Jane Austen: A Life Revealed and The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne

What is the best thing to do on a cold day? Well, I will tell you what I do on a cold snowy day. I cuddle up on a the couch with a fluffy blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and read. This year I have been impressed with the non-fiction that is been specifically written for younger readers.


These two biographies are both very interesting but let’s start with the Jane Austen book.

Jane Austen’s popularity never seems to fade. She has hordes of devoted fans, and there have been numerous adaptations of her life and work. But who was Jane Austen? The writer herself has long remained a mystery. And despite the resonance her work continues to have for teens, there has never been a young adult trade biography on Austen.  Catherine Reef changes that with this highly readable account. She takes an intimate peek at Austen’s life and innermost feelings, interweaving her narrative with well-crafted digests of each of Austen’s published novels. The end result is a book that is almost as much fun to read as Jane’s own work—and truly a life revealed. Includes bibliography and index.


I love reading about famous authors and Jane Austen is on the top of that list. Catherine Reef did a nice job bringing the story of the Jane Austen to life. Before I picked up this book, I had read all but two of Jane Austen’s books but I knew very little of the author. After reading this biography, I had a brief knowledge of Jane Austen’s life, family, her books, and other unknown facts. This book is a must read for any Jane Austen fans.


The Brontë sisters are among the most beloved writers of all time, best known for their classic nineteenth-century novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte), Wuthering Heights (Emily), and Agnes Grey (Anne). In this sometimes heartbreaking young adult biography, Catherine Reef explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. Brontë fans will also revel in the insights into their favorite novels, the plethora of poetry, and the outstanding collection of more than sixty black-and-white archival images. A powerful testimony to the life of the mind. (Endnotes, bibliography, index.)


And now to the Bronte Sisters. I, before reading this book, had only read Jane Eyre but after reading through this book, I went and got Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey. This book describes the lives of these three famous sisters. These sisters lived in hard times and each of their lives were filled sadness. Reef described the time period, the girls’ family life, and each of their own personal lives. For any fans of the Bronte sisters, this is a good book about them.

These two books were written especially for young adult readers but can be read by any who are interested in any of these authors.

What do you do on a cold, snowy day??


Title: Jane Austen: A Life Revealed and

The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne

Author: Catherine Reef

Author’s Website: http://catherinereef.com/index.html

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


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