Time for Readathon. I have been so psyched for it for a while. And then this week happened and I had some personal issues that I had to take care of and I thought I wouldn’t be able to do this because of a lack of focus and being upset. However, things got better, and here I am!! I’m not sure if I will be doing the whole 24 hours like I planned to just because I might have to tend to some things but hopefully I’ll get to read alot. I’ve also signed up for 3 hours of cheering so I’ll be busy! I’m planning on starting with Catching Fire (as I’ve managed to not finish it yet AND I’m not a morning person and I didn’t get sleep last night so I need something really easy and that I KNOW will keep my attention so I don’t fall back asleep). Then I’ll be reading Never Let Me Go and then hopefully Mockingjay or maybe The Handmaid’s Tale! I’m not setting any goals. Just to do what I can and have fun doing my FIRST EVER Readathon.

Hour 1: Read to go with my Red Berries Special K and Catching Fire! Here we GO!

First hour meme:

Where are you reading from today? Answered that above!

3 facts about me:

-I’m related to Jackie O
– I work for a magazine and LOVE it
– I am head over heels in love with my boyfriend of almost 4 years!

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? Answered above

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? No goals really. I’ll be cheering for 3 hours!

HOUR 4:  Little disappointed with my progress going into hour 4! I thought I would have finished Catching Fire but, as always, Twitter and blogs distract me from the task at hand. I think I’m going to go read somewhere else and leave the computer behind.

Title of book(s) read since last update: Still reading Catching Fire
Number of books read since you started: 0
Pages read since last update: 120
Running total of pages read since you started: 120
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours maybe 2 1/2. Damn Twitter and blogs.
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) I’ll say 2 hours. All those distractions add up.
Mini-challenges completed: Six Word Celebration
Other participants you’ve visited: Oh gosh. A bunch. I haven’t kept track. I will for next hour.
Prize you’ve won: None!

Hour 6

Heading into hour 6, I have to say I’m pretty disappointed in my performance thus far BUT at least I’m spending time reading. I’ve overcome my Twitter/blog distraction only to stop for a lunch break and then it turns into an hour break of me talking on the phone. I’ve been reading outside because it is BEAUTIFUL outside. Seriously. Gorgeous weather and plenty of sunshine. Exactly what I needed!

Title of book(s) read since last update: Still reading Catching Fire
Number of books read since you started: 0
Pages read since last update: 85..damn hour lunch break without reading!
Running total of pages read since you started: 205
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours-ish
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) Almost 4  hours. All those distractions add up.
Mini-challenges completed: Six Word Celebration
Other participants you’ve visited: Too much effort to keep track!
Prize you’ve won: None!

Hour 8: Heading into hour 8 and I just finished Catching Fire! I’ve loved reading outside but I did get distracted by my sister and her bf dropping by to get something and THEN there was this HUGE spider in the house and we had to kill it.  Not happy about my progress BUT I’ve got all night. Hopefully next Readathon I won’t have a huge crisis the days leading up to readathon so I can get everything to together and be mentally prepared! Always a learning curve as well!  I’ve read 391 pages so far! Time to go stretch, cheer and figure out what I want to start next! I’m thinking Never Let Me Go but I haven’t decided!

Hour 14: I haven’t updated in forever but I’m still going strong! I literally had to leave my computer in another room for a LONG time. It was getting in the way of actually reading! I also made some dinner because I didn’t have the time pre-readathon to prepare any and I wasn’t feeling the frozen dinner.

Title of book(s) read since last update:Everything Is Going to Be Great
Number of books read since you started:2
Pages read since last update: 209
Running total of pages read since you started: 600 ( I can’t believe this number is exact! I love that!)
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 5ish hours
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 9-10ish hours (I’m cheerleading too!)
Mini-challenges completed: Six Word Celebration
Other participants you’ve visited: Too much effort to keep track!
Prize you’ve won: None!

Hour 16: You are a BITCH, hour 16! You spawn from Satan! I was all perky and optimistic about my insomniac  tendancies carrying me through the whole 24 hours and now I’ve hit a wall! My eyes want to shut! They are begging me  and promising me really excellent sleep if I just give in…which that, excellent sleep, is something I don’t often get! Tempting.  Come on Mockingjay..pick up the pace!  It  also might help if I SAT UP! lol  Since I last updated, I have gone through my cheer list and read 75 pages of Mockingjay! Let’s hope I don’t give into the sweet nothings that my eyes are whispering to me!

Hour 19: Still going..but barely! My reading has slowed down a little bit. I really should have gotten more than four hours of sleep last night to be able to stay up all night! That and I should have been prepared with some candy and energy drinks! Rookie mistakes! Next time. I’m going to keep reading but I’ve set my alarm in the event I fall asleep…so this will probably  be my last update. I may or may not stay up but the computer is going off either way! I’ll post in the morning if I keep reading.

Happy reading friends!

