Summer Reading Project: Villette

July 4, 2009 at 2:18 pm (Summer Reading Project, Victorian literature) (, , )

my Oxford World's Classics copy of Villette by Charlotte Brontë

my Oxford World's Classics copy of Villette by Charlotte Brontë

A second Summer Reading Project is being hosted over at The Valve, and the book for this summer is Charlotte Brontë’s Villette. Since I’ve been jonesing to read more Brontë anyway, this seemed like a great opportunity. Plus, a couple people over at are reading along, too. It’s a big reading frenzy!

The Summer Reading Project II Proposal

Reminder and more info

I started a couple of days ago, between Black Alibi and the rest of my life, and I am on Chapter V now, so am making good time. When I read a literary classic,I always read the Introduction or Forward (I would do this for any book, but classics tend to have them more often than pop fiction), though I know some people feel that this can ruin enjoyment due to spoilers; do you prefer to read supplemental information before or after you finish a book? I also really enjoy footnotes and endnotes, and read them as they come up in the text.  I have heard complaints about them, but that just seem odd to me; I feel that notes enhance a reading. Do footnotes or endnotes bother you? Well, off to work and more Villette!

Have a happy Fourth!



  1. Jenny said,

    Footnotes and endnotes drive me insane! I much prefer margin notes, like they have in my Annotated Alice. I can’t leave a footnote or an endnote alone (or an introduction or forward, since you bring it up), and I find the notes so distracting!

    I’ve been trying to decide for a while whether I want to read Villette. I took this class in college about Victorian adaptations, and most of the people in the class were also taking a Brontes class, and they all HATED Villette. It put me off a bit. I’m excited to see what you think of the finished book!

  2. Schatzi said,

    I have to say, I’m liking it enormously so far.

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