Announcement: Brooding about the Brontës

It’s an exciting day today at Girl with her Head in a Book – I’m announcing my very first ever blog event!

From 18th to 24th April 2016, I am going to be Brooding about the Brontës and I would welcome as many people as possible to join me!




All the fun around Book Blogger Appreciation Week got me to thinking about other blogging fun and games and although I loved Austen in August last year, I feel that the Brontës are rather under-represented in the book blogging community.  I asked around and it seems as though there is no equivalent event for them.

This year is Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday and is also the year that I am the same age as Anne Bronte when she died (Anne has always been my favourite of the sisters) so once I decided, I felt very excited about the whole idea.  Luckily, a few blogging friends have already agreed to guest posts so I am really looking forward to the conversation and to hearing from as many people as possible.

To participate, please sign up in the comments below – I will be posting regular reminders in the build-up towards the event and a central link-up post once everything kicks off.

My very helpful boyfriend helped me to put together some images to help advertise the event, so if you plan on participating, please do feel free to share them on your own blogs to help spread the word. Unfortunately hot-linking is disabled on my site so you will need to download.

I am hoping that people will review Brontë-related books, have Brontë-related discussions and in general just have a good brood along with me about what it was that made their writing so amazing.

I am going to be aiming to read the following:

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë, Claire Harman

The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects, Deborah Lutz

There are also a few spin-off reads that I’m hoping to get to as well – Yuki Chan in Brontë Country is one, Reader, I Married Him is another – please do feel free to share other recommendations!

I look forward to having a good brood, to reading some good books and generally having a Brontë party right here on my home territory, all are welcome to join in too!

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38 thoughts on “Announcement: Brooding about the Brontës

  1. Well done you!

    No surprise to you that I’ve read none of them (the usual pre-twentieth century writing problem) but I know about them and a bit about the family tensions and so on.

    So I hope it goes well and lots of people sign up, I shall certainly be reading what you all have to say!

    1. I hope other people join in too but I’m enjoying the planning side of it and also the chance to focus my reading slightly more on something that has always interested me. I already have a few people who have agreed to take part so I’m sure I’ll have fun!

  2. I want to join in! I completely love the Brontes; Anne is my favourite too. I want to read their juvenilia, which I’ve had on my shelf for a little while. Perhaps Gaskell’s biography of Charlotte too.
    There’s a novel out this week called ‘The Madwoman Upstairs’ which is about a fictional relative of the Brontes. It’s very entertaining and has lots of Bronte analysis in it too. Also ‘Worlds of Ink and Shadow’ by Lena Coakley is well worth a read. I loved ‘Yuki Chan’ as well.

    1. Hi – I just found you on Twitter (apologies if that seems stalkerish!) I would love it if you could get involved! I currently have a few guest posts lined up already but am still recruiting.
      I am really interested that you liked the Madwoman – I got a free copy via Netgalley and gave up in disgust (I used to work for University of Oxford so being asked to believe that they would put a student in a stone room up a tower beggared belief – we were forever being told that food and accommodation had to be kept ultra-modern inside as otherwise we would lose students to Princeton). If you could share why it was that you liked it I would be curious. Hadn’t heard of the Coakley book. Interesting, again. Yay, I’m so excited for this!

  3. This sounds like so much fun! I totally agree there should be an event for the Brontes. 🙂 I would love to participate – I’m going to have to think about what I would want to write about. I saw in an above comment that you stopped reading The Madwoman Upstairs – I finished it recently (my review goes up this Friday), and I wanted to let you know that the novel has a very interesting take on Anne Bronte if that might interest you. I actually didn’t love the book, and I didn’t quite like how the main character saw the Brontes, but it was very thought-provoking, and as you are a fan of Anne, it was interesting to see how the author viewed Anne and her novels in comparison to her sisters.

    I also have a recommendation if you have time to read it – a novel called Jane Steele comes out this month – with Jane Eyre as a serial killer. I think it’s really good so far! 🙂

    I look forward to Brooding About the Brontes! Thank you for hosting this!

    1. Maybe I should give the Madwoman book another go – it just irritated me like fingernails on a blackboard when I tried it. It didn’t help that I live in Oxford so I knew that she was making up the locations. I am a fan of Anne though so maybe …

      I’ve heard of Jane Steele – I may add that to the list! I’m wondering if a week will be long enough but I’ve never done a blog event before so didn’t want to aim too high. If you want to share the sidebar image or spread the word in any other way, that would be great! Looking forward to sharing the conversation – further announcements will follow shortly! 🙂

      1. It’s so cool that you live in Oxford btw – I’ve visited a couple times and it’s so beautiful there. I feel like the author did make up things about the Brontes too – or at least twisted them, but I tried not to feel too overprotective about them – I probably didn’t succeed. 😀

        I hope to post next week or the week after about the event – hopefully have some ideas for my posts too. If you want to extend the event, I’ll be right there with you! 🙂

    1. Maybe I should try the Madwoman upstairs – I’ve been making an effort to give up on books more easily so I enjoy more of my reading (been a bit swamped with review copies lately) and this one was like fingernails on a blackboard for me. I am keen for the Charlotte Bronte biography though and Nine Objects. Please do join in with the Brooding next month! 🙂

  4. Lovely idea,mad on the Brontes since a child,perhaps because of a ITV series The Brontes of Haworth,Micheal Kitchen was Bramwell,great novels and poems,think read all the novels…yes I have! But its been a while…

    1. Hooray – keep checking the site for further updates and please do share the sidebar image on your site (which I only discovered today and which is absolutely amazing!) Glad to hear that other people are planning on trying the Bronte Cabinet – eek I am so excited! 🙂

  5. Just heard about this through BronteBlog – sounds like fun! I will try to remember to take part (haven’t yet figured out the calendar thingy on my phone, so I tend to forget events).

    I have a website that’s largely about Jane Eyre (and its many film versions) but also contains my views on other Charlotte books and related works (Villette, Wide Sargasso Sea, etc.). If you’re so inclined, check it out: (Am almost finished reading Shirley – should post that review within the next week.) Anyhoo, hope to join you!

    1. Hello! Thank you for commenting – please do feel free to join in! I’m still recruiting for guest posters (I have someone who is planning to explain why she doesn’t like Charlotte so if you wanted to write in her defence …) Will definitely check out your site! 🙂

  6. Glad I found this! I have only read Jane Eyre and I will be reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall for the recent CC Spin, so while I probably don’t have a lot to contribute here, I know I will learn a lot by reading!

  7. I am one hundred percent participating in this, no matter what happens! I’ve been looking for an excuse to reread Jane Eyre recently, and I’ve got a few books out from my Uni library about them (well, about Charlotte, mostly). I am so so pumped for this!

  8. I’d love to join in! I’ve been meaning to reread Jane Eyre this year so this would be the perfect reason to finally get on with that.

  9. Just say this post after I’ve read all the others for this event. This looks great. And though I’ve only read one book by the sisters (Wuthering Heights), I am looking forward to doing this event.

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