This week is my last official finals week as an undergrad. And I'll be honest, I'm not sure if it just hasn't hit me yet, or perhaps I'm finally starting to become comfortable with the fact I'm graduating, but honestly, it doesn't look like things are going to be too bad.
I completed my Detective Fiction final this afternoon, after a coffee date with a friend. I have a paper due on Wednesday and a collection of creative writing due on Friday. Other than that, I have another coffee date tomorrow, dinner with a couple of my professors on Wednesday, and I'm helping out a friend with her acting final on Thursday. Time has finally slowed down just enough, and I'm preparing for summer. This is really the first time since the semester started that I'm actually looking forward to school being over, for real. I mean, I wish it would last forever, but at the same time, I need a bit of a break.
What will my summer consist of? Books, mostly. I'll be working at the local library, and participating in two book discussion groups (on top of my own personal reading schedule). I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to start with, but I know for sure that Sarah and I were planning on reading Moby Dick together. I was supposed to read it for class last semester, so I'm looking forward to reading it for real this time around.
Going off book recommendations, I've started a few new series that I'm really looking forward to completing. The first is The Dresden Files. This is a series about a detective wizard named Harry Dresden, who solves supernatural crimes (like rogue wizards, vampires, werewolves, hell-spawn; you get the idea). Anyways, I'm on book two, Fool Moon (book one was Storm Front). As you can probably guess from the title, this is a werewolf book. Personally, I preferred the first one, but I heard that the series gets better and better, so I'm looking forward to reading onward.
Also, I've been reading the Space Odyssey books. (You know, like 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc.) And those have been really interesting. I just finished book two last week (2010: Odyssey Two). I've been told that the other books aren't really worth reading (I'm guessing like the last two books of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series), but even so, I'd like to read them just to say I did.
After I finish Fool Moon, I'm going to attempt to wrestle Cloud Atlas into literary submission....before finals are over. Or whenever the library closes. We have a week of senior activities coming up. I hope that they don't mind if I keep the book during that time....
In other news, I've been drinking WAY too much coffee, so I'm super-hyper and my metabolism is racing. That means I'm jittery and hungry. And I'm at work. Not a good combination, people!