Jane Eyre is a classic I read long ago in my growing-up days. Not too long ago I read it again, and got so much more out of it this time around. Details I hadn't even remembered. It's a wonderful story. And don't you just love the cover?
I'm currently re-reading Pride and Prejudice with this annotated edition, and I'm enjoying the notes, illustrations, and diagrams so much. The story is on the left-hand pages, with tons of footnotes on the facing pages. It's a great way to read a classic! I'm learning a lot about the times, culture, and lifestyle of the time period.
Both of these books are Sonlight titles, and I have a copy of each to give away! To enter my drawing just leave a comment on this post. I'd love it if you'd answer one or more of the questions below in your comment. One person will win both books. (US addresses only, please.)
The Literary Heroine Blog Party Questions:
Introduce yourself! Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!
I've posted lots of random things about myself before, if you're interested in knowing all kinds of trivial things about me. I aspire to be a novelist. I have my novel started, but I'm not working on it regularly just yet. I'm allowing myself time to learn the craft, do lots of research, and think through my story. I still have over a year of homeschooling to teach, so I'm allowing myself that time.
What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?
A good heroine has a story to tell, a conflict to resolve, and grows in the process. It also helps if she's intelligent. Maybe not always make the best choices, but at least not be a total ditz.
Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.
Anne Shirley, Rilla Blythe, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Five of your favorite historical novels?
Anne of Green Gables, Rilla of Ingleside, The Blue Castle (all by L.M. Montgomery), Little Town on the Prairie and These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why?
Rilla is my favorite because she matures from the somewhat-pampered "baby of the family" to a self-assured, responsible young woman.
Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?
Anne is a secondary character in Rilla of Ingleside (being Rilla's mother), and I love reading about her in that role after following her coming-of-age and young womanhood through the other novels in the series.
If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there?
I would love to take a road trip all over the continent, lingering in small towns and off-the-beaten-path scenic by-ways.
What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?
It changes from time-to-time, but right now I am enjoying the mid-20th century... from the 1930s through the 1960s.
You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of?
Definitely recitation. I love to read aloud.
If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?
Oh! Can I be Mrs. Rachel Lynde (from the Anne books)? I've always wanted to be a nosy little ol' busy-body!
What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate?
I can take it or leave it. I'd just as soon have caramel or toffee.
Um, yeah. L.M. Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land?
A camera and a journal.
In which century were most of the books you read written?
The 20th. I enjoy older novels occasionally, but in the 1800s mainstream novels were written to be morally uplifting (preachy) and not just for entertainment. Yes, I prefer wholesome books, but not so much when the sermon overpowers the story.
In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is…
attentive to the heroine.
Describe your ideal dwelling place.
I love a house with lots of windows and a wrap-around porch, preferably with a view of the mountains.
Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence.
My fashion style tends to be traditionally feminine but not frilly.
Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name?
Yes. I didn't much care for Gilbert's name in the Anne stories. But it did finally grow on me. Just as Lyle's name did.
In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is...
I'm coming up with a blank on this one.
Three favorite non-fiction books?
The Bible, of course. Beyond that, I can't pin down favorites.
Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?
In a hammock, with a stack of books and a journal at hand.
Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character.
Time constraints will prevent me from dwelling on this question long enough to come up with a truly insightful answer, so I guess I'll skip this one.
Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year.
Spending Labor Day weekend with my mother and her older brother in Oklahoma, gathering information for my novel.
Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.
"...that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ... that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection..." --Philippians 3:8-10