Thursday, September 13, 2018

Where Is Your Bookmark? (A Peek Into Jane Steele, My Favorite Fictional School, and a Wolfish Cover)

Today I am featuring my current read, which also happens to be my September TBR List poll winner:


Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
“Reader, I murdered him.” 
A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre “last confessions” of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.
Burning to know whether she is in fact the rightful heir, Jane takes the position incognito, and learns that Highgate House is full of marvelously strange new residents—the fascinating but caustic Mr. Thornfield, an army doctor returned from the Sikh Wars, and the gracious Sikh butler Mr. Sardar Singh, whose history with Mr. Thornfield appears far deeper and darker than they pretend. As Jane catches ominous glimpses of the pair’s violent history and falls in love with the gruffly tragic Mr. Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him—body, soul, and secrets—without revealing her own murderous past? 
A satirical romance about identity, guilt, goodness, and the nature of lies, by a writer who Matthew Pearl calls “superstar-caliber” and whose previous works Gillian Flynn declared “spectacular,” Jane Steele is a brilliant and deeply absorbing book inspired by Charlotte Brontë’s classic Jane Eyre. [Goodreads Summary]

A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the wonderful Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.
Of all my many murders, committed for love and for better reasons, the first was the most important. 

My thoughts: And with that, I have to know what put her on her current path. Talk about a hook!

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A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.
"Poor little mouse has been on a diet of water and brimstone for four entire days now, after the larder raid," Taylor explained, sounding bored.
"The new girl," Clarke's tiny voice called. "Please don't punish her, for I hardly know her name. Steele, I think, and she was very tired, as she only arrived today. Miss Lilyvale told her to say her prayers, and she . . . didn't, sir. She fell asleep." [page 56]

My thoughts: I haven't yet reached this scene, but it appears are Jane Steele has had a rough childhood. I do not care much for Taylor.


What do you think? Does this sound like book you would be interested in reading? 

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Originally hosted by Books by Proxy, Friday Face Off is now hosted by the fabulous Lynn of  Lynn’s Book Blog. Participants are asked to feature two more more covers of the same book with the week's assigned theme, and pick a favorite. 

This week the theme is a book whose cover features a wolf or wolves

I chose one of my favorites from Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, Bitten


My eye is most drawn to the night scene with the wolf in the distance, framed by the tree and brush, a silhouette of a kind. I am less sure of the font used for the title, but I can live with it.

Which cover do you prefer? 
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Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Each week, Carrie at The Butterfly Reads and Laura from Blue Eye Books ask participants to list what they like and don't like about that week's topic.


This week's topic is Favorite/Least Favorite Book Set in a School 

I probably should try and pick a lesser known book, but let's be honest. Most of us would go to Hogwarts if we could, even if only to walk its halls and explore the grounds. And I just love all of J.K. Rowlings characters and the world she created in the Harry Potter novels.



My least favorite is a bit tougher. There are plenty of schools I am glad I never attended, but for this selection, I went with a book I just could not get into. The Awakening by L.J. Smith, the first in the Vampire Diaries. I barely finished it. I really liked the television show, however--at least what I saw of it.



Have you read these? What would you say is your favorite book set in a school? Your least favorite?


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56 comments:

  1. I agree - that first line is quite the hook!

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    1. Kathy - I am enjoying it so far. :-) Thanks for stopping by, Kathy. Have a great weekend.

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  2. I've got Jane Steele on my shelf and I can't wait to get to it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Lauren - I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Yes, I think a lot of us would have liked to try Hogwarts. If only our owls had arrived with our invitations, right? LOL

    Will enjoy hearing about your experience with JANE STEELE. I've read other books by the author and like her way of telling a story.

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    1. Kay - I think Hogwarts would be such fun. I am still waiting for my owl. Haha

      Thanks for visiting, Kay!

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    1. Catherine - I am enjoying it so far. Thanks for stopping by, Catherine!

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  5. Great first line. I hope you enjoy the book. This week I am featuring Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. Happy reading!

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  6. I've been eyeing Jane Steele, and now I definitely want to know more. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SECRETS OF THE TULIP SISTERS”

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I am glad to finally be reading it! It's been on my TBR shelf awhile now. Thanks for visiting, Laurel-Rain. Have a great weekend.

