Fourth Annual Holiday #READATHON, December 6-8, 2013
November 6th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

whoru_dec_readathon_2013FOURTH ANNUAL


December 6-8, 2013

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

Read as much or as little as you want. Even a minute counts!

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



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 win two signed novels from Books of Wonder,http://www.booksofwonder.com(Browse books. If BoW has a signed copy, it will say it next to the book’s information page. Total value not to exceed $40.00) IF WE HAVE MORE PARTICIPANTS THAN LAST YEAR, (72) I will select another winner to receive one signed novel! Value not to exceed $20.00)

WHEN WE REACH 100 PARTICIPANTS: Two additional winners will get to choose one of my fav reads from 2013! 

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.

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.

1. Heidi from YA Bibliophile: Mini-challenge: Do you like “holiday” books? Is there one that you think Heidi just has to read? If you have recommendations leave them in her comments  and use the rafflecopter to enter to win two books! The first book will be your choice between Let it Snow or Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. The second will be a book of your choice from Amazon (no more than $15!) US only, must be 13 or older to win. Enter here: http://www.yabibliophile.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-2013.html

2. Courtney from Stiletto Storytime: Mini-challenge will be during the TWITTER PARTY Dec 8 from 9-10 PM EST – Follow @stiletostrytime on Twitter and attend the Twitter party for a fun mini-challenge twist! 😉

3. April from Good Books and Good Wine (Mini-challenge: You’ll help April create a playlist with Christmas carols. More details to come.) Enter here: http://goodbooksandgoodwine.com/2013/12/holidayreadathon-challenge.html

4. Jaime and Erin from Fic Fare: Mini-challenge: Choose a book boyfriend and a holiday getaway that fits his personality/background/likes – For example: I’d take Aiden from Jennifer Armentrout’s Covenant Series to Greece, since he’s a Greek demigod. I’d take Isaiah from Crash Into You to the Indianapolis 500, since he’s into car racing. One lucky winner will receive a novel with one of Fic Fare’s favorite swoon boys! Enter here: http://fictionfare.blogspot.com/2013/12/readathon-its-here-plus-giveaway.html

5. Kai from Fiction State of Mind (Mini-challenge: One lucky winner will receive some holiday teas and a $5.00 Amazon gift card. US only.) Enter here: http://fictionstateofmind.blogspot.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-mini-challenge-win.html

6. Meg and Kassiah from Swoony Boys PodcastMini-challenge: Around here Christmas is all about good deeds and mistletoe. We want you to do a good deed by telling us all about the best kiss you’ve ever read. Of course if you want to get personal, we’d love to hear all about the best kiss you’ve ever had too! We are giving away a MEGA SWOON PACK to one lucky winner! Enter here: http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com/special/holiday-readathon-mini-challenge-fun

7. Jenny from Supernatural Snark: Mini-challenge: List the top three fictional characters you wouldn’t mind meeting under the mistletoe this year. A random winner will have a choice of one book (from either Amazon or the Book Depository; not to exceed $20) INTERNATIONAL. Enter here: http://www.supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-mini-challenge.html

8. Gaby from Queen Ella Bee Reads (Mini-challenge: “If you could spend the holidays with one favorite book character, which one would it be and what would you do?” Prize will be one book from The Book Depository with an incredibly swoony boy/kissing in it!) INTERNATIONAL! Enter here: http://ellabeereads.blogspot.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-mini-challenge.html

9. Katelyn at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands: Mini-challenge The best part of the holidays is the family traditions. Some are sweet, some are goofy, and some are flat-out weird but they all are great for making memories. What is one of your favorite holiday traditions? On Kate’s blog during the Holiday #ReadAThon stop by to see what some of her favorite holiday traditions are and enter to win a holiday gift basket and $10 Amazon gift card! (U.S. Only) Enter here: http://talesofbooksandbands.com/2013/12/06/giveaway-mini-challenge-for-the-4th-annual-holiday-readathon/

10. Authors Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd of THE HORSE LOVER: (Mini-challenge: TWEET answers to @AlanDayAuthor What, if anything, do you buy your pet(s) for the holidays?” If you don’t have a pet, then tweet us what pet you wish someone would give you for the holidays (or maybe just borrow for a day?)  Prize – An ARC of THE HORSE LOVER. Extra entry if you add THE HORSE LOVER to Goodreads. Click here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18554569-the-horse-lover?from_search=true

Liza here – I’ve read this memoir. If you have ever seen a wild horse, even on TV, then you’re going to want to read this book! Think: The Horse Whisperer, The Electric Cowboy, and even a tiny bit of Dances with Wolves!)

