Jean Rhys Reading Week (#ReadingRhys and #Giveaway)

Fall is in the air, which means it’s time for me to get back to regular writing/blogging time. I’ve been doing more reading than blogging this summer and my fingers are itching for keyboard time.

I’m kicking off fall reading by participating in the Jean Rhys Reading Week (September 12-18), co-hosted by Jacqui who blogs at JacquiWine’s Journal and Eric of The Lonesome Reader, with some assists from Poppy Peacock and Margaret Reardon.

Rhys is considered a major 20th century writer and I’ve yet to read anything by her. I first heard of Wide Sargasso Sea, which Rhys wrote as a prequel to Jane Eyre, years ago when I worked as a bookseller. The  idea of someday reading it has been floating around in the back of my mind ever since. When I first heard about #ReadingRhys I thought I should wait to read Wide Sargasso Sea and re-read Jane Eyre first, but then I thought, why wait? Read it now! I’m tired of the log jam that can develop when waiting to read ‘this book before that one’ or waiting to see a movie adaptation until the book is read. (I mention the movie thing only because I finally watched The Martian the other night, which I’d delayed seeing until I read the book. I never did read the book. I still want to, but will I? Who knows? If I really wanted to read it, I would have by now. But I digress.)

In preparation for #ReadingRhys, a couple weeks ago on vacation I picked up a copy of Wide Sargasso Sea only to get home and discover that I already owned a copy. I also picked up a copy of Good Morning, Midnight. These are the two Rhys novels that I plan on reading this week. I’ve already started Wide Sargasso Sea and was swiftly drawn into the narrator’s world.

As for that second copy of Wide Sargasso Sea, I’ve decided to host a giveaway. If you’d like to be entered to win please simply leave a comment below with your email or twitter handle, so I can contact the winner. I’ll pick a random winner on 9/18/2016.* Open to US & international readers (date changed from 9/25, which was a typo).

Click here for the #ReadingRhys schedule on Jacqui’s blog.


  1. Oh man, you can skip reading The Martian. I haven't seen the movie, but I'm 90% certain that film is a better medium for the story than the written word — at least the way that Weir writes.

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