It’s no secret that I absolutely love the TV show, Anne With an E (and I’m still holding out hope for its renewal), and I’ve been wanting to write a post about it for ages. I thought a post recommending books to loved characters from the show would be perfect (and hopefully, you also find some books to read). Anne of Green Gables means a lot to me, when I was a child I can remember watching the films in my Granny’s house, and loving them. I started the show, a few years ago, with no expectations, but I was absolutely hooked. It became one of my favourite shows, and if you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend that you give it a watch.
Now, let’s recommend some books!
1. Anne Shirley-Cuthbert
Book: All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Goodreads Synopsis: When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.
And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.
Anne would adore this book. It’s a book about family and identity at its core. These are themes that are very important to Anne. The book seeks to bring justice to injustices, which is why we love Anne so much, as she tries to do the same. This book is an important, if hard-hitting read. It deals with really intense topics, but I think it is a book that will really appeal to Anne.
Also, I’m pretty sure that part of this book is set in Donegal, which is where Amybeth Mc’Nulty (who plays Anne) is from. Another great book, On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, is set completely in Donegal if you’re interested.
2. Matthew Cuthbert
Book: A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
Goodreads Synopsis: Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, seventeen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer – a handsome, dashing brother and sister – Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams.
But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions… And is there something darker lurking at the heart of the Cardew family?
Matthew is a favourite character for many fans, because of his lovable, shy and chill nature. Laura Wood’s YA books are the very definition of chill. I adore her novels, they are the perfect escape, and I think their vibe would suit Matthew perfectly. A Sky Painted Gold is the ideal read for a relaxing day.
3. Marilla Cuthbert
Book: This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
Goodreads Synopsis: Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop.
She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of.
Then her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.
Whilst, Marilla clearly has a no-nonsense attitude, she also loves Anne a lot. I think, she will really relate to CJ’s mom, and this book might even teach her something!
4. Diana Barry
Book: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Goodreads Synopsis: When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.
Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.
Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?
I’ve chosen this book for Diana, because I think she could really benefit from this story. In Anne With an E, Diana’s parents want very different things for her, than what Diana herself wants. In Loveboat, Taipei, Ever is all set for medical school, but what she actually loves to do is dance. It’s a book about following your passions, even when it’s hard, and you risk letting down your parents. It also highlights, that even though your parents only want the best for you, they might get it wrong sometimes. I think that Diana would find this book very relatable.
5. Gilbert Blythe
Book: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Goodreads Synopsis: Fall in love, break the curse.
Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
This is a modern day re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, and I think Gilbert would enjoy it. Rhen and Harper are, in some ways, similar to Anne and Gilbert. I also think that Gilbert would be the type to enjoy re-tellings, as he would like to put clever spins on loved stories.
6. Ruby Gillis
Book: The Selection by Kiera Cass
Goodreads Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Ruby is a well-loved character, because of her romantical and dramatic personality. I just know that she would be immersed in this book. She would probably binge-read the entire series in two days (just like I did when I read it a few years ago). It is a series built on drama, scandal and romance.
7. Jerry Baynard
Book: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Meet Skulduggery Pleasant
—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.
These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.
The end of the world?
Over his dead body.
I read this series when I was twelve, and it’s technically the reason that my best friend and I are friends. I remember loving it because it was a fun read with a witty, hilarious writing style. Jerry has that fun personality that I think would be suited to this series.
8. Sebastian Lacroix
Book: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Goodreads Synopsis: On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
I can’t explain it, but I think that Bash would quite enjoy a thriller! I think he would enjoy trying to guess the plot twists. He certainly likes making his predictions, regarding Anne and Gilbert! Although, he might find this more difficult, since Gilbert and Anne are somewhat easy to read!
9. Cole Mackenzie
Book: Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Goodreads Synopsis: Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…
I read this recently, and it was great. Although, you are able to buy physical copies, you can also read this online (for free), as it’s a web-comic. This was a format of story-telling that I didn’t think would suit me, but I was pleasantly surprised! It is such a cute story, and I think Cole could benefit from it, as it would no doubt boost his self-esteem. Plus, he’s an artist so, he’d probably love looking at all the illustrations!
10. Rachel Lynde
Book: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Goodreads Synopsis: Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.
When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Rachel is Avonlea’s number one gossip. Of course, she would be interested in hearing about the scandalous secrets of a major Hollywood actress.
I had so much fun writing up this post! If you enjoyed reading it, please let me know! I’d love to do another one some time, with more characters or recommending different books.