I thought I hadn’t read much this year so far, but apparently I’m wrong:
7. Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress XXI
6. Adele: Jane Eyre’s Hidden Story by Emma Tenant
Wretched. Terrible. Please don’t read this if you cared for Jane Eyre at all. She took the characters and made them different people and changed around things that we know to be true from the original novel (like oh, say, when something happened.). I understand the idea of playing around with the behind-the-scenes of a famous novel, but this is just not the way to go.
5. Jane Eyre
Lovely, as ever. This time around I noticed more of the God talk in there that I don’t think I ever really paid attention to before.
4. Wide Sargasso Sea
This time around I noticed a few little places where things didn’t quite line up to Jane Eyre, but for the most part this is a really good prequel.
3. Drink Down the Moon by Charles de Lint
2. Jack the Giant Killer by Charles de Lint
I read these two back-to-back, so I don’t remember a lot of detail from one to another. They were really good though, and I will re-read them again in the future (which says a lot, because I don’t spend a lot of time rereading unless it’s a favorite classic)
1. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
This wasn’t what I was expecting, a little book of daily poems about living in the dust bowl, but it was so very good.
Also currently reading: Midnight Girl by Will Shetterly, Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, and Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner (depending on my mood).