Third Annual INTERNATIONAL Holiday #Readathon – December 7-9, 2012
October 14th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer



December 7-9, 2012

You can sign up until the very last minute! Join us!

Thanks to the tremendous enthusiasm and spirit of those who participated last year, it is my pleasure to once again host the 3rd Annual Holiday #Readathon! Together, we will make it even BETTER this year!

BONUS: SIGN UP & YOU’RE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED! Winner randomly chosen: Andrea Payan

For everyone who signs up below through Mr. Linky, you are automatically entered for a special holiday drawing. One winner will have the opportunity to choose any two signed novels from Books of Wonder, http://www.booksofwonder.com/departments.asp?dept=2 not to exceed a pre-shipping cost of $40. As of today, signed books are available from such authors as Maggie StiefvaterDavid LevithanCassandra ClareBeth RevisLauren OliverRick Riordan and many more! Please check the site, selection is based on availability only. No guarantee of a title or author. If you are from outside of the US, the prize will be a $40 gift certificate either to The Book Depository, Amazon, or BN.com You do NOT need to participate in any other mini-challenge to qualify. To be announced soon.

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

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. Stacy, Shannon, Nancy from Girls in the Stacks

Challenge: Do something nice – an act of loving kindness for someone else (honor system) and enter to win a stack of books. <3 this ladies!!!

http://www.girlsinthestacks.com or Tweet to @girlsinthestack #Readathon w/ what you did!

2. Author Laurie Viera Rigler:

Challenge: Which of your favorite characters would you love to have as a friend, and how would you spend your time together? TWO winners will receive a signed set of Laurie’s Austen Addict novels, CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, and a signed copy of JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT, the anthology that includes my short story INTOLERABLE STUPIDITY. ( I’m a HUGE FAN! <3)  

 http://blog.janeaustenaddict.com/2012/12/holiday-readathon-challenge-giveaway.html  or Tweet your answer to @austen_addict #Readathon

3. Courtney from Stiletto Storytime: See Heather’s challenge below! http://www.stilettostorytime.wordpress.com

4. April from Good Books & Good Wine:

Challenge: Find a GIF to represent your feelings about one of the books you’ve read & you might win an ARC! To answer, send a tweet to April @booksandwine #Readathon


5. Joe Roper:

Challenge: What’s your favorite novel, TV, or movie mystery? Enter to win a signed copy of one of Joe’s fav books: THE DETROIT ELECTRIC SCHEME by D.E. Johnson (See a special interview with the author on Joe’s blog!)

http://joerroper.com/ or tweet your answer @jrroper #Readathon

6. Kai Charles from Fiction State of Mind:

Challenge: Scents Of The Season. The challenge is to share your favorite scents of the season by sharing a comment, recipe etc. The prize is a book up to $10.00 from The Book Depository – International  – Yummy!  🙂

http://fictionstateofmind.blogspot.com/ You must use the Rafflecopter – it’s easy!

7. Cassay from Vamps, Weres, and Cassay:

Challenge: What is your favorite holiday movie?  Which fictional character (TV/movie/novel) you would like to be your “Santa Baby”? Prize: 1 *signed* paperback copy of RELEASED by Megan Duncan and $10.00 to Book Depository. Open International. (Wow! Soooo awesome!)

http://vampsweresandcassay.blogspot.com/ or tweet answer to @CassayC #Readathon

8. Jen Fisher from Jenuine Cupcakes:

Challenge: What book has been the biggest surprise for you this year and why? For me it was Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo! I don’t usually read a lot of fantasy and I almost never fall head over heals for the alleged bad guy but I LOVED this book! Prize: Enter to win a copy of Shadow and Bone from The Book Depository

(I still haven’t read this! Maybe for the Readathon!) Thx so much Jen!!! <3 <3 <3

jenuinecupcakes.blogspot.com or tweet answer to @cupcakegirly #Readathon

9. Author Wendy Delsol:

Challenge: Describe your favorite handmade holiday decoration or item. (Brings back soooo many memories!)

Prize: Win your choice of one of Wendy’s excellent YA novels STORK, FROST, FLOCK! (Lucky you!)

Answer via Twitter @wendydelsol #Readathon or to Wendy’s Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/wendydelsolauthor

10. Heidi from YA Bibliophile:

Challenge: What book do you hope to acquire this holiday season?

