Welcome to our second My Lady Jane read-a-long discussion! I hope that all of you have been enjoying this next portion of the book as I have. This book is way too much fun, and I look forward to reading that you all think about it! If this is the first time you’re hearing about this read-a-long, you can read the announcement and sign-up post here! I was accepting new participants up to this point, and welcome to all of you who may have joined us since the first discussion! I guess I could accept participants for the next discussions as well? I mean, if you read quick, or are sure that you can catch up, you are welcome to join in and even add to the previous discussions! Just be sure to sign up, just so that I can keep track of everyone!
– 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 9-15 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, also keep in mind that we are discussing chapters 9-15 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! Please be considerate.
- What are your favourite scenes and / or quotes from this section of the book?
- If you had to choose between reading nonfiction and fact books like Jane, or reading and writing poetry like G, and that’s what you’d have to do for the rest of your days, which would you pick?
- Did you suspect that Edward was an Edian before it was revealed?
- Does anyone else feel awful for Edward?!
- Did you expect Jane to become queen this early on in the story? Or at all at any point in this story?
- Did anyone else feel immensely satisfied whenever G referred to Jane as “his wife”? Particularly since we don’t encounter many married couples in YA?
- Now that Gracie has come along (which first of all, did you see that coming?!), what are your opinions on Edward + Pet?
- In Jane and G’s argument, who do you feel more sympathetic toward? Or do you understand both sides (because we do get to read about both of their thought processes, reasoning, etc. etc.)
- Is there anything else you’d like to discuss that I haven’t covered? Such as the cliffhanger at the end of chapter 15 perhaps?! How unfortunate is it that I picked that particular spot for us to stop?!
– My Answers –
- My favourite quotes and scenes are as follows (ordered by page numbers):
♛ Pg. 141: Jane ad G shouting decrees.
♛ Pg.145: “So. The king was in trouble, or, as they would have phrased it at the time, up ye olde creek sans ye olde paddle.” – Edward
♛ Pg. 145: “Because it’s a well-known fact that fresh air has magical healing properties.” – Edward
♛ Pg. 167: “…Sitting under the tree with you, listening to you read, has become one of the best parts of my day.” – G
♛ Pg. 168: The almost kiss.
♛ Pg. 175: “Quick, someone, get her a book! Any book!” – G
♛ Pg. 177: G calls Jane his wife in his interior narrative.
♛ Pg. 178: Jane hugs G.
♛ Pg. 184: The bird joy.♛ Pg. 189: “The woman’s mouth opened and she brandished the rolling pin over her head like a Highland warrior. “PERVERRRRRRRRRT!”
♛ Pg. 193: “…I don’t see anything particularly dangerous.” – Gracie
♛ Pg 196: Gracie kicking the farmer in the “acorns.” 😂
♛ Pg 212: “…soups and soufflés, pies and pastries, and veal and venison.” – Jane (Because I’m a sucker for alliteration 😍🤓)
♛ Pg. 222: “How to Rule a Kingdom, Even if You’re Thirty-Second in the Line of Succession and Chances Are You’ll Never Actually Rule: Volume One of Three” – G
♛ Pg. 223: Romania was mentioned!!! 🇷🇴💕
♛ Pg. 224: “Sesquipedalian”! (Because I love learning new vocabulary 🤓 and because it was great for the authors to use the word for “big word” as an example for a big word. 😂 )
♛ Pg. “Even when they didn’t particularly like each other, they treated each other with disdain equally.” – G (on how he sees himself and Jane as equals.)
- Even though I am awful at writing poetry, and just as awful at understanding most of it when I read it, I would still choose this if I had to choose one to be doing for the rest of my life. Yes, true facts are useful….but I’m an artsy person, and would probably wild very quickly if all I ingested was nonfiction.
- I actually did not see that coming!
- I feel really awful for him. Some of what he’s been through is quite nightmare-ish, in my opinion.
- I expected her to become queen when reading the first portion of the book, because I thought that Edward might actually die. But I didn’t think it would happen until the very end, or even until after the last page of the book. Her coronation in the second quarter of the book, therefore, surprised me quite a bit. There seems to be a theme here. Maybe I’m just easily surprised?
- When G refers to Jane as “my wife,” I feel so so happy and satisfied! And when he feels protective of her….gush! This does not mean that I think that all women should want to be protected by a man, or even need protecting from any man. I am very much a believer in gender equality. However, I am also a girl who has dreamed about her wedding day ever since she understood what a wedding was. I am also a girl who is very in love with her boyfriend, is expecting a proposal any day now, and has never slept better than when she is the small spoon to his big spoon, hahaha. I guess I’m traditional in that sense? But at the same time, I think that we’re a somewhat progressive couple? What I mean by this is that we aim for him to get his business started so that he can work from home, while I’ll either also be working from home or in an office in some high rise building in the big city. He also does most of the cooking, and will likely be the one taking care of our kids for the most part. I will be taking maternity leave when the time comes, don’t get me wrong, and I do want to be around my children as they grow up, but I am also very career-driven, and will therefore have to find a balance. Sorry for rambling! I just thought I should explain and avoid someone maybe biting my head off? Haha.
- I did not see Gracie coming! Again, either easily surprised, or these authors are just really good at keeping me on the edge of my eat? Also, judging from Edward’s constant awkwardness toward Pet (in this section of the book at least), and his reaction to Gracie within just a few minutes of being together…I’ll be honest, I’m kind of rooting for Edward + Gracie!
- I understand where both of them are coming from (probably mainly because we get to see the issue from both of their perspectives). I’m upset that they’re wasting time arguing, in stead of laying everything out on the table and just teaming up against the world. I love them together, seriously. But at the same time, I understand why they’re both hesitant to share everything, especially in that time, and in the particular environment in which they find themselves.
– Readalong Schedule –
|Date||Chapter Discussions||Discussion Location|
|August 1, 2017||Start reading!||N/A|
|August 9, 2017||1 – 8||Located Here|
|August 16, 2017||9 – 15||This post!|
|August 23, 2017||16 – 23||Flavia the Bibliophile|
|August 30, 2017||24 – 30||Flavia the Bibliophile|
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