Rachel: Umm, well, what struck me most when reading Jane Eyre was uh, how the book was so ahead of its time.
Teacher: If you’re talking about feminism, I think you’re right.
Rachel: Yeah, well, feminism, yes, but also the robots.
Okay. Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system. I’d promise it won’t happen again but… I can’t.
So, this month Kerry from Entomology of a Bookworm is hosting Septemb-Eyre, in which the internet will devote itself to my favorite book of all time, Jane Eyre. (Side note: Did you know that Jane Eyre was my favorite book of all time? Did I, like, ever tell you that? Or, like, did I ever make you read my Jane Eyre scarf? Because that’s some awesome stuff right there.)
In all seriousness, when Kerry proposed hosting a read-along of Jane Eyre, I had an uncomfortable realization: despite the fact that I regularly proclaim that it’s my favorite book (oh, and it is), it’s been years since I read Jane Eyre. This spring I read Villette, along with Beth from Too Fond and Amal from The Misfortune of Knowing, and had a grand time. And the whole time I was reading Villette, I kept thinking to myself, “I really need to re-read Jane Eyre. I must get around to that.” Then I realized that Penguin Drop Caps’ “B” choice was Bronte, and since I’m in love with Penguin Drop Caps, and with Charlotte Bronte, and since my only other copy of Jane Eyre is in a hefty one-volume collection of all of Charlotte’s works, with Emily’s Wuthering Heights thrown in for good measure, I obviously bought the new, flame-orange edition. Because, flames.
It’s possible that I might be getting a teensy bit off track in this post. Sorry ’bout that. Anyway, as far as introductions go:
Me: I’m Jaclyn. I live in Buffalo, New York, as of this past weekend. Most of my books are still in boxes, but I made sure to specially label the one with my new copy of Jane Eyre inside so I could get right down to the business of neglecting unpacking and reading instead. If you’re popping over here from the Septemb-Eyre linkup and don’t know me, here’s a brief synopsis: I’m 31, married, mom to a one-year-old, addicted to books in general and English literature in particular, Anglophile, travel fiend, tea-holic, hiker and Sabres hockey malcontent/fan.
The Readalong: Kerry dreamed up Septemb-Eyre to provide an excuse for readers everywhere to neglect their housework. (Right, Kerry? That’s why we’re doing this?) Okay, joking aside, this is the introductory post to a fun and frolicsome month of reading Jane Eyre and then discussing it with like-minded nerds. The schedule is as follows: on September 9th we’ll post about Chapters I-XI; on September 16th, Chapters XII-XXI; on September 23rd, Chapters XXII-XXIX; and on September 30th, Chapters XXX-End. My daughter might get in on the action too with a Peanut’s Picks post at some point during the month.
Why I’m Reading: Why not? Okay, for reals, I have loved Jane Eyre since I first read it, back in high school, and it’s been way too long since my last re-read. I was probably going to re-read this anyway, soon, and I had so much fun with the Villette readalong that I jumped at the chance to examine Jane Eyre through another virtual book club. That’s really it – no big revelations here. I love this book, and I just want to read it again.
Are you participating in Septemb-Eyre? Do you love Jane Eyre too?