Look at this CASSANDRA CLARE prize Package!  https://twitter.com/hmz1505/status/276832914774302720/photo/1

http://www.yabibliophile.com You must use the Rafflecopter – it’s easy!

11. Author Cylin Busby:

Challenge: What holiday gift would you give your favorite fictional character & why? Prize: A copy of Cylin Busby’s latest YA novel BLINK ONCE! (I absolutely <3 it! Perfect for guys and girls!)

 http://cbross.livejournal.com/  or tweet your answer to @CylinBusby & #Readathon

12. Book Blogger Deb A. Marshall:

Challenge: Give a book to help others and get a book being reviewed for the Cybil’s Award. (<3 this!!!) Details here!


13. Author Heather Frederick:

Challenge: What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Prize: A boxed set of autographed paperback copies of the first five books in my Mother-Daughter Book Club series! (Looks amazing!!)


My mini-challenge: 

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

Prize: All Participants for my Holiday #Readathon Challenge are automatically entered for a $20.00 gift certificate for Amazon.com or BN.com  or The Book Depository– your choice! Just list your participation in COMMENTS! Give :) and you have a chance to receive! Winner Randomly chosen: Kayla from Caught Between the Pages

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. OR volunteer your time at, for example, a soup kitchen or food bank.  Just list it. (Feel free to come up with your own ideas!)

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

Mini-challenges/giveaways end on Sunday, December 9th at midnight PST. Please note that all the bloggers/authors have their own rules for their challenges.

Please share what you’re reading and your progress during the Readathon on Twitter by including in your tweet – Holiday #Readathon.

Twitter Party, Sunday, December 9th, 9-10PM 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.

Remember, this is a set-your-own-pace/start-whenever-you-want #readathon. Don’t wear yourself out. I’ll be cheering you all on and checking up on your progress. Have FUN!


62 Responses  
Looney Lulu writes:
October 14th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Hello there. Thank you for organising this read-a-thon. Just discovered it via Twitter.
I would like to pledge $1 to World Food Programme for each book I read. $1 can provide school meals for 4 children.
I know it’s not much, but at least I’m honest lol! Well, when you think I can buy myself a full dinner for under $4 it doesn’t sound too bad.
Love from Palestine x

Liza Wiemer writes:
October 14th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thank you for signing up. No amount is to small or to large, no amount of time helping someone else is too little or too much. 😀 So thank you. Make sure you check each blogger’s post to make sure they’re offering their giveaway internationally.

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books writes:
October 15th, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thank you so much for hosting this readathon again. It is my favorite one of the year!
I pledge to donate a penny for each page read during the readathon and will raise additional funds through sponsors. All money raised will be used to purchase books for my community’s Christmas Store.

Liza Wiemer writes:
October 18th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thank YOU, Joli! Deeply appreciate your continued participation and your pledge. Looking forward to a fantastic readathon!

Ashley G writes:
November 12th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I work in the mental health field and all of my clients are on a low fixed income so I’m trying to get all of them something they really need. I’ll be getting some clothes and others food. Basically, whatever i know they need! Hopefully that counts even though it’s work related. 🙂 thanks for hosting this! I haven’t been reading nearly enough so hopefully this will help!

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 12th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Ashley, what a beautiful way to give back. I always deeply admire people who do things that are challenging. Thanks for doing such important work!

Reno writes:
November 14th, 2012 at 11:34 am

Hello! I stumbled across this challenge because, well, I was looking for it 😛 I was hoping to find a December readathon that I could participate in, because I have the entire month off from school and it would be good to get a bit caught up on my reading goals for this year. I’ve never participated in a readathon, but it sounds like a lot of fun, something right up my alley. I won’t be participating in the whole weekend (still have to work) but I will be aiming for a 24-hour type marathon for some part of it (with some sleeping in the middle probably ;P). I won’t be participating in the mini-challenge because I already have giving plans for the month of December (I donate to my local library), but I think it’s great that you’re incorporating some holiday spirit 🙂

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 14th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Hi Reno, Guess what? Giving to your local library definitely counts! You’re in! Giving in any way is perfect! Thank you so much for participating in the Readathon! We’ll have a great time!

Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia writes:
November 17th, 2012 at 11:31 am

I’m a little early and have finished (as of yesterday) my pledge for the readathon. Yesterday I helped out at the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry sorting and shelving food that a local school had collected. As well as helping to fill the bags they are going to give out for Thanksgiving. Lots of work over a few hours, but well worth it in the end.

