July 6, 2015

emily of new moon

Ah my friends. IT IS SO HOT. Seattle has blown away all of its heat records for this time of year. I'm very frightened. I'm in deep, deep hiding from the sun. I tell you where I'd love to be right now - in a dark attic (air conditioned though - I'm aware that heat rises, so a hot attic sounds just awful) - no wait, you know, let's just scratch the attic. I'd like to be.....in a lakeside cottage. With air conditioning. Or cooling breezes. A lakeside cottage high up on a mountain maybe? And there would be quilts. Lots of quilts, games, and books. And I would sit for most of the day reading. Occasionally I would pause for a picnic, or a walk. This doesn't sound outlandishly unreasonable, does it??

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!

So......maybe you are also feeling tired. And when you have time to sit down and read for a few minutes, you don't want something that is going to tire you out further. You know? Nothing that is going to make you think too hard, or become angry, or sad, or scared. You just want to have a nice time and read something pleasant.

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!

So I'm reading them now. I actually read 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.

I guess I'd sum it up by saying that the 'Anne' books might make you want to go bake a cake, have an adventure, or go for a bicycle ride. That's the tone I always get from Anne. Whereas the '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!

9 comments:

  1. I agree - holidays are just exhausting for parents!! I never knew how much my mom really did for me until I became a mom myself! Wow!!! I am still tired from the holiday weekend, too. Try to get some rest today! Wish I could do the same, but since we are moving in THREE weeks, and I've only packed ONE box so far... Yes, I need to get busy! Ugh!!

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    1. Ooooooh moving! Exciting and exhausting all at the same time. Think of the lovely autumn you'll have in your new place when all the dust settles!

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  2. OOoo, I love the covers on your set. I need to read these, too, and I love your description of mood. Putting on my wish list.

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    1. Aren't these covers fab?? I knew I had to have them all in the same style. I've seen some amazing cover art for the various L.M. Montgomery books lately!

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  3. This post was the push I needed to finally buy these books! Thanks, Melissa!

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    1. go, go, go! you won't be sorry!!!! :)

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  4. for fiona or for me? or both?

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    1. I would get her started with Anne first - get her the first 3 books when she's 11 - I really think that's the perfect age! Anne first, then Emily - just my 2 cents. You can read any and all of them now!

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  5. I haven't read these either, but I want to. And after reading your beautiful description, I want to read them NOW! I totally need something this comforting. :)
    And I love those covers!

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