Currently Reading: Jane Eyre
A Small breakfast-room adjoined the drawing-room. I slipped in there. It contained a book-case: I soon possessed myself of a volume, taking care that it should be one stored with pictures. I mounted into the window-seat: gathering up my feet, I sat cross-legged, like a Turk; and, having drawn the red moreen curtain nearly close, I was shrined in double retirement.
– Jane Eyre, Chapter 1
Last night I began reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for the 5 Minutes for Mom Classics Bookclub.Its my favorite of the classics! I havent read it since I was a teen, can you believe it? Well, Im 25 now so it wasnt that long ago (were not talking decades, lol), but still, its been too long.
My copy makes the read especially delicious because its old and used its got history. Why are books especially classics more fun to read when theyre not brand new? I like to imagine someone else reading the exact same copy, a young girl perhaps reading it for the first time, reading into the wee hours of the morning to finish it. Maybe she didnt have a father who said it was lights out way too soon (shameless revenge on my dad remember folks, someday your kids may blog about you!). In his defense, though, 3 a.m. was too soon for me. 😉
I also watchedthe Masterpiece Theatre version of Jane Eyre last night with my husband. It was awesome! Definitely a keeper and my favorite version! John liked it, too. Its my favorite, I think, because Jane actually showed that she had a heart. In all the other versions Ive seen, she just keeps a straight, emotionless face all the time. This Jane had a sense of humor and I could relate to her more. I was actually thinking that if I had been her I would have been cracking some great comebacks to Mr. Rochester but thats probably not true. I might have thought of some in retrospect. 😉 I highly recommend checking this version out once youve read it, though it is such a good one! I want to go watch it again maybe I will!
Im thinking about posting on my thoughts about Jane Eyre every couple chapters, that way I can write while its fresh on my mind. Ill label these posts Jane Eyre and Classics Bookclub so theyre easy to find.