Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gearing up for the "Jane Eyre" read-along


I've set a date!  We'll begin the Jane Eyre read-along on May 29, Lord willing and the creek don't rise.


If you've never seen how one of my read-alongs works and are curious, you can visit this page, which has links to the master posts for each of my previous events.  Basically, I do a post for each individual chapter, sharing my thoughts about it and some discussion questions if I can think any up.  Participants then comment on that post with their own thoughts, and discuss things together and with me.  For deep books like this, I do a post every three days, usually, so there's plenty of time for people to read, ponder, and discuss.  There are 38 chapters, so expect this to take all summer.  We're going to really dig deeply into this story, analyze it, appreciate it, squeeze every drop of goodness from it that we can.  (And if that sounds scary, honestly, it's not.  Check out the posts for my Hamlet read-along to see what I'm talking about -- that's the level of digging I'm anticipating for this book.)


Please share one of these buttons on your own blog if you're interested in joining the read-along or just want to spread the word about it.  There is no official sign-up sheet or anything like that.  When we've begun, I'll probably put out the call for guest posts relating to this book -- I think it would be cool to get some reviews of the various film versions, character sketches, etc.  We'll see what people come up with!

41 comments:

  1. I am sooo excited, this is going to be fun! Jane Eyre has been on my TBR list for awhile - so I will totally be participating. :)

    ~Lydia~ <3

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    1. Hi, Lydia! Glad to have you along for the ride :-) It will definitely be fun!

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  2. Ooo, I'm jumping up and down! I can't wait for this. I must start now to try to clear some of my present reads.

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    1. Here's my post: http://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2016/04/the-jane-eyre-read-along.html

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    2. Cleopatra, you've made me giggle. Possibly because this is the sort of thing that makes me jump up and down too sometimes :-)

      And yes, part of why I'm starting it a ways on down the line is that I'm in the middle of 3 books right now and swamped with revision stuff. By the end of May, we'll be through with school and I'll have brainpower and time to chew into JE.

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  3. Oh yay! Forgive my excitement that this won't begin until the end of May. That'll give me plenty of time to get some publisher's books read. :)

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    1. But I am excited! After this read-along Jane Eyre I'll have read a book by each of the Brontes now that I've finished Wuthering Heights. :)

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    2. Carissa, I deliberately started this AFTER the Frank Langella blogathon so I wouldn't feel conflicted or too busy. So yes, plenty of time to get other stuff read first! And you know how slowly my read-alongs go -- no cramming ten chapters down your throat every week. That's what college is for, not read-alongs.

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  4. Yay! It's high time I re-read Jane Eyre and participated in one of your read-alongs. :)

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  5. I am sinfully tempted to do this. It has been several years since I have read JE, and I know I want to reread it someday. I am glad to see I have time to think about this. It will help to see how I am doing with my other commitments by the end of May. : )

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    1. Ruth, you've got quite a bit of time to contemplate it. And if you can't start for the first week or two, you can always catch up...

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  6. I'd love to participate!! Jane Eyre is actually required reading for me next school year and I was going to "get it out of the way" this summer.

    I'll be looking forward to May 29!

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    1. Well, what good timing, Meredith! I'm glad that works out so handily for you :-)

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  7. Goodie. Looking forward to this date.

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    1. Michelle, me too! Wrote it on my calendar and everything. Truly official, heh.

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    1. Ann, great! I'd love to have you :-)

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  9. I had hoped (and planned) to take part in this, but life has a way of getting in the way of my plans. We got a new puppy a couple weeks ago, and she has had multiple health problems. So in addition to training her, I am constantly at the vet's office these days. Reading anything for more than a couple minutes has been difficult.

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    1. Patti, that's a bummer :-( But I understand. You know, if life calms down in June or whatever, you can always catch up after it's started.

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  10. I really hope to join in on this! :D

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    1. Natalie, I hope you can too! I, um... bought a prize for the end-of-read-along giveaway today, heh heh heh.

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    2. Ooh, now I'm intrigued! :D I'm currently working on finishing up my schoolwork for this year (I'm graduating from high school! YAY) so I'm really hoping that doesn't prevent me from reading Jane Eyre...I'm planning on finishing all the books in my current TBR stack before the read-a-long starts in preparation for it. :)

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    3. Congrats on your impending graduation, Natalie! I hope you can finish stuff up by the time this starts, too... but if you don't, you can always catch up.

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  11. I hope I can join this. I'm already excited.

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  12. I'm so doing this! This is actually when we start to look more in depth at Jane Eyre at uni :D

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  13. I'm in! It's been quite a few years since I read Jane Eyre, so I'm looking forward to revisiting it and looking forward to properly participating in one of your read-alongs!

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    1. Birdie, how lovely! I'm happy you'll be joining in :-)

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  14. Only 2 weeks before we begin! Here's my introductory essay on my site about the read-along: http://www.keniasedler.com/a-jane-eyre-read-along/

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    1. Great, Kenia! I'm glad you're excited about it :-) Me too! Thanks for sharing the link.

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  15. It's wonderful that you are doing this. I am looking forward to rereading this beautiful story.

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    1. Thanks, Lucy! I'm so happy we'll be starting it soon!

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  16. I came across this post just in time. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. And I've seen 9 or 10 versions of it as well. I reviewed all the movie adaptations I could find a few summers ago ;) I definitely have opinions :)

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    1. Becky, I'm excited to have you join in! I've only seen I think 4 movie versions, so you're way ahead of me there :-)

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  17. Today is the day, isn't it? I've looked forward to this day for about three weeks and can't wait to get started. When will you post? Should I just go ahead and start re-reading Jane now? Or am I already behind? I taught 12th-grade English for 32 years, and in many of those years, JE was required reading and discussing. I always re-read JE, one of my favorite books. Really looking forward to this read-along!

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    1. Forever Young, yes! Today Is The Day. I finished the kick-off post just now, and you can read it here. I look forward to you sharing the insights you gleaned from teaching it for many years!

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    2. Thanks so much! I'm going there right now. By the way, my name is Sandy. So excited!

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    3. Hi, Sandy! Nice to "meet" you :-) My name is actually Rachel.

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