So, as is customary in the theo-blogging world, I thought I would mention my summer academic plans. For me it basically boils down to three primary tasks:
- Getting ready for my PhD entrance exams. They have suggested 24 books for the summer, of course doing more is always welcome. I’m planning on sitting for the OT & NT exams in addition to my two required ones, History of Christianity & Systematic Theology. While it is not a deal-breaker if I don’t pass, it would be a real bummer to try to get them done during my 1st year of PhD work. Best to just get them done now.
- Getting Latin under my belt. I fiddled with it a bit this past semester, but it will basically be an all out blitz this summer making sure I’m ready for my late August exams.
- My earlier impulse to begin reading novels/poetry has remained, & I’m determined to work through at least a few classics this summer. Inspired in part by this list, I have decided that this will be the “Summer of Camus.” I am going this route because I think I may be able to get through all his primary fictional works this summer, while still throwing a couple additional tiny classics in as well. The goal of getting a good handle on one author in just a few (focused) months seems the best way to go, and the length of Camus’ primary works appears manageable. Regardless of how well this plan works, literature/fiction is a real gap in my reading, so I’m excited to start remedying it. I do ask for patience, my dear readers, when I play the amateur critic at times this summer. Finally, as I mentioned in my initial post, suggestions are MORE than welcome.
So that’s what’s cooking here at Stubbed Toes; what’s everyone else up to?