One of the nicest things about reading is someone recommending you a title that becomes a firm favourite and that's how I discovered Anne of Green Gables and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Thanks to my childhood librarians who understood that I liked browsing and was happy to hear suggestions. I read my paperback copies of Anne of Green Gables almost to bits - the glue and spines certainly failed - and never quite managed to find a friend in Emily. I preferred Anne and Jane of Lantern Hill. I suppose I found Emily a bit too dreamy. I've since replaced my Anne and Jane paperbacks with some hardback, but vintage, reprints with dustwrappers. Harrap did a bright set in green boards with orange wrappers for years and there are plenty about.
However, the wonderful Virago have added to their children's list and are tempting me to reconsider owning Emily as she is conspicuously absent from my shelves. They started with Rumer Godden - always a writer I'd recommend - and brought in the Emily trilogy. Three beautiful paperbacks with covers by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini. The covers alone have inspired me to try again as I need a break from editing my 2014 titles.