5th Annual International Holiday #Readathon, December 5-7, 2014
October 27th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONALwhoru_dec_readathon-2014


December 5 – 7, 2014

To all who have signed up: THANK YOU!

Sign up open thru Sunday night.

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 (Total value not to exceed $40.00) A SECOND winner will choose one book. (Value not to exceed $20.00)

(Browse books. If BoW has a signed copy, it will say it next to the book’s information page. IF WE HAVE MORE PARTICIPANTS THAN LAST YEAR, (130) I will select another winner to receive one signed novel! Value not to exceed $20.00)

WHEN WE REACH 131 PARTICIPANTS: Two additional winners will get to choose one of my fav reads from 2014! 

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.

 If you have any questions or you are an author/blogger who would like to offer a mini-challenge, feel free to contact me (Liza) at whorublog@aol.com


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. Joli from Actin’ Up with Books: Mini-challenge – available NOW!

On Joli’s blog: “Share the Perfect Book”

“I love to give books as gifts, whether it is for a birthday, a holiday, or just a special surprise. Tell me the book that you would like to give to a friend or family member, what the book means to you, and why you think it would make the perfect gift.

Prize: ONE Book valued up to $15.00 from Amazon, B&N, or The Book Depository

2. Jaime and Erin from Fiction Fare:

Choose a book character you want to spend the holidays with and tell us what you would be doing!

Prize package:

So we’re giving away a couple things here… for international followers, we’re giving away one book of choice from The Book Depository and for you US followers we’re giving away two hardcovers – Pawn by Aimee Carter & The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender! 

3. Jenny from Supernatural Snark:

Jenny will be sharing her favorite book covers with you on her blog. She wants you to share your favorites with her!

Winner will get a book of YOUR CHOICE, up to $20.00 

4. Kassiah and Meg from Swoony Boys Podcast: Mini-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!


  • A Copy Of Anna and the French Kiss

  • A Sparkly Cover For Your Kindle

  • And Swag (stocking stuffers for any book lover!)

5. Kai from Fiction State of Mind:

Good Will Towards Men.

Challengers Will leave a comment on my blog listing one good deed they have done or will do this Holiday Season : Buy a stranger Coffee at a drive through, Take a donation to Goodwill or a Food Bank, Donate to Toys for Tots etc.
One Winner will Receive a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.

6. Katie from Mundie Moms: Final details to come – Pay it Forward. You could win a book in 2015 worth up to $20. Details here: Mundie Moms

7. Paper Lantern Lit: During the event, participants tweet: @paperlanternlit & holiday #Readathon with your fave holiday-themed book titles!

A prize-pack of PLL books (The Fury Trilogy, The Venom Trilogy, and The Truth or Dare series= 9 books, plus one bonus secret title!) to anyone who tweets #Readathon @paperlanternlit with their favorite Holiday-themed book titles! 

8. Laurie Viera Rigler, author of Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, & contributor to: Jane Austen Made Me Do It. 


Holiday Readathon Giveaway (& De-Stress Central)

We’ve all said it: “This year is going to be different. This year I refuse to get stressed out during the holidays.” 

We at Austen Addict Central would like to help you keep that promise.

We’ve got tips to help you melt away the stress of the holidays. We’ve also got a HOLIDAY READATHON DE-STRESSING PRIZE PACK that may just have your name on it. 



  • Choose the “Leaving a comment” option in the Rafflecopter below.
  • Then, scroll down to the comments and share:
    • ***Your go-to, feel-good read; and/or
    • ***Your favorite way to pamper yourself; and/or
    • ***Your favorite way to shine a little happiness on others.

9. Meghann from Becoming Books: Mini-challenge

Cover guess. The giveaway is a book of choice up to $15 open internationally as long as the Book Depository delivers for free. (Goes live midnight, December 6th.)

10. Lisa Amowitz, author of Vision, Breaking Glass:

In both my novels my main characters overcame huge obstacles. What challenge do you hope to meet this coming year? Tweet your answer with #Readathon to @Lisa_Amowitz for your chance to win one of her books!

11. Holly Schindler, author of A Blue So Dark, Playing Hurt, The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky, and Feral. 

One lucky winner will win his or her choice of THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY or FERAL. 

