Saturday, February 18, 2006

Title: The Blue Castle
Author: L. M. Montgomery
Published: 1926, Bantam
Category: General Fiction
Rating: 10!

I thought I'd kick off my blog with this one because it is my all-time favorite book. I've read it countless times. It's the coziest of cozy books--the kind you want to crawl into and live in forever. Of course, I always start to wonder how good my most favorite books are--I've read them so many times, they've become such friends that it's impossible to be in any way objective. In any case, if you're a stranger to me and have somehow wandered onto this blog, if you don't like this book, then you probably won't give a poo poo for my opinion on books.
The author is Montgomery of Anne of Green Gables fame. This is one of her stand-alone novels, her only one set entirely off PEI. Valancy Stirling, who at 29 has a drab little existence and appears to be on the shelf permanently, finds out that she has a serious heart condition which will likely kill her within the year. So she throws caution to the wind, and sets out to have a real life. It's funny and sweet and just makes me happy.


Marmee said...

just how do you pronounce the heroine's name, anyway?
VaLANCY or VALancy?
Inquiring minds want to know.

Julie said...

She is definitely a VALancy. You know, as in valiant... or valance.

Jennie said...

Ummm, I don't think so. It's VaLANCY, as in rhymes with Nancy. Duh.

Anonymous said...

Let's all just settle for the one we like best lol. I personally like VALancy. Sorry Jennie! :)