Starting tomorrow and running throughout 2016, readers will choose six books — or more, if desired — by or about Virginia Woolf for their reading pleasure.
Here are the guidelines for every month of the year, with readers choosing their favorites for each:
January and February – Read a famous Woolf novel, such as To the Lighthouse (1927) or Mrs. Dalloway (1925).
March and April: Read Woolf’s beginning and ending novels, The Voyage Out (1915) or Night and Day (1919) or Between the Acts (1941).
May and June: Read any of her shorter fiction, such as a collection of short stories. Possibilities include:
- Kew Gardens (1919)
Monday or Tuesday (1921)
A Haunted House and Other Short Stories (1944)
Mrs. Dalloway’s Party (1973)
The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf (1985)
July and August: Read a biography, either one written by Woolf — Flush (1933), Orlando (1928), or Roger Fry: A Biography (1941) or a biography of Virginia Woolf.
September and October: Read some of Woolf’s nonfiction. Heavenali mentions either Woolf’s essays or diaries, but I would add her letters to the list.
November and December: Read another novel, such as The Years (1937) Jacob’s Room (1922) or The Waves (1931).
When sharing your reading experience on social media, use the hashtag #Woolfalong.
Blogger Heavenali pledges to post six #Woolfalong discussion-style entries, one every two months, where links to other posts can be shared. Meanwhile, a Woolf discussion has already begun.