What is your favorite classic? Why?
To be honest, there are several different books that come to mind when I am asked this question. Because I read so many different genres, there are many different classics that appeal to me for different reasons and in different moods. However, if I were to truly just pick one that meant the most to me the most consistently, I would have to pick the Anne of Green Gables books by L.M. Montgomery (Okay, okay, there are eight of them. But at least they all go together, right?).
I'm not sure exactly when those books developed from just really good stories to books that were formative and meaningful to me. I read most of them in elementary school. I had a good friend that also loved the books, and we would give them to each other on birthdays, while also maintaining kind of a silly competition as to who had more of them. For over a year, whenever I would take a trip to the bookstore, an Anne of Green Gables book was what I would choose. I also remember my mom bringing home books 3-5 from a used bookstore and being absolutely thrilled.
After reading all of the books for the first time, I went through a phase where I reread all of them every summer. They never grew old or repetitive to me -- I just felt warmer and more at home with every reading. I stopped those marathon rereads in high school, but in college I found myself reading the books that were most relevant to the phase of life I was experiencing -- I read Anne of the Island at the beginning of college, and Anne of Windy Poplars while I was serious with my husband. I suppose now I need to read Anne's House of Dreams and Anne of Ingleside now that I am expecting my first child. In every book I found lessons that were relevant to life, little gems of wisdom that helped me get through difficult experiences. In addition, I just love Anne. I love her curiosity and imagination, her fervor for life, her slow-burning but passionate love for Gilbert. I love the way having children is a priority for her, but that she still pursued her academic goals. Of all the literary "friends" I've met through books, Anne is the best, and I am so grateful that I get to go through the many phases of my life with her.