Jane Eyre….a new favorite!

Jane Eyre

Yes, I finally read Jane Eyre!  I honestly cannot believe that it took me so long to read this one for the first time, but I can tell you that I am glad that I did.  I think that part of why I put off reading Jane Eyre and so many other classics, is partly due to intimidation.  Have you ever been intimidated by a book for any reason?  Because of the language, size, author, literary influence?  Well, I’m not afraid to admit that the next book on my classic TBR list that intimidates me just a liiiitle bit is War and Peace.  Just a little, but I digress.  Jane Eyre has definitely become a new favorite of mine!

In case there is anyone else out there who, like me, have yet to read this, here is Goodreads’ summary:
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.

First of all, I’d like to talk about the language.  I love the way they chose their words during this time period.  Don’t get me started on how we have butchered the English language.  Welp bae, idk I am totes a noob.  I’m not even sure what I just said, but I’m still cringing just from typing that.  Let’s just focus on some things out of the book, shall we?

“I shall sully the purity of your floor.”  

“I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him they spontaneously revived, great and strong!  He made me love him without looking at me.”

“Even for me, life had its gleams of sunshine.”

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

…and, of course…

“Reader, I married him.” 

To be sure, I shall be wandering about saying ‘what the deuce’ to all of my acquaintances for a fortnight until I am outcast.  Well, “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”  Ok, I couldn’t help myself – I am just tickled pink with these sayings.  Ok, one more: “Why are you speaking to the air?” That last one was technically from the movie, and not from the book but it still makes me laugh!

This book has all of the little pieces that make it wonderful from Jane’s saucy personality, to the kindness in her friend Helen, the verbal banter between Jane and Mr. Rochester, and the mysterious ‘ghost’ in the attic.  More than that, I personally felt like I could identify with Jane. I have only two complaints, and they’re not really complaints but things that just made me tilt my head and lift my ears (like a puppy) thinking; really? 1. The family that she happens to find when she runs away are… her cousins?   What are the chances of that?  Eh, OK if you say so… 2. I don’t speak French which makes it a little difficult to understand Adele when she speaks in French.  But I love the rest of the book so much, those two things don’t really make a difference to me.

So, what about you?  Did you love it as much as I did?  What were your favorite parts?  Did anyone not enjoy it?

5 out of 5 stars.


The Liebster Award!

I’d like to thank Curiouser and Curiouser for nominating me for The Liebster Award!


This award looks like a fun new way to find new blogs and get to know a little bit more about blogs you follow!  Here are the rules:

  • Each nominee must have under 200 followers
  • Thank and link to the nominated blog
  • Answer their 10 questions and propose 10 new ones for your nominees
  • Nominate 10 blogs and tell them they have been nominated
  • Write a post containing these questions
  • Include these rules in the post


Here are the questions Curiouser and Curiouser gave:

1. What is your all time favorite book? Why?

That is such a tough question…I can’t pick just one.  I’ll tell you a few that I could read and reread a hundred times and be perfectly happy, though: The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series, The Bronze Horseman, The Best Yes, Harry Potter, Love, Rosie, The Hunger Games, The Notebook, Jane Eyre…. I don’t know this is getting a little crazy, huh? I could go on for days…

2. Do you like cooking/baking? If so, what is your favorite thing to cook/bake?

I prefer baking to cooking, though I’m really not very good at either.  I consider it a great feat to make a grilled cheese sandwich without burning it, to be honest.  My favorite things to make are: cheese dip, cookies, pies, pumpkin rolls…do smoothies count?

3. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Blogging is a really fun way to talk about the things that interest you, get to know others with similar interests.  I don’t know why I didn’t start blogging sooner – I love books and talking about books and reading book reviews, and this is a great place to do that. I also love learning new things, meeting new people and learning from others… I get all of that with blogging!

4. If you could travel to one country in the world, where would it be and why? 

I have to pick one country?  Can I pick a continent?  All of them!  I have some serious wanderlust… if I could retire now and spend the rest of my life bringing nothing but my dogs and my books to see the world that would be awesome! I really can’t pick just one country, its like picking one book – it is impossible….

5. Do you like Young Adult novels? 

I do like Young Adult novels!  I read so many different genres, but YA is definitely one of the top on my list!

6. What is your favorite genre of music? Why?

Ok, at this point you might start getting tired of my answers, because they’re starting to sound the same.  I listen to a wide variety of music, too. It really depends on the mood I’m in… anywhere from Contemporary Christian to Pop, Rock, Country, or Reggae….

7. If you could only keep 5 possessions what would they be?

Hmmm…. my dog (she definitely counts – I won’t go anywhere without her!), my camera, laptop, sketchbook and a set of watercolor pencils, a suitcase full of books and clothes – and I’m ready for anything!

8. If you could meet any author who would it be? Why?

ANY author, right?  I think it would be really cool to have a conversation with Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte.

9. What languages do you speak?  Are there any you want to learn? 

I am a coda, which means my parents are deaf – so sign language is my native language which makes me bilingual speaking ASL and English.  I took German in middle and high school so I would love to finish learning that.  I find languages and cultures fascinating so I wouldn’t stop there… Italian, Russian, and French would probably be next on my list.

10. Which book character do you most identify with? 

I identify with a lot of book characters, and at least with a trait of almost everyone… but I’ll go with the very first one that clicked with me: Jo March from Little Women.


So now it’s your turn! My questions are:

1. Do you have a book that made you fall in love with reading?  What is it, and why did you love it so much?

2. What are your favorite genres to read?  What do you like about them so much?

3. If you could save only 5 books from a fire, which ones would they be?

4. Do you believe in magic?

5. What are your other passions/interests?

6. What are your most/least favorite book to movie adaptations?

7. What 5 books would you say everyone should read before they die? (5 books other than the ones chosen in #3)

8. If you could have a single superpower, what would you choose?

9. If you could live in another period of time, where/when would you choose?

10. Tell me something random about yourself.



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