Nothing like a deadline to inspire some motivation

I've been awfully quiet around these parts in the last month or so. I've not been quite as diligent a reader as I was at the start of this blog — part of that is owed to me picking up an X-Box One and a copy of FIFA 18 — but I have still made my way through a handful of books in the time since.

At the moment, I'm racing to finish the second Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I read the first one quite quickly, I think in three or four days and so I anticipated the same for this one. As it happened, I received the three week digital loan for it just a day or so after I had started another book (Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave, more on it in a round-up to come), so I figured I had time to read that one and then still squeeze in the Potter book before my three weeks were up.

When I checked the status of my loan for Chamber of Secrets and to adjust the holds I have placed this afternoon I saw that, because I took my time reading Everyone Brave and didn't start this one right away, I had 1 day and 19 hours remaining to finish the book. I'm about three quarters of the way through, so I should be able to comfortably finish it over the next two nights before it turns into a digital pumpkin and a letter informing me that my load has ended. At least I don't need to worry about late fees.