Second Annual Holiday #Readathon, December 2-4, 2011
Oct 28th, 2011 by Liza Wiemer

Second Annual Holiday #Readathon

December 2-4, 2011

Bonus: EVERYONE who signs

up for this Readathon will be entered into a random drawing to win a SIGNED first edition copy of Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Prince. Novel will be sent from Books of Wonder after December 6, 2011

 Thanks for being a part of this! 😀 Winner was Kayla from Caught Between the Pages 

It is with great excitement that I’m hosting the Holiday #Readathon once again, thanks to the incredible encouragement and enthusiasm from those who participated last year. Together, we’ll make it even BETTER this year.

Join us ANY TIME during the #Readathon!  

Sign up is below – Fill in the simple Mr. Linky form! You can use a Twitter or Facebook URL if you don’t have a website.

My mini-challenge is below (You do not have to sign up for my mini-challenge to participate in this readathon! All are welcome!)

I will be updating the list of CONFIRMED bloggers/authors who are participating in giveaways as they come in as well as their mini-challenges/giveaways. Here is are the bloggers/authors we have so far:

1. Kai from Fiction State of Mind: Mini-challenge is so simple – just visit her blog and enter to win a novel of your choice (up to $10 from the Book Depository) http://fictionstateofmind.blogspot.com

2. Deb from Just Deb Reading and Writing for Children and Teens: Mini-challenge is to read  (or donate) a Middle Grade Novel, let me know what it is, what you did and I will enter you to in a giveaway for  a book of your choice, up to 20.00 value. Making this international so you can make your pick from the Book Depository.  http://www.debamarshall.com/

3. Author Laurie Viera Rigler: Mini-challenge – We all like to escape into a good novel and enter the lives of our favorite characters, especially during the holiday season. But did you ever wonder what your favorite characters read when they feel like entering another world? Let your imagination soar, and visit Laurie Viera Rigler’s blog (http://blog.janeaustenaddict.com/2011/11/holiday-readathon-double-giveaway.html) to enter this fun and easy challenge. You could win two books: THE JOURNEYS OF JOHN AND JULIA: GENESIS by Aurelia and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT by Laurie Viera Rigler.

4. Heidi from YA Bibliophile: Mini-challenge is what was the best gift you ever received or gave? One person will win a signed paperback copy of Anna & the French Kiss, chapter sampler of John Green’s newest The Fault in Our Stars (chapters 1&2) and Magnetic poetry set from Maureen Johnson. http://yabibliophile.blogspot.com/

5. April from Good Books and Good Wine: Mini-challenge – Create a 5 song playlist pertaining to a book you are reading for the readathon. You can do this in a post just leave me a link in the comments, or just leave me your playlist in the comments. One entrant will be randomly selected to win a prize pack of three 2012 ARCs! Black Boy, White School by Brian F. Walker, Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani, Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan M. James http://goo.gl/fb/LNyvk

6. Melissa from YA Bookshelf: Mini-challenge is to name your favorite boy narrator & what makes him so great. One lucky person will win iBoy, The 13th Plague, & The Underdogs.  http://www.yabookshelf.com/

7. Courtney from Stiletto Storytime: Mini-challenge is to share a favorite holiday read & why that book, be it classic or modern, means so much to you. My giveaway is a prize pack from author Heather Vogel Frederick w/a copy of Home for the Holidays, a Betsy Tacy Treasury & tote bag!  http://www.stilettostorytime.wordpress.com

8. Author Wendy Delsol: Mini-challenge- 1. Make a good faith pledge to donate this holiday season. 2. Make a character-name suggestion (see notes below) for me via Twitter (@wendydelsol), a facebook comment, or comment on my blog post – http://www.wendydelsol.com/holiday-readathon  

So about the character name I’m looking for: My work in progress is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice. In the Jane Austen classic, Elizabeth Bennet’s mother is simply Mrs. Bennet. I’m looking, therefore, for a first name that fits this matriarch’s personality. As in the original, Mrs. Bennet is a shallow woman. The adjectives that best describe my version of the character are temperamental, vapid, and shrill. (Austen showed the character no sympathy. I probably won’t, either.) So … let’s hear some suggestions. You could win your choice of Stork, Frost, or The McCloud Home for Wayward Boys  http://www.wendydelsol.com/holiday-readathon

