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Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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The first edition of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery was published in the 1980s, with fifty percent of the material removed to save space, as well as to reflect a quaint, marketable vision of small-town Canada. The editors were instructed to excise anything that was not upbeat or did not "move the story along." The resulting account of Montgomery's youthful life in Prince Edward Island depicts a fun-loving, simple country girl. The unabridged journal, however, reveals something quite different. We now know that Montgomery was anything but simple. She was often anxious, bitter, dark, and political, although always able to see herself and her surroundings with a deep ironic - and often comical - twist. The unabridged version shows her using writing as a means of managing her own mood swings, as well as her increasing dependency on journal keeping, and her ambition as a writer. She was also exceedingly interested in men. We see here a more developed portrait of what she herself described as a "very uncomfortable blend" between "the passionate Montgomery blood and the Puritan Macneill conscience." Full details describe the impassioned events during which she describes becoming a "new creature," "born of sorrow and hopeless longing." In addition, this unedited account is a striking visual record, containing some 500 of her own photographs placed as she placed them in her journals, as well as newspaper clippings, postcards, and professional portraits, all with her own original captions. New notes and a new introduction give key context to the history, the people, and the culture in the text. A new preface by Michael Bliss draws some unexpected connections. The full PEI journals tells a fascinating tale of a young woman coming of age in a bygone rural Canada, a tale far thornier and far more compelling than the first selected edition could disclose.
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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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This week, we read from March 3, 1895 - April 19, 1897, through the end of LMM‘s first journal (but not yet the end of volume 1!). We read more of LMM‘s teaching experiences in Bideford, then her year at Dalhousie and teaching in Belmont. There were some lovely nature descriptions, and finally—some direct mention of Christmas celebrations!

What were your thoughts on this week‘s reading? What stood out to you?
#LMMJournals #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

BarbaraJean It was interesting to see Edwin Simpson enter the scene, through his letters! And the various rejected suitors make me realize where LMM got her material for the various disappointed swains throughout the Anne books (and the Pat books, for that matter!). I was also struck by the contrasts LMM draws between Bideford and Belmont. She was SO harsh about the people in Belmont! Her observations and sense of humor really shone through in so many places. 7h
CogsOfEncouragement I requested The Selected Journals of LM Montgomery from my library system (the best free copy I could find) and was stoked when it shipped the same day. Sadly, five days later it still shows the same status. I trust I‘ll have it soon though. 7h
BarbaraJean @CogsOfEncouragement 😭 Library timing seems to always be different than my expected timing! The first volume of the complete journals is available on Internet Archive, if you don't mind reading digitally! https://archive.org/details/completejournals0000mont 7h
CogsOfEncouragement @BarbaraJean Oh, thanks. I appreciate it! 7h
lauraisntwilder There were several things I noticed this week about the differences between the 1890s and today, most especially the illnesses. The entry where Maud describes having measles was interesting. Poor Fulton had one thing after another wrong with him. And poor Will! 5h
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Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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For downright stupidity these church socials “take the cake.” The main things to do seem to be,
1. Sit prim.
2. Look demure or disapproving according to your age.
3. Hang back and act cranky in any game other people try to get up.
4. Cram yourself with a lot of indigestible stuff, the effects of which will be ever present with you for a week.

😂 I wonder what the age cutoff is for looking disapproving?
#LMMJournals #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

LeahBergen I‘m probably in that age group right now. 😆 5d
lauraisntwilder I haven't looked demure for a couple decades! 😂 5d
TheAromaofBooks I may have been born in the disapproving group 😂 5d
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dabbe 😂😂😂 4d
BarbaraJean @LeahBergen @lauraisntwilder @TheAromaofBooks 😂😂 Maybe we need a t-shirt: “Disapproving according to my age” 3d
lauraisntwilder I would wear that!! 3d
rubyslippersreads I‘ll bet LMM looked disapproving as often as she looked demure. 😏 3d
TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads @laurainstwilder @BarbaraJean - “Demure on the outside, disapproving on the inside“ 😂 3d
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks 😂 I‘d wear that one, too! 2d
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LitsyEvents
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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repost for @BarbaraJean

Here's the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead schedule for June & July! For two weeks, we'll return to the #LMMJournals, finishing V1. Then we'll have two weeks of #LMMAdjacent reads with some poems that were favorites/influential for LMM. If you're not tagged & you'd like to be—for some or all of the above—let me know!

