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  
Joli @ Actin' Up with Books writes:
October 27th, 2014 at 9:07 am

This is one of my favorite reading events of the year! Thank you again for hosting. I pledge to donate a penny per page read to purchase books for the children in my community. I’ve asked friends and family to match my pledge or make a one time donation.

Dahlia Adler writes:
November 4th, 2014 at 9:52 am

Looking forward to participating, and to donating books to schools in need!

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 4th, 2014 at 10:05 am

That is so awesome, Dahlia! Thank you. xx

Erica Cameron writes:
November 5th, 2014 at 11:12 am

Amazing! Thanks for organizing this, Liza!! This is a fantastic event. Can’t wait! 🙂

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 5th, 2014 at 11:46 am

Yay! So glad you’re participating, Erica. This will be tons of fun! xx

Amy Giuffrida writes:
November 5th, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Love this Liza! I plan to again organize a fundraiser at school for PJs and books through Scholastic Books. For every pair of pajamas donated, a book is also donated. There’s nothing better than reading in you jammies!

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 5th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Amy, I absolutely love this. What a fun and lovely way to combine books and pjs and helping others! xx

Marie Landry writes:
November 6th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I’m so glad you’re doing the readathon again!

I’ve been saving books all year for a blogger meetup that was supposed to happen this month, but since it’s no longer happening, I’ll donate the books to my local library’s bookstore so the money will go back into to the library. I’ll also donate a bag of canned goods when the local food bank sets up its collection barrel in the lobby of my building next month. 🙂

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 6th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Marie, this is so wonderful. Thank you so much for signing up and for your generosity. It inspires me to do more! xx

J.R. Roper writes:
November 10th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Yay! Excited for the annual #readathon hosted by my hero, Liza Wiemer!

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 11th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Joe, thank you so much for your participation AGAIN this year! This makes five years together! <3 <3 <3 xxx

Laurie Viera Rigler writes:
November 12th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Hi, Liza and fellow Holiday Readathoners! Thank you for the inspiration. I’m donating money to Union Station Homeless Services, https://unionstationhs.org/. This is a wonderful organization that is about helping homeless adults and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness. I’ll also be doing a mini-challenge and giveaway at janeaustenaddict.com.

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Stefani writes:
November 13th, 2014 at 7:18 am

Yaay! I’m really excited about this! 😀

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 13th, 2014 at 8:27 am

Stefani, so thrilled you’re participating! Hope you have a blast. Enjoy reading and the mini-challenges. Liza

Katie writes:
November 15th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Super, super excited to take part in this readathon! I pledge to donate one cent for every page I read to my local children’s hospital!

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 15th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Katie, soooooo glad you’re participating! And what a fantastic way to spread holiday cheer. Have fun reading and participating in the mini-challenges/giveaways!

Bee writes:
November 17th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I adore readathons! Count me in. I Can’t wait for december 5th come come around! 😀
And of course, i pledge to donate every book I finish during this readathon to the local library ^.^ it might not be an actual charity… but yeah, libraries count! 😉

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 17th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Bee, libraries DEFINITELY count! Awesome. 😀 So glad you’re joining us! Thank you!!! Enjoy.

Bettina writes:
November 17th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

I think I will try to read just festive books 🙂 I love christmas and this readathon comes in so conveniently! ^-^

Aleksandra @ Aleksandra's Corner writes:
November 17th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

And of course I’m in 😀 It will be so much fun! Thanks for hosting it again 🙂

Gaby writes:
November 18th, 2014 at 5:45 am

Thanks for inviting me again 🙂

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 18th, 2014 at 10:08 am

Gaby, Aleksandra, and Bettina – I am soooo thrilled you’re participating. Truly brightens my day. That’s for spreading the holiday spirit!!!

Jasmine Dawson writes:
November 22nd, 2014 at 1:39 am

This will be my first year participating. I’m really glad I found this blog!

