Friday, November 16, 2012

May I suggest Algebra with a side of Jane Eyre?

Lately, my high school tutoring student, is working her way through Algebra, which is not at all my specialtyy.  Except that I do have a soft spot in my heart for math.  Not crazy advanced math, but nice, neat Algebra.  Polite, plug a formula into it and come out with the right answer, Algebra.  Can I just say, fellow moms, or anyone who often feels like life would be much easier with formulas and some concrete black and white answers, that Algebra is just the thing you need!!!  There is something so therapeutic about being able to find the right answer.  About a formula that works every time.  If only it worked that way in parenting ;)

And, speaking of high school flash backs, I decided to read Jane Eyre last week.  I know that I was supposed to read it my senior year of high school, and as I stood in front of my book shelf, scanning the books, hoping to find something that I hadn't read yet, Jane Eyre popped out at me.  I have been attempting to go back and read all those books from high school and college that I was supposed to read but that I opted for the cliff notes instead.  It turns out that Jane Eyre is SO GOOD.  Now that is the way to write a story ;)  And now I wish I could go back all those years and hear what my senior English teacher had to say about the book.  Did I write a paper on it?  How did I get by without reading these books?!!  And can I also just say, that when I was the English teacher myself, I would think to myself that if I , who ended up majoring in English, didn't read the books that were assigned to me, then it was some serious wishful thinking to believe that these students in my class who weren't even pretending to be interested in literature were reading anything that I was assigning!!  All of that to say, if you're looking for a great story, Charlotte Bronte provides it in Jane Eyre.

I think I might revisit Faulkner next.  My first summer of graduate school, I took a seminar on Faulkner.  Just Faulkner, on Thursday afternoons, for four hours.  I remember wading my way through his writing, so sleepy, and only getting sleepier as I tried to make sense of what he was saying.  It left me with a bad taste in my mouth, and now I want to try it again.  It changes everything when it's not required, doesn't it?

(the pictures have nothing to do with this post, but I just thought I'd add a little color to the post.  We are loving fall, and I am not quite ready to say good-bye and move on to the Christmas season. I haven't soaked it up as much as I wanted to.  Oh well, at least it will come again next year...)

4 comments:

Jenn said...

Well I didn't read most of the assignments either, but I did read Jane eyre and it's always been one of my favorite stories. Hello, let's all agree that maybe JUST MAYBE the great and powerful jk Rowling PERHAPS ripped Snape off of mr. Rochester? Or is it just me?

Anyway. Did Faulkner do as I lay dying? Because that's another one that I actually read and quite enjoyed. Was that high school? I don't remember a single English class at auburn now that I think about it. Surely I took at least a few...

Remember web Jane is little and the orphanage tells her that naughty little girls go to hell when they die and her solution was not to die? Classy.

Thank you for your sweet comments. Every time this happens, with realizing DUH OPEN YOUR BIBLE YOU MORON, I feel SO foolish!! What was I thinking?!?! Why is human nature so stupid?!?!

Anyway. I appreciate it.

I tried to read the hobbit in college when The Lord of the rings movies came out, but I couldn't get through it. And the actual lord of the rings books, forget it. But now that I'm older and wiser (haha) I might give it another go. I just recently got into the whole fantasy thing with the game of thrones and it took me a while to warm up to the idea, but I liked them well enough. And I need some serious weight for all these flights coming up :)

Okay. Thanks again.

Jenn

Sarah Garner said...

I read Jane eyre last Christmas and loved it! I tried to do the same reading regiment too. Much easier to read when it's not mandatory! Now I have to figure out how to do this whole motherhood thing so I can read pleasure books again in addition to parenting books. I've been thinking about and praying for you guys with the whole moving thing. I know that's so hard. Love you!

Deanna said...

Ha! I think Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights were the two required books I actually read all of in school. Oh, and To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby. (And yes, I'm including college in that statement!)

I reread Jane Eyre last year and really enjoyed it as well. I also highly recommend The Flight of Gemma Hardy--it's a more modern "re-imagining" of Jane Eyre. It is SO good. Let me know if you want to borrow it and I can send it by your dad! : )

Mary said...

Jane Eyre is Rachel's favorite book of all time...she keeps trying to get me to read it, so this is just the push I needed! I have seen the movie (several different versions) but have been amazed at how much I loved Pride & Prejudice (the book) , even after having seen the movie. The books are just so , so much better! Will read Jane Eyre as soon as I finish Sense & Sensibility!