It was definitely nice to be able to help out and having the added bonus of spending time with my aunt and uncle. =)

Looking forward to participating in the read-a-thon again this year. Thank you as always for putting this together, Liza.

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 17th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

So thrilled to have your participation again this year, Orchid! Looking forward to it!

J.R. Roper writes:
November 28th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Thanks for organizing this Liza (superstar). I am going to buy books (as many as I can afford) for under-privileged students in my classroom and make sure they have something great to read over the holiday break. Looking forward to the readathon! Cheers.

Melissa writes:
December 2nd, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I love this idea and am so happy to have stumbled upon it! I pledge $1 per book I read (min $5) to The Humane Society!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 3rd, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Melissa & Joe, thank you both! So thrilled to have you on board! We’ll have a fantastic time!

Grace @ Books Like Breathing writes:
December 3rd, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I will be donating three books for every book I finish to my local nursing home. This is an amazing idea!


Brooke @Brooke Blogs writes:
December 3rd, 2012 at 9:47 pm

So glad to have found this, what a wonderful idea! I will pledge $1 for each book read to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 3rd, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Brooke, so thrilled you’re joining us! Happy reading and enjoy all the mini-challenges! See you on Twitter #Readathon hashtag!

Deb A. Marshall writes:
December 4th, 2012 at 8:27 am

Hey hey, Liza. Thanks so much for the twitter heads up. Would have been pretty sad to have missed this.

My pledges:

-foodbank canned food donation. One can per book read
-find a local shelter and or kids group home that I can donate books to. For each book I read, one book donated. Hoping to reach ten.

Thanks again!

The Loopy Librarian writes:
December 4th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Because I work at the library, I will donate a book for every book I read.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 4th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Deb and Allison, Such awesome ideas – two of my favorites! Thanks so much for your participation!!

Kai Charles writes:
December 4th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Hi Lisa I noticed Whole Foods Market has these great totes with food for donation so I’m going to donate 1 bag valued at $5.00 and 2 if I read 4-6 books Kai

Qu Terry writes:
December 5th, 2012 at 5:25 am

I will donate $5 to The Water Project to help bring relief to communities around the world who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water. And if I finish all the books I want to read this Holiday Season (5-6 Books) I will donate an extra $10.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 5th, 2012 at 7:11 am

Kai and Qu Terry,
Thank you both! Such important projects – clean water and feeding the hungry – inspiring for me and others!

Gaby writes:
December 5th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I wasn’t going to do this because I have finals. But then I picked up The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and realized I would almost always rather read than study and probably will. So. I pledge to donate two pennies per page I read to my library back in New York City.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 5th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Gaby, I love it! The Raven Boys is on my list too & U can start Tweeting your entries for some of the giveaways! They’re open already! Enjoy. So glad u joined us. 😀

Charlie writes:
December 6th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I’m pledging $.10 a page to be donated to Motley Zoo, an animal organization that is an all volunteer, foster-based group in my area dedicated to the welfare and placement of pets in need. I’m a mega animal lover and protector — this organization works every year with our local Dirty Paws campaign in my little town of Duvall to raise funds for no kill shelters and other animal welfare causes. This year’s donation will be in honor of Ruby, my long time companion who passed away this summer from kidney failure due to old age and my new edition, Ume, my happy little pup who has huge paws to fill.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Charlie, thank you so much for your participation! I want to encourage everyone who loves a readathon to participate in yours next week! Here’s the link: http://bitsybling.blogspot.com
Thanks for the lovely pledge too! Motley Zoo is so fortunate. And thank you for sharing details on what they do!

Monica writes:
December 6th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

This is the first time I’ve done this readathon and I look forward to it! I am currently helping a coworker and friend put together baskets of toiletries and personal items for the residents of a local women’s shelter, as well as toys and games for their children.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

This is awesome, Monica! So glad you’re joining us! Have tons of fun & thanks for making a difference!!!

Holiday #Readathon Mini-Challenge | J.R. Roper writes:
December 6th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

[…] mini-challenge is super easy. First sign-up for the #readathon if you have not done so already (this will enter you to win prizes!). Next, […]

Andrea Payan (@payanar) writes:
December 6th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I will pledge 5 cents for every page read this weekend to a donation to the American Heart Association.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

That’s awesome, Andrea! Thank you so much for your participation in the #Readathon. Have a great time. Enjoy the other mini-challenges!