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Stormi writes:
November 23rd, 2014 at 1:34 pm

This is my first time visiting here and signing up for this read-a-thon. I found it via Fantasy is More Fiction as Berls listed it on things that were happening on the blogosphere. 🙂

Jennifer @ BookShelfery writes:
November 23rd, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Yay! I love holiday readathons! Good excuse to read Christmas books 🙂

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 23rd, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Thank you so much Jennifer! So glad you’re joining us! Looking forward to having a fun weekend. 😀

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 23rd, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Stormi! Thank you so much for letting me know about Fantasy is More Fiction . . . I appreciate so much that the Readathon was included! Enjoy!!!!!!!

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 23rd, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Jasmine, thank you so much for participating. I’m thrilled you found it too! Looking forward to hearing about the books you read. 😀

November 25th, 2014 at 2:56 am

Looking forward to it once again!

You inspired me last year to start my own Readathon every December. My husband and I are in our second year of reading for literacy and this year we are inviting friends and family to participate!

We will once again get sponsors for all of our reading throughout the month of December and the money raised will go to a great cause that promotes literacy!

November 25th, 2014 at 3:10 am

My wife and I are looking forward to participating once again. If you remember from last year I am a nonreader. You have inspired us to start our own month long readathon to raise money for a literacy charity. I have a whole stack of stuff to read next month. This is pretty much all the reading I do all year!

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 25th, 2014 at 7:37 am

David and Alyssa,
Thrilled to have you again this year! Happy reading. Enjoy the Twitter party and mini-challenges!

Linda McCann Jeffers writes:
November 26th, 2014 at 5:53 pm

This looks like a fun idea and if Books of Wonder has anything to do with it, it’s going to be fabulous!

Marina writes:
November 26th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

This year I donated to redpandanetwork.org and hopefully get to donate to another organization soon called Girl Up. Also, I donated some books to my classroom but why won’t I (; Thank you Liza for always hosting this Readathon!

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 30th, 2014 at 7:34 am

Thanks so much, Marina! Once again, I am so grateful for your participation! Have fun!

Liza Wiemer writes:
November 30th, 2014 at 7:35 am

Thanks Linda. I love Books of Wonder and highly recommend it to EVERYONE who loves YA/Children’s books. They have the most INCREDIBLE selection of signed books – the best in the country!!!!!!! Enjoy.

Stefani writes:
December 2nd, 2014 at 11:02 am

So, are we suppossed to read only holiday books?

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Brittany @ The Book Addictt's Guide writes:
December 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 am

I don’t know exactly how much I’ll be able to read but count me in! I know I’ll be reading at some point in time this weekend 😀

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 4th, 2014 at 5:49 am

So glad to have you for whatever amount of time you can read! I’m in the same place as you! Enjoy.

Kayla writes:
December 4th, 2014 at 9:33 am

YES! I look forward to this every year!! Like usual, I’ll pledge to donate a book to the library for every book I read. With finals coming up, I might not read much, but I’ll get some in so I can participate and donate!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 4th, 2014 at 9:38 am

I’m so happy you’re participating again this year! Thanks, Kayla. Good luck with finals and happy reading. 😀

Katie @ Spirit of Children's Literature writes:
December 4th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

So excited about this December read-a-thon! It’s just what I need! For some reason I was entered twice…oops! I guess I really wanted to be a part of it! LOL. For some reason I didn’t think the tool took my info so I think I just entered it twice…

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 4th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

It’s taken care of! No worries. Thrilled you can be with us, Katie. I’m really excited for this. So many great mini-challenges and prizes. Thanks for participating!

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Olivia F writes:
December 5th, 2014 at 6:54 am

Looking forward to getting started! I’m planning on volunteering at my local library over the holidays 🙂

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 5th, 2014 at 7:24 am

Wonderful to have you reading with us, Olivia! Have fun with all the mini-challenges. Thanks for signing up and happy holidays!

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