It has taken two weeks but I FINALLY finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and this quote about sums up my feelings for it 🙃 Don’t get me wrong, it’s well written and generally interesting but it could have been about 100 pages shorter and the story would still be intact (maybe even better).
Anne Bronte either had a great gift for human observation and depicting emotions and situations not her own, OR she actually lived through some of the stuff she wrote about because this story is incredibly descriptive and a true representation of the good and bad in people. I recommend this book for people who don’t mind having the same person/situation described in twenty different ways, and/or who like strong, kicka** heroines who don’t let dumb men push them around 😏
‘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 😊
Finally finished Jane Eyre and now on to The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Charlotte’s sister, Anne Bronte! I loveeeddd Jane Eyre and I hope I like the other Bronte books just as well! I had only ever seen the Jane Eyre movie and I can now say that the book is one million times better than the movie. So many details are left out of the movie and you definitely don’t get all the feels between Jane and Mr. Rochester ❤
This beautiful Penguin Clothbound Classic needs no accessories 😊
“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 😉 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** 👊 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?
How beautifully this cover blends with the flowers 🌼🌸🌼
I love reading a book you haven’t read in a long time and coming upon small happenings you didn’t remember from past readings 😊 And on the other hand, I also love knowing that certain things happen and being able to happily anticipate them! This reading of Little Women is so fun for me because it’s my first time reading it as an adult and you don’t realize how much an adult view changes your opinion on things until you re-read certain events! Has anyone else experienced this with a favorite childhood read??
“Jo’s ambition was to do something very splendid; what it was she had no idea, but left it for time to tell her; and meanwhile, found her greatest affliction in the fact that she couldn’t read, run, and ride as much as she liked” (Little Women, 58).
When we read books, most of us tend to associate ourselves with one of the main characters. It’s just human nature to look for similar qualities in characters we like. When I was younger, I always related most to Jo in Little Women. I hadn’t read Little Women in a long time so I was curious if she would still be my main girl. Well, based off this quote, I’m gonna say yes. I think it’s safe to say a lot of young women want to do something splendid in their lifetime and it’s heartening when there are fictional characters to relate to in regards to that. It’s also heartening to know that Louisa May Alcott based Jo on herself and Ms. Alcott ended up as one of America’s most beloved authors ❤
*Artwork by Norman Rockwell!
What a perfect rainy day collection! 🌧☔🌫 I’m so excited to be adding more Clothbound Classics to my book collection! I’d say these covers appropriately represent the brooding hauntedness of the Bronte Sisters 😱 And even though I classify them as “Autumn Reads,” I’m gonna go ahead and read them in the spring (that’s true rebellion right there).