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Holiday #Readathon Wrap Up
Dec 10th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

FOURTH ANNUAL

HOLIDAY #READATHON

December 6-8, 2013

WRAP UP!!

Wow, what an amazing THREE DAYS! We set a record number of 130 participants! We had 20 mini-challenges and giveaways from 5 authors and 15 bloggers.

Thank you authors:

Tamara Ireland Stone (Time Between Us and Time After Time), Cylin Busby (Blink Once and The Year We Disappeared), Laurie Viera Rigler (Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of A Jane Austen Addict), Alan Day (The Horse Lover), and Lenore Appelhans (The Memory of After and Chasing Before)

Thank you bloggers:

Erin and Jaime (Fic Fare), Kassiah and Meg (Swoony Boys Podcast), Gaby (Queen Ella Bee Reads), Katelyn (Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands), Jenny (Supernatural Snark), Kai (Fiction State of Mind), April (Good Books, Good Wine), Courtney (Stiletto Storytime), Heidi (YA Bibliophile), Jen (Jenuine Cupcakes), Stacy (Girls in the Stacks), Monica (The Fuma Files), Joli (Actin’ Up With Books), and of course, ME!

Huge thank you to Books of Wonder - the best INDIE bookstore for purchasing signed books from your favorite children’s and YA authors.

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And we burned up the Twitter feed during the Twitter party – #Readathon was TRENDING!!!!!!

Thanks to author Laurie Viera Rigler for emailing me this screenshot!

Thanks to author Laurie Viera Rigler for emailing me this screenshot!

Twitter Party Winners:

 

 

 

The winners of the general drawing for the Books of Wonder signed books are:

Katelyn @KatelynTorrey

Kimberly of @kimbacaffeinate

Lisa @heylisarenee

The winners of one of my favorite books read in 2013:

Beckie: @SyCo4Twilight

Cheyenne: @chaiann77

Books I read:17228280

Started before the Readathon and finished during:

PAWN by Aimee Carter – My review here: Goodreads

BRADLEY WIGGINS: My Time – An Autobigraphy

WHAT THE MOON SAID by Gayle Rosengren – My review here: Goodreads

Started and finished during the Readathon:

JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle Forman – My review here: Goodreads

PLAYING DIRTY by Jennifer Echols

BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg – My review here: Goodreads

YOU KNEW ME WHEN by Emily Liebert – My review here: Goodreads

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

whoru_dec_readathon_2013FOURTH ANNUAL

HOLIDAY #READATHON

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!

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BONUS: SIGN UP & YOU’RE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED for a fabulous prize:

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.

OR

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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Books of Wonder – Holiday #Readathon Spirit
Dec 11th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer

BOOKS OF WONDER . . .

added to our holiday spirit! 


THANK YOU to Books of Wonder who added an additional signed copy of a YA novel for our random drawing winner of our Holiday #Readathon sign up.

Maggie Stiefvater‘s THE RAVEN BOYS for Andrea who also selected Lauren Oliver’s BEFORE I FALL and PANDEMONIUM.

For more information on how to get signed copies of books from top children’s/MG/YA authors, visit BOOKS OF WONDER’s website: http://www.booksofwonder.com

Holiday #Readathon Wrap-up
Dec 10th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer

Holiday #Readathon Wrap-up

It was an amazing and inspiring experience to read with all of you! My deepest gratitude to all our bloggers/authors/writers who offered mini-challenges and giveaways.

The last novel I read was Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon:

My review: This novel was recommended to me by Heidi @ YABibliophile.com. Thanks Heidi! I got sucked into the folklore immediately and feel in love with the characters. Seventeen-year-old Ai Ling waits for her father to return from the Palace of Fragment Dreams. When he doesn’t return and Ai Ling may be forced to marry a horrible man as his fourth wife, she leaves home alone in a quest to find her father. On her journey she meets Chen Yong. They travel through the Kingdom of Xia and into the Immortal Realms along with Chen Yong’s brother. The action and evil spirits the Ai Ling and Chen Yong encounter are creepy, but not too scary that you’ll have nightmares. I actually loved these scenes for their action and description. The story will keep you intrigued and moves at a fast pace. It’s an incredible adventure. Cindy Pon incorporates all the senses, definitely mastering the taste and smell with mention to food and scents!
I already have the sequel on order! Can’t wait to read it. I highly recommend this novel!

