R E L A X !
I must admit, I'm not trying too hard to fight it.
Books from my Christmas pile keep calling me. I'll just read the publishing credits I tell myself, and then an hour later I'll look at my watch and realise that no one's eaten and it's way past a meal time, or there's washing to be hung out while the weather is fine...
I love the influx of new books into our home that this season brings. When we're staying on the South Coast we troop down to the local library and happily grab a large pile, which lasts us about three days before we go back for more. And my kids have caught the bug of scouring the coastal junk shops for old books. Jesse (eight year old) was thrilled to discover a selection of pristine vintage HARDY BOYS! Woohoo!
My new Christmas literary stash covers a broad spectrum of subjects, from the literary to cookbook, decorating and general knowledge. Two new Australian titles, All That I Am by Anna Funder and The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman - both deal with Holocaust survivors/experiences/history/identity -received excellent reviews in 2011, so I'm hoping they live up to the hype. Am also looking forward to seeing how P.D. James has pulled off her murder mystery with Elizabeth Bennet and
These wonderful new editions of Puffin Classics by Penguin are as gorgeous to display as they are wonderful to read. I have other versions, but have to admit to coveting as many of these as I can lay my hands on. (A big thanks to my lovely sister-in-law Jane for these two!) Displayed in my girls' room, I'll place them high enough to admire, but low enough for little hands to pull down and discover the literary gold they hold!
And with so much reading to do, what could be better than Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals to get us through January? It's about all the time I'll be able to spare for cooking, so I'm pleased no one should suffer as a result of my divided priorities. Oh and there is a special treat I found in the sales that will assist in my reading/relaxing mode (cue groaning from Jonathan!):