Well, last week did not turn out as expected! Literally on my way out the door to a sewing class, I tripped and fractured a toe, so I spent most of the week with my foot on an orthopedic pillow. Now, you'd think that that would mean I'd do a ton of reading. But I did not. I did watch a ton of television, especially since the news came down that some of my favorite shows are leaving Netflix in March.
On the reading front, I decided to abandon the books I was reading, because if being laid up was not motivating me to read them, nothing would. So, so long to The French Lieutenant's Woman and The Lunatic, at least for now. They'll be there if I want them later.
I decided to treat myself to a Persephone book instead. A few months ago my husband and I were spending a weekend in the Berkshires and I stumbled on a cache of used Persephones at a little used bookstore nestled in the woods. Tea with Mr. Rochester is a collection of mildly-mannered, slightly off-center short stories set in WW2-era England, about young girls and love and such. I'm enjoying it a lot. It's a nice change from the things I've been reading for the past little while.
Persephone books come with very simple gray covers, but they also come with beautiful, individual and unique endpapers. The picture above is from the end papers of Tea with Mr. Rochester. If you go to the shop in London you can buy extra sheets of many of the endpapers to take home.
Here's a display from the Persephone bookshop in London showing some of the papers. So pretty! This picture just puts me in the mood for spring, something we East Coasters sorely need right now!