From My Bookshelf – February Edition

Hello fellow readers, lovers of books! Welcome to my February edition of From My Bookshelf, where I take one book I love and share it with you. This month has been a month of reflection, cozy blankets, and lots of coffee (what else is there to do in -40 degree Celsius weather?!) I thought this month I would pick a classic from my bookshelf. In university I had to read this novel as part of a required English course. It was an accelerated summer course, and I remember about 90% of my classmates were bored to tears. For some reason, I absolutely loved it. Enough to keep it on my bookshelf. Love it or hate it, it is a classic.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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Who is this book for?

Lovers of classics (like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein), romance, strong heroines, and brooding men. Normally I dislike wordy novels (such was the writing style then), but I found reading Jane Eyre, was an experience that I throughly enjoyed. You are pulled into her world, her thoughts, her experiences. The character’s passion leaps from the pages. If you can handle the density of text, it is a delight.

What is it about?

Oh, Jane Eyre, the poor thing. She has been through so much. Abuse, contempt, being lied to, and constantly being called “plain” (though I always got the feeling that she wasn’t as bad as they say, and she certainly isn’t in any of the movies made!). Eventually, plain Jane finds herself in the home of the rich and emotionally distant Mr. Rochester as a governess to his young charge. Jane falls in love with her employer, and her love is reciprocated, but she must hold true to her morals when a shocking revelation happens at her wedding.

Classic Quote

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”

~ Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë)

Have you read Jane Eyre? Did you love it or hate it? Let me know in comments!


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