Warning this is a scheduled post. I've taken a time machine back to the 1850's at my kid's school. Throughout the day I'll meet over 60 characters who were alive during the Gold Rush and hear their stories. I'll be selling toys and goods at a trade store from that time period in exchange for "Sutter Bucks" will be pretty useless when I get back to the 21st century. Tomorrow, though, I'll be back in the digital world and visit all the great stops on this hop.
Good Tales Book Tours is hosting another blog hop! This time the theme is "Free to be Me." I'm supposed to pick a book that represents me and the freedom to read whatever I want. I know just the book...
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Oh, Yeah, the Giveaway!
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
First published in 1908, this book definitely qualifies as a classic. The sweet tale of a spunky redheaded girl has been loved over and over again. I've never seen it on a ban list (although I'm sure it's been on someone's) and in most respects I believe the story is above reproach. (I said most respects, I know every book is flawed.) So why on earth would I pick this book, the one that doesn't break any boundaries, doesn't cause any revolutions, just tells a heartwarming story about a little girl?
I'll tell you:
This is a story about a little girl who seemed trapped. She had an awful past, never really knew where she'd be next, and - were she any other character - would have contemplated suicide rather than live another day in such conditions. But Anne (with an e) wasn't trapped. Her imagination kept her free.
Now, my growing up years seem so rosy compared to Anne's that I couldn't even compare. But her character represents me. Like Anne, I've never been trapped by my surroundings. I've never felt tied down by bullies or everyday life, because I had a secret world all my own that I could go to whenever I needed to. No matter what, I could be free in my imagination.
So that's my pick.
Tomorrow I'll be back in my time machine and can visit all the other awesome blogs on this hop, but you don't have to wait.
The Book that Sets me Free
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