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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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Here's the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead schedule for June & July! For two weeks, we'll return to the #LMMJournals, finishing Volume One. Then we'll have two weeks of #LMMAdjacent reads with some poems that were favorites/influential for LMM. In early July, we'll begin Volume Two of the journals, then we'll have our first #LMMReread with Anne of Green Gables in late July. If you're not tagged & you'd like to be—for some or all of the above—let me know!

Daisey Do you keep separate tag lists? If possible could you keep me on your list of announcements for upcoming reads like this post? I am not going to read the journals currently and don‘t know that I‘ll fit in the next adjacent reads, but I would like to keep up with the schedule, if that makes sense. I had hoped to get to Undine, but not enough time this month. 6d
CogsOfEncouragement Please add me. I‘ve been looking for a reason to reread Anne. These other books you‘ve chosen look really worthwhile. Thanks for hosting! 5d
BarbaraJean @Daisey I do and I will! I‘ll tag you for future schedule/announcement posts. If something pops up that you‘d like to be tagged for the discussion posts, just let me know. (edited) 5d
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BarbaraJean @CogsOfEncouragement I‘ll add you to the tag list! I post weekly discussion posts for each week‘s reading, and can tag you for all or just specific reads—let me know if you only want to join for specific reads, or for all! We‘re partway through the first volume of L.M. Montgomery‘s complete journals—I‘ve interspersed adjacent reads and re-reads roughly chronologically where they are mentioned in the journals. 5d
CogsOfEncouragement Count me in for all of them. Thank you! 5d
BarbaraJean @CogsOfEncouragement Will do! Glad to have you on board! 🎉 5d
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I need to hunt up Wordsworth and Scott!! 5d
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Me too! I have the Wordsworth in a couple of anthologies, but am going to need to check out Lady of the Lake from the library. 5d
lauraisntwilder I'm enjoying being back with Maud this week. 😊 5d
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind on the Journals. 😟 please tag me for everything else. I don‘t know if I‘ll reread AOGG, but I‘ve read it so many times, I‘m sure I can follow along. (edited) 3d
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads Totally understand! I‘ll tag you for the re-reads and adjacents. Join in whenever you can! 2d
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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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Happy Saturday, Kindred Spirits! Here's our weekly #LMMJournals #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead check-in!

What are your thoughts on this week's reading?
What stands out to you:
From LMM's year at Prince of Wales College?
From her time teaching in Bideford?
Any observations, favorite sections or quotes?

Reminder: Next week, we'll pause the journals & pick up our first #LMMAdjacent book: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. We'll discuss Chapters 1-15 on 5/25.

