Books That Are Not by Virginia Woolf but Are Virginia Woolf-y
All I want to read, all day, all the time, and talk about, is Virginia Woolf but as a general rule I TRY not to read the same books over and over again (there's too many to get through!) so here are my go-to books not by the Woolf but that are perfect for that Sunday blues Mrs Dalloway mood.
- •Bliss by Katherine Mansfield.Mansfield was the OG 'stream of consciousness' killer female mind author and Bliss is a raw, stripped back, almost painful pre-curser to so much of Woolf's own work.
- •NW by Zadie Smith.Just the best modern novel about almost anything. If you're not a fan of Zadie smith, I'm not a fan of you. Also THIS is the book Virginia Woolf would have written today.
- •Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler.Generally just an incredible, beautiful book but the 'one day' narrative is decisively Dalloway-ish.
- •A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.Something about the clean pros and Egan's TO THE POINT strong female voice always reminds me of Woolf.
- •What Alice Forgot by Lianne Moriarty.BEAR WITH ME ON THIS ONE. Moriarty's books are marketed as chick lit but beneath the pink covers featuring nail polish they are works of literary genius.
- •Anything by Joan Didion.Something about Didion's coolness and aloof, sad-girl vibes always rings Woolfian to me.
- •Really anything by Katherine MansfieldShe only really wrote short stories and if you're gonna read anything on this list I would recommend giving anything by her a go. Specifically The Daughters of the Late Colonel and Je Ne Parlais Francais.
- •Just Kids by Patti SmithThe best book about walking around a city since Mrs D.
- •The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.Because of course. I arrived at university with two posters - one of my cat and one of the cover of the Bell Jar. I think that tells you what kind of friends I was looking for (the answer is no friends).
- •@strandbookstore any more thoughts?