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Emily of New Moon
Emily of New Moon: A Virago Modern Classic | L. M. Montgomery
Emily Starr has never known what it is to be unloved. But when her father dies, she is left in the care of her mother's family. Emily is a stranger to the proud Murrays, none of whom think they can cope with such a heartbroken, headstrong girl. They decide to draw lots for her, and Emily is sent to live at New Moon with stern Aunt Elizabeth, the head of the clan. Kind Aunt Laura and friendly, eccentric Cousin Jimmy also live at New Moon, though, so she is not without hope.Emily is enchanted by New Moon, but cannot believe she will ever belong there. With her lively imagination and dreams of being a famous writer, she seems to have a talent for scandalising her family. Before long, though, she has made firm friends: Ilse, a tomboy with a blazing temper, Teddy, an aspiring artist, and Perry, the ambitious houseboy. She brings so much life to New Moon, perhaps one day even Aunt Elizabeth will consider herself lucky to have 'won' Emily.
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Burpito
Emily of New Moon | L M Montgomery
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I loved the part of the book where my partner gave all the characters unique voices

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GodsLioness
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Sometimes you just need to spend time catching up with an old friend.

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Kristin_Reads
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Litsy made me do it! I couldn‘t resist these editions of the Emily series. I was everything “Anne” growing up but never read this series. Can‘t wait to start in! #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

MoonWitch94 Beautiful covers! 3mo
ReadingEnvy I've never read Emily but would like to - which editions are these? So pretty! 3mo
Kristin_Reads @MoonWitch94 @ReadingEnvy I love the covers, too! They‘re by Virago Press. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty covers!! 3mo
AnneCecilie Those are gorgeous 3mo
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BarbaraJean
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I loved this re-read. It‘s been so long since I read the Emily books, and it all came back to me: Emily‘s writerliness, her keen observations, “the flash” & her experience of beauty, Ilse, Teddy, Perry, Cousin Jimmy—all the things I loved before. What I hadn‘t remembered—how awful Aunt Elizabeth is for so much of the book, and how problematic Dean Priest is—marred this reading for me a bit, though I do still so love Emily. #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

BarbaraJean Over a week into reading Emily Climbs, and I‘m just managing to post a review of the first book—😬 3mo
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I fit in a couple more chapters with a supper of supreme nachos tonight. I‘m still working my way through this reread and thoroughly enjoying it.

#Reread #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead #ReadAndEat

Texreader Mmmm, I love nachos! These look great! 3mo
jewright That looks so yummy! 3mo
Daisey @Texreader @jewright They were delicious! 3mo
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This is my second time reading the story about Emily and to be honest I was disappointed. I remember loving this as a teen. Maybe it‘s age or maybe it‘s just that I love Anne so much.

I hope these improves as I read on

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merelybookish How disappointing! But I love the cover. 🙂 3mo
batsy That is a really nice cover! 3mo
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I first read the Anne books when I was pretty young, maybe 10 or 11. At the time, Mom told me not to read the Emily books because they were "too sad." In retrospect - & reading these for the first time - I think it may also have to do with the fact that the Emily books handle some topics not as suitable for younger readers. They definitely are more serious (realistic?) & Emily herself lacks the humor that carries Anne through so many difficult⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) situations. While I was glad to read this one & am continuing the series (thanks to the #KindredSpiritBuddyRead !!) I don't see myself rereading these as I have the Anne books. I don't connect to serious, ambitious Emily nearly as well, & the adults in her life make the story difficult to read at times. A soft pick for me, but one I'm glad to finally get around to reading!!

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag I picked this one up after watching Russian Doll on Netflix - I haven‘t gotten around to reading the sequels but I‘m glad I read the first one. (edited) 3mo
rabbitprincess I have this exact edition! I like both Anne and Emily but consider myself more of an Emily person. I think I relate more to Emily‘s seriousness and reserve than to Anne‘s gregariousness 😁 3mo
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LeeRHarry I have just finished Anne of GG for the first time - I thought it was very sweet and loved all the nature writing- would have loved it if I‘d read it when I was younger 😊 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @thegirlwiththelibrarybag - I'm definitely glad to read them - I've meant to do so for years & even bought the trilogy used on ebay back in 2016, but it took this buddy read to inspire me to actually pick them up!!! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @rabbitprincess - I'm not sure if I would feel differently about Emily if I had read these books when I was younger? It's impossible for me to be even kind of objective about the Anne books because I have so much nostalgia tied up in them as well! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @LeeRHarry - I know some people find the series to be a bit too saccharine, but I have so many good memories of reading them that I can't even pretend to be objective! 😂 3mo
BarbaraJean I know what you mean about not re-reading these like Anne. I've always said I like the Emily books better than Anne, but I've re-read Anne FAR more times. Anne is a comfort read for me, while Emily is not so much. Even though I do relate more to Emily (and think they are better-written books), you've articulated it well for me--their seriousness, the unpleasant adults, and the more difficult topics mean Anne is the more re-readable of the two! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - I think now that I have a better idea of what to expect from these books, I'm enjoying them more. I do think that Emily's story is more realistic and that Emily herself is a more believable character than Anne who, after the first 11 years of her life, seems to be constantly under a good-luck star. But the Anne books are full of characters & places I love to revisit - I haven't really warmed to anyone in Emily's world in that way. 3mo
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily of New Moon discussion

Question 7:
What were some of your favorite scenes or quotes in Emily of New Moon? What were your least favorite or most frustrating parts of the book?

rubyslippersreads I love the whole thing (well, not so much the Dean Priest parts), but one of the elements I like is all the family history and “tradishuns,” like Mary Murray and her “Here I stay.” Also the references to Jane Eyre, like Emily‘s experience in the spare room. And I always get the chills when Emily is able to solve the mystery of Ilse‘s mother. (edited) 3mo
sblbooks I enjoyed Emily's time with Aunt Ruth. 3mo
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Jerdencon I loved her letters to her father (and later her mother). 3mo
rubyslippersreads @Jerdencon The letters are one of my favorites things in the book. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed the story of her saving the woods near their house by visiting Father Cassidy. 3mo
Desha @BarbaraJean Thank you so much for leading and doing this discussion! I didn‘t add anything because I didn‘t get far enough in the book but I enjoyed reading everyone‘s thoughts. I‘m going to continue and finish the book! ♥️📚 3mo
jewright I am bothered by the Dean part. I just love Emily‘s dedication to her writing. I love how she solves the mystery of Ilse‘s mother and just her double and zest for life. 3mo
BarbaraJean I finished this re-read with such mixed feelings. My love for this series was undimmed until I got to Dean Priest, and that tarnished it for me, so much. That has to be my least favorite/most frustrating part. But there's still so much of it that I love! That scene at the beginning when Emily hides under the table and hears the family discussion about her fate--her sarcastic internal commentary is 💯. I also love Ilse's insults. 😂 3mo
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads Oh, the “Here I stay“ story is so wonderful! I do love how Emily embraces the family history and all the New Moon ways. @Jerdencon I love the letters, too. It's such a sweet way for Emily to process her feelings. @TheAromaofBooks I love Father Cassidy! @jewright Emily's passion for writing is one of the main things that endeared her to me as a child, and I was even more impressed by her matter-of-fact ambition this time around. 3mo
BarbaraJean @Desha Oh, you're welcome! It has been such a joy to read Emily along with all of you! Feel free to come back and comment when you finish the book, if you'd like. 😊 3mo
quietjenn @BarbaraJean Yes, the hiding under the table scene - and popping up when she just can't keep her mouth shut - is one I truly adore! 3mo
quietjenn @TheAromaofBooks yes, I love this bit as well! 3mo
quietjenn In addition to what's been mentioned already, I'll say I really enjoy Emily's visit to Whyther Grange and especially they way she garners her invite by switching the picture and writing her own letter. But for all their faults, I can't resist crotchety and gossipy old ladies! Beyond the creepy vibes already talked about, I pretty much genuinely hate Miss Brownell. 3mo
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily of New Moon discussion

