It’s that time of year again. With school breaking up for the long summer holidays, come thoughts of summer reading. I am taking part in #20booksofsummer – my progress is slower than I would have liked. I am in to the last 120 pages of book #13 – it should have been 14 but #12 was a dnf – so I had to do book #12 twice. July has been a very slow reading month – but now the holidays have started I can hopefully make up a little bit of lost time. The other reading event of my summer is All Virago/All August (although it certainly doesn’t have to be *all* August). This is a challenge to read Virago (VMCs) which started life a few years ago over on the Librarything Virago readers group. Persephone books have honorary status and so count, as do other editions of books which have been previously published by Virago as VMCs.
I did think ahead when putting together my #20booksofsummer pile. I chose thirty books – pledging to read twenty off the pile – I am usually bad at sticking to lists. Although by the time August actually starts I may only have five or six books to go for that summer challenge – but I have several VMC and Persephone books on my #20booksofsummer pile and have selected a few others as possible August reads. I won’t read all of these, but these are some of the books I am considering – I would hope to read about six or seven. There are many other Viragos on my shelves that I could have chosen, or may opt for instead – these are what appeal most at the time of writing.
I will definitely be reading Challenge by Vita Sackville West as it has been chosen by my very small book group as our August read, and I have been looking forward to The Godwits Fly since I bought it so I shall probably read that too. I am also leaning very heavily towards Love by the wonderful Elizabeth von Arnim.
I will be spending a week in Devon during August and I know it makes more sense to take my kindle with me – but I am rather enjoying reading physical books and getting them off the bookshelves.
So to recap – you don’t need to be a member of the LT Virago group to join in – just grab a VMC (original edition, new edition, ebook or another edition entirely as long as it has been published as a VMC or Persephone book at some point) and enjoy.
For those doing #WITmonth – last August I managed to find a VMC that also counted towards that too The Quest for Christa T by Christa Wolf. I will certainly not be reading all virago in August as I have two books I would like to read for #WITmonth: The Murder of Halland and Iza’s Ballad. I am going to have to read up a storm during August, at this rate.
Will you be reading Virgo during August? or are you planning for #WITmonth? What will you be reading?