I did start Dodger by Terry Pratchett and am loving it so far. Love the mix of historical fiction with real life characters like Dickens into seventeen-year-old Dodger’s life.

Join us next year for the Holiday #Readathon. Each year we hold the event online  during the first weekend of December.  Thanks again to all our participants.

 

Holiday #Readathon 2012, Update #2
Dec 9th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer

Day Two of the #Holiday Readathon

Still plenty of time to sign up: http://www.whorublog.com/?p=1437 Join us!

Finished The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver  – an incredible MG fantasy novel, which I highly recommend for anyone. It has an “Alice in Wonderland” feel with plenty of action and creative imaginary creatures.

Finished Titanic, Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson, a non-fiction YA book that brings the Titanic experience to life for readers. Exceptionally well done with first person experiences, detailed information and photographs, charts, menus. Includes information on first, second, third class passengers and crew. Fascinating and well documented. A great edition to those who want to learn more about the Titanic.

Finished The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa. I’m a huge fan of The Iron Fey Series and recommend all the novels. Fairies, queens, goblins, princes, danger, mystery, romance – a perfect combination!

What’s up next: Pretty sure I’m going to read Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, which was recommended to me by Jillian Heise from @HeiseReads

Hope everyone’s enjoying the Holiday #Readathon & all the great mini-challenges/giveaways! 

Holiday #Readathon 2012, Update #1
Dec 6th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer



HOLIDAY #READATHON

UPDATE:

A huge thank you to all who are participating! You inspire me!! And extra thanks to our AUTHORS/BLOGGERS/WRITERS who have offered such incredible MINI-CHALLENGES/GIVEAWAYS!

FOR QUICK SIGN UP – EITHER SCROLL DOWN

OR http://www.whorublog.com/?p=1437

This is what I plan to read:

I’m already in the middle of The Lost Prince. Me Before You I read in June. It comes out on December 31 and is absolutely remarkable. I want to reread it for a blog post and giveaway that I will be having in the next few weeks. It’s a “do not miss” OMGosh I can’t believe the ending novel perfect for mature YA and older.

The rest of the books are ones that have either been recommended to me or I received at the BEA.

Looking forward to reading with you!

 

 

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

THIRD ANNUAL

HOLIDAY #READATHON

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

http://www.goodbooksandgoodwine.com/

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!

http://www.debamarshall.com/2012/12/holiday-readathon-and-cybils.html?spref=tw

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!!)

http://www.heathervogelfrederick.com/blog/2012/12/holiday-readathon/

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.

OR

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!

 

Holiday #Readathon
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1. Liza Wiemer (WhoRuBlog) 2. Melissa @ Must Read Faster 3. Betsy Kaplan
4. Looney Lulu 5. Shaunesay @ The Space Between 6. Kayla @ Caught Between the Pages
7. Joli @ Actin' Up with Books 8. Ashley @ Wholly Books! 9. Kate @ Midnight Book Girl
10. Lynn @ LWSLiterary 11. Charlie @ Bitsy Bling Books 12. Aleksandra @ Aleksandra's Corner
13. Jen @ Jenuine Cupcakes 14. Kai( Fiction State of Mind) 15. Monica @ The Fuma Files
16. Sarah Kealy 17. Laurie Viera Rigler @ Jane Austen Addict 18. Reno
19. Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia 20. Miniature Painting 21. Rachel Muniz
22. J.R. Roper 23. Justin 24. Chandra @ Unabridged Bookshelf
25. Courtney @ Stiletto Storytime 26. Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf 27. Stacy @ Girls in the STACKS
28. Grace @ Books Like Breathing 29. Brooke @ Brooke Blogs 30. Ems @ In Which Ems Reviews Books
31. Gaby @ Oh My Books! 32. Deb @ Just Deb Reading and Writing for Children and Teens 33. Julie @ Manga Maniac Cafe
34. The Loopy Librarian 35. Jenn Baker @jbakernyc 36. QuHarrison Terry @ VNeck Mafia
37. Cylin Busby (author) 38. Cassay 39. Jen @ A Book and a Latte
40. Dawn Ruminski 41. Elsi @ Reading in Texas 42. Andrea Payan
43. Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads 44. Lovemycelebz 45. Azuki
46. Kate @ Ex Libris 47. Erica @ The Book Cellar 48. Debz @ Debz Bookshelf
49. Melissa @ YA Book Shelf 50. Heidi @ YA Bibliophile 51. Monica
52. Amy Gideon 53. Britney @ I Eat Words 54. Natalie
55. Stephanie Helgeson 56. Heather Vogel Frederick 57. Rebecca @ Reading Wishes
58. @cammiLH 59. Gregg Nowling @droidboy 60. Sarah J Schmitt @sjschmitt
61. Wendy Delsol (author) 62. Lindsey Greer-Smith 63. Tim Ward
64. Kristen G 65. J-The Truth @amerikasaddict 66. @natfield84
67. Jill Myers 68. April @ Good Books and Good Wine 69. Latricia@1stopmom
70. @mummadear 71. @d1_dawn 72. @chermarsh3000
73. You're next!