Question 6:
We see several key moments in Emily‘s journey as a writer: Miss Brownell‘s sarcasm, Father Cassidy‘s encouragement, Mr. Carpenter‘s honest feedback, Emily‘s evaluation of her old writing—which of these (or other) moments did you see as most formative for Emily as a writer?

rubyslippersreads All of these, to one degree or another, but also that her father told her to keep writing. 3mo
Jerdencon I think her ability to critique her own writing is an important part of her writing development. She is becoming an aware writer. 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks I think all of them were important in the moment, but I think Mr. Carpenter's may be the most important as it relates to her actually continuing to pursue her writing as she gets older, because Emily seems to recognize that he is more objective than others in her life. Like @Jerdencon said, I also think it's important that she's learning to evaluate her own writing as well. 3mo
rubyslippersreads @TheAromaofBooks @Jerdencon Yes, the fact that can she actually burn writing she knows isn‘t good impresses me. 3mo
BarbaraJean @Jerdencon YES, I think that's integral to her becoming a serious writer; her ability to honestly evaluate her own work (and to take constructive criticism as she does from Mr. Carpenter). @rubyslippersreads Me too!! The descriptions of her destroying some of her old writing hurt me a little bit, but impressed me as well. 3mo
jewright I wish she wouldn‘t burn her old writing! It‘s always nice to see where you have been. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @jewright - I thought about that as well... like it seems like it would be interesting for her to recognize that the writing isn't that great, but still to keep it so she can see how far she has come in the future! 3mo
quietjenn I agree that they all had their role to play in Emily's creative development and help her grow as a writer, although Mr. Carpenter most of all because a) he is fair and helps her recognize how to evaluate her own work and b) because he treats her to a degree as a writing peer. I do wish her urge to destroy her old work was one she didn't give in to. 3mo
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily of New Moon discussion:

Question 5:
Emily describes her experience of beauty and inspiration as “the flash”—do you think all writers/artists experience something like “the flash,” in their own way? Have you ever responded to beauty in a similar way?

TheAromaofBooks I'm not sure about the flash, but maybe? Sometimes I do see something so beautiful that it kind of gives me a weird tug inside, so maybe that's the flash! 3mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I've definitely had moments that I think of as “resonating“--where something just sounds/reads/looks so incredibly right, it's like I've found a piece of myself reflected back to me. That's the closest I come to “the flash“! Now that I think about it, Emily feels so many things so intensely, it makes sense that her experience of beauty is so intense! 3mo
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jewright Good books, beautiful sunsets, and amazing music always give me a weird cold chills feeling. I wonder if that is similar to Emily‘s “the flash.” 3mo
Bkwrm7 My mom talks about completely understanding Emily's "flash," and I think that's a big part of why she loves these books so much. I think there is room for many different ways to experience artistic inspiration or beauty though. For some maybe it's a flash, for others a wave or a sun ray - or as you all have said- tugs, reflections and chills! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly I thought of the flash as more of a religious feeling than a writerly one, but these books are so Christian (I‘m coming from a pagan perspective) that I doubt it was intended that way! 3mo
quietjenn I do think that there are moments that folks get (not necessarily just creative types?) where things just click and you feel a sense of clarity and connection. For Emily they are flashes, while for others they make take a different form. I've had my own, from time to time, although never named it that way. @Bkwrm7 @jewright @BarbaraJean 3mo
BarbaraJean @Clare-Dragonfly I didn't get religious vibes from Emily's “flash,“ but so much of the imagery uses Christian language/terms, so I get it coming across that way. It's so interesting--I'm sure Emily's description of “the flash“ would be frowned on by religious types of the time. She makes so many contrasts between “father's God“ and “Ellen's God,“ etc. that it feels like Montgomery is consciously defining an approach to God that subverts the norm. 3mo
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily of New Moon discussion:

Question 4:
I‘m not sure exactly what I want to ask about these three characters/plot threads, but I want to talk about them and I have a feeling you do, too:
👩‍👦Teddy‘s possessive, jealous mother
👨‍👧Ilse‘s father‘s neglect/the gossip about her mother
😳Creepy Dean Priest