lauraisntwilder When Maud was in Charlottetown, I missed her beautiful descriptions of the countryside near Cavendish. We've gotten to see more of her personality in this section, I think. The trick involving Jack S. and Mary C. was funny and reminded me of how often gossip plays a role in her books, one way or another. 4w
TheAromaofBooks I don't know why I'm surprised at how often LMM's journals sound like her heroines haha Reading these has made me realize that while I frequently get impatient with rhapsodic descriptions of the countryside in fiction, I've always enjoyed it in LMM's books, and I think it's because she isn't writing what she thinks someone who loves the countryside/nature would say - she's literally writing what she, the author, feels, and her genuine love for ⬇ 4w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) nature and ability to see beauty all around her really comes through. It always feels genuine, and her journals show that it really IS genuine - her description of the snow on Dec. 6,'84 - “Earth looked like a cold, chaste bride in her silver veil, waiting to be waked by her lover's kiss to warmth and love and passion.“ Even though it's a bit flowery, I still loved this whole passage. @lauraisntwilder 4w
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder I agree--we see more of her personality here. Her writing feels less self-conscious. I think she's both growing up and growing up as a writer. No doubt part of it is that she's older and having experiences away from home! And I hadn't thought about the connection to the gossip plot threads in her books, but it's definitely there! That episode, and much of her college year, reminded me of both Anne of the Island and Emily Climbs. 4w
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder @TheAromaofBooks I agree with you both about her nature descriptions--she was criticized for her “purple prose“ in her fiction (and so was Anne!), but the descriptions in her journal feel so natural. She's not trying to be flowery, she's reveling in the beauty she sees and wants to capture it on the page. It really reminds me of Emily Starr!! 4w
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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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Happy Weekend, Kindred Spirits! This week we read through June 30, 1893, including the later part of LMM‘s stay with her father, her journey back to Cavendish, and her studies and social doings back at home.

What are your thoughts so far?
Was there anything that surprised you in this section?
What glimpses do you see of LMM‘s future writing?
Any observations, favorite sections or quotes?

#LMMJournals #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

BarbaraJean I was surprised there wasn't more about her stepmother. From the bios, her time in Prince Albert seemed much harder than she portrays it. Same with her journey home; in the bios it sounded like she was left to fend for herself much of that journey, traveling alone for a while, which was scandalous/unsafe for a young girl at that time. Here, it sounded like she was accompanied the whole way, other than one overnight train. ⬇ 1mo
BarbaraJean It makes me wonder how much she left out at the time vs. how much she cut out later. It's been said that she “razored out“ pages—I wish there were notes in the text showing where those missing pages fall! @lauraisntwilder You noted how much this reads like one of her books—that rang true for so many scenes this week! The Mr. Mustard proposal & the cow escapades could have come right out of Anne. And she uses the Well & Dave memories in Story Girl. 1mo
lauraisntwilder I have been surprised by so many things. I agree that the step-mother seemed glossed over, but then, she barely mentions her harsh Grandfather Macneill and rarely mentions her grandmother at all. She hasn't mentioned Christmas at home, only concerts and school performances, then straight to New Year's. That feels telling to me--were all her friends occupied and she was alone with her grouchy grandparents? Surely they would go to Park Corner? 1mo
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lauraisntwilder Love the details about Austin, at school, which was very Gilbert/Anne. And the description of her Uncle John, who will later try to steal her house out from under her and his own mother, who "was not then, anymore than now, noted for his consideration of other people's rights or feelings." Scathing and prescient! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @lauraisntwilder @BarbaraJean - I may have missed it, but has she ever mentioned her own birthday at any point? That seems like the kind of thing she would make a fuss about, as someone who likes to assess where she is and where she's going. She definitely seems focused on the positives. In fairness, a lot of things/chores we would consider “drudgery“ were just a part of every day life there, and not worth describing, I suppose. I don't ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) journal much about my daily chores either haha Like Barbara, I wonder where the missing entries are, and whether they had some harder/more complaining content. She glosses over her stepmother, but reading between the lines you can tell she has a hard time of it - just the simple fact that she had to give up school to stay home and do work speaks volumes for the kind of life she was living there, considering how important education is ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) to her. I've really enjoyed all these random memories and stories - I don't know why I'm surprised to see what a storytelling knack she has, but I have been pleasantly surprised at how entertaining these have been. One gripe I actually have has been with the excessive amount of footnotes (not LMM's) - some explaining archaic words would be fine, but seriously a footnote to explain why they were hunting 4-leaf clovers just felt ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) condescending 😂 And I feel like a glossary of characters would have been way more helpful than constant footnotes. Telling me how this person is related this one time doesn't actually help me remember them 15 pages later. But those are minor quibbles with the layout. I'm enjoying the journals themselves a great deal. 1mo
lauraisntwilder @TheAromaofBooks You know, you're right, I don't think she has mentioned her birthday. If she has, definitely not every year. And yes, to your footnote gripe! ? I didn't need a note for every resident of Prince Albert, especially when I already know she's never going back! I did think the (unnecessary) footnote about the northern lights was pretty though, specifically the phrase "a curtain of light." 1mo
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder @TheAromaofBooks I just checked, and no, there aren't descriptions of Christmas or birthdays, at least through 1893. I agree, Sarah: she seems like the kind of person who likes to look back & kind of take stock (she does that several times in a New Year‘s entry), so it‘s curious that those events aren‘t narrated or reflected upon in her journals. It does make sense that she wouldn‘t detail daily chores, etc. ⬇ 1mo
BarbaraJean (Cont'd) the balance feels VERY tilted towards “gadding about” and social events, but naturally so. I think I just assumed there would be more grumbling about grumpy grandparents & awful stepmother! There was one point where she said that her grandparents seemed opposed to any kind of gathering of young people, which cracked me up—based on the events she recorded it seemed kind of like that‘s ALL she was doing: gathering with other young people.😂 1mo
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder @TheAromaofBooks YES about the footnotes!! Some are a delight. But I am so tired of footnotes with irrelevant details about people who just aren't important to LMM. I don't care how they're related to her, where they used to live, where they move later—if they're never/rarely mentioned again! I started ignoring the people footnotes for that reason, but then found it annoying to have to go back to find an earlier footnote when ⬇ 1mo
BarbaraJean (Cont'd) ...it became apparent that someone I overlooked turned out to be important. It would be so much more helpful for footnotes to fill in context about how/why the person is or becomes significant in her life. And leave out the footnote otherwise! I should have started making a character list like I do when reading Russian novels...😆 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder - I was actually thinking the same thing about a character list! 😂 For this book, a character glossary seems like it would be much more helpful than all these dadblamed footnotes LOL

