Ladies Who Rock: Bronte Sisters
Okay, so maybe that picture isn't making you feel excited about picking up a Brontë novel, but I promise you won't be disappointed. Even though these sisters lived in the mid 1800s, they were real good at writing. I mean, holy shit, these books are dramatic. These ladies could have made decent livings as soap opera screenwriters if they had been born 150 years later. In any case, Emily, Charlotte and Anne were talented enough to ensure that their novels are still important to this day.—Katie
This book is out of control. If you've never read it, you need to. It's filled with weird love affairs and like, every single character bites the dust. (That is not a spoiler because this came out literally 150 years ago so c'mon.) There's also about 50 million characters in this book so it can be hard to keep track, but stick it out! And I better not hear anyone tell me that they have a crush on Heathcliff because he is a turd.
Charlotte Brontë's novel is probably the most dramatic out of the bunch. This book has mysterious mansion occurrences, multiple fires, doomed love and the main character, Jane Eyre, has an intense brush with death. Oh yeah, and rich uncle inheritances! Seriously, I think every drama made after Jane Eyre used this as a guideline because damn.
This is totally the least dramatic of all three books mentioned, but it's still worth reading. In this Anne Brontë novel, Agnes and her family fall on hard times so she goes off to work as a nanny. If you can believe it, the families she works for are big, fat jerks and make Agnes' life a living hell. Although Agnes is probably the least exciting of the Brontë heroines (she doesn't even die), it still makes for an interesting read. Nannies for NYC Park Slope families could probably relate to this one.