rubyslippersreads Teddy‘s mother is scary, especially that she‘d go so far as to poison the cats just because Teddy loves them. (I‘ll bet she was tempted to poison Emily.) Ilse‘s father behaves horribly towards Ilse, but it seems realistic. As for Dean Priest, I first read this at about age 10, and lines like “I think I‘ll wait for you,” went over my head as much as Emily‘s. Now, 😳. 3mo
sblbooks I have more sympathy for Ilse's father since he lost his wife. @rubyslippersreads yes... Teddys mother is scary. I do not like the Dean Priest storyline at all. I was surprised this was in a kids book written in the 1920s. Was this common place back then? 3mo
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rubyslippersreads @sblbooks I think it was more commonplace to have marriages with wide age gaps then (the book was written in the 1920s, but seems to take place earlier). Look at the age difference between Jo and Prof. Bhaer in Little Women. Emily should pay attention to those warnings to “never marry a Priest.” 3mo
Jerdencon Yes - teddy‘s mother is super bizarre and Dean is super creepy. I know about big age differences but Emily is only 12. I‘m reading these for the first time so wondering if we get some answers in the next books. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Teddy's mom is super creepy. I thought it was another interesting contrast between this story & Anne's - Anne & many/most of her classmates are encouraged to continue their education & make their way in the world. In this story, all three children have someone who is denying them that privilege. I can't see that going well for anyone involved in the long run. The part about Ilse's dad that I couldn't quite get behind was his sudden turn around ⬇ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) when the truth came out. It seemed hard to believe that he could so ignore/neglect/dislike her for her entire life & then all of a sudden just be so loving & caring. As for Dean Priest - it's not the difference in their ages that bothers me as much as the fact that she's freaking TWELVE. Like if she was 20 & he was 35 it would be weird but not borderline pedophile, which is how it reads now. Despite the lack of overt sexual tones, it ⬇ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) still kind of feels like Emily is being groomed, and I don't like it! 3mo
sblbooks @TheAromaofBooks exactly...I agree😳 3mo
rubyslippersreads @TheAromaofBooks @sblbooks Yes, Emily is a little girl. I wish that, when Dean came around New Moon, Aunt Elizabeth had given him some Murray attitude and told him to get lost. 3mo
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads @sblbooks @Jerdencon I was trying to hard to understand how the Dean storyline would have been okay at the time. I have a hard time when people impose modern values on a time when views were so different, but I also can't excuse abominable behavior by saying “things were different then.“ As @TheAromaofBooks said, it's not so much the age gap, as that she's TWELVE YEARS OLD. I don't understand how that would've been seen as okay. 3mo
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads I would LOVE to read a scene where Aunt Elizabeth uses the “Murray look“ on Dean Priest and sends him packing, telling him he has no business lurking around a 12-year-old girl like that. 3mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I hadn't thought about that contrast with Anne - that our main characters here are all denied continuing their education, when it was so central for Anne and Gilbert and so many others. It's especially interesting since all four of the children here show such promise (there's some pretty heavy-handed foreshadowing that they all have brilliant careers ahead of them, to match their ambition and talent as children). 3mo
Bkwrm7 Where Anne's world was pretty idealized, here's one with realistically (and terribly in some cases) flawed adults making poor parenting choices - Teddy's mother, who seems mentally ill honestly, and Ilse's father particularly. As for Dean, all I could think when the "I think I'll wait for you line" came up was Ew. She's 12! 12! What are you doing thinking about her like that? Grooming is the word that came to my mind, too. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - I agree with trying to not impose modern values on older books - I do think it's important to keep the context of the societal values of the time in mind when reading books that are almost a hundred years old. But even given that some girls got married quite young (16-18) at the time, I just still can't reconcile, as an adult, looking at a 12-year-old & thinking, “Ah yes, the future spouse of my dreams!“ Just... ugh! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly How was there no resolution Teddy‘s dreadful, terrifying mother?! The book seems to think her treatment of him and everything he loves is in the realm of okay, when really it is so far outside of okay that it can‘t even see the border! 😱 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly As for Dean Priest—exactly what @TheAromaofBooks said! 😱😱😱😱😱 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m reading the Emily parts of a book on Montgomery‘s heroines and romance. It comments on the many Jane Eyre references, and says that Dean Priest imagines himself Mr. Rochester. 😳 3mo
quietjenn Teddy's mom had some serious issues - totally could make a horror movie out of that lady! Ilse's father is trickier for me - in so many other ways, he's an interesting, complex character who I appreciate (i.e. one of the few people who Aunt Elizabeth will listen to and be direct by, even if she doesn't like his advice), but his treatment of her is just so awful. And not excused by what he things he's experienced. So frustrating. 3mo
quietjenn Dean Priest - I don't even know what to say about him. I definitely think it went over my head as a kid and I'm so gob-smacked by it now. That said, I don't think we're supposed to be totally okay with it? Like, even if you were cool with the age difference and the child/adult dynamics, he comes on pretty damn strong. Would 💜 a scene with Aunt Elizabeth giving him the Murray look! 3mo
AnneCecilie I had no idea what you were talking about so I had to go back and look through the book, and I can‘t find these things. Teddy‘s mum is hardly mentioned and only as someone who doesn‘t leave her house. I didn‘t find Dean Priest at all. Ilse‘s dad is there, and it‘s mentioned that he‘s negligent, but I don‘t think I really saw it and her mum is just mentioned. Maybe these are some parts that was left out of my translation? 3mo
AnneCecilie I had a suspicion that something was left out and that maybe chapters afterwards were adjusted. But based on the description of Dean Priest, I completely understand the reactions to that. 3mo
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads The Mr. Rochester connection makes a lot of sense (and I've always felt that Mr. Rochester is an ass), though I think Rochester and Dean are problematic in different ways. That book sounds fascinating--I'll have to check it out! @quietjenn Yes, Teddy's mother is a horror movie all on her own!! I agree with @bkwrm7, there seem to be mental health issues there. I appreciate Emily's analysis in book 2--she calls her “haunted.“ (edited) 3mo
BarbaraJean @AnneCecilie That is so weird--your edition/translation definitely has parts missing. I remember you saying it had fewer chapters; I wonder if the Dean Priest chapters/sections were removed (as well as other sections!) and then renumbered. It reminds me of the differences between Anne of Windy Poplars (in the US/Canada) & Anne of Windy Willows (in the UK). Editing out Dean makes sense to me--far more problematic than the “gory“ parts in WP/WW! 3mo
rubyslippersreads @BarbaraJean It‘s a fascinating book, but I‘d advise not reading it until after you‘ve finished the Emily trilogy, due to spoilers. 3mo
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads This is a re-read of Emily for me, so no spoilers there, but it looks like the author also touches on some of the novels I haven‘t read (Jane of Lantern Hill), so that‘s good to know! 3mo
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Question 3:
What are your thoughts on Emily‘s New Moon relatives: Aunt Elizabeth, Aunt Laura, and Cousin Jimmy? What part does each one play in Emily‘s growth?