11. Tamara Ireland Stone author of the YA hit series: TIME BETWEEN US and TIME AFTER TIME: Tamara will be joining us for the Twitter Party – look for your opportunity to win both her books – and she’ll sign them too! (PS. I’ve read both of them and I absolutely LOVE them!!!! In my review I called these novels: “Time travel perfection!!!!”

Mini-challenge: CLICK HERE: http://tamarairelandstone.com/holiday-readathon/

In Tamara’s readathon challenge post, enter by answering the following question: 

Name your favorite book. Talk about why you love mysteries or romances or horror stories. Tell me about a book that changed you. What was your favorite picture book as a kid? What book do you read over and over again? What book do you love to read to your children? Talk about a book that made you cry. Talk about a book that made you see the world differently.

Tell her anything.

Just share the book love.

For every one of your comments (up to 500), she’ll donate $1 to Room to Read.

Her goal: 500 comments.  $500. (And ROOM TO READ’s partners will match it, so the amount will double to $1000!)

And every comment will be entered into a drawing to win a signed, hardbound set of my books, Time Between Us and Time After Time. Winners will be drawn at random, and it’s open to everyone, everywhere. INTERNATIONAL!

12. Cylin Busby, author of the must-read YA novel BLINK ONCE and the YA memoir THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED. Cylin will be joining us and you will have the opportunity to win one of her books!!! (I was completely engrossed in BLINK ONCE and recommend it to EVERYONE, and THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED is an extremely powerful NON-FICTION YA book, so rare and definitely a gem! I highly recommend both.)

Cylin’s Challenge: If you could give your best friend one book this holiday, what book would you give and why? To enter: during the #Readathon, tweet answer to: @CylinBusby INTERNATIONAL.

13. Laurie Viera Rigler author of  CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT (I’ve read them and LOVED THEM! Perfect for Jane Austen fans!!!!!)

Mini-challenge: During the holidays, what is your go-to book or film for affirming your faith in love? Prize: signed copies of CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT. To enter click here: post your answer as a comment on Laurie’s blog or tweet your answer @austen_addict. Doing both gives you an extra chance to win. (INTERNATIONAL) Laurie’s blog: http://blog.janeaustenaddict.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-challenge-giveaway.html

14. Stacy, Shannon, Nancy from Girls in the Stacks: Mini-challenge: 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.

– See more at: http://girlsinthestacks.com/giveaway/2012/12/holiday-readathon-good-deed-giveaway/#sthash.sdiK9jsm.dpuf

15. Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes: Mini-challenge: 2013 has seen a lot of final books – last books in a series. Sometimes these series end the way we hope and other times, not so much. If you could rewrite any 2013 final book ending, which book would it be and why? Enter here: http://jenuinecupcakes.blogspot.com/2013/12/4th-annual-holiday-readathon.html

On Jen’s blog during the Holiday #Readathon, you’ll find the special giveaway for answering her mini-challenge. It’ll be a final book she was happy with. 🙂

16. Patrice at Whimsically Yours: Mini-challenge: Tweet me your favorite book of 2013 and most anticipated book of 2014. @whimsicallyours

BONUS ON MY BLOG: What’s your favorite holiday smell?  Here’s THE LINK: http://whimsicallyours.com/2013/12/06/announcing-holiday-readathon-giveaways/

I’ll be giving away three books, out of a list of 5-8 (maybe more…winners can chose pick off the list). Check my blog for the choices during the Readathon! 

17. Lenore Appelhans, author of THE MEMORY AFTER and the sequel (August ’14) CHASING BEFORE. For anyone who loves a YA dystopian novel, it’s a must-read.

Mini-challenge: This is soooooo amazing (and easy)! What is your favorite holiday memory? One extremely lucky winner is going to see his or her name in the acknowledgements of CHASING BEFORE! I told you it was amazing! CLICK HERE TO ENTER: http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/2013/12/fourth-annual-holiday-readathon.html

18. Joli at Actin’ Up With Books: Mini-challenge: Name your top five holiday foods/beverages. One lucky winner will receive $15 gift card from B&N.com or The Book Depository. INTERNATIONAL. Click here to enter: http://actinupwithbooks.blogspot.com/2013/12/holiday-readathon-challenge-favorite.html

19. Monica from The Fuma Files: Mini-challenge: Hi, I’m Monica and my offered prize for the 2013 Readathon is a little untraditional. I love talking about books in person, on my blog, and even on my YouTube channel. But the videos I make don’t always have to be about books. In fact, I’m offering YOU the chance to decide what I make a video about! I could review a book you’ve wanted to read, ramble on the topic of your choice, make a fool of myself with a goofy challenge, or I can just dedicate something to you! I’m willing to be flexible and if you win, we can figure it out. Thanks and happy reading! So, go to my blog and enter!

