I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you all about my Virginia Woolf read-a-long taking place in 2016. I’ve decided to call it a #Woolfalong for the purposes of Twitter and Instagram – hashtags need to be short I think (there were many far better suggestions but they were all a little long).
Starting in January 2016 – the aim is to read 6 books (or indeed more for the real enthusiasts) by or about Virginia Woolf. For each section you simply choose the book or collection that you most want to read. This whole idea was inspired by the Classic club’s Women’s classic literature event. So many people had earmarked Virginia Woolf for future reading.
First and foremost there are no rules – drop in and out as it suits you – if you only want to read the first book – that’s fine. I need to make this workable for me however – so although I won’t be posting lots of complicated discussion posts – I will pledge to post six (one every two months) #Woolfalong ‘how are we doing’/discussion style posts where links to other posts can be shared.
The schedule that I posted in my previous post is pretty much unchanged but I have tweaked it a little – and dropped in a few other ideas.
January/February – Getting started with a famous Woolf novel – To the Lighthouse or Mrs Dalloway
March/April – beginnings and endings – The Voyage Out/ Night and Day (Woolf’s first and second novels – or Between the Acts – Woolf’s final novel
May/June – shorter fiction – any collection of short stories. This list of possibles from Wikipedia:
• Kew Gardens (1919)
• Monday or Tuesday (1921)
• A Haunted House and Other Short Stories (1944)
• Mrs Dalloway’s Party (1973)
• The Complete Shorter Fiction (1985)
• Carlyle’s House and Other Sketches (2003)
Oxford World Classics now produce a collection called The Mark on the Wall and other short Fiction – though I don’t know which stories it contains.
July/August – biographies – either Flush, Orlando or a biography of Virginia Woolf. Hermione Lee’s biography is generally well thought off I believe though long, I once read Nigel Nicolson’s (Vita Sackville West’s son) biography and it is considerably shorter than the Hermione Lee.
September/ October nonfiction –essays or diaries. Any essay collection you fancy – there are a lot to choose from but you might want to consider: A Room of One’s Own, Three Guineas, The Common Reader or Virginia Woolf’s diaries. There seem to be a couple of diary collections, including Vintage books Selected Diaries and Persephone book’s A writer’s Diary (edited by Leonard Woolf).
November/December – another novel – The Years/ Jacobs Room/ The Waves
So time for a giveaway – and first an apology I am sorry I can only offer these books to those of you in the UK and Western Europe – postage costs in the UK have soared.
I must thank the very lovely people at Vintage Books who have donated two Woolf books for you; Mrs Dalloway and The Waves and I (having somehow managed to acquire three copies) have added To the Lighthouse to the giveaway pot.
If you would like to be in with a chance of winning one of these please leave a comment saying how much of the #Woolfalong you are hoping to take part in and which of the three books you would like to win. Winners will be selected randomly on Friday 11th December and notified by email over that weekend.