“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.” – Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

In 2003 the BBC compiled it’s The Big Read characterising the nation’s top 100 best-loved novels. Having only read 11 of recommended books, I decided I would ditch the trashy chick lits (a must have for poolside reading) for some classics, widening my literacy education.

My Bookcase

Starting with Catcher in the rye by J. D. Salinger I was intrigued by discovering accounts from different eras, expressing insights and struggles which could be faced on a daily basis. Since having a change of genre, I’ve also read; Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H Laurence, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Persuasion by Jane Eyre.

I was lucky to find HMV selling Collins Classics for £1, managing to reach the till with arms laden full of paperbacks.

With Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte being the last, I’m eager to watch the film adaptation which was release today. (Friday September 9)


The trailer promises to convey the raw and haunting progression through Jane’s difficult life. Remaining true to her strong and determined nature through an unloved childhood, and as she falls for her daunting master Mr Rochester. Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Imogen Poots, Tamzin Merchant.

I extremely enjoyed Jane Eyre- without any airs and graces, she battles internal moral issues and hidden secrets to find the love she’d always longed for.