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  7. I love the blue cover the best, I think that's your favorite as well. This was a great choice for the prompt this week!

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    1. Tammy - Thank you! It's a fun series. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I like the book you chose for Friday Faceoff. I've avoided reading this series by Kelley Armstrong because there are way too many novels and I am overwhelmed but I wish I read them. I think the cover you chose is gorgeous but book number two has a nicer wider font and other than the red color I like the eye of the wolf on the cover. So, top row, middle .

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    1. Jackie - Thank you! It is a big series, but the neat thing is that the books all feature different characters, with some overlap. The werewolf books are among my favorite in the series. Although I like her witch characters too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Why on earth didn't I think of this series (probably because it's such a while since I read it - well, in fairness, I only read the first one). I love your choice of cover, the colour works really well and I love the wolf in the background.
    I read the Jane Steele book a while ago and really enjoyed it.
    Lynn :D

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    1. Lynn - I almost went with Patricia Briggs' Cry Wolf, but I hadn't read it yet and decided it was time I feature a book I have read. :-) I am glad to hear you enjoyed Jane Steele. I am enjoying it too!

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  10. I agree about the night sky version of Bitten with the wolf (and about the font---it's okay, but not my favorite). That cover is striking!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Nicole - I'm with you about that font. Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. Oooh, Jane Steele sounds like an awesome read! Love the snippets! Enjoy! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Ashley - I like it so far! I hope you have a great weekend too. Thanks for visiting, Ashley!

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  12. I like the blue and purple covers for Bitten best! They are really pretty colors and I like the design too!

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    1. Brittany - Those are among my favorite colors. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Laura - It's really good so far! Thanks for visiting, Laura. :-)

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  14. Those quotes you pulled from Jane Steele are intriguing; they definitely make me want to know more. :)

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  15. The cover and snippets are interesting! Happy weekend!

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  16. That opening totally made me laugh. I might have to check this one out in the future. Happy reading!

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  17. This looks like an interesting adaptation of Jane Eyre!

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    1. Nicki - It is good so far, and I like the way the narrative includes references to the original novel. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Oh I agree, that first line is the best hook!

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  19. It sounds like a very good book. I think one of my reviewers read it. See what we are featuring at Girl Who Reads

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    1. Donna - I am really enjoying it so far. I know it was quite popular when it first came out. Thanks for stopping by, Donna!

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  20. That really is a hook on Jane Steele. I will definitely need to borrow my sister's copy the next time I visit her because I already want to read more of this story.

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    1. Suzanne - I am liking it quite a bit so far. I do recommend it! Thanks for visiting!

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  21. I think the third Bitten cover is my favorite too, I just love that night scene.

    I've never seen the Vampire Diaries other than maybe snippets of the first episode, I think.

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    1. Greg - Me too. I have a soft spot for night scenes. Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. For my favorite series set in a school, I'd have to go with your choice: Harry Potter.

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    1. Lark - Harry Potter's world is one of the best. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  23. Great opening lines on Jane Steele, enjoy it. And yes, Hogwarts for sure :)

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  24. I read Jane Steele last year and really enjoyed it. Especially the beginning of the book was gripping. Would definitely like to read more by this author!

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    1. Iliana - I am glad to know you enjoyed Jane Steele. I'm about half way through and liking it quite a bit. It's my first by Faye. Thanks for visiting!

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  25. You are making me want to pick up my copy of Jane Steele and get started. I had no idea that there were so many covers for Bitten. I think that I have only seen the red one before this post.

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    1. Carole - I was surprised by all the covers too! I hope ypu do read Jane Steele. It has me captivated. And being that I love Jane Eyre, I'm loving the references to the classic. It's not necessary to have read the original though. It's a very different novel.

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  26. Jane Steele is on my TBR. It looks really good! I love all the different memes you're doing. I really love Friday 50/50. I need to give that one a try!

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    1. Katherine - Thank you! The 50/50 meme is fun. :-) I hope you enjoy Jane Steele as much as I am.

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  27. I knew that people would go for HP! It's a fitting choice for this topic for sure!

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Carrie - I tried to think of one besides Harry Potter, but I kept coming back to the series. Thank you for visiting!

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