The Doll Mag Book Club / Winter 2016

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Doll Mag Winter Book ClubHappy Sunday! Are you enjoying the long weekend? Going out with friends? Catching up on your favorite television show? Or, perhaps, reading a good book? We’re right there with you – Lulu and I love to read, and we frequently take the time before bed or on free afternoons to dive into our library books.

Avid readers that we are, we launched the DM Book Club last summer; throughout July and August {and a bit of September as well}, we read one of our favorite classics, Anne of Green Gables, and discussed it weekly with you all! The two of us had such a good time that we are planning yet another round for the winter months. This time, we’ve chosen Ally Carter’s YA classic, I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, the first story in the Gallagher Girl series.

Lulu and I both read and adored this entire set of books, and we hope you will as well! {Fair warning: we tried to choose a novel that most Doll Mag readers would enjoy; Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 11-12 and up}. Our summer book club was an excellent learning experience, and we think this round will go even better than before.

If you’re interested in joining us, set your calendar for the dates below:

  • January 31: Chapters One through Seven
  • February 15: Chapters Eight through Fourteen
  • February 28: Chapters Fifteen through Twenty-One
  • March 13: Chapters Twenty-Two through Twenty-Eight

Have a lovely afternoon!
Bella

The Doll Mag Book Club Summer Discussion / 06

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The Doll Mag Book ClubHello and welcome to the last Anne of Green Gables Doll Mag Book Club discussion! If you’re just joining us, we’re discussing L. M. Montgomery’s classic story, Anne of Green Gables, all throughout July, August, September, and October. The book club discussions are moderated by two of our models, Nicki and Louisa, both book worms themselves. Anyone can be part of the club – comment your answers to the questions below, tell us your thoughts, or even just mention your favorite quote or scene from this set of chapters! Today we will be talking about chapters 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, so let’s travel with Anne to Queen’s College and Avonlea…

Remember – spoilers ahead! Louisa’s flying solo this week, though Nicki hopes to add in her thoughts sometime soon :)

“‘You’ve all passed, every one of you, Moody Spurgeon and all, although he’s conditioned in history.‘” 

1. What were your thoughts when we found out that Anne got into Queen’s College? 

Louisa: I’m so proud of Anne – and all the other Avonlea students (even Josie!). We’ve seen them through their early years and having them head off to a new school makes me smile. They’ve all worked so hard and come so far, although I must admit I’m a little pleased that Anne and Gilbert’s competitive natures haven’t completely disappeared.

“‘But suddenly, as her dilated, frightened eyes gazed put over the audience, she saw Gilbert Blythe at the way back of the room, bending forward with a smile on his face – a smile that seemed to Anne at once triumphant and taunting…She would not fail in front of Gilbert Blythe – he should never be able to laugh at her, never, never.'”

2. In this set of chapters, Anne recited a poem for a concert. What did you think of her performance and the crowd’s reactions? 

Louisa: Oh goodness, this made me laugh. Leave it to Anne to find the courage to speak in front of others through her rivalry with Gilbert! Stage fright can be terribly hard to overcome though, so I’m immensely happy that she was able to so, as well as wow the crowds of the White Sands Hotel.

“‘Well now, I’d rather have you than a dozen boys, Anne.’ Matthew said, patting her hand. ‘Just mind you that – rather than a dozen boys.'”

3. Only a few pages before the end of the book, Marilla and Anne suffer a great loss. How were you effected by this event?

Louisa: Matthew! He’s always been one of my favorite characters, so the moment Marilla told Anne he was feeling sickly, I got worried. As much as his death saddened me, I’m glad he was able to see Anne do so many great things at school and grow up to be such a lovely young lady. I’m also glad Marilla and Anne were able to lean on each other, in their own ways.

“‘I didn’t think you and Gilbert Blythe were such good friends that you would stand for a half hour at the gate talking to him,’ said Marilla with a dry smile. ‘We haven’t been – we’ve been such good enemies.‘” 

4. Now that we’ve reached the end of this book, what are your opinions on the overall story and characters? 

Louisa: It’s no wonder Anne has been considered one of literature’s favorite heroes since her book’s publication! The moment she arrives on the scene, you instantly feel more imaginative and curious yourself. This book managed to make me laugh and cry and cringe and smile all at the same time, and I hope it inspires other readers for many years to come.

