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Hours 13 thru 19 update

Wow. It's the end of hour 19, only a few more to go! I highly doubt I'll make the full 24 hours. I'm the queen of needing sleep. I took 2 power naps during this block of time- one at hour 16 and another at hour 17. I felt refreshed right after, but now I'm beginning to fade. I nodded off a few times this last hour while reading.
I've had a successful few hours though! I finished 2 books! I had volumes 1&2 of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book as my graphic novel reads for these late hours. I read the book a few years back, and really enjoyed the graphic novel adaptations.
I munched a bit, had dinner, ate some coffee bark, and drank a lot of water.

So, it's time to start hour 20... I'm thinking of heading to the comfort of my bed with the Kindle and seeing how much more I can squeak out.
Hope you've all been enjoying yourselves! I'm excited to spend tomorrow (today) catching up with everyone after I recover!

Now, for the stats -
Pages read: 819
Time spent reading: 10hrs 25mins
Books read: The Graveyard Book volumes 1 & 2, graphic novel adaptations
Books Finished: 4
Posts written: 4
Challenges: 1
IG posts: 7

write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow


Update #2 - hours 6 thru 12

Hello again, readathon friends! We just finished hour 12, so I think that calls for a midway update!!

In the past 7 hours, I've been loving the sun and reading outside. I took a break during hour 10 to do a bit of work with Bear and relax my eyes. Throughout each hour I've continued to take 10-20min breaks to check the internet and make some yummy eats. I finished 2 books during these last 7 hours and am going to be starting a new one for hour 13. I finished Looking For Alaska then started and finished Gracefully Grayson. Not sure yet what I'll pick up for hour 13, but I'm thinking it is time for a graphic novel.
I also had the best snack ever for lunch: mozzarella, basil, & prosciutto pinwheels with balsamic drizzle. YUM.

What books have you finished?  What snacks did you love?

Now, how about those stats?
Pages read: 469
Time spent reading: 7hr 10m
Books read: Looking For Alaska by John Green and Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Books finished: 2
Blog posts written: 3 (intro, hr5, this)
Challenges completed: 1 (opening meme)
IG posts: 6
Coffees consumed: 2

write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow

The first 5 hours

Hi readathoners! Time for a little update after finishing hour 5 of the readathon.

This year, I've decided to do less blog updates.... so I'll be posting every few hours when I'm needing a break. 

We just completed hour 5, and so far I'm feeling great! 

Still on book 1, Looking For Alaska by John Green and LOVING it. Just got past the rip your heart out part, hence why I'm taking a mental break. 
I've had some coffee, mimosas, and a fried egg breakfast sandwich... no heavy snacking yet!

I have spent most of my reading time outside on the back deck and a bit of each hour surfing IG posts. I also want to share my favorite quote encountered during this reading block:
"You spend your whole life stuck in a labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present." - Alaska to Miles, from Looking For Alaska by John Green 

Now, onto the stats:

Readathon stats:
Pages read: 177
Time spent reading: 3hr 22m
Books read: Looking For Alaska by John Green 
Books finished: 0
Blog posts written: 2 (opening meme & this)
Challenges completed: 1 (opening meme)
IG posts: 4
Coffees consumed: 2

Hope everyone is having fun... don't forget to stretch! 

write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow

Hour 0

Hour Zero - Introductions, please!
Happy readathon!  Time to kick it off by answering some Qs posted over at

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I'm reading from the great state of NY. I'm located in Binghamton, in central NY... or 'upstate' to many, although I'm only about 15min from the PA border.... that's what you get though when you're above NYC. Haha

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I downloaded Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of The Dyatlov Pass Incident specifically for the readathon. I recently watched a horror movie about this, which made me want to read the real story.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Okay, weird confession time: I love stale cheetos. So, I bought a bag and opened them up and dumped them into a bowl yesterday so they'll be stale today. I don't do this often (cause let's be real, it IS odd) so I'm looking forward to it. I'm also really excited for mimosas- Bear promised to be my bartender today! 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
29 (I'll be 30 on May 3rd!), Im a teacher (7th year!) & teach middle school at an alternative school for at risk teens, I'm engaged to my best friend and we're getting married June 27th, I'm a (soon to be official) stepmomma to the coolest 9yr old, I'm obsessed with ANYTHING Harry Potter, I've been an avid reader all my life, I've got 2 fur babies- Farley (a 13yr old yellow lab) and Lily (a 3yr old bulldog), and I love instagram (you'll find me there a lot today- papajm25)... that's all for now folks! 

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
The biggest thing I did  differently today is I planned out a LOT more variety. 
My huge variety of snacks and books (my Kindle is loaded this year):

So, what about all of you (1,699 other participants!)... Can't wait to meet you all!!

write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow


The readathon is so close I can taste it!

It is that time again - time for Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon! The readathon starts this Saturday!

For those of you who don't know, this readathon was started in October 2007 by Dewey... Dewey died in late 2008. In 2009, the readathon was renamed in her honor and continues to this day, twice a year. Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon is now hosted Andi & Heather of The Estella Society.
Back when it started out, the readathon had 37 participants. This year, it looks like we're going to have over 1,000 participants!

The readathon is always fun and is a great way to whittle down your TBR, socialize with other bookish folk, and most importantly- READ!

Like in the past, I will be doing updates on the blog but will primarily share my reading notes & progress on my instagram page. I'll tweet occasionally, but that tends to get me much too distracted and before I know it I have been sucked into the internet.

I have not yet built my readathon stack, but I do know I will be reading a few from my Kindle. I have 1 novella that I plan to read, and I am hoping to read a few graphic novels. My goals are to set some time aside to join a twitter conversation, instagram hourly updates, read 4+ books, write 1 review post, and drink a lot of coffee and mimosas. I will start right at 8 (NY's start time) and plan to go the full 24 hours... probably with a few hammock naps scattered throughout the day. Bear has the day off again this year and he told me he will be my mimosa and coffee maker. I am crossing my fingers for a nice day so I can catch some sun while reading too!

As Saturday draws nearer, I will post my official readathon stack and my readathon snack stack (because we all know food is just as important to a good readathon experience!)

So, if you haven't already, click the link and join up. I promise it is a blast. If you can't work in the full day, just join for a few hours- it is really fun and it is a great way to meet new bookish friends!
Hope to see you around!

write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow