Yes, I’m actually here and reading! I finished up the semester last week, so I have until the first week of January before I head back to work and classes don’t start until the middle of the month. It feels pretty amazing, but I almost don’t know what to do with myself. School was so unexpectedly consuming (I say unexpectedly because I almost feel like I worked more this semester than my whole master’s program) that it kind of seems odd to just turn that off. But I’m trying! There’s been a whole bunch of lounging going on.
I did feel a bit of panic over what I’m going to read now that I know this time is so precious. Thankfully, I was near the end of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, so I started there. SO DUMB of me not to read it sooner. I bounced between audio and print and plan to do the same thing with The Year of the Flood soon. I also picked up Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, which comes out early next year. I grabbed it at BEA, but set it aside for a moment just like this and it was a great decision.