University is over.
I am back in Dorset. Redwood G.01 has been packed up, scrubbed and polished for the last time and my time at Bath Spa has come to an end. I have completed my degree. It’s taking a bit of time to sink in and honestly; I don’t think it will until next September when my sister goes back to school, and I don’t go back to education.
There’s a lot to think about regarding what the next step for me is, as is fairly common knowledge I would love a career in publishing. However, there’s a lot of things that I need to work on and grow in confidence in before I can realistically start thinking about managing that, especially as it would require me moving and most likely living on my own. I need to increase my confidence and gain some more experience in the real world; I have been in education for the past 17 years, and I need to improve my understanding of working and responsibility before I feel able to consider a ‘career’, especially in one as competitive as publishing. This will be the focus of the summer, and serendipitously I have got a number of very exciting things happening this summer that will allow me to work on one of the biggest things: trains! I have never taken the train by myself before, and the idea makes me a little anxious – what if the ramp doesn’t get put down? However, I’m excited to give it go as it will mean that I am on my way to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (July) and Hamilton (December).
I am excited about the future, but for now, my primary focus is relaxing, decompressing, and processing. Relaxing, enjoying the sun and, of course, reading. My last exam was on the 1st June, and since then I have bought:
- Faceless by Alysa Sheinmel;
- History is all you left me by Adam Silvera;
- Our Numbered Days by Neil Hilborn;
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman;
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi;
- Death by Julian Barnes; and
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
These have found a welcome home in my already pretty substantial TBR, still containing books from my Christmas Book Haul and those kindly gifted to me by HarperCollins Publishers last year! However, I don’t anticipate it taking too long to read them all. Since June 1st, I have read 5 1/2 books, and before the packing madness began, I was averaging one book every 1 – 2 days … I am really hoping I can get back to that as my Goodreads is informing me that I am 14 books behind schedule.
Anyway, apologies that this was a bit of a nothing post, but I’m back, I’m blogging, reading and enjoying life. Hope everyone’s enjoying the weather and not melting too badly. What have you been reading in the sun? Are there any books that I really need to read? Let me know in the comments.
Great post! I’m not familiar with any of the books on your list…well, except for ANIMAL FARM, which I love. Your list is quite impressive. I’ve put ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE in my Amazon book cart. After reading the description on Amazon, it sounds like the kind of novel that suits my current mood. 🙂
I have only three suggestions for some great summer reading:
#1. THE SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN by Yasunari Kawabata. I read this novel at least once a year. It’s that good. It’s a relatively short novel, but each sentence is perfect, even in translation.
#2. ASK THE PASSENGERS by A.S. King. I read this novel recently and absolutely loved it. It has that Catcher in the Rye quality. The style is perfect. I laughed and I held my breath and I stared into space thinking about what I’d just read. It’s also a book I’ll re-read.
#3. THE GREAT PASSAGE by Shion Miura. A marvelous Japanese novel about a small team of dictionary editors who in a short amount of time put together a dictionary of contemporary Japanese language. It’s one of those books that’s hard to put down.
Maybe you’ve already read these three works, if so, what’d you think? Oh, and yeah, it’s hot as ever down here in Alabama. 😦
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Animal farm is brilliant, isn’t it? I’ve read it before but finally caved and bought my own copy to match 1984. I’m very excited for Eleanor Oliphant, I’ve heard nothing but great things and I expect it will be the book to cause me sunburn. Let me know what you think of it. 🙂
I’m not familiar with any of yours either but, as is the joy of book recommending, I am now. Ask the Passengers sounds like something I might enjoy. I’ve added it to the list – thank you! – and will look into the others also.
I can’t imagine what the heat must be like in Alabama, it’s around 28 degrees Celsius here in the U.K. and that’s plenty hot enough 😅
Thank you for reading, and for taking the time to comment. Have a lovely day.
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Oh my goodness, book inspiration right here! I don’t know how you manage it all, it’s taking me like 3 months to read Matilda :’) I hope you enjoy your summer! x
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