What’s the most out-of-the-box, non-traditional activity you ever participated in that gave you a sense of the Christmas spirit or put you in the holiday mood? TWEET your answer to #READATHON @holly_schindler 

12. Joe Roper, author of The Hunter Awakens: Book One of the Morus Chronicle  

Tweet the title of your favorite middle grade or YA book to @jrroper holiday #Readathon and/or like my FB page and post your favorite middle grade or YA book title there with holiday #Readathon. Please tweet at the book’s author as well if they are on twitter to share the love and promote them 🙂

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorjrroper

One lucky winner will win a copy of Joe’s MG novel (US only.)

13. (See my mini-challenge below.)

14. Cylin Busby, author of The Year We Disappeared: A Father – Daughter Memoir and Blink Once: Mini-challenge

“What would you give your favorite fictional character for the holidays?” Tweet answer to @cylinbusby with #Readathon any time during the readathon to be entered in giveaway and win one of Cylin’s books listed above.

9. Heidi from YA Bibliophile Mini-challenge –

Here’s your chance to win the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE TRILOGY – two of the books are SIGNED. On Heidi’s blog, comment onWhat do you need to make curling up with a book the perfect way to spend a day? After leaving your comment, fill in the Rafflecopter. It’s that easy!


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 Party

SundayDecember 7th9-10PM 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!

– See more at: http://www.whorublog.com/2013/11/06/fourth-annual-holiday-readathon-december-6-8-2013/#sthash.eyTPuOWX.dpuf

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70 Responses  
Brittany T writes:
December 5th, 2014 at 9:33 am

Yay for reading! This is a perfect excuse to let my hubby know I HAVE to read hehe like i need an excuse for that!

Brittany T writes:
December 5th, 2014 at 9:37 am

aldo my 3 year old and I grabbed a gang of toy for Toys for TOts (we do this every year) so i will be helping out with that. Not sure if my linky is showing up though Liza
~Britt @ please feed the bookworm

jen7waters writes:
December 5th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Okay, so for every book I read during this read-a-thon I’ll donate 2 items of food for charity, my local supermarket is collecting and last week I’ve participated already, but I’ll do it again as my mini-challenge entry. 🙂

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December 6th, 2014 at 9:36 am

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Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian writes:
December 6th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I’ve never joined in on this readathon but I’m definitely going to now!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

This is awesome! Thanks so much for participating!!! Happy reading and enjoy the mini-challenges. 😀

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

So glad you’re joining us! Have fun and we’re honored this is your first! xx

Kimberly V writes:
December 6th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I’m all linked up. This will be fun.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

So glad to have you Kimberly! I’m having a blast!!!!! xx Happy Holidays.

Katie @ Spirit of Children's Literature writes:
December 7th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I love your mini challenge! I’m planning to donate books to my local Goodwill and my library this holiday season. It’s a wonderful time to give as I have so much to be thankful for!

Daiane writes:
December 7th, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I wasn’t sure if I would have time to enter this event but Im so glad I did!Thanks for doing this! Its been fun and I had time to read an hour of one of my to be read lists! Thanks 🙂

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

So glad you were able to join us Daiane!!!! xx

Daiana writes:
December 7th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Oh my god! I am super late and I have just heard about this from my friends and Im trying to catch up by reading a chapter or two of Hungry by H.A.Swain to get in the spirit of this contest! Thank you for doing this!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Thrilled to have you Daiana!

Jenelle Riane writes:
December 7th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Why didn’t I hear about this earlier? Mentally smacking myself, haha. Would’ve been a great motivation to read throughout the weekend, but hey, still got a few hours left! I’m halfway both Sweet Peril and The Retribution of Mara Dyer and I know I can finish them! 🙂 As for the mini-challenge, does donating my time count? I’m going to a needy community this week with my classmates, and we’re going to be helping out, and we’ll give out some food to them as well!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 7th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Glad to have you!!! Thanks for joining, even this late is great. 😀

Ashley @ Wholly Books writes:
December 7th, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I have a couple of bags of clothing I am donating tomorrow morning to a local clothing closet that gives out clothes for free. Thanks so much for hosting!!

Kai (Fiction State of Mind) writes:
December 8th, 2014 at 12:17 am

Thanks foranother great readathon! I made toy and clothing donations this weekend

Kai (Fiction State of Mind) writes:
December 8th, 2014 at 12:19 am

great readathon! again! I donated clothes and toys this weekend

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 8th, 2014 at 7:46 am

Thank you Kai! Thank you Ashley! It was another fantastic year!!!!

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