We can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say in today’s discussion. Feel free to share your favorite quote too, as we have done above!

We’ve had so much fun on this reading adventure with our book club members! Surveys and posts regarding the next reading selection will be up on the blog sometime in the next month, so be sure to check back soon for updates. We would love to hear your thoughts!

The Doll Mag Book Club Summer Discussion / 05

ETA 9/16: Hello everyone! As you might have noticed, we here at Doll Mag have had a busy, packed, and overwhelming few weeks. To put it simply, we haven’t had a chance to give Doll Mag another thought! Thank you so much for your patience, understanding, and sweet comments; we’ll have the new issue and a slew of posts up when life gets less crazy :)

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The Doll Mag Book ClubWe hope you all had a fabulous Monday! We’re kicking off this week with another (sort of late!) edition of our Doll Mag Book Club. If you’re just joining us, we’re discussing L. M. Montgomery’s classic story, Anne of Green Gables, all throughout July, August, and September. Our book club questions are moderated by two of our fellow book lovers, DM models Nicki and Louisa. Anyone can be part of the club – comment your answers to the questions below, tell us your thoughts, or even just mention your favorite quote or scene from this set of chapters! Today we will be talking about chapters 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, so let’s get started and take a trip to Avonlea…

Remember – spoilers ahead!

“‘I don’t see how I’m going to have breakfast,’ said Anne rapturously. “Breakfast seems so commonplace at such an exciting moment. I’d rather feast my eyes on that dress. I’m so glad puffed sleeves are still fashionable. It did seem to me that I’d never get over it if they went out of style before I had a dress with them.'” 

“‘I felt as if a million eyes were looking at me and through me, and for one moment I was sure I couldn’t begin at all. Then I thought of my lovely puffed sleeves and took courage. I knew that I must live up to those sleeves, Diana.'” 

1. Ever since she came to Avonlea, Anne has been yearning for puffed sleeves of her own. What did you think about Matthew giving her a fancy dress with them for the holidays?

Louisa: Matthew is so sweet! He doesn’t really like to talk with strangers much (his interactions with the store clerk had me laughing and feeling so bad for him at the same time), so going out of his way to buy Anne the dress really show how much he loves her. I do wonder what they’ll do with all that brown sugar though…

Nicki: I’ve always held a sweet spot for Matthew; he has everyone’s best intentions at heart, and he is incredibly kind to Anne and other characters. His thoughtful gift – puffed sleeves were in trend! – further proves this characterization, as does, as Louisa mentioned above, his endearing mistake in ordering too much brown sugar. They just don’t know the wonders of a good chocolate chip cookie yet! :)

“‘Miss Josephine Barry wrote back that she had never read anything so amusing in her life. That kind of puzzled us because the stories were all very pathetic and everyone died.'”

2. Anne’s imagination is a staple throughout the entire book, as shown in the story club chapter. What are your thoughts on her and Diana’s latest hobby?

Louisa: Have I mentioned before how much I love Anne’s imagination?! Her stories range from romances to suspenseful tragedies (and everything in-between), so there’s always something interesting to read about. I also enjoyed hearing what others thought of her tales, from Diana and Matthew’s enjoyment to Marilla’s disapproval.

Nicki: I finished this chapter with one thought in mind: I want to join Anne and Diana’s story club! Readers have seen time and time again the active imagination of Anne, but the scenes never bore or feel repetitive, for each story Anne shares is more interesting than the last. Marilla’s blatant disapproval only made me like the idea – and even her – more.

“‘I’m in the depths if despair and I don’t care who gets head in class or writes the best composition or sings in Sunday school choir anymore. Little things like that are of no importance now because I don’t suppose I’ll ever be able to go anywhere again.'”

3. In this section of chapters, Anne finally decides to change her red hair. What did you think of the unexpected results?

