Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Jane Eyre” as Want to Read:
Jane Eyre
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book* *Different edition

Jane Eyre

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,625,581 ratings  ·  42,353 reviews
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.

She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's pa
Paperback, Penguin English Library, 548 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by Penguin (first published October 16th 1847)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Jane Eyre, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Jill Rieder Eventually you should read both. In which order depends on your reading preferences. My favorite, by far, was Jane Eyre. Written in a sensationalist r…moreEventually you should read both. In which order depends on your reading preferences. My favorite, by far, was Jane Eyre. Written in a sensationalist romantic style, it still has moral, depth, and an interesting plot, and twists and turns that not only advance the plot but inform on the moral. It also has characters which are more than pieces of cardboard. Wuthering Heights on the other hand reads like a straight up sensationalist novel. It took me three tries to get through Wuthering Heights, it moved so slowly in the beginning and middle and when I was done, I did not feel the better for it. But it is a classic and helps you get a handle on the different styles of the Bronte sisters, so it is worth it to get through. (less)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëFrankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft ShelleyThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Penguin English Library
130 books — 371 voters
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. TolkienWild by Cheryl StrayedA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertInto the Wild by Jon Krakauer
909 books — 1,203 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.13  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,625,581 ratings  ·  42,353 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Jane Eyre

Yes, I suppose you can view this book mostly as a love story. That's what I did at age 13 - but that's why I was left disappointed back then¹.

Or you can view this as an story of formation of a strong and independent female protagonist, a nineteenth-century feminist, light-years ahead of its time. And that's what left my now-closer-to-thirty-than-twenty self very satisfied and, quite frankly, rather impressed.²
¹(view spoiler)
Sean Barrs
Reader, I gave it five stars. Please let me tell you why.

Jane Eyre is the quintessential Victorian novel. It literally has everything that was typical of the period, but, unlike other novels, it has all the elements in one story. At the centre is the romance between Jane and Rochester, which is enhanced by gothic elements such as the uncanniness of the doppleganger and the spectre like qualities of Bertha. In addition, it is also a governess novel; these were an incredibly popular type of stor
Miranda Reads
Old books get a bad rap...but do they deserve it? Check out my latest BooktTube Video - all about the fabulous (and not so fabulous) Olde Bois.

The Written Review
"Though you have a man's vigorous brain, you have a woman's heart and--it would not do."

"It would do," I affirmed with some disdain, "perfectly well.
Oh Jane, you wondrously bold and beautiful gal.

After she was orphaned, Jane Eyre was sent to live with her maternal uncle and his wife (Mrs. Reed). When her uncle
5. Four hundred-odd pages of purely descriptive writing
4. Overt religious themes and moral preaching
3. A plain-Jane heroine who stays plain. No makeovers to reveal a hitherto hidden prettiness that only needed an application of hydrogen peroxide and some eyebrow plucking to emerge full-blown.
2. The world is not well-lost for love. In the war between self-respect and grand passion, principles win hands down. Rousing, yet tender s
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites
I could bang Mr. Rochester like a screen door 'till next Tuesday. That's not all I got from this book, honestly...
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I feel like an ass saying this but... who actually thinks this is a cute romance!? What the actual f!!

Now that this is out of the way.

I did like Jane as a character and I also liked the portion of the book about her childhood but the two RoMaNcEs were train wrecks and if I hear anyone say they love M. Rochester I will forever judge you.

Pride and Prejudice > Jane Eyre

There I said it.
Jeffrey Keeten
“‘Jane, be still; don't struggle so like a wild, frantic bird, that is rending its own plumage in its desperation.’

‘I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.’”

I am glad that in 1847 Charlotte Bronte made the decision to publish her novel under a male pseudonym. Currer Bell had a much better chance of being published than Charlotte Bronte and, with reviewers and readers assuming that she was in fact a male writer, al
I am a very pretentious person.

I try to seem “hip” and “cool” and “relatable” and “down with the teens” - and of course I totally am all of those things - but also I have my tendencies toward pretension. It’s who I am. Just last night I shuddered at the idea of popular music, like some kind of eight-hundred-year-old gremlin.

