Sugar and Spice vs. Original Sin

I am so glad I have a little girl. I love my boys so much, but it is such pure delight to have a little girl to share those certain things with that little boys would scoff at.

Point in case: Anne of Green Gables. Since September, Claire and I have been faithfully reading together a chapter or two a week of this book. I had never read it until now, and I simply don’t know how I survived girlhood without it. Really, girlfriends, you MUST read this book. Not a single chapter passes without raucous laughter from Claire and I both. Anne has happily soliloquized  her way into our deepest hearts, and the book has effortlessly skipped its way up to my top 10 favorite books list. Girls, go find a wonderfully weathered copy at your local used bookstore. Do it now! Or right after you finish reading this, anyway!

So Claire and I are coming to the end of our journey with young Anne “with an e” and I’d be pretty sad about that if there weren’t plenty of sequels to be relished in later!! But as for now, I’d really like a few recommendations of what exquisitely girly book I should buy next to read with her. Bring it on, ladies!!!

Indulge me as I leave you with one of my favorite passages from my newest beloved book:

“I really think I’d like to be a minister’s wife when I grow up, Marilla. A minister mightn’t mind my red hair because he wouldn’t be thinking of such worldly things. But then of course, one would have to be naturally good, and I’ll never be that, so I suppose there’s no use in thinking about it. Some people are naturally good, you know, and others are not. I’m one of the others. Mrs. Lynde says I’m full of original sin. No matter how hard I try to be good, I can never make such a success of it as those who are naturally good. It’s a good deal like geometry, I expect.”

(I laughed so hard at this that I had tears streaming down my face, and she had a giggle fit of her own from laughing at me. When I had finally calmed down, I dared to ask her to guess why I was laughing so hard. She gave me a sly little grin, and replied, “Because you’re like Anne?” Then I laughed a whole other 5 minutes. Oh, how the Lord has mercy on me!)

About cashclan

Lisa is a grateful, born-again follower of Jesus Christ who has spent her adult life on the Gospel in several global contexts. She is the wife of one wonderful, jungle-gym of a man, who is to her the single most ravishing piece of flesh on planet earth (stolen good-heartedly from Christine Caine). She is a dedicated home educator to their four beautiful children, ages 6 to 12, whom she would be happy to gush over any time. She is an avid reader and a storyteller, an aspiring writer, a missionary to the nations and a singer of His praises, a loyal friend, an obsessive-compulsive Googler, and comedienne extraordinaire on her best days. She would also like to think that she is a loyal and loving, truth-telling friend.
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3 Responses to Sugar and Spice vs. Original Sin

  1. Cheri says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I’m reading Heidi right now. It’s no Anne of Green Gables, but I find it to be, in a word, delightful. I remember loving it as a girl also

  2. Starr says:

    Have you guys read A Little Princess? It’s easily in my top 5. Not POSITIVE if Claire is old enough….but I think so.

    Do you remember The Boxcar Children? I heard a reference to it the other day. I vaguely remember liking it as a kid. I think?

    • Lisa says:

      Hello girls! I’ve never read Heidi actually!! I’ll try that one after The Little Princess, which I ordered about a week ago, coincidentally, Starr! How about that? And they have the Boxcar children at our library, and I think she’s already ready to read those on her own. I’ve never read The Little Princess either–why might it not be age-appropriate? Do tell!

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