Reading Buddies Discussion: “Moments of Being” by Virginia Woolf

by Erin on May 18, 2012

First, if you haven’t voted for July’s book, take a moment to do so now!

Reading Buddies badge and Moments of Being by Virginia Woolf (cover)

Okay, guys. I have a confession to make. I’m struggling with Moments of Being.

It’s not that I find the reading hard. I’m actually kind of shocked by how easily I find myself slipping into Woolf’s writing. She writes so fluidly and has such a wonderful way of talking about people. I’m just not that interested in what she has to say, at least in the initial piece (“Reminiscences,” in my edition). I’ve only gotten through the introduction and the first few chapters of “Reminiscences.” I find myself kind of bored. And with limited reading time, I keep picking up other books instead of this month’s pick.

So, I’m giving myself permission to pick and choose. If a particular piece isn’t grabbing me, I’ll move on and hopefully find one that will.

I’m sorry I don’t have more insights for today. Virginia Woolf just isn’t working for me at present.

How is Moments of Being going for you?

Care to share?

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3 comments
Katie @ Doing Dewey
Katie @ Doing Dewey

Just finished it :) I also struggled with the first essay, although for me it was the writing style. I thought the other essays had a much more relaxed tone and were more approachable. Definitely enjoyed them more than the first, but they were still a lot of work to get through! My complete review is here.

Jillian
Jillian

Have you read A Room of One's Own by Woolf? I HIGHLY recommend it. I admit I love Woolf's essay voice, though I own and have yet to read Moments of Being.

zibilee
zibilee

I have always been intimidated by Woolf's writing, and am glad to hear that you are not struggling with that aspect of the book. It gives me hope :) I am sorry to hear that it is not as exciting as you had hoped it would be though. I find myself in that situation with a book right now, only I have the added struggle of difficultly in comprehending the writing. I hope this one begins to pick up for you soon.