Tonight we had the most amazing thunderstorm roll through here. Most of you might think I’m out of my mind, particularly if you live in an area where thunderstorms are common and destructive. You might even think me insensitive, given that 228 people died this week, likely as the direct result of a thunderstorm. But I can’t help it. There’s just something about them that’s so powerful and amazing. And they’re pretty rare here. I can only think of a handful of times in the last thirteen years that I’ve see one. But I love the rain. We only get rain in the winter here, and June rainstorms are about as rare as thunderstorms. I think I’ve seen more thunderstorms than I have June rain.

At any rate, I put the reading on hold for awhile while I watched the storm roll through. I stood on the front porch for awhile just watching the lightning and listening to the thunder. It was all so beautiful, and it made me wish we saw more summer storms around here (they would probably drastically reduce our wildfire rate if we didn’t have drought conditions for five months out of the year).

I actually haven’t gotten nearly as far with my reading as I would like so far during this challenge. I finished a book on Monday, but it was Right of Thirst, a book that I’d mostly completed prior to beginning the reading blitz, and so it doesn’t count (I might, however, count The Sunne in Splendour if I finish it, because I’m less than a quarter of the way through it). Right now I’m reading Take Me There by Susane Colasanti, and I’m really enjoying it. I’d be a lot further along if I ever managed to leave work on time (I’ve left work late every day for the last two weeks- good for my paycheck, but not so good for my reading time or my energy levels).

Thank you so much to everyone who has entered the Diana Peterfreund giveaway so far. I am amazed by the number of people who have entered. It’s far and away the largest giveaway I’ve ever had, and I think that’s due in part to the fact that Diana Peterfreund herself is plugging the giveaway on her blog (and she Tweeted about it as well, which I think is pretty awesome). I really wish I could afford for everyone who entered to win, but unfortunately I can’t afford to buy 60+ sets of the series. Those who don’t win should go check their local libraries for the series (which is where I first discovered Under the Rose two years ago), and beg the libraries to purchase the books if they haven’t (Interlibrary Loan is also a great option if you and your library can’t afford them. But they’re really reasonably priced, especially for trade paperbacks).

So even though I’ve not had much success with the reading blitz yet, I haven’t yet lost hope that I can read 30 books in 30 days. It’s still way early in the month, and weekends are coming. But I could really use some cheering on, and I bet the other participants could as well. So be sure to stop by their blogs and tell them how awesome they are for even attempting this!