Louisa: Oh my! This might just have to the funniest and most cringe-worthy scrape Anne’s gotten herself into yet, especially when you add in Anne’s dramatic monologue. While I don’t think it was a very good idea for her to dye her hair in the first place, I do feel terrible for her. As Kermit the Frog says, “it’s not easy being green.”

Nicki: Oh my goodness, indeed. As with most of Anne’s incidents, this scene had me laughing, cringing, and feeling pity all at once, and Anne’s elaborate comments made it all the more entertaining. I can’t imagine it’s fun for her to go to school with dull green hair! I suppose if there’s one lesson to be learned here, it’s that dyeing hair is best saved for the professionals.

“‘We were playing Elaine,’ explained Anne frigidly, without even looking at her rescuer, ‘and I had to drift down to Camelot in the barge – I mean the flat. The flat began to leak and I climbed out on the pile. The girls went for help. Will you be kind enough to row me to the landing?'” 

4. Anne and Gilbert Blythe meet again when Anne and her friends decide to reenact Elaine. What are your thoughts on Anne’s boat ride and Gilbert’s apology? 

Louisa: Well, on second though, this might have to be the funniest and most cringe-worthy scrape so far. Anne did give her friends quite a scare didn’t she? (Although it was pretty funny!). I really do wish that Anne accepted Gilbert’s apology though. He definitely seemed sincere, and I bet the two of them could be great friends if they managed to get along.

Nicki: Finally, Anne has a tendency for sticky situations, like the Elaine reenactment gone wrong. Nevertheless, she always seems to make me laugh, no matter how bad of an incident it is {I think it’s her dramatic flair}. The coincidence of Gilbert being there is too good to be true! I’m rooting for their friendship.

We can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say in today’s discussion. Feel free to share your favorite quote too, as we have done above!

The next book club discussion will take place in ONE week (the 21st) and we will be talking about the following chapters: 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, or from the chapter Where the Brook and the River Meet to The Bend in the Road. We hope you will join in on the fun!

P.S. Thanks so much for your patience on our fall issue! We’ll have it up this Wednesday. Life gets kind of crazy, and we have to shift our priorities a bit, but we think a new edition is better late than never :)

The Doll Mag Book Club Summer Discussion / 04

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The Doll Mag Book ClubHappy Tuesday! To help kick off your week, we have another installment of the Doll Mag Book Club for your enjoyment. For anyone just joining us, we’re discussing L. M. Montgomery’s classic story, Anne of Green Gables, all throughout July, August, and September. Our book club questions are moderated by two of our models, Nicki and Louisa, both book worms themselves. Anyone can be part of the club – comment your answers to the questions below, tell us your thoughts, or even just mention your favorite quote or scene from this set of chapters! Today we will be talking about chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24, so grab your books and we’ll get started…

Remember – spoilers ahead!

“‘I’ve made up my mind simply to stay for the sake of getting better acquainted with that Anne girl.’ she said frankly. ‘She amuses me and at my time of life an amusing person is a rarity.” 

1. In this section of chapters, Anne meets Diana’s Aunt Josephine. What did you think of their first encounter and eventual friendship? 

Louisa: You don’t usually expect to find someone sleeping when you jump on a bed, do you? I have to admit that I share Diana’s amusement at the whole event, but I am still quite glad that Anne managed to convince Aunt Josephine to continue her stay in Avonlea and pay for Diana’s music lessons. The latter and Anne are an unlikely duo, but I think they make a great pair of kindred spirits!

Nicki: This is one of my favorite scenes in the book. I admire Aunt Josephine and her sense of humor, and I, of course, continue to adore Anne’s active sense of imagination! It’s a classic Anne event, in which she has me laughing in the beginning, cringing near the middle, and smiling by the end; you can’t ask for more than that. Most importantly, however, I’m happy that she forms another kindred spirit! :)

“‘I just grow cold when I think of my layer cake. Oh, Diana, what if it shouldn’t be good? I dreamed last night that I was chased around by a fearful goblin with a big layer cake for a head.'”

