‘I will lead him by the hand, Mr. Markham, till he has strength to go alone; and I will clear as many stones from his path as I can, and teach him to avoid the rest – or walk firmly over them, as you say; – for when I have done my utmost, in the way of clearance, there will still be plenty left to exercise all the agility, steadiness, and circumspection he will ever have. 

-Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

​Happy Mother’s Day! This is a wonderful quote from my current read, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Moms show us the way until we’re ready to take the world on for ourselves 😊

“​Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. We are, and must be, one and all, burdened with faults in this world: but the time will soon come when, I trust, we shall put them off…”

-Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
That Burns is certainly one smart cookie! A fictional child is teaching me good lessons about life and letting go πŸ˜‰ I haven’t been able to reach much this week so I’m still in the beginning chapters of Jane Eyre but I am enjoying it! Reading about a 19th century girls’ school certainly makes me grateful to live in this time period!
The gothic vibes are strong in this one and I think this Folio Society illustration by Santiago Caruso perfectly captures the mood and theme.

Happy May everyone!! I took spring cleaning to the next level today and knocked productivity on its a** πŸ‘Š My bookshelves and desk are organised, my room smells like apples, and my new bullet journal is ready for journaling! I also finished Little Women and decided that I want to read the next book in the series, Little Men, for the first time at some point!

Next is The Sorcerer’s Stone for the millionth time, which I can hopefully finish in a day so I can be on track for Jane Eyre!

I have big goals for May including reading four Bronte sisters works and journaling on a regular basis. Does anyone else feel that fresh spring air and have big goals for themselves?

HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY!!πŸŽ‰πŸ“šπŸŽ‰ I know many of us have our own special reading places and this chair is mine! It was originally my grandmother’s “lady’s chair” and when she passed away, it was passed on to me. This chair is so well loved that it’s already been re-upholstered and it has followed me from bedroom to bedroom! These are the books I grew up reading in my chair and that have stayed with me over the years  when many others were donated (may the odds be ever in their favor 😏).

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” 

-Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility 

I have less than 100 pages left in Sense and Sensibility and, even though I know it has a happy ending, I’m kind of worried about how Austen is going to pull it off…It seems like Marianne and Elinor have so far to go to find happiness but they both deserve it so much! I love the above quote from Marianne because it’s such a progressive thought during that period, even if she meant it in a sillier way. Women’s desires and requirements weren’t taken much into account back then, so much love to Austen for creating girls like Marianne and Elinor who aren’t afraid to stand up and think for themselves πŸ’• Even in today’s more “progressive” world, women still sometimes need the reminder that it’s OK to put yourself first! 
*Illustration by C.E. Brock