Second Annual Holiday #Readathon, December 2-4, 2011
October 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!

47 Responses  
Justin writes:
October 28th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

This looks amazing! I’m in. For each 100 pages, I’ll donate $3 for toys for tots.

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books writes:
October 28th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Thank you so much for hosting this again. It was my Favorite read-a-thon of 2010.

I will pledge a penny for each page read.
I’m also seeking “sponsorship” from friends – last year, I raised over $120 for books for the local Christmas drive. I hope to do the same this year!

Good luck to all!

Liza Wiemer writes:
October 31st, 2011 at 8:49 am

For every book I read, I will donate two books to our local library!

Courtney writes:
October 31st, 2011 at 2:44 pm

So excited to be a part of the Holiday Read-a-Thon again this year!

Melissa Caldwell @ Must Read Faster writes:
November 3rd, 2011 at 9:23 am

Sweet! I’ll donate 1.00 for every 100 pages I read and donate the money to Kids Need To Read, plus for each 100pages I’ll donate a can of food to my local food bank! 🙂

cessie writes:
November 4th, 2011 at 5:06 am

I’m going to participate, will think of a donation. Will let you know later 🙂

Jen writes:
November 6th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I’m going to donate $1.00 for every 100 pages I read to a project on DonorsChoose.org! I’m very excited! Sounds like fun!

Kellee Moye writes:
November 6th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

For every 100 pages I read I am going to donate $1.00 to a Donor’s Choose project (stole the idea from Jen- thanks!). Looking forward to the readathon.

Gaby writes:
November 8th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Thanks for organizing this read a thon again! For every book I read, I will donate 5 dollars. Still thinking who may need it more. Maybe some animal’s care organization? Do you have any ideas?

Grace @ Books Like Breathing writes:
November 8th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I pledge that for every book I read during this readathon I will donate two books to my local nursing home.

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 8th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Gaby, what a fantastic idea. How about your local humane society?

And to everyone who has made a pledge so far, you all ROCK! This is totally getting me pumped! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Kayla writes:
November 10th, 2011 at 10:45 am

I’m going to pledge $1.00 for every 100 pages, and put that money towards the program at my school that gives Christmas presents to kids that otherwise wouldn’t get anything.

Thanks so much for holding this read-a-thon again!

Alex Baugh writes:
November 11th, 2011 at 8:02 am

I did this last year and am looking forward to it again. Thinking about what I will pledge right now, will post about it later.

Denise writes:
November 15th, 2011 at 6:57 am

I’m joining. I’m pledging 1 can to the food drive for every 100 pages I read.

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Benji @ The Non Reluctant Reader writes:
November 15th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

So excited for this! For every 100 pages I read I’ll donate one food item to my local food bank, and additionally for every 150 pages read, I’ll donate three dollars to Toys for Tots.

Mimi Barbour writes:
November 20th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I will pledge ro work two hours each day of December 23th AND 24th with the local Salvation Army kettle drive.

Orchid writes:
November 29th, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I am pledging the two to three hours I volunteer at my local food pantry.

Thanks so much for the great readathon. I love the idea that everyone either donates or volunteers their time as part of a way to give back. Very excited to be participating for my second year. =)

Kate (Verb Vixen) writes:
November 29th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I will pledge $1.00 for every 100 pages read to an autism charity (probably surfers healing) + either one toy (toys for tots) or canned food item (local church drive) per book read.

Erica writes:
November 29th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

For every book I read, I will donate one to the library.

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November 30th, 2011 at 11:30 am

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kellye writes:
November 30th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I won’t be reading much during the actual #readathon (am heading out of town to write with a friend), but I plan to donate to Toys for Tots.