2. Avonlea welcomed a new addition to their town in these chapters! What are your thoughts on the Allan’s, Anne’s cake, and Anne’s invitation to tea? 

Louisa: Anne is quite the baker, isn’t she? :) I was really rooting for the cake to come out like she wanted, but I also think the mishap also gave her and Mrs. Allan something to bond over. And of course, what’s better than an invitation to tea?

Nicki: Anne sure does have trouble in the kitchen, doesn’t she? While it wasn’t pleasant for Anne at the time, the scene gives us readers something to laugh over, and all ends well with the invitation to tea. Furthermore, Mrs. Allan is another wonderful woman for Anne to look up too; this section introduces several great characters.

“‘I must do it. My honor is at stake.’ said Anne solemnly. ‘I shall walk that ridge pole, Diana, or perish in the attempt. If I am killed, you are to have my pearl bead ring.'”

3. In these chapters, we learn about the “fashionable” hobby of daring amongst the youth of Avonlea. What do you think about Josie’s dare and Anne’s injury? 

Louisa: I have to admire Anne for her determination to walk the ridge pole (even if it was a pretty silly idea in the first place!). Josie can be a bit of a showoff, and while I would never recommend balancing on the edge of a roof to anyone, I can understand where Anne was coming from. I was quite worried when she fell and hurt her ankle, but once she went into a dramatic monologue, I knew she would be okay!

Nicki: Ah, Anne’s determination can lead her to trouble, especially with a dare from pesky Josie Pye! Anne had me worried for a second, but like Louisa, I knew a good ending was in sight once Anne launched into her lengthy monologue {did you catch her slip-up about Gilbert and the class ranks?!}

“‘ I love Miss Stacy with my whole heart, Marilla. She is so ladylike and has such a sweet voice. When she pronounces my name, I feel instinctively that she is spelling it with an e.” 

4. Finally, what are your thoughts on Anne’s new teacher Miss Stacy? 

Louisa: We didn’t get to see a lot of Miss Stacy in this section because of Anne’s injury, but from the glimpse of her that we did see, I have to say that I like her a lot! All of her ideas and new additions to the school curriculum (recitations, field afternoons) are very fun, and I think that she and Anne will continue to get along splendidly :)

Nicki: This section truly is about the best Anne of Green Gables characters with the introduction of Miss Stacey at the end! From the short chapter she was in, I can already tell Anne’s new teacher will have a lasting impact on her students, and I can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.

We can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say in today’s discussion. Feel free to share your favorite quote too, as we have done above!

The next book club discussion will take place in two weeks (the 13th) and we will be talking about the following few chapters: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, or from the chapter Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves to The Queen’s Class is Organized. We hope you will join in on the fun!

The Doll Mag Book Club Summer Discussion / 03

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The Doll Mag Book ClubHello everyone! It’s time for another round of the Doll Mag Book Club! In case you’re just tuning in, we’re discussing L. M. Montgomery’s classic story, Anne of Green Gables, all throughout July, August, and September. The discussions are moderated by two of our models, Nicki and Louisa, both book-lovers as well. Anyone can be part of the club – comment your answers to the questions below, tell us your thoughts, or even just mention your favorite quote or scene from this set of chapters! Today’s discussion covers chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18, so let’s get started straight away!

Just remember – spoilers ahead! :)

“‘Oh, Marilla, looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them,’ exclaimed Anne. ‘You mayn’t get the things themselves, but nothing can prevent you from having the fun of looking forward to them…” 

1. In this section, Marilla’s brooch went missing! What did you think of Anne’s “confession” regarding its disappearance? 

Nicki: Although I would hate to be in her situation myself, Anne’s confession had me giggling throughout the entire chapter! She truly means well, and while Marilla may disagree, I find it difficult to stay mad at Anne. I think L. M. Montgomery, the wonderful author she is, does a terrific job in this scene showing the contrast between Anne and Marilla’ personalities.

