Since we’re past the Fourth of July and the summer season has officially started, what are your plans for the summer? Vacations, trips? Trips that involve reading? Reading plans? If you’re going somewhere, do you do any reading to prepare? Do you read local literature as part of your trip? Have you thought about using the LT Local feature to help plan your book-buying?
I don’t have many exciting plans for the summer exactly. My fiance is coming to visit next week, which I’m looking forward to, and we’ll probably be going a few local places, but nowhere particularly interesting for me (maybe for him). After that, I will probably be working and taking time out to visit some friends back in Boston where I went to college. The fall is much more exciting for me – I’ll be heading to York, England, for a Masters degree in Medieval Studies, which I am thrilled about! I am not as thrilled about the paperwork I need to complete in order to get my visa, but it’s a necessary evil. I’m not-so-secretly hoping to get taken on as a PhD student there. I love the city and I can’t imagine anywhere nicer to live, and my own opinions have been nicely backed up by people I know who already live there.
Back to the question! I do love to read books about certain locations when I’m going there, both history and historical fiction. Sharon Kay Penman’s Welsh trilogy made the visit we took to Wales the second summer I went to visit then-boyfriend now-fiance even more exciting. All of my research in history has made my subsequent travels around England really, really cool. This is probably part of the reason that I love York so much – I’ve concentrated a lot of my history in the North and York is really its focal point. Sadly I haven’t traveled much beyond that, but I have been promised lots of travels around Europe and elsewhere, and I know that reading about the locations will make them much more enjoyable.
LT local has been mostly useless here in NJ where my parents live, but it was useful up in Boston. So far I think it will also be useful up in York, based on some looking around. I’m really hoping to find some used bookstores there because I will be poor.
I think the conclusion of this week’s post is that I really want summer to be over so I can get to the fall!
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