AnneCecilie They don‘t feel fleshed out, but more like characters where they each play their role. 3mo
BarbaraJean @AnneCecilie So interesting! I definitely felt that way about Aunt Laura—she wasn‘t fleshed out & was just there to provide some balance to Aunt Elizabeth‘s harshness. Cousin Jimmy, as much as I love him, is just in the background for most of the novel. I felt like Aunt Elizabeth was the most developed character of the three—as much as I disliked her for all but a couple of positive moments, I think she‘s the best-drawn character of the three. 3mo
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BarbaraJean In spite of (perhaps because of) what I‘ve said about Aunt Elizabeth being the most-developed of the three, I think she contributes more to the story as an antagonist than she does to Emily‘s growth as a person—Emily‘s growth seems to come more from Jimmy‘s encouragement and Emily‘s own reflectiveness than from anywhere else. Elizabeth and Emily just flat out don‘t understand each other, though to her credit, Emily really tries to understand! (edited) 3mo
rubyslippersreads I think all three contribute to Emily‘s life. Aunt Laura gives the unconditional love that Emily needs after losing her father and coming to a new home. Cousin Jimmy encourages her imagination. Aunt Elizabeth, although harsh (though not as bad as Aunt Ruth), is a bit like Marilla in that she has a hard time understanding children and is very set in her ways. (edited) 3mo
Jerdencon I like all three - even aunt Elizabeth who grew on me. I feel like Laura and jimmy give Emily the nurturing she needs while Elizabeth provides the discipline. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I honestly despised Elizabeth for most of this book & while I found her somewhat more palatable by the end, I still dislike her pretty heartily. She doesn't even attempt to understand Emily or to see things from her perspective. The times that she literally destroyed things (and cats!) that were important to Emily verges on unforgiveable to me. And it isn't just the way she treats Emily - it's the whole household. I couldn't believe that she ⬇ 3mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) keeps Jimmy's wages! I mean seriously! Jimmy & Laura are more likable, but they are so cowed by Elizabeth that their affection & encouragement to Emily feels somewhat underhanded, like they are sneaking around instead of just standing up & giving Emily the unconditional & open love that she needs. 3mo
rubyslippersreads @TheAromaofBooks I agree that Elizabeth has a lot of nerve keeping Jimmy‘s wages when she‘s the reason he is the way he is. I also hate her for making Emily choose between Mike and Saucy Sal (never mind all the kitten drownings. 😾) 3mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I was surprised at how awful Aunt Elizabeth was. I hadn't remembered her as so thoroughly unsympathetic. Her two good moments go a long way to redeem her for me, though: when she insists on keeping her promise to check the well, and her apology to Emily. But it's terrible the way she browbeats everyone into submission for the bulk of the novel, and the whole thing with Jimmy's wages--😡 3mo
BarbaraJean Also re: Jimmy: I really don't see him as “not right in the head“ as everyone continually describes him. Maybe it's because we see him through Emily's eyes, but it seemed like the only reasons people thought he was “off“ were that he recites poetry, and... what? I can't find much else that was supposedly “wrong“ with him. 3mo
Bkwrm7 Elizabeth was definitely the most rounded of the three guardians and works as a whetstone on Emily. @BarbaraJean the only other bit about Jimmy I remember that might indicate something is different about him is the story he tells about giving his money away. Other than that, agreed that he didn't seem significantly different in character than, let's say, Matthew. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks The only thing I can think about Jimmy is that his fall somehow made it more difficult for him to do “book learning“ - I think it's indicated that he was going to go on to higher education & then didn't, so maybe it changed how he learns?? Or something?? But I agree that he doesn't seem crazy or even mentally slow in this story, despite everyone saying that he is. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Yes, I agree with everyone about Jimmy—we‘re repeatedly told that he is slower than he used to be, but through Emily‘s eyes he just seems like a kind, thoughtful man so it‘s hard to believe. I was disappointed that Aunt Laura didn‘t become more of a complete character but I loved the character arc of Aunt Elizabeth. 3mo
quietjenn I understand the roles that each of the adults play, but that doesn't mean that I always liked them! 😏 I do wish that we had more of their backstory and a better sense of them and what they've experienced in life up until Emily comes along. And that Laura and Jimmy weren't so willing to go along with Elizabeth's rule of things. She's so harsh and while I'm a little more forgiving of her than others seem to be, she's got a ways to go. 3mo
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads yes, very much this! And they are such a better option than the others who might've taken Emily. 3mo
BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7 Yes, Jimmy definitely reminded me of Matthew. We're told that Avonlea thinks Matthew is strange, but that's explained by his shyness. I kept thinking that Jimmy's being “not right“ was similar--that it was largely based on other people's judgment because he didn't fit the norm. @TheAromaofBooks The “book-learning“ angle makes a lot of sense, but absolutely--we don't see his “slowness“ in the narrative. 3mo
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily of New Moon discussion:

Question 2:
Having just read the Anne series, I found it difficult not to compare Emily with Anne. What comparisons and contrasts stood out to you between the two characters, or between the two series so far?

AnneCecilie I love Anne so much more. I think it‘s because of Anne and her ability to dream and see the positive in things. But also because of Matthew and Marilla. Emily doesn‘t have any of these things and felt a little flat. 3mo
BarbaraJean @AnneCecilie It‘s funny, I think I like Emily more because it isn‘t as rosy/positive as Anne! I love Anne‘s spirit, but Emily has a different tone that feels a bit more relatable to me. I do definitely miss Matthew and Marilla, though, and the sense of family they create for Anne. New Moon is lovely, Aunt Laura is sweet, and I love Cousin Jimmy, but I agree that I miss Matthew & Marilla! 3mo
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sblbooks While I liked Emily, I don't think any character is ever going to measure up to Anne. I really dislike Elizabeth and the Dean Priest storyline is just creepy. I do like the rest of the supporting cast. 3mo
rubyslippersreads I love Anne, but Emily is more of a kindred spirit to me. Anne is more cheerful; Emily seems deeper. 3mo
Jerdencon I actually like Emily more than Anne too. She seems a little more realistic to me. They are both spunky girls but I like how Emily goes about thjbts 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I really love both Anne and Emily. However, one of the things I love about Anne is her sense of humor & her ability to laugh at herself - & I don't feel like Emily has that. She takes everything quite seriously. I also struggled with this one because I felt like all of the adults in Emily's life are rather dreadful (even Jimmy & Laura are weak, leaving their kindness watered down) while Anne has so many good ones in hers. 3mo
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads @Jerdencon Agreed - I love Anne, but I relate to Emily far more, and find her more realistic. With Anne, I so often agree with Katherine Brooke and feel she leads too much of a charmed life! @TheAromaofBooks Yes, you're right--I think it's harder for Emily to get outside of herself. Emily feels a little more immature in that way. Anne initially has a tendency to take things too seriously (dramatically so), but outgrows it a bit. 3mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Oh, absolutely--the adults are all pretty bad. And the most prominent adult characters seem to be the worst ones. With Anne, even the adults that seem initially awful often turn out to be hidden gems (Mrs. Lynde, Mr. Harrison, even Marilla). 3mo
jewright I think I will always love Anne more because I loved her so much as a child, but I‘m really enjoying this re-reading of Emily. (edited) 3mo
rubyslippersreads @jewright I think whether we read something as a child definitely affects us. As a little girl, I had read and loved Anne. My mom gave me Emily, which she also read as a child, and said, “This is even better than Anne.” And (for me), it‘s true. 😊 3mo
Bkwrm7 Hah - I see my answer to the first question would have fit better here! In general, I feel like the Emily books are probably stronger writing, but I love the Anne books more. 3mo
quietjenn I will echo @rubyslippersreads @Jerdencon and @Barbarajean. Although I do love Anne, I relate and connect more with Emily. She seems much more like myself than Anne does, for all of her charms and whimsies (which is lovely in literature but can be a lot in real life). And I could never quite get with Anne's raptures over nature, but Emily's flashes of inspiration felt familiar. 3mo
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads what an apt way to put it! 3mo
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Getting started with our #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead - Emily of New Moon discussion!

Question 1: Overall thoughts:
First-time readers: what were your first impressions of the book?
Re-readers: How did the book hold up for you as a re-read?