I am not proud of this side of me, but it’s who I am. And also it is important background information for you, dear Reader, going into this review. (That direct address to yo
Child neglect, near death, a dash of magical realism, the power of love, the powerlessness of the poor, sexual rivalry, mystery, madness and more. It is as powerful as ever - but is it really a love story, given Rochester's Svengali-tendencies, or is it a life story? His downfall and her inheritance make them more equal, but is it really love on his part? I'm not sure, which is what makes it such a good book (just not necessarily a love story). I also like the tension between it being very Victo ...more
Dana Ilie
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For years I've been saying that Jane Eyre is my favorite novel of all time--
and that it is. The character of Jane is, to me, one of the most admirable and appealing fictional characters of all time. Poor and plain she may be, but her spirit is indomitable.

In an era when women were expected to be brainless and ornamental, Jane (through the words of Charlotte Bronte) refused to bow to those expectations
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk, favourites, 2020
The kind of novel that makes one believe in love (again) - or at least desire to hold on to the illusion.

Likely my favourite read for 2020.

For the time being, just basking and swooning.



I know it's out of fashion
And a trifle uncool
But I can't help it
I'm a romantic fool
I read this book back in High School. I hated it. I thought it was boring and stupid and all I wanted to do was spread the word that this book was terrible and no one should read it. I had it marked one star on Goodreads and it had a home on my least favorite shelf.

Well, I have been waiting years to find the perfect place to use this gif:

I reread in late August, early September 2017. I have to say that I should probably reread everything I read bank in High School to get a better perspective.

Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
mr. rochester walked so every other tall, dark, handsome, and broody male character could run. and thats the that on that.

i really dont have much else to add that hasnt already been said about this book, considering its been around for 150+ years. but i will admit how impressed i am with how modern this story feels. i think thats a key factor in why i enjoyed this so much - because it doesnt feel like a classic to me.

not only is the writing very accessible and incredibly easy to read, which i d
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I'm bumping Jane Eyre up to the full five stars on this reread. It has its Victorian melodramatic moments (horrible aunt! and cousins! (view spoiler)), but overall I found this story of a plain, obscure girl determined to maintain her self-respect, and do what she feels is right even in the face of pressure, profoundly moving. And I'm a romantic, sorry/notsorry, so that aspect totally sucked me in too ...more

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

Okay, so high school Melanie did not appreciate Jane Eyre! But thankfully, many years later, and because of a few friend’s encouragement, I have seen the light and righted my wrongs, because this reread proved to me how much of a masterpiece Jane Eyre truly is.

This is a very beloved book, that stars an orphan girl name Jane that is trying to figure out the world around her. She’s searching for w
April (Aprilius Maximus)
2018 - I highly recommend the audiobook narrated by Thandie Newton! It's beautiful!

2016 - I think this may be my favourite book of all time.

Video Review ->

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:
- 11. A book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge
Ahmad Sharabiani
(904 From 1001) - Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë, published under the pen name "Currer Bell", on 16 October 1847, by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England.

The novel is a first-person narrative from the perspective of the title character. The novel's setting is somewhere in the north of England, late in the reign of George III (1760–1820).

It goes through five distinct stages: Jane's childho
Henry Avila
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most beloved novels in history for many generations ; "Jane Eyre" is set in England in the 1800's . The story of a neglected girl orphan of that name who never gives up her dream of happiness, no matter how remote a possibility, this goal can ever be reached. Hated by her cruel Aunt Mrs. Sarah Reed (NOT A BLOOD RELATIVE), and cousins Eliza, jealous of her more beautiful but spiteful sister Georgiana, and abused by them both. They look down at the beggar, this little poor girl this imp ...more
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, favorites
[The picture disappeared which made the comments rather irrelevant.:]


…Oh course, Rush Limbaugh is nuts.

In December 2007, on a radio show with an audience of 14.5 million, Limbaugh asked this question about the former first lady's presidential prospects, after an incredibly unflattering picture of her had surfaced: "Will Americans want to watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis? I want you to understand that I'm talking about the evolution of American culture here, and not so
Gabriella Risatti
Aug 27, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
"I love reading", says a 15-year-old girl in class today.

This is so unusual that I smile like a maniac.

"Really? I am so glad to hear that. What are you reading at the moment?"

