I just finished reading A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, and I was surprised at how relevant it remains today. If you aren’t familiar, it is an essay she wrote while on a speaking tour at two colleges in England where she was not allowed full use of the campus facilties. The essay contains her meditations on women and fiction, and she concludes that women writers need money and a room of their own to be successful writers. Essentially, women need independence. In lieu of a review, I am going to share one of my favorite excerpts from the book and just tell you that you should read it (man and woman alike) for general empowerment.
I just re-read Wild, a book that shook me up last year. It comforted me and reinforced my love for Cheryl Strayed. I’d love to sit down with her and listen to her talk about anything. Also, she gives great advice, so I’d love to ask her a million questions. She has a way of speaking so simply and sneaking in a gut punch simultaenously. She gets under my skin in a good way. I know that phrase typically means that someone annoys you, but I don’t know how else to describe it.
In YA news, The Fault in Our Stars movie comes out in a week! I am excited and a little nervous. I sense that it will probably be good, but all the hype has kind of discouraged me.
I have a few books to review, but in the meantime I thought I’d make a list. If we are going to be friends, you need to understand my affinity for lists. I’m reading A Room of One’s Own and lots of poetry on the interweb, so I’ll probably talk about some of that soon.