The first month of our reading challenge is coming to a close!
I was so encouraged by the response to this reading challenge. I thought it’d be me and one other person! I’m really excited to hear your thoughts. I’m sure there will be some interesting discussions since several of you picked the same classic. By the end of the month, please tell us your pick and share general thoughts and/or an interesting quote.
I also want to remind everyone that there’s nothing legalistic about this challenge. I’m simply providing guidelines and inspiration. What if you didn’t finish your book? Please chime in anyway! What stopped you from finishing? Then jump back in next month.
I’ll go first…
My Pick: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
My Thoughts: I loved it! I was immediately drawn into Jane’s world and her story. I found myself reading past my bedtime on several occasions. Of course, there’s always a bit of an adjustment to the language and phrasing when you’re reading a book written almost 200 years ago in another country. But that’s also the thing that amazed me: I was reading something that someone wrote over 200 years ago! And it was still relevant and interesting!
Jane Eyre is an orphan, left in a home where she’s not wanted. After basically being shunned, she’s sent off to a hard-knock-life orphanage where she manages to survive and thrive. Then, wanting to experience more, she becomes a governess for a child, where she also meets her love interest, Mr. Rochester. The rest, I think, can be summed up by this: Oh, the tangled web we weave. I will leave it at that to not give away too much info. I loved Jane Eyre and her resiliency and sound judgment. I was not crazy for Mr. Rochester. In fact, I thought he was a bit creepy. Apparently, I’m not alone in this thought. But, I wanted Jane to be happy, whatever that looked like for her.
Favorite Quote: It was hard for me to narrow this down since I found myself marking several passages in this book. There were many nuggets of wisdom or interesting descriptions or notes on human nature. Here are a couple of examples:
Externals have a great effect on the young. I thought that a fairer era of life was beginning for me, one that was to have its flowers and pleasures, as well as its thorns and toils.
Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
I had not, it seems, the originality to chalk out a new road to shame and destruction, but trod the same old track with stupid exactness not to deviate an inch from the beaten centre. – Mr. Rochester
Now it’s your turn! What did you read? What did you think? Was this category hard or easy for you?