AnneCecilie I think I fall somewhere in between. I first read it in my teens and haven‘t read it since, so in one way it was like reading it for the first time. I think I a enjoyed it more the first time than I did now. 3mo
sblbooks First time reader here: I enjoyed it, but not has much as Anne of Green Gables. 3mo
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rubyslippersreads It‘s still my all-time favorite book. 😊 3mo
Jerdencon First time reader too. I enjoyed it and liked Emily but found the book a bit wordy at times. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks First time reading this, despite loving so many of Montgomery's other books. I didn't dislike it, but I also don't see myself rereading this one. It's an overall rather sad book, I thought. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly This is my first time. I liked it, but didn‘t love it, though I can see myself having loved it as a child if I read it then. It has a very childish sense of romance. 3mo
rubyslippersreads @Clare-Dragonfly I think a big part of my love for this book stems from the fact that I was about 10 when I first read it. 3mo
Bkwrm7 This was a re-read for me, but I definitely haven't read these as many times as the Anne books and I can see why. There's a warmth to the Anne books that I don't get in the same way from Emily of New Moon. I think the characters and situations are probably more complex in the Emily books, but there was so much tragedy, too. 3mo
quietjenn Like others, I first read this as a child (about 11 or 12) and I loved it fiercely then. But because I adored it so much, I've been apprehensive about rereading it. I do still love it, but maybe not as fiercely. Although it's very easy to understand as a grown-up why it hit me so hard back then. 3mo
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Just a reminder that our book-end discussion for Emily of New Moon will be on Wednesday, Sept. 1st. I‘ll plan to post questions around mid-day Pacific time. Join the discussion whenever you‘re able! Then we‘ll start chapter-a-day for Emily Climbs on Thursday Sept. 2nd. Looking forward to discussing with you all… I have THOUGHTS. #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

Hooked_on_books I fully intended to join in on this, but I never quite got around to reading! Oops. 😬 Enjoy the conversation! You don‘t have to worry about tagging me going forward. 3mo
catebutler I‘m looking forward to the convo and also continuing with the series. 🥰 3mo
Desha I only made it about halfway through but I‘m interested in the discussion on the 1st. I won‘t be going forward with the series after though. Thank you so much for doing this! 📚♥️ 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks I'm really interested to see everyone's thoughts on this one. I love so many of Montgomery's other books but this one has left me with a lot of mixed feelings! 3mo
BarbaraJean @Hooked_on_books 👍 I know how that goes! My August completely got away from me. @catebutler Yay! @Desha You're welcome - hope to have you join in some of the discussion! @TheAromaofBooks Meeeee toooo! I loved these as a kid, but revisiting it as an adult, my feelings have been all over the map. 3mo
jewright This was my first re-read since I read it as a child, so I‘m excited to discuss. 3mo
Jerdencon I finished up today. For some reason I never read any of these as a kid so it‘s fun reading them now. 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m not quite finished, but since I‘ve probably read it at least 20 times, I‘m not too concerned. 😄 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m in the same boat as @Hooked_on_books … I never got around to starting my reread of this series with you all. 😬 I‘ll be reading all your posts but no need to tag me. 😊 3mo
BarbaraJean @LeahBergen I definitely know how that goes. 😆 You will be missed! 3mo
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I have had a busy month and have not yet had time to read Emily although I was so looking forward to this buddy read. I managed to finally fit in the first two chapters during independent reading time with my students today. This book starts sadly, but I love the beauty in the way that Montgomery describes the natural world.

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead #reread

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“I think I‘ll wait for you.”
“Oh, I‘m ready to go now,” said Emily, standing up.
“H‘m. That wasn‘t what I meant. Never mind.”

Ugh. I remember being creeped out by this remark when I first read the Emily books, and I find it infuriating now. Yes, okay, this was published in 1923, but still: a 36-year-old man saying this to a 12-year-old?!? I just can‘t. 😡

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

xicanti This creepy dude chased me away from the Emily books. I‘ve got friends who love them so, so much, but I just can‘t. 3mo
LauraBrook I haven‘t read the Emily books yet, but I am grateful for the heads-up about this. Creepy indeed. 3mo
Bkwrm7 Yes! It reads very clearly as creepy to me now - why in the world is a grown man assessing a 12 year old like that???? Things I definitely didn't understand when I read these as a kid! 3mo
BarbaraJean @xicanti Totally understandable. It's much more disturbing to me now than it was when I first read them (in jr. high/high school). I definitely didn't pick up on the “grooming“ vibes I'm getting this time around. @LauraBrook I didn't think a content warning was needed with these books, but it seems I remembered wrongly! 😣 @Bkwrm7 YES--SO not okay! I remember not liking/feeling uncomfortable about Dean when I 1st read these. Now I understand why! (edited) 3mo
rubyslippersreads I was about 10 when I first read this, so I think it went as much over my head as it did Emily‘s. But as an adult … 😳 3mo
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In a lot of ways, I like Aunt Nancy & overall I think the visit to Wyther Grange is good for Emily. However, this chapter doesn‘t illustrate either of those. I‘m glad Aunt Nancy feels some remorse for the damage she‘s done in dredging up scandal & gossip about Ilse‘s mother in front of Emily. But it‘s not enough. This chapter ends up as another example on the long list of horrible old women in Montgomery‘s fiction.☹️ #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

TheAromaofBooks While I am overall enjoying this one (it's my first time ever reading it, despite absolutely adoring many of Montgomery's other books), I don't really see it becoming a favorite. There's just a sad/down tone to the book - even Emily's fun adventures always seem to have some bitter aftertaste to them. 3mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks I know what you mean—the Anne books are much more light-hearted. Anne‘s “scrapes” tend to be more funny than serious, and resolve more quickly, while the stakes seem higher for Emily. With Emily we also don‘t get as much of a view into the people who care for her—Aunt Laura is much more in the background than Marilla was, and Aunt Elizabeth is much harsher (without the sympathy we see in Marilla). 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes, Aunt Elizabeth seems like Marilla without the sense of humor that we see Marilla develop throughout the series. There have been several instances where Elizabeth's decisions feel borderline cruel, and I never really thought that about Marilla. 3mo
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“Caroline here now never had a beau in her life, had you, Caroline?”
“Never wanted one,” snapped Caroline.
“Eighty and twelve say the same thing and both lie,” said Aunt Nancy.

I don‘t necessarily agree with Aunt Nancy on this point (on many points, actually), but this exchange is hilarious regardless. 😂 #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

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This is charming and lovely for the very most part, but the adult obsession with Emily getting married or at least choosing a husband is quite disturbing! What is she, thirteen at this point? At the most? And even the narrative seems to treat all boys her age as romantic prospects instead of simply allowing them to be friends. Yuck.

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I can‘t believe how quickly August is flying by! We‘re into the last third of Emily of New Moon if you‘re following along with the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead chapter-a-day. Here‘s the last bit of the schedule—and wherever you are in your reading, I hope you can join us for the book-end discussion on Wed. Sept. 1st!