Louisa: Oh my – the whole situation just had me laughing and cringing at the same time! Anne’s fanciful tendencies are always fun to read about, and this time was no different. Her reasoning behind trying on the brooch and then the story she made up to explain its disappearance are perfect examples of her creative and imaginative nature.

“I shall never forgive Gilbert Blythe,’ said Anne firmly. ‘And Mr. Phillips spelled my name without an e, too. The iron has entered my soul, Diana.”

2. In this section of chapters, we see Anne’s experiences at school. What are your thoughts on her classmates (particularly Gilbert Blythe! :)) and her interactions with them? 

Nicki: Anne’s personality shapes the entire book. I can’t think of a better demonstration of this than when readers first meet Gilbert Blythe. This carrots incident had me on the edge of my seat – not because it’s suspenseful by any means, but more because I felt so bad for both characters! Gilbert became an instant favorite with me; I think he is sweeter than Anne gives him credit for.

Louisa: Anne sure does know how to make an impression! :) Just like with the brooch, I found myself both laughing and feeling bad  for Anne and Gilbert throughout the entire “carrots” incident. I’m not a fan of her teacher, Mr. Phillips, but I hope she and Gilbert reconcile soon – I predict the two of them getting into lots of funny mischief in the rest of the book!

“‘I can just imagine myself sitting down at the head of the table and turning out the tea,’ said Anne, shutting her eyes ecstatically. ‘And asking Diana if she takes sugar! I know she doesn’t, but of course I’ll ask her just as if I didn’t know.'”

3. The title of the chapter, “Diana Gets Invited to Tea With Tragic Results” seems to sum it up perfectly. What are your thoughts on Anne’s tea party?

Nicki: Oh my, the tea party chapter is another time where, as Louisa wrote above, I was laughing and cringing simultaneously – it’s just Anne’s luck to end up in this situation! In analyzing the scene, I really like how the event is used to give more insight into each character, from Anne herself to Diana’s strict mother.

Louisa: This chapter started out quite fun (Anne and Diana pretending to be fancy ladies in the sitting room had me smiling!), but I felt so bad for the two kindred spirits after the whole “raspberry cordial” mix up. I was desperately rooting for Anne when she went over to the Barry’s house to ask for forgiveness, and, although Diana’s mother didn’t forgive her then, I’m glad the disastrous party didn’t lead to the end of the girls’ friendship.

“The two little girls hastened out hand in hand and hurried through Lover’s Lane and across the crusted field beyond, for the snow was too deep by the shorter wood way. Anne, although sincerely sorry for Minnie May, was far from insensible to the romance of the situation and to the sweetness of once more sharing that romance with a kindred spirit.” 

4. Anne has been shown to be quite resourceful in situations, like when Diana’s younger sister Minnie May was sick. What are your thoughts on Anne’s rescue? 

Nicki: L. M. Montgomery has a talent for revealing more layers to her characters with each chapter. Here, Anne’s brave and resourceful side is developed in the sweetest of ways, and it strengthens the friendship between the two girls, an aspect I wholeheartedly approve of. The scene did have me nervous, but I’m happy all was right in the end.

Louisa: I’m glad that Anne was able to help Minnie May – I was worried for a moment! Like the doctor told the Barrys, Anne is “‘as smart as they make em'” her combination of intelligence and imagination were just the thing to help save Diana’s little sis! And speaking of Diana, I’m quite happy that she and Anne will be able to be in each other’s company once more.

We can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say in today’s discussion. Feel free to share your favorite quote too, as we have done above!

The next book club discussion will take place in two weeks (the 24th) and we will be talking about the following few chapters: 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, or from the chapter A Concert, A Catastrophe, and A Confession to Miss Stacy and Her Pupils Get Up a Concert. We hope you will join in on the fun!

Happy reading!

