I love September,it's our family month for birthdays and anniversaries and the time I always start thinking ahead about my winter reading projects.
This year I plan to weave in a few authors I have struggled to warm to.They don't really move me, they don't warm the cockles of my heart but others adore them.Why do they?
First on the list is Virginia Woolf and if I'm honest I don't think I've given her a fair crack of the whip over the years, mostly she gets up my nose.
But this is based, I fear, on only a partial reading of her writing and far too much delving into the background of her life.Hoisted by my own petard as I slay someone on Amazon for giving a book a bad review based on reading only a fraction of it.
This won't be study or deep analysis this will be reading for pure pleasure and I have several other authors who will joining the ranks over the next few weeks.
If you're a Woolf-ian here's your chance to be in on the conversion.I'm approaching this with a completely open mind, the slate is wiped clean.What am I missing? What do you see that I don't? I'm open to any new ideas,different approaches, persuasive plaudits and entirely prepared to emerge blinking into a new dawn next Spring.
All comments welcome.
Susan Hill has come to the rescue and offered to be class tutor and suggests over on her blog I make a start with A Writer's Diary which I will in a few weeks time (heavens, tough first assignment, how many times have I browsed through that one...but this is for pleasure and I'm going to read it all, it might feel different)
If you share my misgivings and want to give it a go please join the class, no exams, no essays, no studying, no desks; just plump sofas, pots of tea and pure pleasure in reading and sharing thoughts and discovering whether you, like me, may have missed something.If you're a die-hard Woolfian join in too and help people like me who have been trying to catch this bug for years and never quite managed it.
If you want to copy the logo from here to use on your blog if you decide to keep me company in this virtual sitting room, then please help yourself.