Not quite sure how this happened but by reading life was derailed this week by one slim book - Vanessa and Virginia by Susan Sellers. Was supposed to have finished it last weekend for the NTTVBC shared read but just could not get it done. I had time. It is not difficult. I just did not like it. But I kept reading. In tiny, tiny little pieces, and in between, I did read tons of new children's books for work. For good reasons but as distractions also.
Vanessa and Virginia is a fictionalized account of sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf told from the point of view of the lesser known sister, Vanessa. It came off trite, forced, facile and tired to me. Joyless as well which always leaves me a little miffed when it comes to Woolf and company. You know, snobbish and depressive woman who killed herself stereotypes that fail to account for the fun that Virginia and her circle could be. Certainly nothing new here. And my perseverance with the book was rewarded with this closing line (spoiler alert): "What matters is that we do not stop creating." Ouch.
The experience was well summed up for me this morning in the words of perceptive Simon: "In fact I could imagine if you knew too much before this book you might not get quite so much from it because you would already, possibly subconsciously, have certain feelings and prior knowledge of the leading ladies and that could stop this fiction weaving its fictional magic."
So how to recover my reading mojo? The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag of course. Sixty pages in and loving it already. Will read all day. And when it is done, will decide where to pick up the reading thread. Will I start the Auster dropped in the funk over again? Will I pick up another fun and light selection? No clue. Take a look at my left sidebar of books and tell me what to read? Please?
What are you reading today?