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The Doll Mag Book Club Summer Discussion / 02

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The Doll Mag Book ClubHappy Monday! The Doll Mag Book Club has been off to a smashing start, and we’re excited to talk about the second set of chapters. For those just joining us, we are discussing L. M. Montgomery’s classic, Anne of Green Gables, throughout July, August, and September, with our models Nicki and Louisa – avid readers themselves – helping us out. Being a DM book club member is easy as pie; simply answer the questions below, share your own thoughts and comments, or tell us your favorite character or event! Grab your books because today’s questions are based on chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

As always, we want to remind you that spoilers may be ahead – no peeking! :)

“‘Marilla,’ she demanded presently, ‘do you think that I shall ever have a bosom friend in Avonlea?’ ‘A – a what kind of a friend?’ ‘A bosom friend – an intimate friend, you know – a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. I’ve dreamed of meeting her all my life.'”

1. Let’s discuss the people of the story! This installment introduced and/or further developed several characters; what were your thoughts upon meeting them or learning more about them?

Nicki: Personally, I’m excited that Anne has finally found her “kindred spirit:” Diana Barry! Their meeting was brief, but one can already tell that the two girls will be good friends {and that’s without Anne’s eager promise}, as Anne’s enthusiasm is countered by Diana’s sweeter and softer nature. I also enjoyed, as I did with the first five chapters, the scenes between Matthew, Marilla, and Anne. The variety in personality makes for interesting character development.

Louisa: I definitely enjoyed reading Anne’s interactions with the characters in these past few chapters – Mrs. Lynde, Marilla, Matthew… each conversation helped reveal another aspect of their character. And, of course, who could forget about Anne’s new best bud Diana? I’m looking forward to reading all about those two and their adventures! :)

“‘Oh, Miss Cuthbert, did you really say that perhaps you would let me stay at Green Gables?’ she said, in a breathless whisper, as if speaking aloud might shatter the glorious possibility. ‘Did you really say it? Or did I only imagine that you did?'”

2. This set also confirmed Anne’s place at Green Gables. Why do you think that Marilla decided to keep Anne? On a similar note, why do you think Anne is so positive, despite the hardships of her life?

Nicki: As much as Marilla argued or attempted to show otherwise, I don’t think she had the heart to send Anne away. As it was written, “Marilla felt a qualm of conscience at the thought of handing Anne over to [Mrs. Peter’s] tender mercies” (63). Furthermore, I believe Matthew has just as much influence on Marilla as she does on him, so his wishes to keep Anne likely played into her decision. I’m unsure at how Anne remains positive, but her genuine good attitude sure rubs off on this reader! :)

Louisa: As the book says in chapter seven, Marilla has “the glimmerings of a sense of humor” – I think she knows deep down that Anne is just the person to bring a bit of wonder and imagination to Green Gables. Speaking of imagination, I also think that’s something that helps Anne stay so positive. She knows that even in the worst of times, she always has a magical place to escape to: her daydreams.

“‘Oh, I am grateful,’ protested Anne. ‘But I’d be ever so much gratefuller if – if you’d made just one of them with puffed sleeves. Puffed sleeves are so fashionable now. It would give me such a thrill, Marilla, just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves.'”

3. Marilla paints a very different portrait of Anne than Matthew does. Do you agree with Marilla that Anne can be too stubborn and vain for her own good?

Nicki: I think Marilla and Anne are both justified in what they think; Anne can be, at times, vain and stubborn, but Marilla also isn’t used to having a young girl around Green Gables. Nevertheless, one of my favorite quotes thus far {I’ve shared it above!} is Anne’s wishes for puffed sleeves – the scene demonstrates Anne’s vanity and Marilla’s frugality.

Louisa: I agree with Nicki; Anne can be a bit vain at times, but her love of puffed sleeves and fancy dresses is quite fun to read about! Regarding her stubbornness, I think that it can sometimes fuel her temper – like when she refused to apologize to Rachel Lynde (at first) – but as we saw later in the reading, she does the right thing in the end.

We can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say in today’s discussion. Feel free to share your favorite quote too, as we have done above!

The next book club discussion will take place on August 9th, and we will be talking about the following few chapters: 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18, or from the chapter Anne’s Confession through Anne to the Rescue. We hope you will join in on the fun!

