The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve been amazed at those who have time to read a book (or more) in a day. I have a whole new respect for those people, because I have found it virtually impossible to do so during the month so far. I’m doing much better than I did during May, but nowhere near where I need to be for the Summer Reading Blitz. So far, I’ve finished four books. With only sixteen days left in the month, I’d better get aย  move on.

I just finished Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer this morning. When I was about halfway through the book, I thought I knew exactly what my review was going to say, because I was expecting the book to go a certain way. And in a way, I was right: it was a bit predictable. But there was an additional message couched in that predictability, and I think that’s what my review is going to focus on. Of course, that review likely won’t be posted any time soon. I’m currently six reviews behind, but right now, I’m trying to focus less on reviews and more on actual reading.

It was a pretty slow week on the blog this week. My Diana Peterfreund giveaway ended on Wednesday, and on Thursday, Carol was announced as the winner. I finally posted my review of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name on Friday (it took me nearly two months to post the review, since I finished it in April a couple days after the read-a-thon), and yesterday, I announced my new giveaway: I am giving away a hardcover version of The Angel’s Game, the newest release by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. In addition to the book, I am giving away either a paperback copy of The Shadow of the Wind, or a $15 gift card to Borders, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon (the winner’s choice). I know a lot of bloggers received an ARC of The Angel’s Game from one source or another, but I’m sure there are people who missed out that would love the chance to read it.

Several of the things in my life that have kept me busy the last few weeks seem to be diminishing. My best friend’s baby shower was last night, and though another friend did most of the planning, I was still involved in the planning as well, and so that kept me pretty occupied. I’m also really hoping to leave work on time this week. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve left work on time during the last month, which isn’t a good thing. It’s getting to the point where I’m one of the last to leave, and I’m always the first one there. And if I can leave on time, it will give me more time to read, and I am always a big fan of more time to read.

And with that, I’m off to spend the rest of the afternoon doing just that, as well as taking care of some things around here that need to be taken care of today.

Have a great Sunday!