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Once Upon A Read-A-Thon Blog Post
Jul 9th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer

Since I began hosting the Holiday Readathon two years ago, I love participating in others whenever I get a chance. ONCE UPON A READ-A-THON is hosted by Pure Imagination –   http://www.pureimaginationblog.com/ Candace’s Book Blog – http://www.candacesbookblog.com/ and Reading Angel – http://www.readingangel.com/ Definitely check them out!

Here’s what I’ve been reading: I finished Cold Kiss and Glass Heart by Amy Garvey. I had been hesitant to read Cold Kiss because I knew it involved a zombie and in all honesty, zombie novels are not my favorite. But Cold Kiss surprised me. The paranormal aspect was intriguing and well done. The romance aspect wasn’t what I expected, either. It was sweet and definitely captured the emotion of first love. There were no zombies in Glass Heart, and I actually enjoyed it even more than Cold Kiss. I really liked the relationship between Wren and Gabriel, which began in Cold Kiss and was an integral part in Glass Heart. Fans of paranormal romance will really like these books.

Me Before You is a novel I picked up at the BEA and I absolutely loved it!  It’s not available in the United States until December 2012, but I have to say that I wouldn’t be surprised if it hit the New York Times Best Seller’s List.  It isn’t YA but it definitely is appropriate for older young adults. The novel is set in a small English town. Louisa Clark is twenty-six years old and out of a job. After going to the Job Center for the third or fourth time, she’s given the opportunity to interview for a position taking care of a paraplegic. What transpires from the moment she gets the job is absolutely breathtaking, powerfully emotional, heartbreaking,  and thought provoking. The writing is masterful. I read it cover to cover, totally engrossed in the dynamics of the characters and their trials and tribulations. What is so extraordinary is how the author, Jojo Moyes, portrays the life of a paraplegic. Any description by me would be an understatement.

I can’t rave about this novel enough! Put it on your must-read list.

I also finished Wanderlove. Any young adult who is thinking about taking a trip after high school, but isn’t sure about it should absolutely read Wanderlove. Bria Sandoval takes a trip to Central America and finds herself on a tour with people over three times her age. It’s hardly the tour she thought she had signed up for. When a backpacker named Rowan asks her to come to an island for dinner, it’s the beginning of a new adventure for Bria. She goes through many challenges, both physically and emotionally. It’s a time of great discovery and an opportunity to reconnect with drawing, something she loves to do but gave up because of a painful breakup. As she rediscovers her passion, she begins to realize how much she wishes she hadn’t allowed a guy to keep her from pursuing her dreams. Her revelation is quite insightful. I loved Bria’s journey of discovery. I loved traveling with her and learning more about her life. I loved finding out about Rowen and appreciated how he decided to turn his life around. I loved Wanderlove. It’s another YA novel I highly recommend.

From the challenge posted by IB Book Blogging – http://ibbookblogging.net/

Taken by Erin Bowman

Question 1:

What is your favorite cover that has been revealed this summer and why? Post a link or picture of the cover if you want.

I love the cover of Taken by Erin Bowman – the colors are stunning, it provokes questions, and it definitely made me want more.

Question 2:

Do you rely on the cover to help you choose whether you want to read a book or not?

I definitely am attracted to a beautiful cover, but it isn’t the main reason why I read a novel. A cool cover will make me pick the book up and read the blurb and any endorsements, but it’s not the reason why I buy or check out a book from the library. Ultimately, I rely on a combination of reviews, endorsements, and whether or not I’m interested in the subject matter.

