On the 28th, I’ll be defending my thesis. . .it’s a really surreal thing to think about. I had breakfast with a fellow MA this morning, and she commented on how “calm” I was about it. Maybe it just hasn’t really set in yet? I’ve been in “hiatus mode” since I finished. I tried to start reading the books still hanging out on my reading list that I haven’t checked off yet, but that wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. And I spent all day yesterday pinning recipes and playing The Sims. Today, I am trying my hardest at being productive: looking for jobs, writing up cover letters, compiling my post-defense reading list.

That last part is accidental, of course. I logged in this morning to see that Sophie Turner‘s facebook page had posted this link to an article about her being cast in an upcoming BBC drama called The Thirteenth Tale, based on a novel of the same name by Diane Setterfield.

At first, I started thinking about Turner’s role in Game of Thrones. I have to admit, it took me a long time to start to like Sansa’s character when reading A Song of Ice and Fire, but Turner does a really great job of bringing her to life and making Sansa more likable early on (or maybe I just sympathize with her differently because I know what is going to happen to her?). Even though her storyline is a little boring (it’s really developing now!), I always enjoy watching her on the screen. She has such poise and I think she has a lot of potential to continue her career in really strong roles.

Then I realized how genuinely interesting the plot of The Thirteenth Tale sounds. I first thought, “Yeah, I’m excited to see this!” (Assuming, of course, I can find it somewhere in the US). But I’m more of a read-it-before-you-see-it person, and a paperback copy of the book was less than $10 on Amazon, so I decided to go ahead and order it. Now, I wish there was a way to place an order and delay shipping at will. If so, I would have it delivered on June 28, just so I can’t be tempted to pick it up until I’ve actually finished reading all the academic books I need to read. But you can’t, so I’m just going to have to be extra disciplined.

I already have a couple of activities I’m anticipating after defending my thesis, including watching series 3 of Downton Abbey and eagerly waiting for the release of MaddAddam in September. But seeing as these three things, with the new addition of reading Setterfield’s work, is not going to take up all of my summer, I should probably start working on my post-defense reading list a little bit more (especially considering I’m very excited to get to do pleasure reading without feeling guilty!).

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