by Charlotte Bronte
audio book: 18 hours
This is a book that I loved as a teen and always think of fondly. I recently saw a newer version of the movie that reminded me how much I loved this book so I decided to revisit it.
For those unfamiliar with the plot, this is the story of Jane, a plain girl, orphaned at a young age, and left without a friend in the world. Her cruel aunt sends her off to a poorly-run charity school to be rid of her. While there, Jane blossoms into a competent young woman. Eventually she leaves to become a governess to a young girl. Once she is settled in at her new home she meets the master of the house, Mr. Rochester. He is a strange and gruff man, not very attractive himself. And there is something strange going on in the house - creepy noises at night, someone sneaking around. As for the rest of the story, you'll simply have to read to find out.
After listening to this book over the past two weeks I've found that I love it just as much now as I did way back when. However, I must say that seeing the movie has messed with my memories of the original story. As I listened to the audio book I was constantly thinking, "oh, they changed that part in the movie! And that part, and THAT part too!" I'm so glad that I revisited the original story - even though I do love the movie versions, the book simply has so much more depth to it. And I love the fact that at the end of the book, Jane updates the reader on what is going on with all the different characters - that is my favorite kind of ending.
This book counts toward the 1% Well Read Challenge. That's not not why I read it but hey, I'm not complaining!