As an English Literature student, it can be difficult to juggle my course reading with other books on my personal reading list. However, I try and find time for it when I can, even if it’s just half an hour before bed. I’m currently halfway through Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. I was first introduced to Woolf in a module I took in second year, and I’ve loved her work ever since. I enjoy reading Woolf because her novels are completely different in style from the Victorian ones I typically study – so it really does seem like a break from the reading I do for my course. But more importantly, the language she uses is absolutely beautiful. I feel as though the way she describes emotions and life more generally is startlingly accurate and flows nicely: it’s like poetry. I love how she zooms in on the smaller elements of life that we take for granted, but, actually, account for an enormous part of our lives. I think this is something many of us may have come to realise over a year of lockdowns! For my next read by Woolf, I am eyeing up Flush: a biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s dog!
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