The Sunday Salon (Dec. 5)
This week will be exciting for a number of reasons. On Monday it’s my day to post my Classics Circuit review, which I spent, like, two hours writing (so I hope y’all like it). On Friday it’s my last day of class EVER! And then the next week is finals and, finally, graduation. Soon I’ll be done with my college life, and that’s sort of scary. Well, not sort of. It IS scary. After 17 years of doing one thing and one thing only, I don’t know what to expect in my post-college life. No tests? No papers? No teachers telling me what to do? Scary, and yet really liberating. I look forward to seeing how I’ll cope without having homework to do. (More blogging, maybe?)
I also think I’ve FINALLY, once and for all, decided on a plan of action for the next two years or so. I definitely know I want to move out of New Mexico, and I know I want to try living abroad somewhere. In order to live abroad I need to get a job, and the easiest sort of job for me, an English major who’s first language is English, is to teach English as a second language. So I’m going to apply for the JET program next September, and hopefully I’ll be accepted and then I’ll be living in Japan for a year starting in 2012! If not– I’ll have to figure something else out. I hope I get accepted, though. I’m going to start learning Japanese in preparation! And I’m going to be reading more Japanese books, for sure.
Meanwhile, I’ll have to get a boring ol’ regular job here in NM. But between now and next September some other stuff will be happening (possibly a move to another state?), including BEA in May 2011! I’ve registered and haven’t heard anything about not being accepted, so it’s pretty much set! I’ve reserved a hostel room for the week, and I’ll be buying plane tickets pretty soon. I’m SUPER excited about finally being able to go, and I can’t wait to meet all of you! I’ll be going to the Book Blogger Convention as well! Yay, book conventions!
Are you going to BEA? 😀
Books read this week:
228. Mr Scarborough’s Family – Anthony Trollope [rating: Borrow it]
229. Conan Doyle, Detective – Peter Costello [rating: Borrow it] %
230. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens [rating: TBD]
Two books (along with the seriously huge Atlantic, still, although that’s going really slowly): The Jaguar Stones, Book Two: The End of the World Club (sequel to Middleworld), and Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. I felt sort of bad for Anne, because she always gets ignored in favor of Charlotte and Emily, so I thought I’d read one of her books before trying Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. Sometimes I am overly sentimental, yes.
In My Mailbox (7)
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (who was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie‘s This Week in Books). Basically you just post about new books that came into your house over the past week, whether in the mail or by getting them at the library or by buying them in a store. Capiche?
A buttload of ebooks were made free for, like, two hours on Monday and Tuesday, and I got them. (They’re not free now, btw.) I think most of them were a pricing mistake? Although I ALSO think it might have been very clever, very sneaky marketing. Hmmmm. Anyway, there were 32 ebooks I downloaded over the past week (some of them posted about here), and I don’t really feel like listing them all. So let’s go over paper books instead:
Did you get any good books lately?