50 Books Real Simple Readers Love
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
I am dyslexic and could not read until I had an amazing tutor in third grade. The book that really hooked me was Anne of Green Gables. And now I am a librarian! —Aimee Maclagger
I fell in love with a beautiful world and found a beloved friend. Two master’s degrees later, two children later, and a thousand books later, Anne was my reading epiphany! I still love her and the richness of stories that flowed through the whole series. —Melissa Messner
My mom was a student nurse, so I spent many hours a week reading in the backseat during commutes between my house and my grandparents’. Anne of Green Gables was the first book that I actually felt transported into that world. I related to Anne in so many ways that I feel pretty confident in saying that we would be kindred spirits. Even now, decades later, I often quote favorite lines and reread favorite parts. —Christa Bader
Still obsessed with Anne and “kindred spirits” 30 years later! —Sibyl Doré Bevington
I read the whole series and loved every page. —Sarah Sharma
I was obsessed with this series as a child. Those books are magical! And I so desperately wanted to be a redhead like Anne! —Beverley Menillo
The pint-sized, redheaded drama queen of her time who dreamed of having “auburn” hair because it sounded more romantic than “red.” And, yes, I tried to dye my hair auburn as soon as I was allowed. —Amparo Maldonado Randall
As a fellow redhead I could connect with the teasing and loved her strong personality. She will always be my favorite! —Rachael Collins Bush
Made me believe in the power of imagination. —Catherine Pedrosa
I ended up giving my son the middle name Blythe after the character Gilbert Blythe. —Somayeh Kashi
My aunt gave me a beautiful hardcover copy. I was a little too young to read it at the time. It sat on my shelf and I stared at it daily until I was big enough to read it, starting and stopping a few times, looking up words in the dictionary. Once I read it, I read it a hundred times! —April Jones
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