My Top 4 Favourite Brontë Novels

I’m currently reading ‘The Professor’ by Charlotte Brontë, and so I thought I’d list a few of my favourite Brontë novels!

The Brontë sisters are incredibly talented, and the themes they approach in all their novels are interesting, forward-thinking, and surprisingly relevant.

‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë

The book cover of 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte
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I love this book, because it has such a dark, Gothic feel. When reading this book, you can really imagine Cathy and Heathcliff on the moors, engaging in a heart-breaking, dysfunctional love story.

I think it’s a great shame Emily didn’t write any other novels, and this Autumn I recommend this dark, captivating read to get in the spooky spirit.

‘Agnes Grey’ by Anne Brontë

The book cover of 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Bronte
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‘Agnes Grey’ is written by Anne Brontë, and I think it’s a great book to learn about what it was like for young women living in England at the same time as Anne. In the book, Agnes is the governess of a rich family, much like Anne was herself.

I think it’s really interesting to have some insight into the life of a young governess from this period, and Anne writes her novel with fantastic, engaging prose that really gets into the nitty-gritty of daily life for a young governess.

‘The Professor’ by Charlotte Brontë

The book cover of 'The Professor' by Charlotte Bronte
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I’m actually currently reading this one, but I’m enjoying it so far! ‘The Professor’ looks at a young man finding his way in the world, trying to find his “calling” and finally working as a teacher over in Belgium.

This book, it is thought, is based on Charlotte’s infatuation with a young professor, and I am excited to see how the book unfurls.

‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ by Anne Brontë

The book cover of 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall' by Anne Bronte
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This book is often held up as featuring strong female characters and feminist themes- and I agree! I really enjoyed this book, and based again on the lives of women such as the Anne Brontë it is atmospheric, gritty, and honest.

The Brontë sisters write such honest book that really reflect society at the time. And this book in particular has relevant themes for us today.

Have you read these 4 novels by the Brontë sisters? Do you enjoy their work? Did you study Anne, Emily, or Charlotte Brontë in school?

Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

Happy reading x

23 thoughts

  1. Wow I’m surprised I have only read Wuthering Heights from this list! I will be bookmarking this so I can check out these other great novels

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  2. I read Wuthering Heights what felt like a million and one times whilst studying it at A-Level and I really didn’t like it. In fact it is still one of my least favourite books because I just cannot get on with both Cathy and Heathcliff and all of the characters sharing each others names is damn confusing.

    However, Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall are my favourites. They were the first Brontë novels I’d read after many years of initially reading the likes of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and I was really surprised by how different Anne’s books were. They were incredibly refreshing and much more my style.

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    1. Ah that’s a shame 😦 I agree, it is such a confusing read to begin with- and the “romance” is far from romantic, definitely a dysfunctional story! Anne Bronte is a fantastic writer I agree, and I think Anne and Emily are my favourites of the sisters. Thanks for commenting, I’m glad you enjoyed reading my list.


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