Well, after all my worrying, my visa application process was almost ridiculously simple. My new passport arrived two days before the appointment (nothing like the last minute!) and the officials didn’t even look at most of the paperwork they’d requested on the application. I’m halfway between annoyed at all the unnecessary stress and worrying I went through and relieved that it was so easy! Anyway, that’s all done now, and all I have to do is wait for a card in the mail that contains my actual visa.
I have been meaning to launch my Medieval Challenge this month, but I haven’t done it yet. I do have a list of book recommendations and I’m working on a button, so hopefully I’ll have that up this week. I hope no one is challenged out for 2010 yet!
I’m not participating in Bethany’s Read.Read.Readathon, which I believe has now ended, but I did manage to finish The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone this morning. At 758 pages in my edition, this was no small undertaking. I read it in four days, which is great considering I barely read at all on Friday, too busy spending four and a half hours at the UKBA office and then wandering around in a daze. What a book it was, too, so full of art and life that I’m still reeling a little bit. I found it slow in parts, given that it covers virtually all of Michelangelo’s life and the writing was not the greatest, but now I have this need to go visit his sculptures and paintings. I’ll save the rest of my reaction for my review.
As for the remainder of today, I’m planning on continuing The First Crusade by Thomas Asbridge. This was sent to me by Simon & Schuster UK and so far I’m really enjoying it. The crusades are fascinating and I’m always eager to read a new historian’s viewpoint. I’m not sure if I’ll finish it before I start the next fiction book on my massive TBR stack, which is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I’m not sure what else I’m going to read the rest of this week either; my hubby is off from work and while we have nothing planned right now, we will probably end up occupying ourselves somehow.
Did you do the Read.Read.Readathon yesterday and today? How did you do? Anything exciting coming up soon on your TBR pile?
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