The Waiting Game .. and What I’m Reading

Well, my appointment with the French Consulate in Toronto in on Tuesday and my host family hasn’t received the documents yet from the DIRRECTE in France.  Meaning I definitely will not have the original documents in time for the visa interview. Which is a major problem because the next appointment available isn’t until the end of May!  I can’t wait a whole other month!!

All I can do is wait and hope that the host mom can send me scanned .pfd copies of the documents before Tuesday so that I can at least show that much and hope and pray-  and beg if necessary -that my visa gets accepted despite not having the original copies of the documents. I really hope that this works, if not I’m not sure what will happen. I don’t even want to think about it.

To keep myself busy while I wait until Tuesday and the documents to come in, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading.

While in Cuba I read Erik Larson’s recent book In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin.   I enjoyed how much history was included in the novel, but generally found it slow moving and almost anti-climatic.

I also read Katherine Pancol’s hit novel The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles while laying on the beach in Cuba.  I really enjoyed this novel and definitely recommend it!  She has written two sequels to this novel, and I hope to pick them up in France (in French) in order to brush up on my language skills while reading great books!

Just today I finished up The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. This book had been sitting on my bookshelf for many months, and I finally cracked it open yesterday.  And I couldn’t put it down!  I loved learning about all the books that the son and mother read and discuss together while she is dying from cancer.  Many classics and many new novels were mentioned, and now my ‘must-reads’ list is even longer!  This is a great book, and despite its topic, is very optimistic and uplifting book.

Well, there is an update on what I’ve been reading.  I think I’ve decided to begin Cormac McCarthy’s trilogy next.  It seems like a daunting task being so long- perhaps that’s why it has also been on my shelf for several months -but I need to put in the time and don’t want to carry it (hopefully!) to France with me.

À la prochaine, bises.


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