Alright, so I said I’d be away for a few days, but I couldn’t help it! As the rest of the east coast of the US became snowed under, my family and I flew out to Arizona for (at least for me) a week. Of course, it’s comparatively warm here! Yesterday we celebrated Christmas and then ate an early dinner (roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, of course) before heading to the airport.
As far as book receiving goes, I didn’t get much, since the bulk of what I received was apartment-related. But my mom did give me a year-long Persephone subscription. She gave me the receipt she printed from online, which has the list of books I’m going to get this year. Since I want to be surprised each month, it’s taking all of my will to keep myself from looking at the list!
Whenever I go on vacation, I always overpack, bookwise. Like clothes, I want to have options! I brought: Lady Rose and Mrs. Memmary, by Ruby Ferguson; Thunder on the Right, by Mary Stewart; Henrietta Sees it Through, by Joyce Dennys; and The Winter Journey, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, in my suitcase. In my handbag: The Saracen Blade, by Frank Yerby (my current read at the time, which I’ve since finished); Clara and Mr. Tiffany, by Susan Vreeland; Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, by Elizabeth Taylor; and then in the airport I bought a copy of The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters. I have two more tucked into my computer bag, too! Of these, I’ve finished The Saracen Blade and finished Clara and Mr. Tiffany nearly in one sitting. Susan Vreeland is such a great writer, and I think this one is one of her best. I’m now reading Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, which is also very good. What did you get this Christmas?