Wednesday, June 17, 2020

"Rilla of Ingleside" (again)

I recently finished reading "Rilla of Inglesideby  L.M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery -- again.  ;)  Yes, I read & reviewed "Rilla" recently (in late April, here) -- but then I went through the book again, chapter by chapter, along with the "Rilla of Ingleside" Readathon group on Facebook, which I mentioned in an earlier blog post

The informative background posts by the two Montgomery scholars who led the group (and edited the new/recent, unabridged, fully restored version of the book), as well as the chance to learn from and chat with other LMM fans, was irresistible, and added to my enjoyment of the book (as if I didn't love it enough already...!). As I said in response to a comment there, how I wish that Montgomery had been taken seriously as a subject of academic study when I was doing my honours English degree at university... I was just a few years too early!  

Our discussions on "Rilla" are wrapping up, but there's talk of continuing with another book -- perhaps "The Blythes Are Quoted," which was also edited by Benjamin Lefebvre (one of the "Rilla" discussion leaders). 

As I explained in a recent post, I've decided that a re-read (even in quick succession) still counts as a book read, and so I've added this one to my Goodreads Challenge total for the year (again). :)  My original 5-star rating still stands.  :)   

This was Book #17 read to date in 2020 (Book #3 finished in June). I'm currently at 57% of my 2020 Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 30 books, and am (for the moment, anyway...!) 4 books ahead of schedule to meet my goal. :)


  1. You're racing ahead of your challenge total! I'm not sure I ever read this one, but I always loved the Anne books, and of course went to Green Gables when we were on PEI (much to DH's bemusement). We've since watched the TV series (I'm so sad it has stopped), and we both loved it. I think it was done brilliantly. And now, DH gets it. I think.

    1. I have wanted to go to PEI forever, & we were actually talking about a trip with BIL & SIL -- which, of course, will now be sometime in the future! (Although I might have more of a chance to visit all the Montgomery sites if it was just me & dh, lol.)
      Dh indulged me with a trip to Leaskdale, Ontario, a few years back, which was about a 40-minute drive north of where were living -- it's where Montgomery lived after her marriage from 1910 through the mid-1920s, while her husband was the Presbyterian minister there, and she wrote several of her books there, including "Rilla." The Montgomery Society of Ontario now owns both the church & the nearby house -- we had a tour & then attended a one-woman play at the church, based on her diaries during those years. Dh was indulging me -- it was right after I lost my job -- but even he enjoyed it a lot! She also lived in Norval, which is about 30-40 minutes west of where I'm NOW living, and the local Montgomery society has bought the house she lived in there with the idea of fixing it up as they did in Leaskdale. I'm looking forward to visiting there someday (post-COVID) too!