Hello Saloners! Friday was my last day of work for 2011, which means I’m ready to enjoy some serious vacation reading. Even though the holidays are a busy time, #1 daughter is home from university, and we’ll be engaging in our usual Christmas traditions, I know I’ll still have more time than usual to curl up with a good book. I’m also a scant three books away from 75 reads this year. So here’s what’s on tap:
- Started Early, Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson: this is the fourth Jackson Brodie mystery. I just started it yesterday. I’ve been looking forward to this one for weeks, and saved it until I was off work and could really enjoy it.
- The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard: this Orange Prize nominee has been on my shelves for ages, so why not.
- Poor Caroline OR The Crowded Street, by Winifred Holtby
- The Land of Little Rain, by Mary Austin
The last one is nonfiction, a choice inspired by my “reading nonfiction” post from earlier this week. It was also a gift from my 2010 Virago Secret Santa. Tomorrow is “opening day” for the 2011 event, and that reminded me I hadn’t read all last year’s gifts yet!
I might fit in more books before returning to work on January 3, but I don’t want to feel over committed. Mostly I just want to relax and go where life takes me — whether that’s reading, or something else.
And now, I think I’m going to sign off and get lost in the Atkinson for a spell.
What are you reading over the holidays?