Morning Meanderings…. What Is It With Me and Jayne Eyre?

Good morning.  Lovely (yet still dark) day here in Central Minnesota.  I am sipping at my ever ready cup of COFFEE and doing what I enjoy in the mornings, reading my Shelf Awareness that magically appears in my email each morning and as reliable as a faithful dog.  Love it.  Love it.

Oh yeah… I love it.

This mornings edition had a couple interesting topics and then I was reading an interview with Erin Blakemore and she was saying that the book that changed her life was Jayne Eyre.  She goes on to say that she has gasps of recognition as she rediscovers it for the thousandth time.

Jayne Eyre?

Thousandth time?

I couldn’t get through it once.   It is like the kryptonite book for me…. I want to read it…. oh yes, I want to say that I have read Jane Eyre but I picked it up and I got lost in the what….  language?  In the time?

I feel like I am a minority on this one… because I am constantly reading things like:

“Jayne Eyre changed my life – this is the best book I have ever read!”

“Through the years I always go back to Jayne Eyre my favorite book of all time!”

“A divine work of art that I will always carry within me!”

Why can't this woman and I just get along?

Wha?  Why do I picture that if I was in Jayne Eyre times that her and my fictional self would have been like Laura Ingalls and Nelly Olson?  And I am really not sure which of us would play what role as – like I have humbly admitted here…. I have not read the book.

So as I leave for work this morning, and to the cabin later today (there’s a big YAY!!!), I leave you with this question…. errrr…. questions.

1.  Is it just me who struggles with Jayne Eyre?

2.  What book is it for you that everyone raves about and you wish you could join the forces raising your glass to the author and to the book itself…. and yet you just can not get into it?

Anyway…. that’s where my head is at this morning.

Good morning Jayne….  coffee this morning?  😀


"Sheila, I take my coffee black because I do not have time to harvest sugar or make the creamer."

50 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings…. What Is It With Me and Jayne Eyre?

  1. I am actually in the middle of this book and i have mixed feeling about it (why it has been sitting on the side for a month while I am trying to finish a challenge). I find the characters flat and too much long detail that doesn’t matter…but I see why people love it!

  2. Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of Jane Eyre either, don’t worry, you’re not alone. And there are just way too many books people love that I didn’t. I haven’t read many classics, but recent books… Atonement? Eat, Pray, Love? Love in the Time of Cholera? I could go on and on!

  3. I love Jane Eyre. It is a book that holds one my most fondest memories with my sister. She and I really ought to read, and watch the 1997 A&E version again. Although, when I did a re-read of Jane Eyre a couple years ago, I watched several versions, and discovered that I probably like the Masterpiece Theater production best. If curious, you can read my thoughts on the movies here. Maybe, if you cannot get into the book, you should give one of the movies a try.

    As far as a book I can not get into that others seem to love…
    Eat, Pray, Love I really, really cannot get into this one. Well, I did love Italy but after that part…yeah…I closed the book.

    As much as I love Pride & Prejudice, I just cannot seem to get into any other Austen books…none….so far. I am going to try Persuasion next, but I don’t hold out hope. Maybe I will be surprised.

    Have a fun weekend! 😀

    1. I am going to try the movie version. I like to read the books first when at all possible but maybe the movie will help me with the book. 🙂

      In Eat Pray Love, I like eat – that was interesting, in Pray I liked some of the culture, but the love part I didn’t like at all 🙂

  4. i didn’t get jane eyre either….also tried the tenant of wildfell hall and wuthering heights…not for me!!!!wuthering heights especially…i was just shaking my head!

    1. And Wuthering Heights is a horrific book but I enjoyed the read…. it was fun to analyze this characters…. can any one say bipolar? Catherine was either way up or way down. Ans Heathcliff? Mental abuse for one please…. 😀

  5. I managed Jane Eyre just fine. I have no desire to ever read it again. I don’t think I’d put it on a list of the books that have influenced me.

    The book that I just can’t seem to read is Pride and Prejudice. I just shake my head in wonder as I read of others’ devotion to the book and notice the plethora of current spin-offs.

    Oh, well! Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

  6. You are not the only one who struggles with it-I have no desire to read this book and do not comprehend the Jane Eyre hysteria-that said everyone has their own reading taste. I despise books from this era-maybe my high school English teacher is to blame.

  7. You crack me up. I love your honesty, Sheila!

    I have not yet read Jane Eyre. I have my sister’s copy sitting on my shelf. I went to pick it up and read it over the summer, but I couldn’t get past the first page…and not for the reasons you’re thinking. My sister makes notes in her books – all over the place. Notes in the margins, underlines passages, circles 2 cent words. Crazy notes. Not to mention the dog-eared pages!!