I guess part of the reason I've been a little surprised about the lack of complaining has been because the biographies we've read have spoken with such confidence about how miserable she was living with her grandpa, how he was a ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) terrible person, how he constantly held her back, etc. etc. If that information didn't come from her journals, then where did the biographers get it? At this point he just seems like a shadowy background character. Even when she was leaving for Charlottesville I don't remember her saying anything like “Grandpa doesn't want me to go,“ although she does mention that her Grandma was the one who drove her. Grandpa even has come to visit at ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) least once? I'm not trying to say that he wasn't actually against her furthering her education, etc., but I definitely don't feel like it's been mentioned at all so far. 1mo
lauraisntwilder @TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean I have to assume she talked about her grandparents in her letters. Rubio interviewed a lot of people for the bio, so maybe they told her the grandparents were hard to live with? It feels like she's writing down what she wants to remember and she wouldn't need to be reminded that Grandpa is a jerk. 1mo
lauraisntwilder @TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean The absence of any good memories with her grandparents says a lot, too. Like Christmas and birthdays. If they were pleasant or she took a nice evening walk with her grandmother or something, I feel like it would've been mentioned. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @lauraisntwilder - It's true, all of her “good times“ are taking place NOT at home! 1mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks @lauraisntwilder Yes, I've wondered the same about where Rubio & others got the info that her grandparents were so difficult & her grandfather was against her education. The only inkling I've seen is in this week's reading, when she says he won't take her to interview for schools or let her have a horse to go herself. I think Laura must be right that it's in her letters or from Rubio's interviews. It could be in later journals ⬇ 1mo
BarbaraJean (Cont'd) ...if she refers back to her growing-up years then. Didn't one of the bios suggest she exaggerated how bad things were? That exaggeration has to be somewhere! It would make sense if there are future journal entries where she reminisces/complains about the past. Regardless, you're both right that what's left out is very telling, when her best moments are NOT at home! And especially because home and family are such a focus in her books. 1mo
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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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“How I do love books! Not merely to read once but over and over again. I enjoy the tenth reading of a book as much as the first. Books are a delightful world in themselves. Their characters seem as real to me as my friends of actual life.”
—L.M. Montgomery, January 12, 1893

