It's the end of January and I'm already making a good start to my 2019 Reading Challenge. In addition to my Goodreads target of 30 new books, I also came up with a list of specific challenges, including some Brontë related ones. I've already boxed off a book originally published in a language other than English and… Continue reading We Wove a Web in Childhood by Cally Phillips and Charlotte Brontë
This is a short post to wish Anne Brontë, the youngest member of our beloved Brontë family, a very happy birthday. Anne was born in Thornton, Yorkshire to Patrick and Maria Brontë on the 17th January 1820. It's strange to think that the baby of the family would have been the ripe old age of 199 today. Anne… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Anne Brontë
Even 200 years after their births (and longer in Patrick and Maria's case), the Brontë family continue to inspire, entertain, and educate us. Through a perusal of their work and correspondence I've become acquainted with what I call the Brontë philosophy. This isn't a set of hard and fast rules regarding how to live your… Continue reading What the Brontës Taught Me in 2018
With Christmas creeping ever closer, I'm longing to visit Haworth, the home of the Brontës, in order to enjoy the festivities taking place there, some modern and some more familiar to our favourite literary family. I do usually make the trip to see the village decked out for Christmas but haven't managed it yet this… Continue reading The Brontës’ Christmas
It's safe to say that I've read an awful lot of Brontë related books this year, some good and some disappointing, but fortunately the former have outweighed the latter. To round off the year (how are we in December already?) I've compiled a list of the Best Brontë Books of 2018. The books don't need… Continue reading The Best Brontë Books of 2018
The Brontë Parsonage Museum was originally known as Glebe House when it was built in 1778-9. It's very first occupant was the Reverend John Richardson who died in 1791. Following Richardson's death, James Charnock officially occupied the Parsonage until his own death in 1819, but it remains unclear just how much time he actually spent… Continue reading The Brontë Parsonage
The Brontë sisters are three of the most successful and beloved authors of all time. Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848), and Anne (1820-1849) were born to Patrick and Maria Brontë in the small village of Thornton in West Yorkshire, England. In 1820, the sisters, along with their parents and siblings Maria, Elizabeth, and Patrick Branwell (more… Continue reading An Introduction to the Brontë Juvenilia
In honour of the back to school period and the upcoming journey to Hogwarts, I've decided to combine my two literary loves in one post. I'm a proud Ravenclaw, but I've spent the past week wondering which house at Hogwarts would claim which Brontë sibling. It's not as easy to sort them as you'd think; the Brontës were an extraordinary family, but they were also extraordinary and complex individuals.
Part of the preparation for my recent trip to Greece included sorting out my holiday reading list. For once I'd resolved to leave the Brontës firmly behind. A holiday meant a break from everyday life, including everything Brontë related as my readers will know by now that I eat, sleep, and breathe everything to do… Continue reading The Case of the Missing Brontë and the Search for the Perfect Holiday Read
There are so many layers to Wuthering Heights, and there is so much more to it than Cathy and Heathcliff, but, like it or not, at its heart the novel is a love story. However, Emily isn't the only Brontë to depict a hero who is both loathed and loved by readers; her siblings also did the same thing, but in very different ways. Below are my thoughts on various Brontë love interests, some familiar, others less so, but all unable to match the enigma that is Heatchliff. There are spoilers here so don't read on unless you are familiar with the Brontës' work. Why would you even be here if you weren't though?