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Anne of Green Gables remains an inspirational favourite

Indigo Books & Music Inc. recently announced their Booklovers' Top Ten "Life-changing" Books of the past decade, and Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic about red-haired Anne Shirley came in 4th. It was the highest ranked Canadian book on the list.

In a CBC.ca story, Lisa Huie, manager of public relations for Indigo, said it is amazing how L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel has remained relevant to readers.

"Anne has, for generations, connected with readers and I think that she continues to engage with book lovers across the country," said Huie.

Booklovers' Top Ten "Life-changing" Books

  1. The Bible
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1960
  3. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, 1997
  4. Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, 1908
  5. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, 2003
  6. The Alchemist, Paul Coelho, 1988
  7. The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill, 2007
  8. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, 1997
  9. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954
  10. Life of Pi, Yann Martel, 2002

For details, read the CBC story Anne of Green Gables still a life changer.

An immediate bestseller in 1908, Anne of Green Gables is Montgomery’s most celebrated and recognized novel

Anne of Green Gables features the character that Mark Twain called, "the dearest and most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice". The book brought hope and inspiration to Japan after WWII and is the best-selling Canadian book of all time. The book offers us the chance not only to celebrate the fun of the character of Anne Shirley but also to celebrate all of the things Montgomery’s book has made famous – the power of creativity and imagination, optimism, determination and, of course, the beauty of Prince Edward Island and its culture.

MSN finds Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island

As the surf laps at your feet and sand dunes stretch for as far as the eye can see under a sky filled with billowing clouds, it becomes clear that your search for the enchanting island the irrepressible Anne Shirley falls in love with is complete.

Continue reading this Associated Press article on the MSNBC website.