I was going to pick a favourite book of all time, but that was way too difficult, so I’m picking genres and choosing a favourite out of them. Maybe cheating but maybe not…
This was a toss up between Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Anna Karenina. I narrowed it down because I absolutely hated the nosey parker Mr Lockwood, so that couldn’t be my favourite, very close but not there. Then there was Anna Karenina, which if you have been following this blog for a while then you will know how much I loved reading this book. So that’s my favourite, wrong again, there were parts of the book that dragged and I found hard to read.
So the answer is… Jane Eyre.
This story inspires me in many ways. We follow a young girl from being sent away from her adoptive family, through a boarding school, and becoming a governess and the house of Mr Rochester.
For a book that was written hundreds of years ago there is definitely a sense of girl power that is so relevant in this modern society. When things go badly for Jane and she is basically left with nothing, does she throw herself on a bed in a temper? No, she goes and gets a job and tries to support herself, and make a living of some kind.
She really is a wonderful character and the story is beautifully written. It probably be one of my favourites for a very long time, and I’m so glad I plucked up the courage to delve into it.