Today is the final day of Rachel and Carolyn‘s wonderful Virago Reading Week. What a wonderful week of celebrating books by and about women! My own Virago Modern Classics experience is limited, mostly involving books by such household names as Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and the Brontës—and I don’t believe I’ve read any of those in their Virago incarnations. But I’ve heard so many good things about Viragos that I’m eager to read more. Reading posts from other more-experienced Virago-ites has caused my TBR list to grow grown—and several books that were already on my list got a little boost toward the top.
Because my own reading selection for the week was not at all successful for me, I’ve decided to extend my Virago joy by selecting another Virago to read. But because I don’t want my second attempt at a Virago edition to be as lack-luster as the first, I’ll need your help. I have gathered up my small collection of Virago editions and ask for you to vote on which one I should try next, probably sometime in February. So cast your vote below and help me ensure that my next Virago choice is a success!
I’d also like to extend the celebration by sharing a bit of Virago joy with you. On the right in the photo above, you’ll see the copy of Spinster by Sylvia Ashton-Warner that I read this week. Now I didn’t like the book much, but others might. It is a green-spined out-of-print Virago, which probably makes it hard to come by cheap. This particular edition is a former library book (from Norway!), so it has a call number on the spine and a due date slip and card pocket in the back. There are also a few dog-eared pages, and it looks like it was originally a paperback that the library pulled apart and converted to a hardcover. So with all those caveats in place, I offer it to you, dear readers. If you’re interested, just mention it in the comments, and I’ll do a drawing on Wednesday.
Drawing results: Simon was the winner of the drawing for Spinster. Congrats!
Thanks again to Rachel and Carolyn for organizing this terrific event. If you haven’t gotten a chance to stop by their blogs and check out their round-ups for the week, I encourage you to do so.You’ll almost certainly find a link to something irresistible!