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The Doll Mag Book Club Summer Discussion / 01

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Apologies for not posting this yesterday – time seems to escape us in the summer! Anyhoo, here is the first discussion of the Doll Mag Book Club…

The Doll Mag Book ClubAnne of Green Gables is a classic story that many audiences have enjoyed since it was first published in 1908. It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with the book’s imaginative, irresistible heroine Anne Shirley and the charming, welcoming setting of Avonlea. We are so excited to revisit the classic in this summer’s round of the Doll Mag Book Club, moderated by two of very own bookworms, Louisa and Nicki. Want to join in on the fun? It couldn’t be easier; just respond to the questions below, add in your own thoughts on each section, or share your favorite scene in the comments! Today’s post is focused on the first five chapters of the novel.

A friendly reminder that spoilers may be ahead – no peeking! :)

“Anne Shirley,” reluctantly faltered forth the owner of that name, “but oh, please do call me Cordelia. It can’t matter much to you what you call me if I’m only going to be here a little while, can it? And Anne is such an unromantic name.”

1. What do you think of the characters so far, particularly Anne, Marilla, and Matthew?

Nicki: I adore Anne. Her enthusiasm and curiosity give redheads a good name, and her chatterbox nature lends life to the story. We haven’t seen Anne interact too much with Marilla and Matthew at this point in the story, but the contrast between the three characters is easy to note and is sure to cause mischief later in the plot! What were your thoughts, Louisa?

Louisa: Anne is so sweet! I love all of her description of the things in Avonlea; the Lake of Shining Waters is one of my favorites. Matthew is another one of my favorite characters because of his quiet nature and how much he enjoys Anne’s company. And as you said, we haven’t seen Marilla all too much, but inklings of her tough love personality definitely show through in these early chapters.

Oh, wasn’t it beautiful? Wasn’t it a lovely place? Suppose she wasn’t really going to stay here! She would imagine she was. There was scope for imagination here.

2. What do predict will happen next given the events of the first five chapters?

Nicki: That’s a tough one! With her vivid imagination and positive outlook on life, Anne is too hard to resist; I imagine that Marilla will choose to keep her despite the mistake made. Anne of Green Gables is also known as a staple in the coming-of-age genre, so as the plot moves along, I believe we will learn more about Anne’s life and upbringing.

Louisa: I have no doubt that the Cuthberts will keep Anne! Marilla seemed interested in Anne’s learning in the last chapter, so I hope we get to see Anne go to school and meet her classmates. I also can’t wait for Anne to be introduced to Diana Berry – I sense that those two will be kindreds spirits! :)

Green Gables was built at the farthest edge of his cleared land, and there it was to this day, barely visible from the main road along which all the other Avonlea houses were so sociably situated. Mrs. Rachel Lynde did not call living in such a place living at all.

3. Do you like the small town setting and historical aspect of the story?

Nicki: I do! Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I find it even more interesting to read a piece from a certain time period. Already have we met a few of Avonlea’s memorable citizens, and I’m sure it will continue to serve as the perfect backdrop in the coming chapters.

Louisa: Absolutely! I love the setting of Avonlea, and Anne’s lovely descriptions of everything certainly help. I’m enjoying slowly getting to know the town’s inhabitants as well; Mrs. Rachel Lynde may be a bit of handful, but the way she catches every little piece of gossip in town will likely play a part in the story further down the road.

We can’t wait to hear what YOU think. Feel free to share your favorite quote too!

Our next book club post will take place on July 26th, and we will be discussing the following few chapters: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, or from the chapter Marilla Makes Up Her Mind through The Delights of Anticipation. Hope to see you there!

The Doll Mag Book Club

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The Doll Mag Book ClubLong time, no see! The two of us have finally wrapped up our school years, and we are looking forward to the next few months of summer vacation. Anyhoo, it is no secret that we are big big readers here at Doll Mag; Lulu and I frequently visit our local library, and it is rare that we are not in the midst of a new book. Although we have been busy planning our birthday issues and posts, we wanted to host another project over the summer: a Doll Mag book club!

Our models Nicki and Louisa – avid readers themselves – will act as moderators this summer in a series of discussions on one novel {we’ll be sharing the schedule when the winning book is chosen}. Lulu and I hope you are just as excited as we are, but before we can have an online chat, we need to decide on a book!

