September is over and I can’t believe it. It has been a very interesting, very challenging and very busy month:
After quite a boring August, I decided to start working my PhD on the 1st of September, and it felt great. For some time now, I have felt that I found my place, professionally speaking. Doing a PhD in literature would not be the safest bet for many people – you can also read Naomi’s change of life here – but, I think -and I feel and I know – it is the best thing I could do in life. So, I started very passionately to collect books on crime fiction (any surprises on my topic? I don’t think so 😉 ) and I got 11 amazing titles that I know I need to read, but when I handed in the list to my lovely professor, she very politely told me it was too much. I am supposed to read until December/January 2014 and then write the very first chapter. So, 11 books cannot be done. We both agreed on the 4 most important titles and I already read one this September: Murder by the Book? Feminism and Crime Fiction by Sally Munt. Needless to say, it was amazing.
Doing academic reading is a little bit tiring, especially since I need to take notes and create diagrams including my own thoughts, so I only managed to read 4 books in September, but I am positive one of them has only made me fall even more in love with crime fiction. Can you believe I had never read Asa Larsson? Well, I bought Sun Storm (Rebecka Martinsson #1) in mid-September and it only took me a week to read it. I love the main character, Rebecka and I want to be friends with her. I want to be her! She is the perfect feminist crime fiction heroine. And the best news is that my local library owns all the books translated in the series until now – in Spanish – so that I will be able to use my library again.
I also read Her by Harriet Lane, a book you have all been raving about and that I loved as well. I couldn’t believe the ending! What did you think?
Because I could not allow myself to start a PhD in crime fiction without having read two great classics, I finally got my hands on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie and Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. They were both good, I was not as impressed by Roger Ackroyd as many people are, but I loved Dorothy L. Sayers because her work has the perfect combination between a good mystery and a charming and funny main character. Again, I found myself wanting to be friends with Lord Peter Wimsey, but who doesn’t?
So, plans for next October? I hope to keep my 50-to-60 hours a week working schedule, although I have to admit that sometimes I feel overwhelmed, but nothing that an hour of TV cannot fix. The Puppy also helps a lot, because e is always up for a walk, and I am always thankful for his energy. I also plan on returning to blogging, but I blame my absence on the amount of time I have spent on filling in forms, writing articles and studying. I really miss writing here and reading your reviews, so don’t worry. I’ll be back as I ease into a routine. Please bear with me.
And you? What have you been up to this past month? How are you feeling about going back to work/school after the summer holidays?