"Jane Eyre, and it is very hard to understand, but I am 100 pages into it now, and I think it is great!"

"Jane Eyre? Jane Eyre?"

I feel like a young woman who thought she was dedicated to an old, grumpy, blind man and realises there is a vital, young Mr Rochester waiting to be adored again and again underneath the surface.

Steph Sinclair
I often think of classics as "required reading," usually accompanied by a barely suppressed groan. Because, surely, they can't actually be any good. I'm not sure why I've always associated well-known and well-loved classics as such, but I suppose it must be the expectation to love it just as much as the world. It's silly, I know. A person can't be expected to love all books, classic status or not, but still, I wondered if I would enjoy it.

Jane Eyre is one of those novels that proves me completel
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte is composed of many wonderful dialogues. The author likes it very much because it is wonderful, alive and intense in my mind. This book is highly recommended for all readers who love to read love stories and have a fascination with historical styles.
The maddest Victorian love story ever written

I recently discovered that Charlotte Brontë was a masterful writer. In 1847 she crafted the story of the quite rebellious and strong-willed Jane Eyre, an orphan that sees a lot of death early in life and grows up in an abusive environment. As she gets older and starts to work as a governess the plot emerges into a love story, that is disrupted by terror, violence and horror, caused by the mentally disordered and secretly hidden woman Bertha Mason, w
Grace Tjan
Now I know why Charlotte Bronte said this of Jane Austen: "The passions are perfectly unknown to her: she rejects even a speaking acquaintance with that stormy sisterhood". I love Jane, but Charlotte REALLY knows how to write about passion, romantic or otherwise. If Jane’s books are stately minuets in which the smallest gesture has its meaning, Charlotte’s is a spirited, sweeping tango of duty and desire. A perfect blend of passionate romance, gothic mystery, romantic description of nature, soci ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a reread for me and I’d forgotten just how much I loved it!
Jane Eyre makes me want to be a better person. Her goodness, her humility, her frankness, her passion, her fierce will and her moral compass are all inspiring.

And yet, I also love her faults. Jane has a temper, she gets jealous, she fights back, and at times she is too obedient, especially when given orders by overbearing men.

What is it about this gothic novel that still makes it a compelling read more than 160 years after it was published? I first came to this story, as I suspect many have, thr
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
This started out strong, enthralling me and wrapping me up in the Gothic world, but it did drag a bit in the middle. The ending was satisfying, and I truly loved all of the characters.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
It seems silly to say that a book can affect you on a profound level. well I definitely believe in this power that a good book has. Jane Eyre is one of them. I cannot say that this was an easy book to read. But it was a book that I was very enriched by reading. Romance is a genre that is looked down on by many "sophisticated readers." Perhaps they would look down on Jane Eyre, but would probably get some eyebrows raised at them. Well Jane Eyre is the archetype for the romance novel. After having ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2020 Reading Chal...: Jane Eyre 7 22 Oct 26, 2020 03:34PM  
Wirral Libraries ...: Jane Eyre 1 3 Oct 26, 2020 02:28PM  
Pronunciation of St. John 122 1310 Oct 25, 2020 02:11AM  
What are you thoughts on Jane Eyre? 7 42 Oct 05, 2020 12:19PM  
Books2Movies Club: Jane Eyre - book and movies 12 16 Sep 30, 2020 03:24AM  
What is your favourite book? 1 3 Sep 22, 2020 10:21AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Little Women
  • Emma
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Animal Farm
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • Persuasion
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • 1984
  • Frankenstein: The 1818 Text
  • Great Expectations
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Anna Karenina
  • Of Mice and Men
See similar books…
Charlotte Brontë was a British novelist, the eldest out of the three famous Brontë sisters whose novels have become standards of English literature. See also Emily Brontë and Anne Brontë.

Charlotte Brontë was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, the third of six children, to Patrick Brontë (formerly "Patrick Brunty"), an Irish Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Maria Branwell. In April 1820 the fam

Articles featuring this book

We all want to spend more time lost in the pages of great books. That's the idea behind our annual Goodreads Reading Challenge! It's...
264 likes · 160 comments
536 trivia questions
18 quizzes
More quizzes & trivia...
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” 12465 likes
“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” 10002 likes
More quotes…