Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The Jane Eyre Read-Along

Hamlette at The Edge of the Precipice is hosting one of her excellent read-alongs, this time on the most wonderful classic, Jane Eyre.


If you haven't participated in one of Hamlette's read-alongs before, you are in for a treat. They progress at such a slow pace, that it allow the reader time to read deeply, mull over what they have read, and come up with insights that would have perhaps been missed with a quicker read.  When you finish, you feel like you know the book backwards, forwards, and upside-down.  They are so beneficial!

This read-along will begin on May 29th and proceed through the summer until we finish. Having just read Brönte's Villette and being less than thrilled with it, I'm looking forward to re-visiting one of my all-time favourites.

Please visit this page if you want to see how Hamlette's read alongs work, and then please join us May 29th.  It's an experience not to be missed!


25 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout-out! Ohhhh, I'm so looking forward to starting this :-D

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    1. Yes, I can wait either. Now I have to decide which edition to use.

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    2. My dilemma too! Do I use the paperback my best friend gave me when I turned 18, that I have lots of notes in from when I used it in college, or do I use my big hardcover with big margins to write in, or do I use the smaller hardcover that is prettier? Decisions, decisions!

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  2. You shall not tempt me!arrrggghhhh....let me think about it!!! let me finish April and then I will decide! I need help!

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    1. Hamlette's read-alongs are veryyyyyy sloooooowww, so it's usually quite easy to read other books too. You're not the only one who needs help, so let that be a comfort to you. ;-)

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    2. And by "veryyyyyy slooooowww" she means "we read 2 or 3 chapters a week." Super relaxed pace cuz I'm a busy mom and don't have time to post about it faster than that :-o

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    3. hahhhaaaaa....thank you ladies! I LOLed real loud in the bus on the "veryyyyyy slooooowww" part and people are giving me stares! Anyway I do not need much persuasion since I lack complete will power especially vis a vis some books! I am in ofcourse!:)

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    4. Oh good! Another person with a lack of willpower. That makes me feel much better! :-)

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  3. I've noticed Jane Eyre seems to be trending lately. Why is it so popular these days, especially?

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    1. I don't know ........ I think it's coincidence. I've noticed occasionally that a certain book will pop up everywhere. In this case, perhaps it's a subliminal message that you should join the read-along. ;-)

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    2. It was Charlotte Brontë's 200th birth anniversary...she was born on 21st April 1816

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    3. Who knew??? That is so completely cool!

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    4. (By which I mean, Huh, I didn't know that. Cuz obviously, lots of people did know.)

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    5. Oh wow! Her birthday is 3 days before mine. :-D

      I remember you wrote about how dissapointed you were in Villette. I just found out that she was 3rd of 6 siblings (5 sisters and 1 brother). First her mother and two eldest sisters died. Then over 20 years after, her brother, Emily, and then Anne all died within a year of each other. She wrote Villete in her grief. Perhaps that's why it wasn't so good?

      I'm going to take a look into this read-along...I'm not sure if I'll participate but it IS VERY tempting. ;-) haha!

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    6. I just found out about the other two sisters. How tragic. Yes, I certainly think the writing of Villette was affected by her grief. There is a tone of not caring, as if she wanted to say to the reader that life is not all sunshine and here's what could happen.

      Oh, please be tempted! As we've mentioned, the read-along goes at a slow pace so it's not a burden nor hard to keep up with!

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    7. Aw, shucks. Well, you've twisted my arm. I mean, because it really needed twisting? LoL I'm in! I've never done a read-along before so this will be a new experience for me. :-)

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    8. Kenia, that's so cool! And ooooh, your first read-along? I'm honored.

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    9. If it's your first read-along, Hamlette's is a great one to choose! I'm glad that I could convince you. I'm really looking forward to it!

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    10. I'm very excited. :-)

      Hamlette, would you mind if I add you to the blogroll on my site? I plan to put up an actual post about the read-along before it begins, but in the meantime I'd love to add you on there.

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    11. I would be honored, Kenia!

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  4. 2 more weeks! I'm looking forward to this. Here's my essay on my site: http://www.keniasedler.com/a-jane-eyre-read-along/

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    1. Now to balance The Faerie Queene and Jane Eyre. Is it possible? Stay tuned ...... ;-)

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    2. Oh my goodness. You definitely have your hands full! It's at least going to be an easy-going pace for Jane Eyre. I won't wish you luck, as I'm confident you'll balance them both just fine. ;-)

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