Well, here it is! The final round up of Virago Reading Week. It’s been a phenomenal week, and one that has surpassed all of the expectations I had. The amount of participation has been truly wonderful, and I know I speak for Carolyn as much as I do for myself in saying thank you so much to all of you who so enthusiastically took part. It has been a real joy to see the pleasure everyone has taken in reading and posting during this week, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your reviews and musings and book hauls and photographs and other Virago related posts. It has just been overwhelming! I won’t lie; it has been a very labour intensive week for both Carolyn and I, and I didn’t realise just how much work would be involved, but I don’t regret it, and all those late nights reading and commenting and collating have been more than worth it!
Tomorrow Carolyn and I will announce our prize winners! So stay tuned for that! But in the meantime, without further ado, here’s the final round up of reviews and posts; as usual, let me know if I missed you out!
Tales from the Reading Room has written a passionate post about the marvellous Willa Cather; my thoughts exactly!
The very knowledgable Laura of Laura’s Musings has written a super wrap up post and chosen her two favourite Viragos; South Riding and The Custom of the Country; excellent choices that I am yet to read, but very much want to now!
Luvvie of Luvvie’s Musings has posted a brilliant heart shaped photo of her Viragos, showing how much she loves them!
The brilliant Teresa of Shelf Love is asking for some help with choosing her next Virago, and also has a Virago to give away! Go and check it out!
Virago expert Verity over at Cardigan Girl Verity has posted about baking for Virago Reading Week – see what apple-y treat she made!
Thomas at My Porch has gone all out today and posted three times to celebrate the end of Virago Reading Week; he shows us a Virago he forgot he had; an interesting review of Elizabeth Von Arnim’s Love, which set him thinking, and finally he has posted a gorgeous portrait that he thinks would do well on a Virago cover!
The dear Simon of Savidge Reads has, thankfully, managed to find some time in his very busy schedule to take part in Virago Reading Week, choosing a very modern classic, Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve.
The lovely Claire of The Captive Reader has written a brilliant post on her thoughts on Virago Modern Classics. Much to think about!
Simon of Stuck in a Book has written a wonderful, thought provoking post about men who do not fit gender or reading stereotypes; where are books for the men who live quiet lives? This is a quite spectacular and not often discussed topic and I encourage you all to go over and have a read.
My lovely co-host Carolyn has written two posts; an interesting review of Elizabeth von Arnim’s Elizabeth and her German Garden and another wonderful and thought provoking post about why reading Viragos is changing her life. It just goes to show – reading can be revolutionary, and open your mind to a better and brighter world.
Verity of Verity’s Virago Venture has posted about the haul of Viragos she managed to pick up cheaply this week – so her reading of Viragos will continue merrily for many weeks to come!
Darlene of Roses Over a Cottage Door has also posted about a cheeky trip to the bookstore which managed to result in four new Viragos; go and drool over those covers!
Kristin from Books and Teacups, who I am delighted to meet for the first time, has posted some very interesting reflections on Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop, which has me very excited to read it!
EDITED TO ADD:
Oops…here are some I missed!
Cousins Read posted a wonderful review of The Land of Spices by Kate O’Brien.
Novel Readings has written a very informative, interesting, and pleasingly academic review of Margaret Kennedy’s The Ladies of Lyndon.
And really, the last one! – Fleur Fisher has wrapped up Virago Reading Week, with more thoughts to come, we hope.