Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Virginia Woolf's birthday...

Hello again! It's been months, I know. I've been busy with...just everything, and I neglected this poor blog. I guess I needed a vacation from something, so blogging took a backseat.

But it's Virginia Woolf's birthday, so I thought I'd post a link to the 59 Things You Didn't Know About Virginia Woolf on flavorwire. I didn't know any of these facts, and many are disturbing or just plain sad. But I can relate to number 14: "Woolf delighted in the physical act of writing words on paper. From the age of 11, she was continually experimenting with different kinds of pens in hope of finding one that would provide the perfect sensation." Also, number 27 made me laugh: "After getting married, Woolf thought she should learn some domestic skills, so she enrolled in a school of cookery. Shortly after, she accidentally baked her wedding ring in a suet pudding." Poor Virginia!

I'm also rushing to finish Room, by Emma Donoghue (which is short-listed for the Booker Prize, I believe). I was scared to pick this one up, due to the subject matter, but it's not hard to read--just the opposite, in fact. It's a riveting page-turner, and I'm almost finished...

Anybody else reading any page-turners?

6 comments:

Amy said...

Room is a page-turner indeed. As is Tana French's In the Woods, which I just finished.

Iliana said...

Great to see you back! You'll have to let us know how you enjoyed "Room." I want to read it but just haven't gotten around to it.

I just finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and it was wonderful!

Gentle Reader said...

Amy--In The Woods is definitely on my list!

Iliana--thank you, and I really enjoyed Room--will try to write about it soon. I loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, too!

Bybee said...

I'm eager to read Room. I'm also so glad you're back!!

Gentle Reader said...

Bybee--thanks!

Muhammad Amir said...

Virginia Woolf left behind a legacy of words that influence writers to this day, 130 years after her birth.
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