Happy Sunday, fellow Saloners! We’re now a week into the Summer Reading Blitz, and I can’t believe the response so far. It amazes me that other people wanted to challenge themselves to read 30 books in 30 days as well. I’ve been updating the participant list over the course of the last week, and I think it’s current. Be sure to stop by and encourage the other participants along. I know they’ve got to be doing a better job of this than I am.

What really, really amazes me, is the sheer number of people who have entered the giveaway for Diana Peterfreund’s Secret Society Girl series so far. I have to admit, I wasn’t really expecting an overwhelming number of people, but I underestimated the appeal of receiving an entire series for free. And I was stunned when Diana herself posted about the giveaway on her blog and on Twitter. There’s still time, if you want to enter. I will be closing this contest Wednesday at 10 PM Pacific time, and I will be announcing the winner on Thursday morning. After that, I think we’ll take a couple days off before I announce the next giveaway next weekend.

As far as the challenge itself goes, I got off to a pretty slow start.  It took me most of the week to read my first book, which was Take Me There by Susane Colasanti. It was a pretty good book, that wasn’t the problem. I think the problem was that I didn’t really anticipate how difficult it would be to break my habit of doing things other than reading when I get home from work. Since I started my new job two months ago, it’s been a struggle to remember how much I love to read and how much I love being pulled into a good story. When I come home (late more often than not), I tend to just kind of… check out. I’m trying not to do that as much now. I did spend a good chunk of the day yesterday reading. I finished up Take Me There and read most of The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. It’s a powerful story, and I’m working on finishing it up now.

Hope you’re all having a great Sunday!