This is somewhat a “yes I’m still blogging (or wanting to) – just have nothing to say right now” post. Still alive, still very busy with my job and still planning to re-join the world in a month or so. Though I’ve been reading a LOT on 1st century BC Rome – the Social and Civil Wars. And not taking extensive notes (though I probably should).
As an introspection into a personal character flaw – I am such a book-slut. I don’t mean to be. I try to control myself. But they lure me in – coquettishly beckoning to me with their covers, prefaces and alluring terminology such as, “This book explores the situation of the non-elite living in Gaul during the late fifth and sixth centuries.”
I may have mentioned that I bought a few books at Kalamazoo in May. My to-read stack is ponderous. I have a list to check-out from my University library. I (mis)use a budget. I wasn’t going to buy anything more until at least this fall.
And here I am – just bought Matthew Innes’, State and Society in the Early Middle Ages. The Middle Rhine Valley, 400-1000 Allen Jones’, Social Mobility in Late Antique Gaul: Strategies and Opportunities for the Non-Elite and Wendy Davies’ and Paul Fouracre’s The Settlement of Disputes in Early Medieval Europe.
At least in about 3 weeks my reading time should open up and I can set aside ancient Rome and go back to reading 4th-7th century stuff. But I wasn’t going to do this. For some reason, if I go about 6-8 weeks without attacking my wish list I start to suffer withdrawal – and all it takes is a 20% off Barnes & Noble coupon to kick me off the wagon.
There should be a program.