Last month, I read Virginia Woolf for the first time. For some reason, I just never had before--not in school and not in my own time. I realized this earlier this year, and made it my mission to find a copy of The Waves at the Housing Works Bookshop (my favorite used bookshop in Manhattan). While I was reading it, I posted an Instagram story, as I usually do with the books I'm reading, and asked for suggestions for my next one. As it turns out, my bookish followers really like Virginia Woolf and mostly recommended Mrs. Dalloway (Orlando came in second).
Alyx and I were talking about this, and the cool 1950s copy I found at our friend Brittney's cute neighborhood book cart (check her out, @commonbooks on IG), and decided that it would be a good pick for our book club. Since we first decided to start our own book club it's been important to us to pick books written in different eras, for different contexts. We were due for an older book, and this one fits the bill!
If you're unfamiliar, Mrs. Dalloway is the story of a single day in a woman's life. It's the stream of consciousness of a society woman reflecting on her past as she prepares for an event. If I'm being honest, I don't really have much to say because I haven't read it yet, but I'm excited to read along with everyone and get into the head of Clarissa Dalloway. My mom always complained about members of her book club choosing books for everyone to read that they hadn't personally vetted yet, but I have a good feeling about this one.
We'll be meeting to discuss Mrs. Dalloway on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30pm at the shop. If you're in NYC, I hope you'll join us.