December 18, 2015

12 days of reading: jane eyre by charlotte bronte

As 2015 comes to a close, I'm looking back at and celebrating some of my favorites reads from the year via the 12 Days of Reading. Enjoy!


Day 10: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This year I finally read a book I'd been meaning to read FOREVER--Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

About the Book
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

I've been familiar with the story for years--heck I've watched the Michael Fassbender adaptation of the movie more times than I can remember--but this year I actually sat down to read the story.

And I kind of loved it.

If Jane Austen is the mother of romance and chick lit, well, I'm thinking Charlotte is maybe the original young adult/new adult mama. And I mean that as a compliment. Though I hate comparing apples and oranges (along with avoiding cliches), Bronte's work definitely has more angst and emotion than Austen's works. I particularly hate bringing this up because Char somewhat famously criticized Austen for her lack of emotion, but whatevs.

I found Jane to be a relatable character. I found Mr. Rochester to be super hunky. (We can talk the political correctness of that if you like, but I'm still going to think he's hot.) And I liked the exploration we took of Jane's life through her formative years until she found her happily ever after.

This book took me a while to get through--not because it was slow, but there was a lot of it. Getting to the end felt like a great accomplishment. Then again, sometimes it's just really nice to read a book that's been on your to-be-read pile for ages and ages.

View other books from this year's 12 Days of Reading list--
and my previous 12 Days of series--here.


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