This month for the book club at work, one of my coworkers picked Jane Eyre. Typically they pick books I have ZERO interest in reading, so I pull the “Oh I can’t make it, sorry!” card and sit it out. With the exception of Gone Girl and The Book Thief, they are just not into the same books I am. (I picked Where Things Come Back and only my awesome coworker Jaime liked it. So obviously they are not my people.) And I know that book club is supposed to stretch your horizons and all that, but can we agree that when your TBR is as big as most of ours are, it’s okay to say no to books that don’t hold interest? Thank you!
Anyway, I decided that this month I’d give Jane Eyre a try because I have the motivation with book club and it’s free on my Kindle so really, I’ve got nothing to lose! I was really intimidated because I’m such an Austen fan and for some reason I thought you could only like Austen or Bronte (I haven’t read anything by either Bronte sister before).
So basically I am LOVING Jane Eyre. I’m all about getting absorbed in this classic. I’m sneaking it at work. I’m reading in bed until I fall asleep. I’m only at 10% of the book and I’m absolutely adoring Charlotte Bronte’s writing. It’s slow and deliberate and incredibly detailed, but never boring. Exactly what I adore about classic literature! Even though I know the story from seeing a play, I’m still stoked to read about it!
Which got me thinking - are there classics you read that you didn’t expect to love but totally adored? Or are there classics you thought you’d adore and ended up giving up on? Do share!