After my overly extended winter break, I am still not quite into the mindset of being back at school, and as thus, when I had to spent my entire day today reading for next week's classes, I got pretty sleepy. I'm sure that I'll shake this after a few days, but right now it is just no fun. I guess that I better get over it, since I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to be doing a ton of reading this semester. Last semester, there was a moderate amount of reading, owing to the fact that two of my four courses were very structured around lecture and weekly homework assignments and problems to solve. This semester looks to be shaping up much differently due to a lack of focus in a few of my classes. It's not so much lack of focus on the subject matter, but rather in what exactly will be covered, assigned, and expected from week to week or even class to class. Take this week for example...I made it to my seminar in sociolinguistics this Wednesday and learned about what was going on for the semester and received the syllabus. No mention was made of any reading or assignment for the next week, although there were two book on the syllabus listed for the next three class periods. No one even asked any question about it, and I didn't notice it until later. So, being typical "me" I made sure that I had both the books, and I spent today reading one of them. I'm sure that I'll have the other one of the two completed by Wednesday, just in case we were supposed to have read them for this week. I guess that if I get them done now, that's just less for me to read for the following two weeks...I think. I'm actually really excited to read the stuff for this week...and probably all the stuff for this particular class for the semester, because it's all about language in politics and jurisprudence in Africa. The first book that I just read for the week is English in Africa after the cold war by Alamin Mazrui...the second one that I'll be reading is called The Power of Babel...also by Alamin Mazrui and Ali Mazrui. I believe that my professor knows the Mazruis well and he has worked with them in the past. The books, well at least the first one that I've read, are very well written and extremely informative. The first book is really eye-opening to me, since it concentrates on English in Africa and mainly in the former British colonies. I had previously done a lot of reading on French in Africa and the countries of La Francophonie, so I had very limited exposure to the Anglophone side of things. I'm pretty anxious to get started on the second book and see what it's all about.