Stephanie Helgeson writes:
December 6th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I pledge 10 cents per page to Engineers Without Borders. I’m not working this weekend, so hopefully I’ll be reading a lot fo pages!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Thanks so much Stephanie – what a worthy cause! Deeply appreciate your participation. Enjoy the #Readathon 😀

Heather Vogel Frederick writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 1:27 am

What a fabulous and fun idea! I’ll happily donate $1 for every 10 pages I read to Heifer International. Love giving flocks of chickens!

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 2:50 am

Any type of donation? A few days ago I sent off three care packages to soldiers in Australian soldiers over in Afghanistan so I hope that counts. It ended up being pretty pricey as we filled the boxes with lots of goodies so that’s me and family’s good deed for this Christmas 🙂

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 6:30 am

Heather, a great idea! Thank you for participating!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 6:33 am

Rebecca, that is so perfect and meaningful. Thank you. Have a wonderful time with the mini-challenges and giveaways! Happy reading!

Gregg Nowling writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 7:50 am

I just finished reading two really great books by Cylin Busby, so my donation will be a gift package to sailors on the USS McClusky, which my son is also stationed on. I know there are a number of sailors on his ship that have no family, so hopefully some home cooked goodies will help.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 7:58 am

Hi Gregg,
Yes! I read Cylin’s memoir with her father John Busby (THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED) and BLINK ONCE! Both were outstanding & I highly recommend to others! Not easy to find a memoir for YA, so TYWD is a perfect choice, especially for those who love mysteries. Best to your son & gratitude for his service and yours as a parent.
Deeply appreciate your participation! Happy reading.

Wendy Delsol | WhoRuBlog 3rd Annual #Holiday Readathon writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

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Lindsey writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I’m using my Goodreads profile, hope that’s ok! My twitter is @lyns8705. Glad I found this through Wholly Books! Blog. I’m sick and this will be a lot more fun than just laying around! I’m entering late though…
As for your challenge… great one by the way… We are actually going through my daughter’s old toys & donating them to our local Salvation Army this holiday season. But just for this… I will gladly donate one can good to my local food bank for each book read.
Good luck to everyone on challenges ad on making any goals you’ve set!

Sarah J Schmitt (@SJSchmitt) writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Love this idea! Thanks for hosting! Here’s my sponsorship: For every one (1) book I read, I will donate two (2) books to our school library. Since I have a pretty tall TBR pile and an intense desire to hold a book in my hand that doesn’t require me to hold a red pen in the other, this could turn out pretty well for the school!

Kayla writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

For every book I finish during the Readathon I’ll donate a toy for children this Christmas! I have a lot of free time in the next two days so hopefully that means a lot of reading!

Azuki writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I’ve donated to http://water.org/ which helps people get clean water. Also next week is the library book sale in the city I live and I’d be there volunteering!

Holiday Read-a-thon « Azuki's Book Cafe writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

[…] it’s my first time joining the Holiday Read-a-thon. I am currently 22 books behind my ambitious goal of reading 150 books, so I need a few Read-a-thon […]

Kristen writes:
December 7th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I am so very grateful having found your site through Twitter! My 8yr old daughter has a veracious appetite for literature, and Books of Wonder is the first site to offer such a beautiful and diverse collection! @FirstClassKris

Melissa Caldwell writes:
December 8th, 2012 at 6:56 am

I’m pledging a penny for each page I read this ‘thon! I’m making my donation go to Kids Need to Read, a charity that has helped school libraries in my area (and because I’m a geek I love that Nathan Fillion is a founder)

I am also donating a big bag of clothing that my son has grown out of. I know the local thrift store works closely with shelters in the area to give clothes to needy families.


Aleksandra @ Aleksandra's Corner writes:
December 8th, 2012 at 10:39 am

To be honest, I wasn’t planning on doing anything, but today there was an action for collecting toys, chocolates, candies & other yummy goodies for making New Year’s gift packages for children with special needs, so we bought some goodies & donated them, so I guess that counts, too 🙂

Natalie writes:
December 8th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Like Rebecca, I have also sent packages to soldiers serving in Afghanistan (mine were to Canadian soldiers). I do this all year long, not just at Christmas. I would also like to pledge $1 for each book I read to Canadian Military Family Resource Centres to help the families of deployed soldiers.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 8th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Beautiful, Rebecca – such an important gift and I am certain deeply appreciated. Glad you’re participating in the Readathon! <3

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