Book Club ChoicesThe two of us browsed our bookshelves for some of our favorite middle grade reads. They include Anne of Green Gables, a classic beloved by both of us; My Life in Pink and Green, an adorable contemporary novel; The Penderwicks, a heart-warming book of four sisters; and finally, The Mother-Daughter Book Club, a realistic fiction novel that pleases the bookworm in all of us :) We highly recommend each of these, but we’ll leave the choice for our summer book club pick up to you. Vote below – we’ll reveal the winner on Monday!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Bella

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour Printable / Bookworm Week

Hello!

We hope you are enjoying Bookworm Week so far! The two of us have had a blast sharing some of our favorite novels with you, and we love learning that many of our readers proudly call themselves bookworms too :) Lulu and I have a few more goodies to share before this theme week ends, however, like today’s free download.

Slide1After Lulu wrote about her all-time beloved book, The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, earlier in week {check out her super cool bed project HERE}, I knew my favorite read would make an appearance as well. I have read countless young adult books over the past several years, but Morgan Matson’s Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour has long remained a favorite. Matson is an outstanding contemporary author, and I am always recommending her books to other young adult fans. In honor of the novel, in which the two main characters take a round trip across the US, I whipped up a little travel journal printable for dolls. With summer coming up, you’re bound to go on a few trips, and this freebie lets your doll remember all of the fun she had on vacation. Making the journal couldn’t be easier; just print, cut, staple {I imagined the quote page as the back cover}, and you’re good to go!

Grab your download on Dropbox HERE.

Have you read books by Morgan Matson? And do you have a young adult novel to suggest?

Have a wonderful Friday!
Bella

Bookworm WeekThanks for being a part of Bookworm Week! We’ll be sharing crafts, ideas, and photo stories related to our favorite books all week long, so be sure to check back soon for the next post.

School for Good and Evil Bed / Bookworm Week

Hi!

Book BedWhen Bella first introduced the idea of Book Worm week, I knew right away that I wanted to do a post related to my favorite book series, The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. After a bit of brainstorming, I ended up creating a School for Good and Evil themed bed for my EAH doll Kitty (who’s also a big SGE fan.) Not only is it super-duper easy to make, but you can also make the bed fit any of your (or you doll’s) favorite books. Let’s start, shall we?

SuppliesY O U   W I L L   N E E D :

  • Balsa Wood
  • Craft Paint (In colors that match your favorite book’s cover, of course!)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Scissors
  • Tape (Optional)
  • Hot Glue
  • Craft Foam
  • Printed Out Book Quote (Not Shown)
  • Doll-sized books (optional)

Steps to making a Book BedT O   M A K E :

1. Cut out your pieces from balsa wood. You’ll need two 2 by 10 inch rectangles, one 2 by 6 inch rectangle, two 3 by 10 inch rectangles, and two one by 6 inch rectangles.

2. Paint your pieces! Be sure to give them enough time to fully dry.

3. Cut out a 10 by 6 inch rectangle from craft foam.

4. Hot glue the two large pieces of balsa wood together to make the headboard.

5. Hot glue two smaller pieces of balsa wood to the headboard to make a shelf. Hot glue your printed out book quote to the headboard. (I used the rhyme that’s in the beginning of the first SGE book)

6. Hot glue the two long pieces of balsa wood to the headboard. Connect them with the smaller balsa wood piece to create your bed frame.

7. Apply hot glue to the edge of the craft foam rectangle. Press it down onto the bed frame.

8. Hot glue two pieces of balsa wood to the underside of the bed for extra support.

Kitty in BedKitty absolutely adores her School for Good and Evil bed!

Be sure to send us pictures of your book-themed creations at dollmagblog(at)gmail(dot)com.

Have an awesome rest of your week!

Lulu and Kitty

Bookworm WeekThanks for being a part of Bookworm Week! We’ll be sharing crafts, ideas, and photo stories related to our favorite books all week long, so be sure to check back soon for the next post.