Do you have one of those friends where you get together after months or years and just pick up exactly were you left off? Still finishing each other sentences, still on the same page... Just a handful of books are like those old friends, you open the pages and slip right into an old stride.
All eight of the Anne of Green Gables novels are like that for me. Every summer growing up, I read them and whenever I pick one up, I find myself back in Avonlea getting reacquainted with my dear friend, Anne Shirley.
Anne of the Island is my absolute favorite book in the series. In this book, Anne grows up. Anne, Gil, and Charlie Sloane head off to Redmond College in Kingsport leaving Avonlea behind. And, somehow, over the the next four years, Anne replaces her flimsy expectations of life with substantial dreams, realizing that what's worth living for is far better than her dreams. She navigates through classes, discovers that most proposals are horrifying rather than romantic, accidentally publishes her first story, loses a young friend, rambles through the pines, shares the charming cottage, Patti's Place, with three other college gals, watches her childhood friends settle into their "grown-up" lives, and finally comes to her senses about a certain young man...
It's really a great September read. It's the perfect blend of change and constancy for a crisp new season.