Happy June y’all, and welcome back to my Saturday Book List series!
I am thrilled to be back after a several week hiatus with a new list for y’all. Today I am sharing 6 books to read for fans of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I have to admit I was an adult before I actually read this book about four years ago. But don’t worry, I loved it!
Jane Eyre is a unique classic with a mix of suspense, love, tragedy and hope. There are so many reasons to love this novel. So if you haven’t read it, I would start by reading Jane Eyre 😉
And if you are already a Jane Eyre fan, I hope you enjoy my list of novels below.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte // If you love Charlotte Bronte, the best place to start is with her sisters’ novels. I have only read this one (so far) years ago and I can’t say it was my favorite novel. But it has similar suspense, intense passion, and a darker tone than say Jane Austen novels.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell // I just finished this book and loved it! Gaskell creates a spirited, strong heroine in Margaret Hale that reminds me of Jane Eyre at times. She also experiences difficult trials. and she is able to rise above them. This novel also tackles more intense issues like class, death, strikes, and faith crises which I think would interest fans of Jane Eyre which discusses similar themes.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier // I have only read this novel once for high school summer reading. But it is the first novel I thought of for this list. Suspense seems the best word to describe this book. I can’t even spoil the ending for you–I don’t remember it! Ha!
The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay // I’ve raved about Katherine’s books on my blog before. This one follows Lucy, a former rare books saleswoman who is hired as a consultant on a trip to England. She must confront her past and future on this trip that culminates at Haworth, home of the Bronte sisters. I love the way Katherine weaves Bronte literature and other classics into her modern tales. This book will inspire you to travel to the Haworth House!
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen // I included this Austen novel because of it’s Gothic elements. While it is a satire of the genre, it also has true Gothic elements that complicate that tone. I love this novel and think it’s a great one for fans of Jane Eyre.
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgsen Burnett // I loved Burnett’s books as a kid and I continue to love the as an adult. This one is great for this list because it has a darker, more suspenseful tone with the mystery surrounding the garden and Mary’s aunt’s death. I love the way the garden creates friendship and hope for the children. It’s been years since I’ve read this one–time for a reread!
On my TBR:
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
- Agnes Gray by Anne Bronte
What books do you recommend for Jane Eyre lovers?