It’s probably been about a week or so since I sat down and thought about a blog post. This is very odd for me as I’m normally antsy about not having much non-review content around here. I know I post a ridiculous number of reviews (and I read a ridiculous number of books) so I do like to post other things every so often.
I’ve been back in the UK since Sunday morning. I’ve mostly existed in a fog of exhaustion since then. I spent most of Sunday sleeping, although my fiance and I did manage to fill out our application for our Certificate of Approval. If we’re accepted, we can finally get married. We are planning on mid-to-late October and just hoping that there is still time for us when/if our application is approved. I spent most of Monday traveling more and then working on my dissertation chapter, which I sadly neglected while I was home. I had a great two weeks, most of which I spent with my parents since I won’t be seeing them again for so long and I didn’t have much time. I did have an amazing day with a couple of my friends from college in New York City. Here’s a shot from Central Park:
I did manage to read quite a few review books, which had piled up while I was gone, but I haven’t been as speedy with the reviews as I would have liked. I have 10 reviews to write and I read two of the books before I even got home, so I should probably get cracking. My dissertation chapter is my top priority at the moment, though, and needs to be finished by tonight (I’ve done most of it so this isn’t a problem), so they may be waiting a little longer.
I also wanted to point everyone’s attention over to Book Blogger Appreciation Week, a weeklong celebration of book blogging, complete with giveaways and awards. This event, one of My Friend Amy‘s wonderful ideas, is a ton of fun and introduced me to so many new bloggers the first time around last year. I even won best history/historical fiction blog, about which I was incredibly thrilled and flattered. Now that I’m a bit more informed about the blogosphere, I’m even more amazed, and I have several theories as to which blog will win this award in September. Nominations for awards are now open and I encourage you all to go over there, register, vote, and get excited!
Lastly, just a quick reminder that I am still running two giveaways. You can enter here for a signed, autographed copy of Pope Joan, and here for a paperback copy of The Spies of Warsaw. I’ll be announcing another giveaway tomorrow, so stay tuned.