Reading matter

Eight books for your birthday. What 14-year-old teenager wouldn’t want that?? ??

Australian, British, and Canadian fiction, some very recent and some not so new… Currently in our house there’s a bit of an obsession with the lovely Anne of Green Gables, both of us re-reading the first three in the series.

The first book, published in 1908 and set in the late nineteenth century, tells the story of Anne, an 11-year-old orphan who comes to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who really wanted a boy to help on their farm on Prince Edward Island. Lucky for them, they end up with the wonderfully imaginative Anne instead.

So here are the next three books in the series, the first of which was published in 1936, and with Anne all grown up but just as wonderful. I read them a long time ago, but can’t wait to read them again, and am looking forward to talking about Anne’s adventures with my daughter.

The best way to improve your writing is to read as much and as widely as possible, and this is especially true if English isn’t your first language. Reading will help you improve not only your spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure, but also your whole approach to writing.

And rereading is just as good. Anne, I first read about you when I was only twelve and here I come again!