Brooding about the Brontës 2021

Lately I’ve been Brooding again.

I’ve been having a secret Brontë binge.

Not quite as much of a binge as last year when I did A Brontë a Day for May but enough that it made me want to share it.

I’ve finally completed my Brontë reading list and I’ve actually read The Professor after having it on my TBR since 1998! 🤯

I’ve finished The Diabolical Bones, follow-up to The Vanished Bride and it was amazing! 🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♀️

I’ve also plucked up courage to share my thoughts about Brontë’s Mistress after being politely asked to leave the blog tour last year 😳 (I understand why and it was definitely for the best but I still felt really embarrassed)

I also had a surprise hit with The Wife Upstairs which was a sweary and bonkers re-imagining of Jane Eyre.

I also have some sad thoughts on the Brontë fandom and some bittersweet ones about the family – brooding about the Brontës has always been one of my favourite things to do on the site and I would love it if other people can join in too 😍

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2 thoughts on “Brooding about the Brontës 2021

  1. I haven’t read any of the Brontë spinoff fiction (if that is the correct term, I’m hopelessly ignorant about such books) but I’m doing my own Brontë celebration this year by re-reading the six published-in-their-lifetime novels (one reading of The Professor is enough for me, than you very much!); it’s been over a decade since I last read them and it’s been amazing to read them again with another decade of life experience under my belt, and a relief that I still love them as much as I ever did!

    I will look forward to your Brooding about the Brontës blog posts (I actually discovered your blog when wistfully searching for someone who loved the Juliet Barker Brontë biography as much as I did!😊)

    1. Oh crumbs yes – I really don’t think that I’ll be re-reading the Professor. A little bit torn as I’ve promised my partner that I’ll try to get rid of (donate) books that I’m finished with but even though I didn’t like it, I still would like to keep the Prof around as it is a Bronte novel. It’s just not enthralling though and the anti-Belgian sentiment gets a bit grating. Really glad to have ticked it off!

      I think that your project sounds like a wonderful plan! I’m feeling like it might be time to re-read Tenant even though I do that about every two years. Or maybe Heights. I think those are my two favourite. Although Agnes Grey features the only Bronte leading male who is in any way appealing … oh so many wonderful books!

      I am enjoying having a mini brood 😍 just trying to finish my last post but got a couple of review posts incoming one the next few days – looking forward to hearing what you think!

      I am so glad to hear from another Juliet Barker fan – I’ve enjoyed other biographies as well especially the Bronte Cabinet, Bronte Myth and a couple of recent Charlotte ones but I think that Barker is the Queen! It’s too bad that I think she’s a bit intimidating for a lot of people. I remember I set myself a target of 100 pages a day and weirdly enough I managed it. I think it was because I was pregnant at the time and had a lot of medical appointments that involved a lot of waiting time.

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