For me at least, second year has ended. Term doesn’t officially finish until June 29th but I am now at home getting ready to escape the dreary English weather and jet off to sunny Turkey on Thursday. I’m particularly looking forward to some hot weather because that one freakishly boiling week we had was slap bang in the middle of my exams preventing me from enjoying it. I did attempt to do work outside but I quickly learned that revision in the garden accidentally morphs into napping in the garden. After that incident I was forced to merely observe the beautiful weather from inside the library.
Personally, I use holidays as an excuse to read all the books don’t have time to read during term time – some very trashy, some more respectable! I’m particularly looking forward to this break after an especially scholarly term of medieval literature, critical theory, satire, and sensibility.
On my list at the moment I have Mark Haddon’s (author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) new novel The Red House, Victoria Hislop’s The Thread, Jilly Cooper’s The Common Years (a slightly embarrassing example of the very trashy!) and The Red Queen,by Philippa Gregory.
That huge stack of dissertation reading in my bedroom can wait for few weeks.