Run Jane Run!

Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea

By: Jean Rhys

When reading Jane Eyre in the past I never really cared one way or another about Rochester. Taking his story at face value you feel kind of bad for him but me being me he was always more likable in movies when hot charismatic actors are playing him.

But boy reading Wide Sargasso Sea mainly makes me think run Jane, run!

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Romantic Books for the Anti-Romantic Reader

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Maybe anti-romantic is a little harsh. Not romantically inclined? Like a little bit of darkness in your love story (or a lot) such as it were? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought I’d offer some ideas for books that have just the right amount to appeal to the person who likes a certain kind of love story.

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Worlds of Ink and Shadow


Worlds of Ink and Shadow

Author: Lena Coakley

Genre: Historical/Fantasy

Grade: A-

Worlds of Ink and Shadow was the Owlcrate January Book of the month and I was very happy to receive it. It’s a fantasy story about four of the Bronte siblings; Charlotte, Emily, Anne and their brother Branwell. Charlotte and Branwell have a gift. They are able to cross over into their stories and bring them alive.

They’ve created a world of perfect and doomed heroines and charming dashing rogues. It’s been a while since I’ve read the Bronte books but even I could still see the basis for their novels in these stories. Emily is jealous, jealous, jealous but the real story is what happens when they try to stop crossing over and the price they pay for freedom.

I really enjoyed this one. It wraps up not just their writing, but real and devastating events in the siblings lives, their family, a little bit of myth and history of the Moors and their actual writing. I also liked how the author dealt with Charlotte’s interior discoveries of certain aspects of her writing and how that affected her as well. Strange to say but I could actual see something like this actually happening to the Bronte siblings. I also enjoyed the rather mad unwinding of the other world for most of the book.

At a certain point though its the other world that sort of spins everything out of control in both places and the fake world definitely starts to get a little too crazy for me. I also found Emily and her “romance” a hard to relate to. She definitely rang the spoiled and destructive sibling bell and while you definitely see what (and who) the romance is alluding to I didn’t think it was necessary.

Recommend: Yes. It’s a good little stand alone book but you’ll probably take more away from it if you like the Bronte siblings and are familiar with their writing.


Texts From Jane Eyre


Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg turned out to be exactly what I needed: quick to read, easy, and funny. Most importantly on this busy and stressful weekend I didn’t have to put much brainpower into it.

🙂 This would make a really great stocking stuffer for a book lover. I’ll admit most of the poet’s texts went over my head but there was more than enough of a selection that anyone who enjoys reading would find something. Some characters and books seem absolutely perfect for breaking them down into texts. Daisy from The Great Gatsby and Heathcliff and Cathy from Wuthering Heights seemed perfect for this format. Although I have to admit most characters sounded a lot more annoying in text format. Wonder if the texting format doesn’t just bring out the worst in people?

My favorites: Daisy Miller, Wuthering Heights, Hamlet, Gone with the Wind, Fight Club and Sweet Valley High (though I don’t remember them being psychos).

Like I said not much to it (I read it in less than an hour) but it made me laugh and helped me de-stress so totally worth it!