#LMMJournals #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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MaGoose Yes, I agree. I don't know if I'd read a book 10 times, but I'll read some at least two or three times. The Scarlet Letter, for example: I first read it in school as required reading and liked it well enough. But I read it again in my late 40s or early 50s and thoroughly enjoyed it. I got much more out of the story. Some books are meant to be enjoyed and absorbed at certain times during our lives, I guess. #litsylove 4w
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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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“Dear old world you are very lovely and I love you. I am glad to be alive in you.”

I LOVE that what becomes a future Anne quote is taken almost directly from 17-year-old LMM‘s journal!

#LMMJournals #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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lauraisntwilder This diary reads like one of her books so far. 1mo
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder The cow escapades earlier this week felt so much like an Anne and Diana adventure! 1mo
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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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“I had a charming time all through except for a scare I got with one of David Macneill‘s cows, and having to skulk about the woods for nearly an hour while the Baptists were going through the lane to Sunday School…”

The image of LMM “skulking about the woods” to avoid the Baptists just cracked me up. And the cow! I really want more detail in this entry!!

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead #LMMJournals

BarbaraJean Clearly I posted too soon, as there is more detail about avoiding savage-looking cows in the October 22 entry. 😆 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm so surprised that a country girl like Maud has such a terror of cows! I marked the passage I was reading today because I was a bit horrified at her casual attitude towards fence breaking as well! 😂 1mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I know, right?! But it was both LMM and Lu! That comment: “I don‘t know how it is that we have got to be such cowards over strange cows.” 😂Partially in their defense as regards the fence-breaking: at least some of it was done because of their “deadly fear” of cows.🤣 Although THAT made me worry that the cows would get out!! 1mo
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BarbaraJean
Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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Weekly check-in for #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - our first with the #LMMJournals!

I have to apologize for breaking up the reading so oddly—it wasn't until I finished up my own reading that I saw I'd completely missed a natural break at the end of 1890 and kept us going into 1891 for a grand total of 2 pages. 😂

How is your reading going?
What are your thoughts on this week's reading?
Any observations, favorite sections, or quotes?

BarbaraJean I loved the superstition of counting 9 stars over 9 nights, and the questions with Nate over which boy/girl they liked best—such drama! Then this quote from July 26, 1890: “The fact is, Nate is absurdly sentimental these days—or would be if I would allow it. I hate that sort of thing. He has just spoiled our lovely, old comradeship completely. He is so nice when he is sensible and so horrid when he isn't!“ SO much like Anne's words about Gilbert! 1mo
BarbaraJean I was also struck by the fact that LMM calls Bulwer-Lytton her favorite author at one point (July 31, 1890), since there's a contest for BAD writing named after him! “Since 1982 the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest has challenged participants to write an atrocious opening sentence to the worst novel never written.“ https://www.bulwer-lytton.com/

Maybe we should add a Bulwer-Lytton book to our #LMMAdjacent list? 😂
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TheAromaofBooks I also saw similarities between Maud/Nate and Anne/Gilbert. It made me wonder if Maud ever looked back at that relationship and wished she had allowed it to grow into something more. I feel so bad for her being so homesick!! 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks We talked a little on the other post about whether or not (or how much) editing LMM did of her own journals when she recopied them. Like you said, so much of this genuinely sounds like a girl in her teens, being silly and dramatic, convinced that everything that happens is SO IMPORTANT. it's amazing how perspective is something you literally just have to earn with age! As you get older, waiting a year for something doesn't feel as crazy. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks However, some of what I wondered were small things, like when she was getting ready to leave for the west and saying that's she determined to absolutely love her step mother and get along wonderfully - more small sentences that cast herself as the mature, reasonable person in a situation. Not necessarily big scene edits, but small insight edits. Personally, I don't think I could bear to go through and copy out by hand my numerous teen/20s ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) journals! Oh the horrors! 😂