Jerdencon I‘m only up to chapter 9 but hoping to catch up by 9/1 3mo
BarbaraJean @Jerdencon 👍🏼 I‘ve found that the upside to getting behind on chapter-a-day is being able to treat myself to a little Montgomery reading binge. 😊 3mo
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“Miss Brownell held up the slate and read Emily‘s poem aloud, in a sing-song nasal voice, with absurd intonations and gestures that made it seem a very ridiculous thing… She was enjoying herself hugely. To ridicule a pupil always gave her pleasure and when that pupil was Emily of New Moon, in whose heart and soul she had always sensed something fundamentally different from her own, the pleasure was exquisite.”

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead ⤵️

BarbaraJean This chapter (yesterday‘s) absolutely infuriated me. Such a petty, hateful, horrible woman who has no business being allowed anywhere near a classroom. And Aunt Elizabeth being completely unwilling to hear a word from Emily about what happened. 🤬 I loved Perry‘s “pack of lies” comment, and dear Cousin Jimmy with his comment of “A human being shouldn‘t kneel to anyone but God”—💜 4mo
Karisa Aw, Montgomery can always hit you right in the heartstrings. She captures emotions and earnest relationships so well! 💗 4mo
AnneCecilie I felt so sorry for Emily here. On an other note, I read this days ago and I‘ve been reading a chapter a day. So I‘m not sure what has happened, if they have cut something in the translation or if they added chapters together 4mo
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BarbaraJean @AnneCecilie Oh, that‘s so strange! How many chapters does your edition have in total? I have 31 chapters total, and this was from chapter 16, called “Check for Miss Brownell.” 4mo
AnneCecilie My edition has 20 chapters, but some of them feels longer than a “normal” Montgomery chapter. 3mo
BarbaraJean @AnneCecilie So interesting! I wonder if they have combined some of the chapters. 3mo
AnneCecilie That‘s what I‘m thinking. 3mo
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Getting a very late start on #BookSpinBingo for August after taking several months off, but here's my board. I've already finished a couple of these at least. Maybe this will be the month I actually get a Bingo!
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Glad to have you along!! 4mo
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I‘m the middle of a move that is kicking my butt…and so behind on the chapter-a-day read!! I‘m looking forward to a little Emily binge this weekend, once I have some space to breathe (literally… so many boxes of books…) BUT, for those of you who are keeping up (or who haven‘t devoured the whole book already!) here‘s the next section of the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead schedule! Book-end discussion will be Sept. 1st.

catebutler I‘m loving my re-read of this! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks This is my first time reading this one, despite loving so many of Montgomery's other books, and I really am enjoying it - except for Aunt Elizabeth! What a jerk! 4mo
Jerdencon I was on vacation and then in a bit of a reading slump but just started and hope to be done by sept.1. 4mo
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I‘m sorry but I could not stick to one chapter a day for the buddy read! 😳🙊😬 I don‘t know why I‘ve never read this book but it holds the same charm as the Anne of Green Gables series and just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I‘m lucky because I got the entire show on DVD awhile back and I can‘t wait to watch it when I finish the series. Emily is hilarious and I can‘t wait to read book 2. 5⭐️

#Classics
#LMMontgomery
#escapism

Tamra I‘m going to have to get a hold of this because the books I‘ve been reading and listening to lately are incredibly heavy! I‘ve had my eye on it. 4mo
JenlovesJT47 @Tamra yeah I had a hard time putting this down because I‘ve been reading so much heavy stuff lately and I needed a break. It‘s funny and sweet and has the same charm as the AOGG series (which I love!). Definitely need to escape sometimes and this is the perfect series for that. ❤️ 4mo
Tamra @JenlovesJT47 I‘m happy to hear it! 😊 4mo
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BarbaraJean 💜 So glad you enjoyed it!! I love Emily so very much. I only found out about the TV series as I was planning this buddy read--I'm really looking forward to watching it once we finish the buddy read, too!! (edited) 4mo
JenlovesJT47 @BarbaraJean I had watched probably the first 4 or 5 episodes years ago and while I liked it well enough, the tone is very different from the book. They change a lot of stuff and it is much darker. But I really like the actress they got to play Aunt Elizabeth. It‘s probably best to watch it a couple of months after we finish all the books so we don‘t get too mad about all the changes! 😬 4mo
BarbaraJean @JenlovesJT47 Oh, that‘s interesting that it‘s darker than the book. Because I definitely think of the Emily series as darker than a lot of Montgomery‘s other writing (especially the 2nd and 3rd books). And good point about waiting to watch it!! 4mo
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Breakfast, tea and my #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead chapter for today - a great way to start my Saturday!

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Lunchtime reading… I‘m just loving my daily chapters of Emily. I‘d forgotten the details—and it‘s all coming back. From the beauty & heartbreak of the first few chapters💔💜 to the family conclave & Emily‘s internal commentary from under the table…😂There‘s already such wonderful depth of characterization, and the horrible old women are nicely counter-balanced by Emily‘s thoughts and sweet Aunt Laura & Uncle Jimmy. #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead

rubyslippersreads I‘ve read this so many times, but reading a chapter a day really brings out the details and feelings for me (I was already crying by Chapter 2. 😢) 4mo
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“It had always seemed to Emily, ever since she could remember, that she was very, very near to a world of wonderful beauty. Between it and herself hung only a thin curtain; she could never draw the curtain aside—but sometimes, just for a moment, a wind fluttered it and then it was as if she caught a glimpse of the enchanting realm beyond—only a glimpse—and heard a note of unearthly music.”

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Should I be packing for our move next weekend? Probably. Will I be reading these instead? Certainly. I have to enjoy the reading nook while I still have one! I‘ll be starting Emily for #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead, making progress in Bombay Prince (due back to the library this week), and starting Psalm for the Wild-Built because Becky Chambers. 💜

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sblbooks @megnews the Bookseller was a four-star read for me I enjoyed it. I don't want to give too much away because there is a twist at the end. I have yet to read the Lost orphan but I still plan to. I've not been able to read too much this month unfortunately. 3mo
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Today's the day! Have been looking forward to starting new chapter-a-day reading of both of these, for #pemberlittens and #kindredspiritsbuddyread. Although, if history is any indicator, I'll only *start* them as chapter-a-day ...

