It’s finally here! Our first discussion for the My Lady Jane read-a-long! Ever since I started reading this book, I’ve been wanting to discuss it with someone who’s read it, or is reading it too. And I’m so happy that we can all do that now. I don’t know if I could have handled reading this hilarious book on my own, so I’m very very glad that so many of you could join me! And I really do hope that all of you are enjoying it at least half as much as I have been! If this is the first time you’re hearing about this read-a-long, you can read the announcement and sign-up post here! Even though we’re already discussing the book, I will accept new participants as long as you’re sure that you can catch up with us by the next discussion for chapters 9-15 on August 16th!
– The Readalong Book –
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows!
Title: My Lady Jane
Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Genre: YA, Historical, Fantasy, Romance
Date published: June 7, 2016 (hardcover)
May 9, 2017 (paperback)
Page Count: 494
Synopsis: Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…
Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…
Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.
The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?
– Chapters 1-8 Discussion Questions –
Note: those of you who have not yet read My Lady Jane and still intend to read it, don’t read this post beyond this point (including the comments)! But if you like spoilers go right ahead.
To participants: It’s not mandatory that you answer these questions! This is not school, haha. These are mainly meant to generate conversations in case some of our read-a-long-ers are having a hard time picking something to talk about. Feel free to mention and discuss anything which I may not have thought of in the questions below! Please, keep in mind that we are discussing chapters 1-8 at this point only, and that if you have read ahead, you be conscious about not sharing spoilers. We want to keep this fun for everyone!
- What are your general impressions on the book so far? Any favourite characters or situations you’d like to talk about?
- If you were an Eðian, which animal would you love to change into? And which animal would you actually change into if you didn’t have a choice?
- Do you have any quotes which stood out to you in the book so far?
- What has been your favourite scene in the book so far?
- Would you enjoy living in the time period in which My Lady Jane is set? Why? Why not?
- How do you feel about modern language being used in historical novels? Do you not mind it? Or does it bother you? Or do you generally dislike it, but make exceptions for comical historical novels like My Lady Jane?
- Do you enjoy comical historical novels like this one and like The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, or do you prefer your historical novels to be written / portrayed in a different way?
- Did you have some guesses about what was happening to King Edward before it was revealed to us, or were you surprised by the news?
- Also, was Pet and what happened with her a surprise for you?
- Do you have comments, questions, or other thoughts about anything that I may not have mentioned?
Update: I realized just a day after this post went up that I should have posted my answers to these questions in this post, or as the very first comment on this post. But Flavia did a fail. So I’m adding this here now, and will figure out what to do for next week’s post ahead of time, haha.
- I adore the book so far! The Edward parts were a bit slow for me, but that’s because I didn’t really connect with him at first. Despite the first chapter being from his perspective (ish), I didn’t really understand why he had chapters dedicated to him. I figured that he’d have to play an important role in the plot, to receive his own chapters, and I didn’t quite see what that role would be at first. Now he’s grown on me, however, and with the introduction of Pet…let’s just say that his character and plotline are considerably more interesting to me. I really like Jane and G, and I’m sure G will grow on me quite a bit more before this book ends!
- As I mentioned in the comments, I would love to be able to turn into a big cat, like a panther or something, because they’re majestic, ferocious, and they also take lots of naps! Haha. Knowing my luck though, I’d probably end up turning into a chicken or chipmunk or something. Haha. Definitely not at all ferocious.
- I’m going to combine 3 and 4 into one answer here. Here are my favourite scenes and my fave quotes within them (ordered by page number) . I’ve also included “lol emojis,” and the number of emojis indicate how much I laughed at each part, haha:
1- “Master Boubou.” 😂😂
2- “…he wanted to kiss a girl”…”possibly with tongue.” 😂
49- “Public poetry readings were known to be rough business…” 😂
74 – “…After all, she would be expected to kiss this man by the end of the ceremony, and the last thing she needed was to lose an eye.” 😂
76 – “…The very special hug.” 😂😂😂
83- G drunkenly thinking of how to tell Jane about the horse curse. 😂
120- “…no horse jokes.” 😂
- See #3
- No, I would not. Because of the dangers involving childbirth, disease, lack of hygiene, and because traveling would take forever, and I would therefore be unable to see very much of the world at all (especially before probably dying from the smallpox or something).
- It normally bothers me because I like my historical fiction (and high fantasy) to use the appropriate language. I get torn out of the story when I come across words like “swag” (for example) in a book that’s supposedly historical or high fantasy. Mind you, this book does not use wording that’s quite that colloquial in the present day, and the fact that this is meant to be a humorous book (possibly also a parody?) definitely helps a lot.
- I’ve read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and absolutely loved it. I am also loving this book so far, so I think it would be safe to say that yes, I do enjoy books like this!
- Yes, I did suspect that Edward was being poisoned. But I don’t think that this is due to my being super observant, but rather because of perhaps an alternate synopsis that I read somewhere which said something about a conspiracy and the throne…maybe the main synopsis? And I connected the rest of the dots? Either way, I wasn’t surprised at all!
- When Pet transformed, on the other hand, I was definitely 100% surprised! I did not see that coming. At all.
– Readalong Schedule –
|Date||Chapter Discussions||Discussion Location|
|August 1, 2017||Start reading!||N/A|
|August 9, 2017||1 – 8||This post!|
|August 16, 2017||9 – 15||Flavia the Bibliophile|
|August 23, 2017||16 – 23||Flavia the Bibliophile|
|August 30, 2017||24 – 30||Flavia the Bibliophile|
THANK YOU FOR READING AND THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU PARTICIPATING IN THIS READ-A-LONG! PLEASE GIVE ME ANY FEEDBACK REGARDING READ-A-LONGS YOU’VE HOSTED OR PARTICIPATED IN THE PAST (AND YOUR PREFERENCES), IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ALL OF YOUR THOUGHTS, AND HAPPY READING!