abc book challenge

The ABC Book Challenge – J

Hey, everyone! Welcome back to another ABC Book Challenge post. I decided to do this to add more variety to the blog and also because it looked incredibly fun (and so far, it is!). Once again, thank you to Sofii @A Book. A Thought. for introducing this tag to me, and for her support. You should definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already!

Here’s the challenge: Every week (though I have not strictly been following this, haaaa), I’ll have a post sharing my most favorite titles as well as those on my current TBR list that start with the corresponding letter. (For weird letters like Q, X, and Z, I might have to bend the rules a little and just have those letters somewhere in the title, but we’ll see.)

This week is the letter J!

Favorite Titles That Start with “J”

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is firmly one of my most favorite gothic romances. (Not saying that Charlotte is the best Brontë sister, but she’s the best in my book.) Jane’s longing for independence and education, the “Madwoman in the Attic” origin, and the Byronic hero in Mr. Rochester are all high points in the novel, but the real draw is how ahead of its time Jane Eyre was. It deals with provocative questions of religion, feminism, social status, and sexuality. The fact that it was the first prose novel to use first-person to delve into the moral and spiritual development and psychology of its protagonist—a woman written by a woman—is so crucial. Once again, I have a fellow woman to thank for some of my favorite aspects of fiction writing.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is, believe it or not, one of my favorite plays of his, and I’m still surprised by how much I loved it. I guess it’s because it’s a historical and political play at its heart, which I’m a sucker for. I’m fuzzy on the details because I need a serious re-read or to see it on stage, but I remember being so captivated by the drama and morality of it all. Besides, all the “beware the Ides of March” jokes are even funnier as a result.

Books on My TBR List That Start with “J”

Wow, this actually looks like a respectable number of favorites and TBRs compared to my previous posts, haha. The benefit of “J” being such an unusual letter, eh?

Do I have any fans of Jane Eyre and Julius Caesar out there? What’s your favorite title that starts with “J”?

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