Read-A-Thon Update: The Conclusion

Hello, everyone! The 24in48 Readathon is officially over! I almost finished!

In fact, I’m kind of grumpy about it. Check it out.

Final Stats:

Books finished
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Room by Emma Donoghue
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Time read: 22:12



Really, I’m quite proud of myself. It was much easier to complete in the summer time when I wasn’t working. A lot more curveballs were thrown my way this time around. I’ll definitely participating in the next ‘thon in July.

I was also lucky enough to have won one of the challenges and will be receiving  a $10 Starbucks gift card, Amazon gift card, or book from The Book Depository.

Expect reviews of my completed books coming your way soon.

Happy reading and I will see you soon!


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Read-A-Thon Update: Hour 18 – January Owlcrate Unboxing!

Hello everyone! I’m having a very bookish weekend. I received my very first Owlcrate book box today! I am so excited to open this box and check out the loot.

If you have not yet received your January box and do not want to be spoiled, stop right here!


I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited for a box to arrive in the mail! I’ve watched about one hundred unboxing videos, but as I was holding this box on my lap, it was like I’d never seen one of these before. I can’t cut into it fast enough.

January’s Owlcrate theme is “Magic” and according to the sneak preview posted by Owlcrate, there will be a Funko Pop figure inside this box! Since the theme is magic, I’m betting it’ll be a character from Harry Potter. Maybe not…it could be any other magical character. Hmm…


Left: Oh my gosh, I don’t think I am prepared for what’s about to happen. If the card is this beautiful, I can’t even imagine what’s in store!

Right: Ron! Ron! Ron WEASLEY! He’s even got a bit of Spello-tape on his wand! He is going to make a fantastic addition to my bookshelf. I might even battle him with Voldemort. Muahaha!


Both: Ooh, this is a pretty bookmark. I haven’t yet read The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, but it’s in my plans for the very near future as part of the #SIXSQUAREDCHALLENGE. I really like the light side of this bookmark. It is gorgeous. I really like the artwork in general for this bookmark.


Left: Ooh, this is pretty! What is it? ….Throne of Glass! I really like the color scheme of this print and the choice of quote. This is definitely going to be on my wall. I’m not all that fond of the font, but only because I’ve seen this font (or a very similar one) EVERYWHERE, from blogs to videos to commercials on television to a brand of fruit juice. I still really like this print! The bookmark and this print are both from Evie Bookish.

Right: Chapstick! It’s called Patronus…oh my gosh it’s chocolate. That’s perfect. It does have mint in it, though, which will give me an asthma attack…but my sister will very much enjoy this lip balm. It’s from Geek Fire Labs.


Last, but certainly not least…

The BookWorlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley – This edition was released by HarperCollins Canada on January 5, 2016.

I know nothing about this novel. I see that it was very recently released, so it will qualify for the #SIXSQUAREDCHALLENGE to read 6 New Releases of 2016. Excellent! I wonder if this was on anyone’s most anticipated releases videos/blogs…I’ll have to check on that.

After reading the synopsis in the dust jacket, I am to understand that this is a historical fiction novel based on the Brontë sisters and their childhood writings, imaginations, and the worlds they created and in which they played. This sounds so interesting! The cover is beautiful and the finish on the dust jacket feels so great to touch. I hope to read this one sooner rather than later.

Overall thoughts: For my first Owlcrate, I am ecstatic! I picked a great time to gift myself a 3-month subscription. I bought this as a birthday present to myself…maybe in three months, my elementary school will hire me for a full time position (mine is until the end of the school year) and I can gift myself more months! I’m loving this service already.


Now, for the read-a-thon update portion of this post.

My brother showed up today to help my father move some things out of the attic. I rarely see him so I spent a lot of my time today catching up with him. Then, dad enlisted the two of us to help clean out the attic. Yuck. I’m also responsible for cooking dinner for the family this evening. I might need to make this a late night to catch up on reading.

Hour 18 Stats:

Books finishedShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Time read: 4:54

Currently readingRoom by Emma Donoghue


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Read-A-Thon Update: Hour 12

So far during this read-a-thon, I’ve been pretty successful, if I do say so myself. While this ‘thon is intense, it’s a read-when-you-want-to and participate-when-you-want-to kinda deal. I don’t know if I’m going to reach 24 hours, but I’ll be absolutely impressed if I come close!