20. 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 will be randomly chosen.

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 8th 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 PartySunday, December 8th9-10PM 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!

(Click here for more information of past readathons: http://www.whorublog.com/?p=1437

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126 Responses  
alyssa writes:
December 6th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I don’t see my name on the list so hopefully I am signed up. I am getting people to sponsor my reading with the proceeds going to Sesame Street Workshop.

kai charles (Fiction State of Mind) writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 12:00 am

Just adding a comment to say I’m participating !

Gabi writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 11:38 am

Thank you for hosting! I’m very excited to start reading and I’ll donate a penny for every page read, up to five dollars (500 pages) to the Salvation Army. This way I can read, help people, and avoid cleaning my apartment. 😀

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

So glad the Holiday #Readathon is your first online readathon!!! Have fun!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Moulin, thanks for participating again this year!!!! Enjoy all the wonderful mini-challenges/giveaways

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Absolutely that counts, Diamond. And I’m thrilled you have joined us! Happy reading/happy holidays!!!!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Nikki, yes, of course that counts! Thanks so much for participating. Love that you’re reading with us. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

What a worthy cause, Amy. Thank you so much for joining us. Deeply touched. Wishing you a joyous holiday season and happy reading!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Glad to have you reading with us, Kim!!! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Alyssa, very cool that you’re getting people to sponsor your reading for Sesame Street Workshop! <3 Happy reading/holiday! Enjoy all the mini-challenges and giveaways. See you on Twitter.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Four years together Kai Charles – Fiction State of Mind! I’m deeply grateful for your continued support and participation!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Gabi, that’s awesome! Salvation Army helps so many. And I HATE cleaning! Reading is so much better. Happy reading/holidays! Enjoy.

Kristen H. writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I’m donating a pile of books to a school library. 🙂

Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I will donate $3 or 3 books per book I read to my kids’ school library or another place in need of them.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Tressa, that is wonderful! Lucky school. Thank you for participating and enjoy the activities! Happy holidays & reading.

Lydia writes:
December 8th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

There’s not many things to do where I live( ie. a food bank ) but i did do a few good deeds this weekend and past week. I held the door open at the grocery store and carried some groceries for an elderly person. I also stayed after a basketball game to clean up chair and popcorn out of the school gym. I know these are small things but like i said not much to do up here. OH! I am also planning on buying something of the TOMS site. TOMS are shoes( or sunglasses) that you buy and they send a pair of shoes or glasses depending on what you buy to someone who needs them ,along with getting something for yourself or as a gift for someone else. I have 3 pairs of TOMS and hoping to add on because they make me feel warm inside when i wear them. I got a pair around Christmas last year just so someone else could get a pair for Christmas…sorry for the rant!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 8th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Lydia, I love ALL IT! Thanks for participating – you and your family have such big hearts! Happy holidays!!!

Joe Roper writes:
December 8th, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I am adopting a family with one of my hours at school and will fulfill their wishlist for Christmas!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 8th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Joe, that is truly awesome! You continue to be such an inspiration to students and a role model as a teacher! Thank you for your continued support and for participating in your FOURTH readathon!!!! xxxx, L

Jayne writes:
December 8th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I signed up at the last minute possible, but I’m on that list!:)

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 8th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Welcome! Glad you joined us!!! Happy holidays!

Ashley G. writes:
December 8th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I donated a book at Booksamillion Friday night. At the register, they gave you the opportunity to buy a book and have it donated to a kid in the foster system. I thought it was a great idea!

Thanks for hosting the Readathon! I haven’t gotten as much I as wanted to read this weekend but I’m hoping to finish House of Hades by Rick Riordan tonight before midnight! 🙂

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 8th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

So awesome, Ashley. And I am so happy that you participated in the #Readathon again this year! Happy holidays to you!

Elisenda writes:
December 9th, 2013 at 1:14 am

I watched Invictus last night on TV. Now I’d like to read the book, Playing the Enemy by John Carlin. Homage to Mandela.

Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages writes:
December 9th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I forgot to put my name on the linky, but it doesn’t really matter to me. Thanks for hosting. I had a lot of fun participating in this readathon.

Reno writes:
December 13th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

oh! I didn’t realize this was so early in December! I missed it…I hope everyone accomplished lots of reading 🙂 Exams would have kept me from participating, anyhow.

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