You know what? Vacations are lovely. I wake up every morning to sunshine and warmth – definitely not something on offer in Vancouver in March – and then get to spend the day doing (largely) as I please. Delightful. Unsurprisingly, I have been using much of this free time to catch up on my reading.
To ease into holiday-mode, I started with lots of light reads: The Flight of the Maidens by Jane Gardam, Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins (probably my favourite of her books), Last Night’s Scandal by Loretta Chase, Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly, and Just Imagine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. All nice fluffy books that are perfect poolside reading.
I have also been steadily working my way through The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope and I am loving it. I am about two-thirds done. I was anxious when I started, having been warned by many Trollope fans that it was their least favourite of the Barsetshire books, but, so far, I think it might actually be my favourite. I don’t yet have a favourite character, the way I usually do with Trollope’s books, but I am really enjoying how well balanced the story is among the entire cast of characters.
I am starting to feel the lack of non-fiction in my reading though, but I’m well-prepared. I brought along These Wonderful Rumours! by May Smith and can’t wait to start it once I’m done with Trollope.