AG Book Club :: February

I’ve had so much fun being a part of the Book Club so far. Reading Unbroken together was eye-opening for me. During the book club at my house, I looked around the room at women who were not discussing children, relationships or their bodies, but historical events, the capacity for both cruelty and dignity within humans, and God’s presence during suffering. While I know I need the input of other women when it comes to my family and my body, I remembered that our interests are not limited to this, but extend much further. It made me not only want to pursue knowledge in areas I’m currently ignorant (“What’s the status of Ebola this week?”) but to also be more purposeful in my conversations with other women, engaging in ideas and asking questions I might have previously thought wouldn’t be interesting to everyone.

And now we’re ready for February’s selection, Jane Eyre. This is one of my favorite books of all time, and definitely my favorite literary character. Jane Eyre is such a complex, strong women who has influenced my own character ever since I first read it as a teenager. Also, the romance in this book is so complex, so real, you can’t help but fall in love yourself. I’m excited to read it with you this month and look forward to your own insight on the themes and characters of this beautiful story. A couple tips ::

  • Jane Eyre is called a gothic romance. This means that the tone is eerie and dark, sometimes creepy, but has an overarching love story that carries you along. 
  • If you’re unfamiliar with classic literature, I must warn you that the pace is so much different than contemporary novels. It will read much slower, possibly even boring, especially for the first quarter or third of the book. But once you get to the heart of the story and get a feel for the rhythm of it, you’ll get swept away in the beauty and tension of the story.
  • If you’re having trouble getting into it, I’d suggest watching the movie (it’s on Netflix!). It’s a gorgeous adaptation and will get you excited about going back and reading the book. Even though you’ll know the ending, it will be incredibly rewarding to read both Jane’s inner dialogue and the extra scenes that make this book such a classic. 

Anyone started on Jane Eyre yet? What are your thoughts so far? I’m cracking it open this afternoon and I can’t wait!

(Jane Eyre necklace via Etsy)

Posted by Aanna on Friday, February 6th, 2015

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