Yesterday was the 4th of July. (I'm writing on a Sunday) After it was all done and done, Andrew and I looked at each other and said, EXHAUSTED. For a long time, I never realized how much parents Work & Do to make holidays happen. For years and years and years, I thought holidays just happened. You woke up and had a lovely holiday. I never realized how much work is involved on the part of the parents on behalf of the children, until I had my own child. Parents everywhere, I congratulate and high five you!
Well, then read the 'Emily of New Moon' series, if you haven't already. I'm deeply embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I am the age that I am and I'm only just now reading these books. I might have gone all of my life without reading them if my lovely friend Leanne hadn't actively encouraged me to pick them up and give them a whirl. SO strong is the influence of the 'Anne of Green Gables' books - I basically totally forgot that L.M. Montgomery had ever written anything else!
Book 1 last fall, but then I thought that I should get the same cover art style (from Virago Modern Classics) as the first book that I had, and Amazon and my bookstores were out of that particular version until just recently, and I was able to finally get Book 2 (I had already ordered and purchased Book 3, 'Emily's Quest', but I had to wait and wait and wait for 'Emily Climbs' to come back in stock).
The Emily books are like the Anne books' moodier twin sister. Very much the chatty, small town vibe on Prince Edward Island tone, very much a window into the heroine's mind. Like Anne, you see Emily grow from a girl to an adult. But there are definitely darker themes in 'Emily' and less 'Anne' humor - there's a slightly more 'mystical' presence in the Emily books. Which I appreciate.
'Emily' books make me feel like exploring a garden at midnight. Or slowly comb through a forgotten (AIR CONDITIONED) attic. Do you get what I'm trying to impart here? That's the best way I can explain it. Anne is quick and vibrant. Emily is dreamy and silvery. Both will make you infinitely happy.
So stay cool my lovely friends, and don't let these books slip away from you!