Hour 23: I conceded and took a little sleep break from 2:30am  EST to  6am and woke up to finish strong until 8. I truly believe that if I would have had a good sleep the night before that I could have stuck it out.  But, such is life. I’m ok with what I finished. It’s more than I would have if I didn’t participate! And I had fun chatting it up with everyone and just doing something TOGETHER as a community! Will definitely be participating again..but with a better game plan! Time to go finish reading!

Hour  24: I’m really awake right now but let me tell soon as that  clock strikes 8am..I have a date with my bed at least for an hour until I have to get ready for church. When it is all said and done I think I will have done about 15-16 hours of reading when you take out my 4 hour nap at 2am, cheering, food breaks and being distracted on Twitter! The reading got SLOW towards the end! It’s been a blast!!

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.


  1. Good luck Jamie! I'll be rooting for you from the front lines of the Girl Scout encampment.

  2. Ms. Marsha says:

    We're just underway
    But I wanted to say
    I know you'll do a great job today!!

    Enjoy your read a thon!

  3. softdrink says:

    (Non)traditional Buddhist readathon blessing:

    Just as the books fill the shelves,
    Pile together on the floor and stack up on the table
    So may the joy of the readathon
    Flow forth to brighten your day and lift your spirit.
    Books already read, books in progress and books yet to be read.

    By the power of every word on the page
    May your book be delightful,
    As scary as Lovecraft’s Cthulhu
    Or as sweet as a box of See’s candy.

    Let the power of the images evoked by words
    Keep you stay awake long through the night
    May no obstacle impede
    Your day filled with books.

    For all of those who are reading today
    Who follow in the path of Dewey
    May your day be filled with the four blessings
    Of fabulous books, tasty snacks, comfy chairs and joy.

  4. Jackie O huh? That's AWESOME!!

  5. irisonbooks says:

    You're related to Jackie O? Wow.

    I hope you're doing well! I signed up to cheer for 3 hours and read as well.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Go go go!

  7. A limerick for inspiration:

    I hope that your day's going well,
    That the books you are reading are swell.
    A day for just reading
    (and mild competing)
    Will do us all good, I can tell!

    I hope you're having fun!!

  8. Wow, you're related to Jackie O? That is so cool! Have fun reading and cheering today.

  9. Hi there!

    Please, don't beat yourself up for slow progress. As long as you;re reading SOMETHING, ANYTHING it's all ok 🙂
    Just have fun and enjoy your evening. Rah rah rah!! (is waving her imaginary pom-pons)

    Cheers from Poland,

  10. irisonbooks says:

    391 pages is great!
    I have to remind myself that there are still 15 hours left as well. Good luck for the rest of those!

  11. softdrink says:

    1, 2, 3, 4
    Hope your book isn’t a bore
    5, 6, 7, 8
    And your readathon is going great!

  12. Ooh, I can't wait to read Never Let Me Go. I'm waiting for it from the library, but I think I might have to just buy a copy!

    A poem to keep you going:

    I've traveled the world twice over,
    Met the famous; saints and sinners,
    Poets and artists, kings and queens,
    Old stars and hopeful beginners,
    I've been where no-one's been before,
    Learned secrets from writers and cooks
    All with one library ticket
    To the wonderful world of books.
    ~ Anonymous ~

    I hope you're enjoying your reading, wherever it's taking you!!

  13. Ms. Marsha says:

    All you fans
    in the internet stands
    give our readers
    a great big hand!!!

    Way to Go!!!
    Cheerleader Marsha

  14. Reading is fun, reading is great!
    Don't overdo it, take a break!

  15. samantha.1020 says:

    Keep it up you're doing great, lots of good reading still awaits!

    Sounds like you have hit your groove so keep it up and have lots of fun while your at it!!!

  16. OMG that YouTube video of the laughing babies was hilarious! So glad that we have had a chance to talk about participating for the first time! Good luck staying up tonight and enjoy your books!!

  17. SapphireReads says:

    Keep it up. You're doing a great job.

  18. You've done well! Don't worry about how many books you've finished or how many pages. The most important is to have fun reading some great books!
    And thanks for stopping by to cheer me on!
    Happy reading!

  19. Wow, Jackie O! how cool!! Happy reading!

  20. irisonbooks says:

    You did so well! I do understand the feeling of needing some sleep. I hope you enjoy the rest of the readathon whichever way you decided to go. And yes, energy bars..

  21. sumthinblue says:

    Thanks for the cheering, Jamie. A few more hours to go, we can do this!

  22. Ms. Marsha says:

    Let's dance
    Let's shout
    C'mon readers, shake it out!

    Hang in there
    Without a care
    Keep on reading as long as you dare

    Keep it up, you're doing great! Marsha

  23. Although the sun has gone to bed
    There's still a lot that needs be read
    You're doing fine, you're doing great
    Did you think you could stay up this late?

    A little nap never hurt anyone. 😉

    Home stretch! Good luck!!

  24. Came via Twitter to make your 24th post on the 24 hour readathon!

    – Dee from e-Volving Books

  25. reviewsbylola says:

    I love reading your updates. You fought really hard to stay in there–great job!