It's been so lovely having time off work this last week for the Easter holidays, and I've managed to find a good balance between staying at home and resting, and going out with friends and family. We had all of our nursery furniture delivered early on in the week, and I went baby shopping with my Mum and sister on Wednesday, so we're starting to get ourselves organised with the things we will need when the baby comes. I have enough clothes and all of the big things like a car seat, pram and moses basket sorted out, now it's just for the smaller bits like nappies, wipes etc. I want to get as much as possible sorted in this break, as I know I'm going to be exhausted when I return to work. Plus, I'll be 38 weeks pregnant when my maternity leave starts, so there won't be much time/energy to do things then!
I've been cutting back on my book spending lately but I found the bookish bargain of the year this week and just couldn't resist. Earlier in the week I reviewed W. Somerset Maugham's The Painted Veil, which I loved, and which convinced me that I need to read more Maugham. And then later in the week, we were browsing some charity shops in the high street when I came across a set of 10 of his novels in the Vintage editions, for £10! There was so way I could leave them on the shelf for someone else to buy!
I love Vintage classics, and this set includes:
- The Painted Veil (My spare copy is going to be gifted to my sister, who I think would love it)
- Liza of Lambeth
- The Narrow Corner - 'a tense, exotic tale of love, jealousy, murder and suicide'
- Up at the Villa
- Cakes and Ale
- The Magician (this is the one I will probably get to first)
- Catalina - set in the Spanish Inquisition
- Christmas Holiday - about the Parisian underworld
- Don Fernando
Unfortunately, it doesn't contain either Of Human Bondage or The Moon and Sixpence, but I'm still absolutely thrilled with it. I'd love to hear if anyone has read any of these titles before.
As always in the holidays, I've had lots of time to read (between naps), and I've been enjoying every moment of it. Today, Tom is painting the hallway, so I'm taking the opportunity to have a bit of a mini-readathon. This week, I've been reading:
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham (5 out of 5 stars)
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (4 out of 5 stars)