Holiday #Readathon Mini-Challenge: What novel would you give as a gift?
December 3rd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


It’s time for the Holiday #Readathon – – sign up here Actin’ Up with Books & there are many easy challenges and spectacular giveaways! It’s a time to receive (and maybe give – see Joli’s mini-challenge), and READ for fun! Doesn’t matter if you read only for a MINUTE! JOIN US! To enter any of the challenges, please sign up by adding your name to the link above! It’s SIMPLE! 🙂

Here’s my mini-challenge: 

This year, I’m drawing upon a tradition that’s a part of our family, one that I would definitely pass on to Emerson’s family in my novel Hello?. 

A holiday tradition in Emerson’s family is everyone receives a book. Essentially, that’s the only “physical”gift they will get. Their big gift is a family activity, like a road trip to the caves of Kentucky or a trip to Memphis to see the Civil Rights Museum or a trip to Chicago to explore museums.


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte

Emerson would give Tricia a classic novel, one he knows she hasn’t read, but definitely a book that he would believe provide inspiration and strength: THE TENANT OF WILDFELL HALL by Anne Bronte

Tricia would give Emerson a first edition copy of Ralph Waldo Emerson poems. It’s expensrwepoems__39626.1410996008.1280.1280ive, but she has money she inherited from her father and grandma, so she’d spend it on this:

Here’s the link to the 1847 1st Edition signed copy: Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson


My mini-challenge is: What book would you give as a holiday and why?


Extra entry: If you chose to pass on other holiday gifts and instead decided to take a road trip within reasonable distance of your home (so it’s affordable) where would you take a few days off to spend quality time with your loved one(s)?

Prize: International22663633

2 random winners will receive an annotated copy of my debut YA novel, Hello? if US or Canada – otherwise an international winner must be from a country that receives books from the Book Depository. Those books will NOT be signed and annotated, since they’ll be coming directly from the Book Depository.

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16 Responses  
Gaby writes:
December 4th, 2015 at 5:56 am

This year I’m giving my family books, and I tried to choose the book each one would like. But most of the books are motivational, about business, couching and even religious.

About the roadtrip, I think it’s an excellent idea! I love travelling instead of gifts, last year my gift to my parents, boyfriend and myself was a trip to ‘Isla de Margarita’, only 30 minutes by plane from home, and we have the best time ever! I wish I could to the same this year…

BTW, the cover of your book is beautiful!

tom sanchez writes:
December 4th, 2015 at 9:17 am

The novel I would give as a Christmas gift is John Mortimer’s “Paradise Postponed.” While not a Christmas book, per se, there are some absolutely hysterical scenes set in and around the Holidays. It traces a long arc of a parson’s family, their personal ups and downs, and how they change over the years. Although it is a little dated with some 1980’s political references, “Paradise Postponed” holds up amazingly well. It exists in a world so richly appointed, with wonderfully imagined characters, that the loving affection the author feels is palpable. He loves this little world he’s created; so do I.

tom sanchez writes:
December 4th, 2015 at 9:25 am

The family road trip I would take is to Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, a small town just across the state line from Chattanooga, TN. My grandparents lived there–my mother grew up there. Every year, my family and I drove up to “Fort O” for a second Christmas and big family reunions. I don’t know whether it was just being a kid at that time or whether there was actual magic involved, but it always felt like my second home. As time passed, my mother and her cousins moved away. As my grandparents and their siblings died, we really lost all ties to the area. What has happened the last few years is that my mother’s cousins have–one by one–begun moving back. They experienced life in Atlanta or Chicago or wherever, and there came a point where they realized how much they missed living in the shadow of Lookout Mountain. I miss it, too, and I’d probably move there tomorrow, given the chance. It’s a ten hour drive, maybe less now that the speed limits are higher. Still–whether for nostalgia’s sake or sheer force of habit–I have no doubt my 47 year-old brother and I would whine from the back seat, “Are we there yet?”

Heather @ The Turning Pages writes:
December 5th, 2015 at 2:41 pm

This year, I am giving several books to friends and family. Most are ones that are on their wish list and others are just something I’d think they’d enjoy. However, I am more excited to give my nephew his very first Harry Potter book. He recently started showing interest in them and whenever he comes to visit, he always goes to my bookshelves to pick up the books and get a sneak peak. This year, he will open his very own copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

As for the road trip, with mine and my husbands first baby due the end of January, I’d love for a trip to Asheville, NC. It’s perfect for this time of year and I’d love to visit the Biltmore House as our last little getaway before baby.

Deb Marshall writes:
December 5th, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Congrats on your book and yes…great cover!!

Happy Reading!

Meg writes:
December 5th, 2015 at 8:52 pm

I love these questions!!! Thanks for the giveaway! I am crossing everything that I win one of these! xoxo

1. If I could, I would give everyone I meet a copy of Anne of Green Gables. I have such a connect with this book and Anne ans I just want everyone to feel that same way I feel when I read it.

2. I would love to rent a cozy cabin in the mountains with a fireplace and a jacuzzi. Add snow on the ground and no Internet connect and it sounds like the perfect Christmas with my family.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2015 at 7:38 am

Thank you so much, Gaby! And thank you for sharing!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2015 at 7:39 am

Tom, that sounds interesting! Will take a look at that one!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2015 at 7:40 am

Tom, I have family that had lived in Chattanooga. I visited when I was a kid. Oh yeah, I remember those days of “Are we there yet?”

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2015 at 7:41 am

Heather, love your answers! Excited for you, your husband for the baby! I hope you’ll have a chance to get away for some special time together.

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2015 at 7:41 am

Thank you so much, Deb! 🙂 And happy reading to you!

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2015 at 7:43 am

You have me Meg with Anne of Green Gables and a cozy cabin with the fireplace and jacuzzi! Swooning all around. 🙂

Carmel writes:
December 6th, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Thanks for the chance!!!

1. If I could, I would give everyone — especially the ones having a tough time dealing with loss — a copy of Not After Everything by Michelle Levy. The book just broke my heart. THERE’S SO MUCH TRUTH IN IT. The characters felt so real. It’s a book that stays with you. I love books that’ll give you a slice of life.

2. I would love to go to Disneyland. My family just loves anything Disney. Or if not, we’ll just go get a huge tub of ice cream and eat at our favorite pizza place. We love to eat! Eating is like our number 1 hobby! Lol

Liza Wiemer writes:
December 6th, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Oh Carmel, I’ll have to check out NOT AFTER EVERYTHING! Thanks for sharing. And yes to Disneyland! xx

Joli writes:
December 6th, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Hi Liza!

I am giving my niece a copy of Jessica Darling’s It List. The main character is entering 7th grade and my youngest niece is currently in the 6th grade. I think she will like reading a book with the character the same age as herself. And it’s a story about friendships and individuality. Jessica is one of my favorite middle grade/YA characters and I’m happy to introduce my niece to her.

I’d love to go to Gatlinburg, TN with my family during the holidays. I’d love to spend time in a cozy cabin in snow covered mountains AND make a trip to Dollywood in the hopes of seeing Dolly Parton. I hear she makes appearances during the holidays!

Lisa @ Lost in Literature writes:
December 7th, 2015 at 10:03 pm

I absolutely LOVE this!! What a unique and special idea. I’m also in love with your giveaway. Winning would be a dream come true. Thanks for the chance!! <3

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