The Book That Changed Jane Eyre Forever/By Hephzibah Anderson


Wide Sargasso Sea turned Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel inside out. As the book celebrates its 50th anniversary, Hephzibah Anderson explains its enduring power.

In other respects, Rhys’s novel shows how timeless Jane Eyre is. Wide Sargasso Sea’s symbolism, at first glance so modernist – the dreams and visions, the magic and incantation – turns out to echo Brontë’s. And while it’s a feminist rewriting, linking madness and entrapment with womanhood, such themes remind us that Brontë’s classic is also, in its way, a feminist text. Though Rhys holds Antoinette up as a marginalised character, Jane, as a spinster governess, is similarly disenfranchised. Just as Creole Antoinette is mocked by her black neighbours and looked down on by white Europeans like Rochester, so Jane belongs neither upstairs nor downstairs at Thornfield Hall.


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Favourite Non-Canon Ships/ Top 5 Wednesday


Top 5 Wednesday

Good morning Wednesdayers, how is it in the Book World on your end?  Today we are talking about love, yes love and no it is not February. Now, let me be indiscreet to say that the word “Ship” or “Shipping” always strike me as  teenager language, I prefer saying  love interest and I love talking about characters I wish ended in forever.


October 19th: Favorite Non-Canon Ships
–These are the couples you love, but they never got together in canon (canon meaning: what actually happened in the text). Or that did get together, but weren’t together in the end of the series. Or a couple you ship but it’s actually impossible for them to be together because they are from different worlds, franchises, etc. Let your shipper heart run wild. I know mine will.

Let us dive into it:

Jo and Teddy from Little Women by Louisa M Alcott

I was so disappointed when they both married other persons and not each other. I will always dislike the ending of the story because of this romantic/disappointment. I felt that that they were meant for each other based on their emotional and loving connection but the writer had other plans.

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The Secret Garden [A Book Review]


Secret Garden

Heart-warming, soul turning, emotional healing blended in the midst of an alluring moor and a beautiful garden.

I felt like my heart went through a healing process reading about Mary and Collin’ s journey to peace and happiness. It is so important to point out how the author showed that the children could not glow on the outside without changing their insides. Mary and Collin first had to change negative thoughts to positive and learn to act kindly and pleasantly to others. The transformation was so beautiful that I had my hand on my heart with a smile on my face reading the last few chapters. Collins call  it magic, I call it inner peace but whatever name anyone calls it, everyone was affected. At first I felt I had to keep my eyes on Dr. Craven but even he too got caught in the miracle of good change. It was a combination of goodwill brought with Mary, Dickson and Martha.

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Daily Prompt: Promises


via Daily Prompt: Promises

Do not promise me promises that you promise you would make

because we both know your history with promises.

Do not promise me forever when your tomorrows are

limited to now and next month or perhaps the next two months.

Practise how to keep vows, look in the mirror and repeat the words over,

over and over again.

Until you can understand the value of a promise, please stop taking

promises so lightly because they are serious words.


Agnes Grey [A Book Review]

Anne Bronte

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

You know how you feel when you take a stroll enveloped in a gentle breeze accompanied by your thoughts and gentle whispering birds and the clouds dancing above? Well this is Anne Bronte’ s ‘Agnes Grey’. An unaffected prose of the sometimes too busy plot development where the authors tries unsuccessfully to cover a thousand storylines. ‘Agnes Grey’ does not suffer such fate and the reader clearly sees that Agnes is in charge of the story and Miss Murray’s chuckling presentation is there merely to assist in ‘climaxing’ Agnes Grey.

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Top 5 Wednesday/ Books That Took You The Longest To Finish (Classic Edition)


Top 5 Wednesday

Hello to all folks out in Book Land for we visit another topic for Top 5 Wednesday (better late than never). Today’s topic speak of books which took the longest to read not necessarily because of the length but struggle to get past the beginning, middle or it took us ages to finish the last pages. There are books that I am currently reading, I am climbing at a steady pace (or not so much) to finish read, however today’s books are only for the finished.

Let us dive into it:

° Bleak House by Charles Dickens

I started the story sometime around October/ November 2015 as part of a Spin Challenge for the Classic Book Club but I did not finish till February 2016. What made the book stood out for me was the challenge to get pass near the middle when the Jarndayce vs Jarndayce matter took precedence. I had to read from my copy and had the aid of a audio. I am definitely not rereading anytime soon but I still have a ‘thing’ for Charles Dickens work.

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Mary Barton [A Book Review]


Elizabeth Gaskell

                                                  General  Observation

I am still on chapter four but I feel that Gaskell is creating a headstrong, defiant, beautiful and independent heroine in Mary. She reminds me a bit of Margaret Hale from North and South. It is interesting that Mr. Barton does not want his daughter to work in the factory because of his dislike for the toil on her life and laboring for a rich class that he feels does not help working people but Mary (the daughter).

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Africa Was the Richest Continent in the 14th Century. What happened?

The European slave trade: the destruction of Africa by Portugal

The link about draws the argument that after the Portuguese landed on the continent, Africa was never the same again.