Overall, I'm finding this so readable and engaging. I'm very glad that we've already covered a couple of biographies to give me a background/overview of her life and some of the major characters, though. That framework is helping me just be able to read these as they come instead of being confused about the background.
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rubyslippersreads @BarbaraJean I think “9 stars over 9 nights” is mentioned in Emily of New Moon. Nate also reminds me a bit of Perry, in that Emily only wants him as a chum, but Perry feels quite different. (edited) 1mo
rubyslippersreads @TheAromaofBooks Having read the biographies helps me too, as does having read the YA novel 1mo
rubyslippersreads @BarbaraJean He was her favorite author when she was 15; I wonder how long that lasted? 😏 1mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I wonder that about Nate as well! YES, having read those biographies has definitely been helpful, and also Maud, as @rubyslippersreads mentioned (which I think you skipped--there's lots of Nate and Will in that one!). It‘s fascinating to see what feels emphasized here vs. what has been emphasized elsewhere, both in the biogs and fictionally. I'm waiting for the VERY SIGNIFICANT absence of Edwin Simpson in later volumes. 😏😂 1mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I hadn‘t thought about little insertions like that, but that sounds VERY plausible!! Kind of a self-justification for some of her other comments about her stepmother—LMM could be emphasizing that it wasn't her fault; she really did intend to make that relationship work. I agree with you, I could NOT bear to copy out my teenage journals. I don‘t know if I could manage to even re-read mine! It is a credit to LMM‘s skill as a writer⬇ 1mo
BarbaraJean (Cont'd) that these are so engaging and entertaining, especially coming from a 15/16-year-old. LMM knows how to recount a good story, and I can't just chalk it all up to later revisions! 1mo
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads I had forgotten the “9 stars” in Emily of New Moon! I remembered it from reading Maud, but now that you mention Emily, I vaguely remember it there as well. LMM weaves in SO many little pieces from her own life into her fiction. I like that comparison of Nate to Perry. I‘m really curious about how LMM writes about both Nate and Will, and like @TheAromaofBooks, if there may have been later editing with her descriptions ⬇ 1mo
BarbaraJean (Cont'd) of both of them and her assertion that she thought of them as just good comrades.

When I skimmed through the footnotes in Vol. 1, looking for what books and authors she referenced, I noticed that she mentioned Bulwer-Lytton several times! But yes, I do have a feeling her taste grew a bit as she got older…
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lauraisntwilder I'm a little bit, since I traveled out of state (and I drove) for my nephew's college graduation. I've been enjoying the entries so far and I agree, reading the other bios first was helpful. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks I definitely think that even if she edited/added tiny bits to these later, it was just that - tiny bits. The bulk of this feels authentically her age, and it's obvious that she already has a real knack for writing, sketching characters, descriptions, storytelling, etc. I know that she honed her skills over time and worked very hard on every book, but it's also obvious that she has an inborn talent for writing. 1mo
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder Thanks for checking in! Hope you had a great trip for your nephew's graduation. 1mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I agree--the tone throughout is far too teenage girl for it to have been wholly rewritten (although that's exactly what my urge would be in copying out old journals with an eye towards posterity!). It definitely demonstrates her skill with descriptions and storytelling, from a young age. It was certainly her prerogative to curate, but I'm SO curious about what she might have left out, with all the talk of “razored out“ pages! 1mo
lauraisntwilder @BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks For me, her descriptions of the natural world seem too perfect for a teenager, BUT she was reading Sir Walter Scott and Undine, etc. And she was also starting to get published at this point. I think you're right--she was just a natural. 1mo
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“I love books. I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them.”

