The first weekend in December is officially tree weekend in my family, so my husband and I spent this morning shopping for a new decoration and then this afternoon putting up our Christmas tree. Every year, we buy one new decoration to add to our collection; this year it's the gingerbread star you can see in the picture above. One of my favourite parts of Christmas time is decorating, and it'll be even better this year as now we own our own house, we can buy additional decorations to put up all around around the house, not just the living room.
I've also managed to finally get started on my Christmas shopping, although I have a long way to go until I am done! Now that December is here, I'm much more in the mood for all things festive. It's also the best time of year to be working in a primary school, and I'm looking forward to all the Christmas crafts and cooking I'll be doing with my class over the next few weeks.
Reading wise, my time has mostly been dominated by my Classics Club spin book, Les Miserables. I did squeeze in Mockingjay, as we saw the Catching Fire film last weekend, and I was desperate to know how the trilogy ended. But apart from that, it's been all Les Mis, all the time. And I'm actually loving it. I found the first 50 pages hard to get through, and was starting to worry about the rest of the book, but once Valjean actually appeared and the book moved on from an extremely detailed profile of the Bishop, things looked up. I'm 300 pages in now and I'm finding it easy to read and extremely absorbing. Hugo is a master of detail, and you feel completely immersed in the book. My goodreads goal for the year has officially gone out of the window and I won't be finishing it any time soon, but winter is the perfect time for such an immersive, epic read. I'm glad the spin finally gave me the push to start it.
This week, I've been reading:
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (5 out of 5)