Here are my stats:

Books finished: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Time read: 3:13

Currently readingRoom by Emma Donoghue

The challenge for the 12th hour of the 24 in 48 Readathon is to post a picture of your reading nook. I’m keeping it comfy and cozy today.

I need to get back to reading, but I’ll see you when I check in for Hour 18!


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Read-A-Thon Update #1: The First Six Hours

I spent them sleeping.

But that’s okay! I just need about 12 hours of reading per day. I can absolutely handle that.

Readthon Update

Every six hours, the hosts of the 24 in 48 Readathon hold challenges and contests at For the first challenge, I am going to be completing a quick survey.


  • Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

I am reading from Pennsylvania in the United States.

  • Have you done the 24in48 readathon before?

I have! I completed the 24in48 readathon when I first participated last June! It was so much fun that I’m really happy this one fits into my schedule.

  • Where did you hear about the readathon?

Twitter, BookTube, the blogosphere…pretty much everywhere.

  • What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

I am most excited about Room by Emma Donoghue and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I finally was able to get my hands on the last two books of the trilogy and want to read them before Six of Crows. I know I don’t have to, but I want to.

  • Tell us something about yourself.

It seems like it was in my destiny to participate in this particular readathon. I’ve got nothing on my schedule this weekend! I have a teacher in-service on Monday, so that means that I don’t have to prepare lessons until then. I also had a bunch of meetings this past week, so I don’t have any more to prepare for awhile! I can actually do nothing but read. This is normally not the case because #teacherproblems.


I guess the something about myself is that I am a Special Education teacher in an Elementary School. I work with about 20 different children in 3rd and 4th grades that need extra help in the areas of reading. It’s really time consuming, but it is extremely rewarding. I love my job!

  • Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

I’ll be here at A Bumble of Books (formerly Kacie’s Bookshelf), Twitter (@kaciedilla), and Instagram! Check out the links below to find me!

If you are participating in the 24in48 readathon, reach out and talk to me! Let’s be ‘thon buddies!

It’s time for me to get back to reading. See you soon!


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Read-A-Thon: #24in48

It’s that time again!

Readthon Update

It feels like I was recently posting about the 24 in 48 Read-a-thon and here it is again! Did that really happen last June?!

Am I participating? You bet I am.

With my job as a teacher, it is hard to participate in some read-a-thons or even to get in some reading time daily. As this particular read-a-thon occurs over a weekend, I’d figure I’d give it a shot.

I’m going to be tired on Monday, but that’s okay! The kids are off school! I’ll be there anyway for an in-service, but the timing of this read-a-thon is perfect.

In the #24in48 read-a-thon, there are not specific book challenges such as “read a book with blue on the cover.” Instead, the goal is to spend at least 24 of the 48 hours reading. This is quite the feat and rather intense at times. Because of this, I’ll be picking books based on my mood.

Most of the time. I’m setting a goal for this read-a-thon to read all three books that I have checked out of the library. They’re due back on Tuesday!

  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I also hope to finish reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, which I’ve been reading since Christmas. If I don’t feel in the mood for any of these, I’ll most likely choose books based on bookstacksamber’s 2016 #SIXSQUAREDCHALLENGE Reading Challenge.

We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be checking in at least daily with my progress.

Is anyone else out there participating in the 24 in 48 Read-A-Thon? Let’s cheer each other on! For more information about the read-a-thon and to participate in sweet giveaways, check out

See you soon and happy reading!


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#BookTubeAThon Reading Update | Day 1

Hello readers! How was your weekend? Mine was fantastic. We cooked our meals over a fire and went four-wheeling around the property. I didn’t get a lot of reading done, but I’m ready to remedy that situation.


That’s right, fellow book lovers. I’ve decided to join in the BookTube-A-Thon this week. It runs from August 3 – August 9 (in your timezone) and is one of the most participated in read-a-thons I’ve seen. There are seven reading challenges to complete, but what makes it special is that each day, the official BookTube-A-Thon channel announces video challenges. Participants then have the rest of the day to film and post a YouTube video that completes the challenge. The hosts choose their favorites and award these lucky winners with a book from The Book Depository!

