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Book 80 Completed

December 31, 2010

Matt was sleeping on the rocking chair — some SNL clip-show was on TV — and I finished the last paragraph of Anne of Green Gables. The last words of this challenge after a year of hard-work. A year of crazy time schedules and always having a book by my side. And yes, I ended on Canada. Today. December 31, 2010.

Did I love the book? Of course! I stuck to my 100 pages a day — primarily to force myself to do the other things I needed to accomplish before heading back to work on Monday. But I easily could have read the book in a day and a half…yes, firstly because I am familiar with the story (the TV series stayed extraordinarily true to L.M. Montgomery’s novel) and because how can you not devour Anne (with an e) Shirley like that? She is such an incredibly rich character in literature — perhaps one of my all-time favorites.

What else is there to say about Anne of Green Gables? It mostly a series of vignettes about the young girl’s trials, tribulations, and joys through five years of her life. And not to spoil it for those of you under a rock who know nothing about this story…but…it was so hard for me to stop reading at the end of this particular book! It ends with her finally becoming friends with Gilbert, but that is one of the greatest love stories of all time — so, perhaps 2011 will see me revisiting the other books so I can experience again the roller-coaster that is Gilbert and Anne. That’s another thing to love about these books! You start with 11 year-old Anne and then you can grow up with her.

If you  haven’t read these books — and you’ve relied on the miniseries, like me — I’d pick them up. Better yet, I’d go buy yourself the box set and put them on your shelf. These are must-reads. A perfect way to end.

But if you think I’m done blogging…you’d be wrong! Stay tuned for some more posts to wrap up this year and I’ll talk about what next year’s challenge will be and where you can find it.

Thanks everyone for a great year of reading!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Marisa permalink
    December 31, 2010 3:18 pm

    Congrats! What a great ending to such an awesome undertaking!

  2. missy permalink
    December 31, 2010 3:29 pm

    Congrats on the finish. Loved following your journey and reading a few of the books myself.

  3. jillsherman permalink
    December 31, 2010 4:11 pm

    Congratulations!!!! It has been fun to be with you on this journey. I love your writing and thoughts on your books and your life. I am excited to see what challenge you will take on next year – other than having another baby, teaching, being a wife and mom, helping others and much more!
    Love you Shelbi.

  4. Leslie-Anne permalink
    December 31, 2010 6:16 pm

    Yay! You did it! With time to spare, too! 😉 It’s been fun following your blog this year. What are reading adventures for 2011? Happy New Year! God bless!

  5. December 31, 2010 10:37 pm

    Hurrah!

  6. SMM permalink
    December 31, 2010 10:55 pm

    Congrats!! I knew you’d do it!!! YOU ROCK!!!!

  7. Mome Rath permalink
    January 1, 2011 8:54 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve been out of town, so I’m catching up on your last few books now — your last two books look like they were fantastic choices for you. I’m glad you were able to get enough time around Christmas to finish up with your goal. Have a great 2011, and God bless!

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