26 Books in 2017 Book 14: Anne of Green Gables

This cover is from the Puffin 1988 edition, published to link with TV series

Book number 14 in the 26-Books-in-52-Weeks challenge has to be a book with my name in the title and so I’ve chosen Anne of Green Gables.

This book, written by LM Montgomery and first published in 1908, was a childhood favourite of mine.

I liked it for lots of reasons and yes, sharing the name – and its ‘e’ at the end spelling – with the title character probably had something to do with its attraction. Other things that Anne Shirley and I had in common were an overactive imagination, a desire to make good, strong and enduring friendships, and worries about physical appearance,

At the beginning of the book Anne, an orphan, is adopted by a couple who originally wanted a son. The story tells how Anne is gradually accepted by her adoptive parents and the community on Canada’s Prince Edward Island and it follows Anne into early adulthood. She grows up to be a teacher – another thing I came to have in common with the eponymous Anne – albeit many years after reading the book.

It was a charming story and it’s one I remember with great affection.

Are there any books with your name in the title and if you’ve read one what did you think of it?