Several months ago, I decided to read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I thoroughly enjoy creepy books, and this one had just the right balance of the creeps, tragedy, and romance. I absolutely adore this book, and would recommend it to both ladies and gentlemen alike. The thing is, while it is focused on a girl, it is an uncharacteristically good story and has a happy ending. This particular point is important because the next book I read does NOT.
Because I so enjoyed Jane Eyre, I decided to read Wuthering Heights. This is written by Emily Bronte, Charlotte's sister. I was curious as to whether or not their writing styles were similar. They are definitely both tragic, in parts (although this one doesn't ever stop being tragic), and the novels share some themes. For example, both stories strive to highlight the undue amount of importance society then (and now) places on looks and class. I, however, found the storylines not at all similar and both refreshingly original. Neither one is the typical mono-myth, and there were no damsels in distress or nights in shinning armor to be found. I am undecided as to which book I like more, but they definitely are two of my favorite books.
Because I had read books by both of the other sisters, I decided to read Agnes Gray, by Anne Bronte. Again, there are subtle themes about the importance of rank in this novel (or at least what I have read of it). I am currently a little over halfway through, and am enjoying it immensely (although I can't say why I am enjoying it so much, not all that much has actually happened). This story has none of the eerie nature of the other two. It is much more straightforward and much less intriguing. However, the reader cannot help but feel concerned for the characters as they go through their usual day to day activities.
All in all, all three books are worth your time (although I reserve the right to change my mind still about Agnes Gray ). What other classic books should I read?