9. Author Audrey Hart: Mini-challenge is if you could ask the Greek god Zeus any question, what would it be? Win the YA novel Zoe and Zeus (ebook edition). Post your answer on Twitter with the #ZoeandZeus  or http://www.ZoeandZeus.com or  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13014354-the-dig

10. Rani from Perks of Being a Bookseller: Mini-challenge is what fictional character would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? Prize is a copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.   http://perksofbeingabookseller.blogspot.com

11. Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts: Their mini-challenge – Share your favorite meme, find a meme you are going to join, or share a meme you would join if you had a blog and you will be entered to win one of three MG/YA ARCs. Three winners! http://www.teachmentortexts.com/

12. Cassay from Vamps, Weres, and Cassay OH My!: Mini-challenge is which reindeer is your favorite and why? One random lucky winner will receive a $15 shopping spree at the Book Depository! http://vampsweresandcassay.blogspot.com/

13. Courtney Rae from Courtney Reads: Mini-challenge is to share your favorite holiday dish or dessert and you’ll be entered to win a custom-made ornament by Courtney!  http://courtney-reads.blogspot.com/

14. Stacy, Shannon, Nancy from Girls in the Stacks: Here’s their mini-challenge or as Girls In the Stacks call it “The Good Deed Mini-Challenge”  

Are you up for our challenge? Or should we say our mini-challenge? We hope so, because it’s super easy and totally all good cheer. We challenge you to do something nice for someone, whether it be a genuine compliment on work well done, buying someone’s Starbucks, gifting a book to your local library, profusely declaring your love of a book on twitter, holding your tongue when you want to bite back with cutting sarcasm, working a toy drive or simply holding the door for a stream of people on the subway.  Or whatever, it’s your choice.

What you can win: One good deed-er will win a signed paperback of The Maze Runner by James Dashner, a signed ARC of Perfect by Ellen Hopkins, a signed hardcover of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater treat. http://girlsinthestacks.com

15. Author Elizabeth Rosner: Mini-challenge – “Begin Again” is a repeating line in my novel, BLUE NUDE, a motto for perseverance in my own life too. What’s your motto? Enter your answer on Twitter – click here: http://www.twitter.com by putting in @elizabethrosner & #Readathon to your tweet or on my Facebook page – click here: http://www.facebook.com/elizabethrosnerbooks & post #HolidayReadathon or put your answer in comments below but add: Elizabeth my motto is _____ and your answer and you will be randomly chosen for a signed copy of your choice of one of my novels, National Bestseller THE SPEED OF LIGHT or BLUE NUDE.   http://redroom.com/member/elizabeth-rosner/blog

Mini-challenges/giveaways end on Sunday, December 4th at midnight PST. Please note that all the bloggers/authors have their own rules for their challenges.

I will be on Twitter using the hashtag #Readathon. Please feel free to let us know what you’re reading and how you are doing!

Also, we will have a Twitter Party on Sunday, December 4th night at 9PM EST, which can be accessed by entering #Readathon. We’ll talk about the books we are reading and holiday memories and anything else you’d like to share. I will be hosting several giveaways during that time. Here’s just a preview of what you could win – beautiful handmade book thongs by Briana McNair (@TheBookPixie on Twitter) http://tinyurl.com/66nlnc4

You can participate in this #READATHON without doing my challenge below.

All Participants for my Holiday #Readathon Challenge are automatically entered for a $20.00 gift certificate for Amazon.com or BN.com – your choice! Just list your participation in COMMENTS! Give 🙂 and you have a chance to receive! YES!

My Holiday #Readathon Challenge: Winner was Gaby from Oh My Books

1. Pledge a penny or two or three (or any amount you want!) per page that you read.  Put a minimum number that you will pledge.  For example:  100 pages – $1.00. And then donate the amount to your favorite charity.


2. ANY type of donation for the holiday season – a can(s) of food, book to a library, Toy for Tots, gently used books or clothes donated to a shelter, school – qualifies. Just list it. (Feel free to come up with your own ideas!)

3. Click on comments below and write down your pledge/donation. THIS IS ON THE HONOR SYSTEM! 

Remember, this is a set-your-own-pace/start-whenever-you-want #readathon. Don’t wear yourself out, I will be cheering you all on and checking up on your progress. I hope you all have a lot of fun!

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