💜📚💜 Kindred spirit, indeed!! I started this tonight and it‘s delightful so far—and I LOVE all the pictures included! #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead #LMMJournals

TheAromaofBooks Yes!! All the photographs are a wonderful bonus! I love it when photos like that are interspersed with the text instead of in random bunches of several pages at a time like many nonfiction do. 1mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Me too--I think it was the Rubio biography that had them in bunches like that. I'd much rather have them like this. I really appreciate the way they're approximating how LMM would paste pictures and the like into her journals. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks As I'm reading, I find myself wondering how much editing LMM did when she recopied these journals and how much of it is actually what she wrote at this age. I don't know why I'm surprised that this has been so readable, considering I enjoy her fiction writing so much haha 1mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Haha—me too! If it were me, I would find it really difficult to refrain from trimming embarrassing sections, bad writing, etc. I was struck by several sections that sound VERY much like a girl of 15/16, though. I marked down the New Year‘s entry on Dec. 31, 1899, and the concert description on July 1, 1890 as she waxes poetic about the future nostalgia they will all feel when looking back. 😂 @lauraisntwilder, @rubyslippersreads (edited) 1mo
BarbaraJean (Cont'd) Both of those passages read to me like things I wrote in my journal as a teen, thinking my words would sound so terribly prescient and wise in future years. I had to laugh at both of these—they sounded so affected, with such an over-self-consciousness of future readers. But I remember doing the same thing! (edited) 1mo
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Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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Hello, Kindred Spirits! Here is an UPDATED schedule for May/June. Since the #CHILDRENSCLASSICREAD2024 with @TheBookHippie will be reading Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm in MAY, I shuffled our schedule around so we can join in the excitement and read it together.

We'll start the Complete Journals on May 1 - which is next week!! 😱 I'll post a weekly check-in/discussion post on Saturdays.

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead #LMMJournals #LMMAdjacent #LMMReread

BarbaraJean Preview of coming attractions: We'll start Volume 2 of the Complete Journals in July/August, and will also re-read Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. 2mo
julieclair Yay! Very excited for all the LMM-adjacent reads! 😃 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the update!! This looks great. I can't believe May is next week...!!!!! 2mo
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Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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Repost for @BarbaraJean

May 1 begins the next #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead iteration! We‘ll read the Complete Journals interspersed with LMM-adjacent books & LMM rereads. The pace is ~100 pages per week, with Saturday check-ins to chat about the week's reading.

#LMMJournals #LMMAdjacent #LMMRereads

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BarbaraJean Thank you for sharing!! 2mo
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Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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Just a reminder: May 1 begins the next #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead iteration! We‘ll read the Complete Journals interspersed with LMM-adjacent books & LMM rereads. The pace is ~100 pages per week, with Saturday check-ins to chat about the week's reading.

I‘ve tagged those who were interested, but all are welcome! Comment if you'd like to join—for some or all! Re-reads will pop up in Vol. 2 of the journals. #LMMJournals #LMMAdjacent #LMMRereads

BarbaraJean @sblbooks I have you down for Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm once we get to it in June! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I'm really stoked about this!!! 2mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Meeeee toooo!!! 2mo
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julieclair Yay! I would like to be tagged for the Adjacents and Rereads, please. If it‘s easier, feel free to tag me for the journals as well. 2mo
BarbaraJean @julieclair I can definitely tag you just for the adjacents and rereads! Looking forward to having you join in! 2mo
julieclair Thanks! Looking forward to it! 2mo
lauraisntwilder I just got my copy of the Complete Journals Vol. 1 and it's beautiful! Whatever editorializing Rubio did in her bio is partially forgiven (by me, at least!) because of the obvious amount of care that went into this. 2mo
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder I know, right?! The photos and all the notes look fantastic. I looked at Vol. 1 of the complete journals on Internet Archive and that glimpse convinced me that I wanted to read the complete journals instead of the selected, and it made up my mind that I wanted to buy each copy as we go! 2mo
lauraisntwilder @BarbaraJean Exactly! I haven't even started it yet and I'm already so impressed. 2mo
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Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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Here's a weekly schedule for the next #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead iteration! This includes the Complete Journals with LMM-adjacent books & LMM rereads slotted in roughly chronologically. The pace is ~100 pages per week, and I'll post Saturday check-ins to chat about the week's reading. Those who were interested are tagged, but anyone is welcome! Comment if you'd like to join—for some or all! (Cont'd) ⬇
#LMMJournals #LMMAdjacent #LMMReread