Today’s video challenge was: Book Dominoes

I did not film a video entry for this challenge due to lack of books and space, but I hope to participate in future video challenges. If I do end up posting a video, I’ll post it here for you as well.

There are also Twitter sprints involved in this read-a-thon and daily Instagram challenges. Like the video counterpart, winners of the Instagram challenges win a book from The Book Depository.

Today’s Instagram challenge is:  Post a picture of a book surrounded by items related to that book.

Here’s my entry:

(The winner will be announced tonight, August 3, at 11:30 PM Eastern Standard Time if you’d like to enter as well!)

I am such a video game dork and I am loving Ready Player One.


Let’s talk about the reading challenges.

I’m not going all out with the reading challenges. I’m not even picking a TBR. I’ve got some stuff to do this week so I cannot devote the entire week to reading, so I’m just winging it. As I finish a book, I’ll pick another one that goes along with another challenge.

That being said, here are the challenges:

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book
  4. Read the last book you acquired
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it
  6. Read a book you really want to read
  7. Read seven books

Now, I am in no way expecting to complete all of these challenges. I’m relaxing this week. I’ll probably reread a favorite children’s picture book for challenge five (I’m a teacher; I have lots of picture books).

But guess what! I’ve already completed a challenge and am pretty darn close to finishing a second.

Last night, I started reading at midnight to kick things off! I started with We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, which has blue on the cover:


I finished it! It was…alright. I know this book was well loved on BookTube, but that’s all I knew about it. I gave it a 4-star rating at face value. I may analyze it more in review form and that rating could change.

This morning, I started reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This will either satisfy challenge 3, 4, or 6. I have about 100 pages left and I really don’t want this book to end.

I don’t know what book I’m going to pick up next. I’m excited to read someone else’s favorite book, so here is the audience participation portion of the post (holy alliteration, batman!).

What’s your favorite book? Let me know in the comment section below!

If you are participating in BookTube-A-Thon, I wish you luck! It’s going to be a fun week.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my posts. I super appreciate it. I will see you soon!


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Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up | #CramAThon and #24in48

Readthon Update

Hello, readers! The read-a-thons have officially concluded (in my time zone, at least) and I am proud to say that I have COMPLETED BOTH read-a-thons! I’m shocked. And tired. Mostly tired.

At midnight for this final day, I started and read my novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King in one sitting, thus completing the #CramAThon! YES!

I went to bed and then read Harry Potter when I woke up, followed by Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (expect a review soon!), and I ended the read-a-thon by starting Black by Ted Dekker.

I have this spreadsheet that I’ve been keeping track of minutes and pages read, right? Let me just tell you it was a pain to separate #CramAThon from #24in48. For next year, I’ve learned that if I’m going to combine read-a-thons, then I’m going to plan to have the TBRs be the same! Once I finished #CramAThon at 2:30 AM, I marked that time in the #CramAThon section AND the #24in48 section, but everything else I’ve read today got marked in ONLY #24in48.

Why did I keep track of minutes read for the #CramAThon? WHO KNOWS?

My math might seem a little weird, but I’m pretty sure it’s right. Some of the hours overlap into both read-a-thons, so I couldn’t just add the totals together to get my total reading time this weekend. So I think I did it right. However, I know I completed all 7 challenges for #CramAThon and I KNOW I read for 24 hours in the past 48.

Here’s what it looks like:

Total Time Read Today: 14 hours, 43 minutes
Total Pages Read Today: 729

Total Time Read for #CramAThon: 20 hours, 56 minutes
Total Time Read for #24in48: 24 hours, 32 minutes

Total Time Read from Friday, July 10 at 12:00 am until Sunday, July 12 at 11:59 pm: 33 hours, 9 minutes.

Oh my gosh.


  • Read a children’s book – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Read a hardback book – The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  • Read 2 books in 24 hours – I read the above two titles!
  • Read a book in verse – Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  • Read a graphic novel – Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton
  • Read a novellaRita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
  • Read a total of 5 books


Oh! And I almost forgot! The #24in48 HQ blog was hosting giveaways throughout the read-a-thon and I won a prize pack! I’ll be expecting a box of mystery/thillers soon! I’m excited.

I’ll give you guys more of a breakdown on the actual books I read and what I thought about them at a later time because now…I’m going to bed.


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