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 30th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hi Kellye,
It’s great to have your participation for ANY amount of time. Have a wonderful time with your friend. Enjoy all the fabulous mini-challenges and giveaways. And if you’re back in time for the Twitter party Sunday night or have access while you’re away, we’ll have more giveaways then. 😀

Melody writes:
December 1st, 2011 at 11:22 am

I will be giving $1.00 for every 100 pages, I will be donating to The Humane society. I will be starting early & can’t wait to read for a good cause. 🙂

Shaunesay writes:
December 1st, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Thanks for hosting! I’m excited to start tomorrow! I’ll be doing 3 read-a-thons this month so I will donate after all 3 of them are finished to make it a nicer donation. I’m going to do $5 per book finished to Wayside Waifs, a local no-kill animal shelter. We toured their facility as part of the charity foundation drive at my work and I felt really good about it. They do great things there. 🙂

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Christine writes:
December 1st, 2011 at 9:22 pm

For every book I read, I will donate one toy to Toys for Tots!

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Gabbi (BookBreather) writes:
December 2nd, 2011 at 6:18 am

My school is having a charity-like thing for Christmas where the kids bring things for the people in nursing homes. For every book I finish, I will donate a big pack of snacks! 🙂

Deb Marshall writes:
December 2nd, 2011 at 8:30 am

Thanks for doing this. Just found out about it and am joining in. And I hope you don’t mind if I copy you a bit, doing my first ever marverlous middle grade read-a-thon in January and I love how you’ve set yours out.

AnyHOW–I pledge to donate two books each to my local school library and my local library. They will be picture book/middle grade and middle grade/picture book. I have a heavy schedule this weekend, so I love the any amount of time! Thanks again.

Deb Marshall writes:
December 2nd, 2011 at 8:50 am

Hey Liza!

I have set up the post (posted it) and here is the link to the mini challenge (read or donate a middle grade book)/enters you in a giveaway for a book of your choice. This is going to be fun!


Katelyn writes:
December 2nd, 2011 at 10:06 am

This month I hope to be able to donate a bunch of clothing to our local shelter. On top of that I plan to donate one book the the Barnes & Noble holiday donation program for every book I read. It is my goal to get through at least 3 books!

Lynn Wiese Sneyd writes:
December 2nd, 2011 at 11:53 am

I will be donating a book to the library for each book I read.

Maria writes:
December 2nd, 2011 at 7:30 pm

For every book I read, I will donate $25 to http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org for wounded troops.

J.R. Roper writes:
December 2nd, 2011 at 7:36 pm

For reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I pledge to spend $150 on a family in need to ensure they have Christmas presents and food for the holidays.

JenniPMcD writes:
December 2nd, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I and my two kids will be donating a penny per page read to OASIS @ MAAP http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/

Mindy writes:
December 2nd, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I pledge to donate one book for every book I read.

Deb Marshall writes:
December 3rd, 2011 at 7:08 am

Morning Liza, thanks for adding my mini-challenge to your site! Happy reading today!

Steph @ The Caffeinated Reader writes:
December 3rd, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I tried to sign up through the linky, but it isn’t working. I’ll be updating on twitter through @stephlovescsd

My boyfriend and I donated $400 worth of toys to Toys for Tots yesterday. Yay for happy kids 🙂

I’ll also donate $10 to St. Jude once I finish reading The Probability of Miracles, which involves a girl fighting cancer.

Thanks for hosting!

Steph @ The Caffeinated Reader

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Sarah Kealy writes:
December 4th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

For Elizabeth Rosner’s mini-challenge my answer is: My motto in life is treat others the way you want to be treated.

Commutinggirl writes:
December 4th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

A little late but for 100 pages I read this week-end, I will donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure…
It is really a wonderful idea!

Amy S. writes:
December 4th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I’m going to donate household and toiletry items to the donations for my childrens’ schools adopted families. Thanks for the giveaway!

Laurie Viera Rigler writes:
December 4th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I’ll be making a donation to the animal shelter where we adopted our cat. Thanks for hosting this wonderful Holiday Readathon, Liza!

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Deb Marshall writes:
December 8th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Slowly catching up with everything from last week and wanted to say CONGRATS to Kayla! Thanks again Liza….!

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