I have had a great weekend for several reasons. The foremost and best reason is that my Certificate of Approval from the British government has arrived, meaning that my American self can now marry my British fiance with no trouble whatsoever. All I have left to do is make us an appointment on Monday, send off a cheque, and show up to the wedding. Oh, and buy wedding rings, but that is the fun part of the process! My parents can buy their plane tickets and book their hotel, so everything will be all set by next weekend. After almost six weeks of worrying when this little bit of paper is going to show up, or whether it even would be approved, I can finally breathe, relax, and look forward to October 17th!
Secondly, my dissertation draft is in to my supervisor and I don’t have to touch it until after our meeting tomorrow. I’m guessing that he will have a lot of revision suggestions, but on the bright side, I have less than two weeks left of working time on it. It is not going to be perfect and probably won’t get me a first, but at this stage I have worked very hard on it and it is ready to be completed. I can see how much I’ve improved since my BA thesis was completed and that in itself makes me very happy regardless of what result I end up with. This is the first weekend I’ve had since this whole thing started without it hanging over my head to some extent. I have taken weekends off, but I always knew that I shouldn’t have. Now I am guilt-free!
Lastly, this thing called guiltless free time, plus the fact that I have to be on my own in York to finish up, means that I have been reading a ton of books this weekend. It’s almost like my own mini read-a-thon, except I let myself sleep and take more breaks than I would have otherwise done. I’ve finished four books since Friday night and I’m reading a fifth. Two books came yesterday but I still feel like I’m making a little dent in my TBR pile. This will be nice to remember over the next two weeks. I’m also trying to write all of my outstanding reviews – I have eight to go! – before tomorrow, but I’m not sure that is going to happen.
Oh, I should also mention that I hit 200 books this week! I have now upped my yearlong goal to 250, which I think will be doable between the time when I finish school and when I can apply for jobs after the wedding.
Today, I’m reading Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris, book four in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I’m glad that the Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge, hosted by Beth Fish Reads, is pushing me to continue this series because I’m really enjoying it. I’ve gone for a total change of pace after Catching Fire, which I read yesterday, because I don’t want anything that could be compared. It would suffer too much! I think urban fantasy fits the bill, though. I think next up will be The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie Fox and then It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas. Can you tell that I don’t want to think much right now?
What are you reading this weekend?