'e-reading'. I had heard that Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were difficult to read, but I found The Adventures of Tom Sawyer an easy and fun read. The book itself essentially just recounts the adventures of Tom Sawyer (hence the title!), a young boy out to have fun.

What I loved most about it was how it rambled from adventure to adventure so smoothly. I thought it was a lovely depiction of childhood adventures. It reminded me of when I was young and used to go down to the local creek and play imaginary games that seemed so real (or I wanted to be so real!). And I loved that just when you're thinking "How cute is he, that’s a great story to imagine!", his imaginings actually turn out to be true.

There's not a lot I want to say about this book, except that it's very sweet and worth reading!

Now I'll have to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn next!

Star Rating

6 / 8

Really enjoyable and well written. I woul recommend it.