Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Moving and Virginia Woolf

I've spent the last half a week or so moving apartments, which meant lots of packing, no internet for a bit, and not a whole lot of time to read. Hopefully, I will be able to find and unpack my books soon enough, but meanwhile I read an essay by Virginia Woolf on reading that I wanted to share with all of you.

Title: The Love of Reading
Author: Virginia Woolf
Genre: Essay
Url: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/17/virginia-woolf-reading-books

Rating: 9/10

Thoughts: I've never read anything by Virginia Woolf before and found this essay accidentally. Her writing style absolutely incredible. Somehow she manages to find words that give just the right shade of feelings to what she is trying to convey. At the same time reading the essay was easy and it really flowed.

In the essay she talks about why reading is important, the process of reading a book, and how she judges books. Not everyone would agree with her methods, but I definitely found a lot of what she was saying resonating with me. She speaks of suspending judgment while reading the book and letting the author carry you away with their narrative and only once the book is done judge the book as a whole.

An interesting essay, well-written, with a nice flow and a message I can support. It's also quite short, so don't be shy to give it a try even if it doesn't sound like your usual cup of tea.

Favorite Quote:
There they hang in the wardrobe of the mind - the shapes of the books we have read, like clothes that we have taken off and hung up to wait their season.


  1. The only Virginia Woolf I've read was her novel "Mrs. Dalloway"--twas very boring

  2. I hope the move went well and that the unpacking goes quickly for you. Moving never seems like a fun thing to do, but unpacking and shelving the books has always been the one part I look forward to when we've moved.

  3. I agree, unpacking the books is the best part. I've reorganized mine while I was at it :) Now I just need to get rid of all the boxes...