BarbaraJean This May/June schedule goes to the end of the Complete Journals Vol. 1, and includes adjacent books that LMM mentions or that may have been influential for her during this time (no rereads yet—AoGG pops up in Vol. 2). LMM mentions a TON of books she was reading, from poetry to novels and more, so if something stands out to you that‘s not on the schedule, please bring it up! It would be fun to add in more adjacent reads if people are interested. ⬇ (edited) 3mo
BarbaraJean Also, I came across this and thought it was interesting—the L.M. Montgomery Bookshelf: https://kindredspaces.ca/bookshelf. It collects “some of Montgomery's most-loved or most interesting reads.“ It includes scans of relevant pages or the full text of various books that were important to LMM, along with notes on each. There are only 20 titles there, but it's fascinating to look through! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Wow!!! This is fantastic!!!! Thank you so much for pulling it together. I am definitely in for this!! 3mo
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rubyslippersreads I‘m excited about this! 3mo
sblbooks I'm in for Rebecca of Sunnybrook. 3mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks @rubyslippersreads 🎉 🎉 I'm so looking forward to reading along with you both! @sblbooks Yaaaay! I'll be sure to tag you for those weeks. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks My library has Volume 1, so I am going to check it out and that will let me see if I want to make the financial investment of slowly purchasing all these journals as we read them 😂 3mo
rubyslippersreads @sblbooks I have the Shirley Temple edition. 😄 (Although the movie has very little to do with the book, since book Rebecca doesn‘t go on the radio.) 3mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Totally understand!! There are no copies of any of the journals in either of the library systems I have cards for! 😩 I could get a card at yet another library that‘s not terribly far, but that would mean driving 30-40 minutes there to get the card and the book and then driving back to return it… so I broke down and bought the first two volumes online. But, for what it‘s worth, I also discovered that Vol. 1 is on Internet Archive! (edited) 3mo
sblbooks @rubyslippersreads I didn't even know there was a Shirley Temple movie for this book. I'll have to see if I can find it 3mo
lauraisntwilder I haven't been online much lately, so I missed this. I'm definitely in though! Thank you! 2mo
BarbaraJean @lauraisntwilder No worries--knowing that this schedule is more complicated and the journals aren't as readily available, I wanted to give plenty of advance notice! Glad to have you along for the ride again!! 2mo
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Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1900 | Mary Henley Rubio, Elizabeth Hillman Waterston
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Since I'm currently reading Maud, my #comfortreading today is going to consist of dipping into these LMM journals and drinking tea from my new kitty mug. #FunFridayPhoto

LeahBergen 💗💗💗 7y
BekahB I love your mug! 💕 7y
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Centique I love your mug too! I'd be so interested to hear if these journals make interesting reading. 7y
Laura317 I've heard from the #ModernMrsDarcy podcast that they are good! 7y
GlitteryOtters I loved those journals so much! I hope they provide the needed comfort! 7y
Bette Wonderful pic! ❤️👍 7y
Jinjer I own all of them. Hardcover. Have read them at least 3 times. What that woman endured. Lordy!! Wish she could be alive today and have all the books she desires at her fingertips like we all do. Love ya, Maud. 7y
rubyslippersreads @BekahB @LeahBergen @Bette Thanks! I'm sure the mug will make an appearance in future posts because it features several different cats. 😸 7y
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