Fact 1: I received my reading list in April.
Fact 2: I did not tackle this reading list before two weeks after results day because I was scared it seemed ‘presumptuous’ and if I did, the universe’s Karma monkeys would take my place away for assuming I’d get in.
Fact 3: I regret Fact 2.
Studying English and a Modern Language comes pretty obviously with the requirement of a reading list, and I’m really excited about FINALLY studying subjects I really love and never hearing the initials UMS again (adieu, A-Levels!). Starting the reading list was hugely daunting: I didn’t know where to start, and everything seemed REALLY thick. Having only studied one book for A Level French, a list of about 8 seemed massive.
I’m now about half way through my reading list for both parts of my course, and Fact 3 is less about sheer quantity (ten minutes setting mini-reading goals abated my panic of ‘I WILL NEVER GET THESE READ IN TIME’) and more simply regret because the texts are actually BRILLIANT. I’ve so far discovered Medieval French is fantastic and comes with twisty-turny tales, been unable to put down a book about a Peruvian woman in France and zipped through an essay about… well, something to do with criticising materialism (I think). On the English side, I’ve picked Old English and I’m finding it really exciting – the inner Linguist feels rather regretful we’ve dropped so many tenses… I guess really what I want to say is I wish I’d overcome my fear of not getting a place earlier because I would’ve liked more time to enjoy my books (not sure if my family will share the sentiment – I don’t think they’re hugely enamoured with a ‘Did you know…?’ about the Anglo-Saxon grammar every ten minutes).
Tl;dr: Reading list reminds me how much I love my subjects and it’s not as a bad as I thought it would be. Excitement level staying the same (extremely high) and fear reduced due to the reading lists readability and interestingness.