SpeculativeFemale I love the Emily books. Anne of GG tends to get all the love, but Emily holds a special place in my heart, too. 4mo
quietjenn @SpeculativeFemale yep! I do love Anne, but the Emily books were the ones I clutched closest to as a kid. 💜 4mo
rubyslippersreads @SpeculativeFemale @quietjenn I‘ve always loved Emily most. 💜 4mo
EvieBee Lovely! A recipe for cozy. 4mo
Centique That edition of Persuasion is gorgeous! 3mo
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Starting tomorrow: chapter-a-day #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead of Emily of New Moon! Here‘s the schedule for the first third of the book, although it should be pretty easy to follow since there are 31 chapters and 31 days in August. 😊 I‘m really looking forward to reading along with all of you! Everyone is welcome to join—if you‘re not tagged and would like to be, just let me know!

coffeewithbooks Thank you letting me part of book club. I not sure if I am do the audiobook or ebook 4mo
BarbaraJean @coffeewithbooks Good to have you! Hope you enjoy the book, whichever you pick—audio or ebook! 4mo
saresmoore Oh, I love this series! I hope you enjoy! 4mo
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catebutler Oh gosh! I think I‘m going to have to join this one!! Please count me in. 🤗 4mo
BarbaraJean @saresmoore Emily is just wonderful—rivals Anne a bit for me! @catebutler Yay! I‘ve added you to my tag list—glad to have you join! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 4mo
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Probably should post my list for my own challenge 😂 August's #BookSpinBingo goals include several challenge/buddy reads, the newest addition to the Bess Crawford series, & the next few books from my TBR.

If you want to play along this month, there is still time to post your lists!! I'll post the winning numbers & August's bingo board on Monday!!

apoisedquill I'm new to Litsy. What is a #bookspin and a #bookspinbingo? 😅 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @apoisedquill - Welcome to Litsy!!! #BookSpin is a monthly challenge that I host. I made a master post with more details here - https://www.litsy.com/web/post/1989556 - but the basic challenge is that you make a list of 20 books you've been meaning to read. On the 2nd of the month, I draw 2 numbers (BookSpin & DoubleSpin) & everyone tries to read those numbers from their lists. So everyone is reading the same numbers but different books, if ⬇ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) that makes sense haha Everyone makes a new list & I draw new numbers every month. Some people wanted to read more than just 2 books from their lists, so that's when I added the bingo part - I also draw out ALL the numbers & randomly put them into a bingo card. Participants score bingos by reading the books from their lists that match the numbers on the card. Sooo all that to say that if you want to join, all you need to do is make a ⬇ 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) list of 20 books & tag me when you do. Then I'll tag you tomorrow when I post August's numbers!! Hopefully this makes sense, but feel free to ask me if you have any questions!! 4mo
robinb If you get An Irish Hostage let me know how wonderful it is! 😆😆😆 I always wait until they come down a little in price…but it‘s sooo hard! 😞 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @robinb - I get them from the library so I can read them right away, then wait until I can find them discounted on BookOutlet or some such place to actually add them to my collection 😂 4mo
EadieB @deeannloso More info explained on this post. 4mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks Great thinking! 👍 4mo
apoisedquill @TheAromaofBooks This sounds so fun! ❤️❤️❤️ Hoping to join in the next coming months! 😉 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @apoisedquill - If you like, I can add you to the list & tag you with a reminder post for September's challenge!! 4mo
apoisedquill @TheAromaofBooks Oh yes please! 🥰 4mo
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Just a little reminder that the Chapter-a-Day #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead for Emily of New Moon begins on Sunday, August 1st! Read along a chapter a day, or just join in for the book-end discussion on Sept. 1st.

Everyone is welcome--whether you're a new or longtime L.M. Montgomery lover, a first-time Emily reader or a multiple-time re-reader, we'd love to have you! Comment below if you'd like to be added to the tag list, and feel free to share!

TheBookHippie Enjoy! I love Emily so much! 4mo
sblbooks I'm looking forward to this. 4mo
BarbaraJean @TheBookHippie Thank you!! I haven‘t read Emily in years, and I‘m so excited to experience the series all over again. Are you interested in joining the buddy read? 4mo
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BarbaraJean @sblbooks Me too!!! 4mo
TheBookHippie @BarbaraJean I just reread it with @GingerAntics we both just loved it!!! If I get time though I may join in😂 4mo
BarbaraJean @TheBookHippie Aha! A bit too soon for another re-read, then! 🤣 But yes, feel free to join in with discussions!! (edited) 4mo
Desha Yes please include me in the tag list! Thank you! ☺️👍🏻📚 4mo
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Come join the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead for Emily of New Moon! Head over to @BarbaraJean and let her know if you want to be tagged!

BarbaraJean Thanks for sharing it!! I'm really looking forward to Emily. 😊 4mo
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It‘s a little over a week until our #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead of the Emily books! We‘ll start Emily of New Moon on Sunday, 8/1 (for chapter-a-day), and our book-end discussion is on 9/1.

To get the word out, I‘m tagging the original Anne buddy readers & those who said they‘re in for Emily. Everyone is welcome—please share! And if you haven‘t already told me you‘re joining, please comment below to be tagged for the Emily buddy read going forward!

LeahBergen Lovely! 👏🏻 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 4mo
Jerdencon Looking forward to this! 4mo
coffeewithbooks Thank you can‘t wait (: 4mo
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#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead friends: the votes are in, and the verdict is: Chapter-a-Day of the Emily books! As before, we‘ll do end-of-book discussions, so if you‘re not feeling chapter-a-day, read at whatever pace you like, and just join in for the book-end discussion!

Is August 1 a good start date?

I‘ve tagged the Anne buddy readers, and those who were interested in joining. Please comment below if you‘d like to be tagged going forward!

BarbaraJean Just to clarify: I'll start a new tag list for the Emily buddy read, so if you're interested, please “opt in“ by commenting below to let me know you're planning to participate. 5mo
BarbaraJean Also also - Emily will take us through the end of October (roughly). If there's still interest, I thought we could do Chronicles of Avonlea/Further Chronicles (one of the second place picks) in November, followed by the other second place pick, Story Girl/Golden Road, in December & January. 5mo
Bkwrm7 This plan sounds great to me! I'm in for the duration! 5mo
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sblbooks Count Me In! 5mo
Desha Add me in please! Thank you! 📚👏🏻👍🏻 5mo
AnneCecilie Sounds great 😊 5mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m in for Emily! 5mo
LeahBergen Count me in. 👏🏻 5mo
rubyslippersreads I‘m in for Emily. 5mo
Jerdencon I‘m in for Emily too! 5mo
quietjenn I'm game for Emily! 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m in, assuming I can find a free Kindle book… neither of my libraries seems to have it 🤔 5mo
BarbaraJean @Clare-Dragonfly My library doesn't seem to have it either. 🙁 But it is in the public domain, so you could get it via Project Gutenberg if nowhere else: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/61236 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly Aha! Thank you! 5mo
jewright I‘m in. I read these books first when I was a child, so I‘m excited to read them again. 5mo
Daisey I‘m going to try to make these fit. I loved the Emily books and thoroughly enjoyed a fairly recent reread of just the first book. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks I've actually never read these, despite loving (and repeatedly reading) so many of Montgomery's other books. I think when I was a kid Mom basically said, “These are depressing“ so I never picked them up 😂 So I'm totally in for reading them now that I'm, you know, 38, and can probably handle them not being as upbeat as some of Montgomery's other stories lol 5mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - I know everyone has different ways/budgets for reading, but I will say that there are a LOT of copies of this one on ebay for less than $5, so a used copy may be a possibility as well!! 5mo
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I‘m SO excited about this!! https://bookriot.com/anne-of-green-gables-star-narrates-emily-of-new-moon-audiob...

