I’m tucked under our new soft green throw, a tissue box beside me (it’s not cold this weekend but I was stirring up dust in an attempt to clean house earlier and my nose is thanking me for that now), a glass of water on the coffee table. The husband is working away in the study. And I’m trying to make the most of my Sunday morning reading. Because it’s a fine day to read, as many Sundays are. And because I’m not sure how much reading I can do from next weekend onwards as we’ll be taking his family around the area, sightseeing, shopping and whatnot. And then there’ll be Christmas and all the eating that accompanies it! And I’m still some books away from my 200 goal!
I started off my reading in bed just after 7 when I woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep. It was more of Wives and Daughters, which I’m determined to finish by the end of the year. After breakfast and all that house cleaning, I finally settled down to finish Pippa Passes by Rumer Godden, and was disappointed.
Young Pippa is in Venice with the Midlands City Ballet, as their youngest recruit. She meets a handsome young gondolier and through him, befriends a marchesa. She also catches the eye of ballet mistress Angaharad who unfortunately has more of a lecherous interest in our innocent 17-year-old. However, it is a mere blemish in the life of this rising star, who finds herself taking on a principal role in the ballet (Now I may not know much about the ballet world but going from the corps to soloist to a principal’s part in just a fortnight seems a bit much to me!) and fronting the band of her darling gondolier, which catches the attention of an American businessman who wants them to sign a contract with him! Can anything better happen to Pippa? A marriage proposal from a prince would be the icing on the cake. Of course that would be taking this story just that little bit too far…! Eye rolls a plenty!
And I’m now off to crack open the pages of Diana Athill’s Somewhere Towards the End!
What have you been reading this weekend?