    I need a copy of my own.
    I will read it.
    Then I can comment further.

    Between you and me, I wrote a paper on Jane Eyre in college. I got a B. Didn’t read the book. Go RUTGERS!

  8. It took me 2 reads to come to love Jane Eyre. I thank my English HS teachers for forcing me to read the classics, I hated them at first, but at the second or sometimes third reading I’ve come to love and appreciate them.

    Could not get into Love in the Time of Cholera, The Kite Runner.

    1. Nise I loved Kite Runner – one of the best reads of the year for me. 😀

      Have not read Love In The Time Of Choltera, but I see from the comments you are not alone on that one 🙂

  9. I’ve never even tried to read Jane Eyre. As far as the book that everyone else loves and I haven’t gotten into – I’d say The Hunger Games. I haven’t tried to read it yet, but that’s because it doesn’t sound that interesting to me.

  10. Didn’t read it, and I’m not going to! I’m not going to let book-lover pressure get to me…ha ha! I’m just going to keep on reading things that appeal to me and let the rest go. Free your mind, Sheila!

  11. LOL… I have a problem with Jane Eyre too, so you aren’t the only one. I have just never had enough interest in it to pick it up. I’ve read tons of classics and love them, but this one just hasn’t gotten my interest piqued. However, I have taken on a review of a new readable classic by Wayne Jacobson to review his version of Jane Eyre, which is basically just a version with updated language for young readers. That one I think I can handle!

  12. I recall enjoying it, but that was almost a lifetime ago. I read it in high school, and haven’t reread it in all these years. I wonder what I would think of it now…hmm. Probably not going to do that, though, since I’m really more of a fan of contemporary literature these days.

    I don’t ever want to read the Twilight books!! I might consider Harry Potter…

    We all have our books we enjoy (or not).

  13. Jane Eyre is on my Top Five List…loved it. So, you started, but didn’t finish, right??? If that’s the case you have completely missed the chaos and calamity that ensue during the last 50-100 pages. I would desperately love to say what, but I won’t put spoilers for those who may want to give it a try. 🙂

    As for books I couldn’t get into: Catch 22 and (like a lot of other people) Eat, Pray, Love.

  14. I’m sorry to tell you this, but Jane Eyre is my favourite book! I only read it for the first time about 2 years ago but I fell in love instantly. I think it helps that I live less than an hour away from the moors that the Brontes lived in.

    Having said that, one book I cannot get past 100 pages of (and I have tried 3 times) is her sister Emily’s Wuthering Heights. What the hell am I missing with this book that nobody esle does? 😉

  15. You’re hilarious! But you are not alone, my copy of Jane Eyre is actually staring me in the face as I type. It’s in a stack, on my desk ,along with Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Emma. Jane Eyre is crisp and clean, lacking dog ears, since I’ve never made it past the first chapter. I’ve tried, believe me, the agony of trying several times. Another book I can’t get into is Love in the Time of Cholera. I remember Oprah and her book club raving about it. I’ve yet to finish. Have a great weekend at the cabin!

  16. I struggle with most of the classics – Jane included! I struggled to see Wuthering Heights as a great love story as well. I do have a vague memory of enjoying a Jane Austen book once in high school, so I am going to attempt to read her books at some point – but I don’t hold out any high hopes!

    1. Kylie I can not find Wuthering Heights to be a great love story either. It is the King of dysfunction. Catherine made me want to pull my hair out…. what a nut job and Heathcliff was an awful man. Sorry – I said it…. but I feel it is true. 😛

  17. I love Jane Eyre. Now Wuthering Heights I’ve read three times over the years trying to get what it is everyone loves about it and I just do not get it.

  18. It took me about 5 attempts to get through Jane Eyre but I’m glad I did. It didn’t change my life or anything, but it was worthwhile.

    Of course, the time I finished it I started by reading on a deck chair next to the pool at a resort in Puerto Vallarta, so that may have had something to do with it too ….

  19. “If on a Winter’s Night…” by Italo Calvino … I’ve never finished it, even though I got through more the 2nd time than the 1st … to me, it’s just a bunch of stories that end in the middle just as some of them start to get interesting … I guess it’s the “idea” of this type of book that people rave about … but the actual book left me flat.

  20. Sheila, you are not alone. Eye haven’t read Jane Eyre either. (You do pronounce it, “ire”, don’t you? If not, my pun looks like a typo.) I have a copy or two of it; and have made a personal challenge to read it by year’s end. (I know I don’t have long.) I guess I thought the more copies I bought, the more likely I would be to read it. I got a kick out of your caption below Jane’s photo because I drink my coffee black, too. After reading just that phrase, I thought, “uh oh.” Just noticed how many times the word, “I” appears in this post. It was very tempting to replace them all with, “Eye.”

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