#KindredSpiritsBuddyRead friends—is this a sign we should read the Emily books next?! They ARE leading the poll…

And here‘s the poll if you‘re interested and haven‘t voted yet: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9pFtNqolT7LRImDnMVkAWAzVI0MnejavFlO3x...

Hooked_on_books I love this casting choice! 😍 5mo
JenlovesJT47 Yay!! 5mo
LeahBergen This IS exciting news! And I really do need to read Emily again. 😊 5mo
rubyslippersreads It looks like the first book is already available on Audible. 5mo
Desha I am so excited to read Emily so I hope she‘s the winner! ☺️👍🏻 5mo
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After some alternate history, going to meet Emily. #bookandtea #vendredilecture

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All of the posts I‘ve made so far about great reads this year have been for new to me reads. The last two are going to rereads. I loved L.M. Montgomery‘s writing from the first book I read and went through a serious phase where I read all I could get my hands on. This past year I reread Emily for the first time in many years and loved it all over again.

#12BooksOf2020

mom2bugnbee I actually enjoyed Emily more than Anne as a teenager. I definitely need to revisit these. 11mo
Daisey @mom2bugnbee I liked Anne slightly better, but I loved both of them. I would like to make more time to reread more of Montgomery‘s books. 11mo
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“But Emily had inherited certain things from her fine old ancestors – the power to fight — to suffer, — to pity— to love very deeply — to rejoice — to endure. These things were all in her and looked out at you through her purpleish – gray eyes.”

rubyslippersreads My very favorite book. 😊 13mo
sgoffe @rubyslippersreads It's my first time reading her! I've been working my way through all of L. M. Montgomery's books that I didn't read in my youth. So many of her works are such sweet, comforting reads. 13mo
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One of the most horrible things I can imagine. 😳🍎 #apple #WordsOfOctober

Texreader Same!!! Ewww!!! 1y
LeahBergen 😆😆 🐛 1y
rabbitprincess This is why I need to cut all my apples into slices before eating 😂 1y
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OriginalCyn620 Ewww! 🍎🐛 1y
rubyslippersreads @OriginalCyn620 When I was looking for a photo, this was the least repulsive apple worm one I could find.. 😂 1y
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1. I usually go to my brother and SIL‘s house and help answer the door, to see all the kids in costume. Not this year. ☹️
2. Tagged. Finding a vintage copy (back when it was out of print) began my book collecting addiction.
3. Goodreads, my #readingplanner, LibraryThing. Learning my way around StoryGraph.

Thanks for the tag, @Enchanted_Bibliophile 😊 Wanna play? @Kelly_The_Bookish_Sidekick @robinb @ruthiella

#wondrouswednesday

Enchanted_Bibliophile You're welcome 🙂 I'm checking out StoryGraph, didn't know about them. Thanks! 1y
Eggs Thanks for your thoughtful responses 😉🙏🏻 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks for the tag! I just realized that I missed your tag yesterday but had already posted my answers. 😁 1y
rubyslippersreads @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It‘s almost impossible to keep track of who‘s been tagged. 😄 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sometimes I have time and try to go through it, other times I just hope for the best. 🤣 1y
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merelybookish
Emily of New Moon | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Back in April, I bought a gift certificate to my favourite local used book store. Yesterday I popped in and found this. She's not in perfect condition but I did feel she was meant for me. 💜

LeahBergen Eeeeee! She was MEANT for you! 💜💜 1y
Cathythoughts She‘s lovely 💕 1y
catebutler So pretty! It was fate. ✨ 1y
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Palimpsest Beautiful 😊 1y
Ruthiella Great find! 😀 1y
GingerAntics That‘s gorgeous. 1y
Freespirit She‘s beautiful! 1y
batsy She was! 😍😍 1y
rubyslippersreads She was waiting there just for you! This cover is my favorite depiction of Emily. 😍 1y
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SanjanaGhosh
Emily of New Moon | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Mehso-so

I was expecting it to be a lot like Anne of Green Gables, which is one of my favourite children's book of all times. Sadly, I felt like this book was trying too hard and failed.

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Day 5 of #20Series20Days and yep, Emily has to be one of my picks. 😄

#Top20Series

merelybookish Soooo pretty! 😍 1y
TrishB Gorgeous ♥️♥️ 1y
QuietlyLaura I love the Emily series! ❤️ 1y
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Tanisha_A 🤩 1y
emilyhaldi Those editions! 😍😍😍 1y
Cathythoughts ✨✨✨✨✨ 1y
Andrew65 These are lovely 😍 1y
rubyslippersreads Emily! 💜💜💜 1y
MsMelissa These editions are lovely 💕 1y
Leftcoastzen How pretty! 1y
catebutler Mine too!! 👏🏼👏🏼 These editions... 😍 1y
erzascarletbookgasm What pretty editions! 💓 1y
batsy Oooh I love them 💖 1y
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merelybookish
Emily of New Moon | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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My favourite Montgomery series! Maybe someday I'll get a set that matches!
#20series20days @Andrew65

Andrew65 Another classic series. 1y
LeahBergen One of my top 20, too!! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Ruthiella There is a charm about a well loved, unmatched set, however! 1y
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merelybookish @LeahBergen Somehow I'm guessing you have a set that matches. ,🤓 1y
merelybookish @Ruthiella True. Two of these are part of my childhood set. No idea how I lost one of them 1y
batsy Emily 💕 1y
LeahBergen Nope. It almost matches, though. 😆 I have it coming up soon in my top 20 posts. 1y
janeycanuck Tundra books does a stunning set! 1y
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Butterfinger
Emily of New Moon | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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#ManicMonday @JoScho

Emily of New Moon

E. B. White

Edward Scissorhands

Exile

Everything is Awesome 😊 I'll have this on continuous loop in my head all day.

JoScho 💜💜💜 2y
Enchanted_Bibliophile Now I need to watch the Lego Movie... Again😁 2y
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Ncostell
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Pickpick

I had not learned of Emily of New Moon until a few years ago and finally got around to reading this. Emily is charming and feisty, and while she does have some similarities to Anne I found that her story was also absorbing. It was a great comfort read during this time of uncertainty.

ShyBookOwl Oh wow! I loved the tv show as a kid and haven't thought about it in so long. Blast from the past! 2y
Ncostell @ShyBookOwl. I didn‘t know there was a TV show, I‘ll have to see if I can track that down! 2y
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