Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is iconic. It’s a classic that is right up there with Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Little Women. It’s one of my favorite books.

What is Jane Eyre about? Jane Eyre is about an orphan girl, Jane Eyre (naturally), who is sent to live in a boarding school called Lowood School. Lowood is a horrible place. They hit and harm their students. Yet, Jane manages to get an education and a list of other accomplishments there. She spends all of her childhood and all of her teenage years there until she is ready to graduate.

With her education Jane is able to work. She advertises as a governess, or a teacher, for wealthy patrons and their children. She receives an answer to her advertisement: a manor called Thornfield Hall.

Jane moves to Thornfield and teaches a young French girl named Adèle. Jane’s life as a teacher is steady and sound. But one day she meets a stranger on the foggy road. It is Mr. Rochester, the owner of Thornfield Hall.

Mr. Rochester is all secrets and shadow. Jane rarely interacts with him but she relishes every time they meet. Mr. Rochester, however? His feelings are shrouded in mystery… because a mystery, a tragedy, surrounds Mr. Rochester. Who is he? Why does he behave in a reclusive, cryptic manner?

You’ll have to read for yourself to find out.

I love Jane Eyre. It is romantic and dark. Jane is the draw of the book. She isn’t your typical heroine. She isn’t overtly brave like a police officer. She isn’t glamorous. She is a slight, dark haired and plain woman. But a fire burns brightly inside Jane–a strong spirit that guides her from an abusive school, to a steady job, and, finally, toward love.

Some portions of the novel were deep and atmospheric. You really get into the head of the characters… into the sorrow that they feel.

Also, I think Charlotte Brontë wrote one of the first instances of mental illness in the book. A few characters deal with depression and other deep psychiatric issues that are critical parts to the book.

This book is serious, romantic, and heartfelt.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

Yours with infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

Classic books that I want to re-read

I love finding new books to read. I love discovering new titles with great covers, interesting books with intriguing blurbs, and surprising good reads. But are there some books that you just love to re-read? Are there some books that you take off the bookshelf like they’re old friends? Books that feel solid, sure, and right in your hands?

Here are some books that do just that.


 

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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2. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Look out for a review of these amazing classics. My first review will be next week. I will review Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

Get excited.

Yours with infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

Gossip Girl #2 — You Know You Love Me

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I enjoyed the first Gossip Girl book by Cecily Ziegesar. It drew me into a different world–the world of the Upper East Side elite. I decided to read the next book titled You Know You Love Me to see what happens to the two main characters, Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf.

You Know You Love Me is all about Serena and Blair, the two coolest girls from the Upper East Side. Serena is dating a new guy named Dan, a smart and introverted guy who always liked Serena from afar. She and Dan travel to Rhode Island for their Brown University interviews with other guys from their senior class, such as Blair’s boyfriend and Serena’s friend, Nate Archibald. Blair, on the other hand, prepares for her Yale University interview. She is a legacy at Yale and it is her dream to attend that school. Blair is also dealing with her new step-father and her hippy, attractive step-brother.

This book is similar to the first Gossip Girl book. It’s about rich, privileged kids being rich and privileged. I still enjoyed it though.

The book is fun and filled with drama, drama, drama. You’ll love it if you’re a teenager or someone who is interested in picking up a light read.

That’s it for now.

Yours in the trenches,

Ava Lily

Book blog question and answer

Q & A

1. What is your name?

Avery Lily Porter

2. What is your blog about?

It is a book blog. It is about book reviews and other book-related things.

3. How often do you update?

I update my book blog once a week.

4. What do you like to read?

I like to read anything that is fun, adventurous, dramatic, or romantic.

5. What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

6. Who is the author?

The author of my favorite book is named Jenny Han.

7. Who is your favorite character in the book?

My favorite character in the book is Lara Jean.

8. What do you like about the book?

I like that the book is fun, funny, and romantic. You can’t help but like the main character and to root for her.

9. What is your least favorite book?

My least favorite book is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

10. Why don’t you like that book?

I hate that book because it’s boring.

11. Who is your favorite writer?

My favorite writer is Jenny Han.

12. What is the highest amount of money you’ve spent on books?

I don’t want to talk about it.

13. What is the lowest amount you’ve spent on books?

I’ve spent a few dollars at a used bookstore.

14. What is your favorite book store?

My favorite bookstore is Barnes and Noble. I go there a lot.

15. What do you like about books?

I like books because reading can be very relaxing. I think it’s great to read a book with a muffin and a hot tea by your side.

16. When do you usually read books?

I usually read books in the evening.

17. Where do you usually read books?

I usually read books in my bedroom.

18. Name three books you’d like to read in the future.

I’d like to read Crazy Rich Asians, The Beginning of Everything, and The Cheerleaders.

19. Who are the authors?

The writers are Kevin Kwan, Robyn Schneider, and Kara Thomas.

20. What is your favorite book-to-movie?

My favorite book that was turned into a movie is actually my favorite book–To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. It’s a Netflix movie.