Thursday, June 7, 2012

Literate & Stylish: Katie from House of Humble

The premise of Literate & Stylish is simple, and the post is short but sweet- every Thursday I'll be showcasing a lovely lady and her favorite book. She'll share a few pretty photos showing off her personal style, along with her book of choice, and tell us why she loves it. 

from Katie of House of Humble

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre had been on my “to read” list for a very long time, before I finally picked it up last year. It always takes me a little while to adjust to the language in old literature, but the prose in Jane Eyre is so beautiful, I quickly found myself sinking into the lovely rhythm of the words. To summarise the plot very briefly, Jane Eyre is the biographical tale of Jane, from her childhood living with her wealthy aunt and cousins, to her education at Lowood School, to her time as the governess of Thornfield Hall (where she falls in love with her employer Mr Rochester) and beyond. The story is full of tragedy, suspense and creepy gothic imagery, and the romance between Jane and Mr Rochester is so captivating, it's almost impossible not to be drawn into Jane's world.

I think the reason this story resonated so strongly with me, was the strength of the main character. Jane Eyre makes a wonderful heroine. She is smart, strong, sassy and a little bit strange. Her life is full of abuse and hardship but instead of falling in a heap, she bravely marches on. She's intelligent and determined, with strong opinions, values and principals. She refuses to compromise on her convictions, and despite the influence and pressures of the patriarchal society around her, remains fiercely independent. Jane was a woman long ahead of her time.

The tale of Jane Eyre combines adventure, tragedy, romance and happy tears, with an intriguing leading lady at the helm. There is a very good reason this story has become a classic… If you haven't already read Jane Eyre, I urge you, go now!

see previous Literate & Stylish posts here.


  1. Thank you SO very much for having me Dani! I feel honoured to be included in the company of the other amazing literate and stylish ladies :)

    Katie x

  2. That was really enlightening and illuminating! Enlightening in that I was so entranced by Katie's description of the book Jane Eyre, and illuminating because I just love the photos of Katie and Jane Eyre,the book. Thank you for bringing us this great post and long live sassy!

  3. I haven't read this before but, I love these posts!

    Amanda Rose

  4. Katie you rock! I love Jane Eyre! I also love the literate and stylish posts!

  5. great photos. love seeing a full outfit on you Katie and hearing about your have books! x

  6. I've seen the films but have yet to read the book!! After this beautiful review I do believe that I will have to pick up this novel!! Thank you!! xo

  7. I have actually never read this, but it is definitely on my to-read list for this summer. I'm trying to catch up on some classics I never read in high school, and I hear such great things about this book.

  8. I really like that book, and that top is adorable! Have you read North and South? It's pretty fabulous for those who like Jane Eyre

  9. oh, one of my favorites, too! a while back, I read Becoming Jane by Sheila Kohler. It is the semi fictional account of Bronte writing Jane Eyre while taking care of her ailing father, alcoholic brother, and ill sisters. Made me fall in love even more, naturally. Also, love Anne Hathaway in Becoming Jane, the movie. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Katie, I came to visit from House of Humble! Great post, you've reminded me how wonderful Jane Eyre is, and how perfect it would be for a rainy winter's night in Melbourne. I'll have to hunt out my copy.

  11. my favourite book of all time, hands down!! AND I have the exact same copy (wellll... confession, I buy multiple copies of books I love, and this is one of the copies I have of Jane Eyre. I picked it up at a thrift store years ago).

    ps- Danielle, have you finished Insurgent yet? I read it in May and am excited to hear what you thought!

    xo Leanna

  12. I clicked on Katie's link over here. A great read - both the post and Jane Eyre! It's been years for me since I read a Bronte.

    I love the whole idea of this fab site! I'll be back each Thursday. x

  13. I love Jane Eyre too. Such a beautiful story. :)


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