 

Second Annual Holiday #Readathon, December 2-4, 2011
Oct 28th, 2011 by Liza Wiemer


Second Annual Holiday #Readathon

December 2-4, 2011

Bonus: EVERYONE who signs

up for this Readathon will be entered into a random drawing to win a SIGNED first edition copy of Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Prince. Novel will be sent from Books of Wonder after December 6, 2011

 Thanks for being a part of this! :D Winner was Kayla from Caught Between the Pages 

It is with great excitement that I’m hosting the Holiday #Readathon once again, thanks to the incredible encouragement and enthusiasm from those who participated last year. Together, we’ll make it even BETTER this year.

Join us ANY TIME during the #Readathon!  

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

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

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. Kai from Fiction State of Mind: Mini-challenge is so simple – just visit her blog and enter to win a novel of your choice (up to $10 from the Book Depository) http://fictionstateofmind.blogspot.com

2. Deb from Just Deb Reading and Writing for Children and Teens: Mini-challenge is to read  (or donate) a Middle Grade Novel, let me know what it is, what you did and I will enter you to in a giveaway for  a book of your choice, up to 20.00 value. Making this international so you can make your pick from the Book Depository.  http://www.debamarshall.com/

3. Author Laurie Viera Rigler: Mini-challenge – We all like to escape into a good novel and enter the lives of our favorite characters, especially during the holiday season. But did you ever wonder what your favorite characters read when they feel like entering another world? Let your imagination soar, and visit Laurie Viera Rigler’s blog (http://blog.janeaustenaddict.com/2011/11/holiday-readathon-double-giveaway.html) to enter this fun and easy challenge. You could win two books: THE JOURNEYS OF JOHN AND JULIA: GENESIS by Aurelia and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT by Laurie Viera Rigler.

4. Heidi from YA Bibliophile: Mini-challenge is what was the best gift you ever received or gave? One person will win a signed paperback copy of Anna & the French Kiss, chapter sampler of John Green’s newest The Fault in Our Stars (chapters 1&2) and Magnetic poetry set from Maureen Johnson. http://yabibliophile.blogspot.com/

5. April from Good Books and Good Wine: Mini-challenge – Create a 5 song playlist pertaining to a book you are reading for the readathon. You can do this in a post just leave me a link in the comments, or just leave me your playlist in the comments. One entrant will be randomly selected to win a prize pack of three 2012 ARCs! Black Boy, White School by Brian F. Walker, Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani, Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan M. James http://goo.gl/fb/LNyvk

6. Melissa from YA Bookshelf: Mini-challenge is to name your favorite boy narrator & what makes him so great. One lucky person will win iBoy, The 13th Plague, & The Underdogs.  http://www.yabookshelf.com/

7. Courtney from Stiletto Storytime: Mini-challenge is to share a favorite holiday read & why that book, be it classic or modern, means so much to you. My giveaway is a prize pack from author Heather Vogel Frederick w/a copy of Home for the Holidays, a Betsy Tacy Treasury & tote bag!  http://www.stilettostorytime.wordpress.com

8. Author Wendy Delsol: Mini-challenge- 1. Make a good faith pledge to donate this holiday season. 2. Make a character-name suggestion (see notes below) for me via Twitter (@wendydelsol), a facebook comment, or comment on my blog post – http://www.wendydelsol.com/holiday-readathon  

So about the character name I’m looking for: My work in progress is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice. In the Jane Austen classic, Elizabeth Bennet’s mother is simply Mrs. Bennet. I’m looking, therefore, for a first name that fits this matriarch’s personality. As in the original, Mrs. Bennet is a shallow woman. The adjectives that best describe my version of the character are temperamental, vapid, and shrill. (Austen showed the character no sympathy. I probably won’t, either.) So … let’s hear some suggestions. You could win your choice of Stork, Frost, or The McCloud Home for Wayward Boys  http://www.wendydelsol.com/holiday-readathon

9. Author Audrey Hart: Mini-challenge is if you could ask the Greek god Zeus any question, what would it be? Win the YA novel Zoe and Zeus (ebook edition). Post your answer on Twitter with the #ZoeandZeus  or http://www.ZoeandZeus.com or  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13014354-the-dig

10. Rani from Perks of Being a Bookseller: Mini-challenge is what fictional character would you want to kiss under the mistletoe? Prize is a copy of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.   http://perksofbeingabookseller.blogspot.com

11. Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts: Their mini-challenge – Share your favorite meme, find a meme you are going to join, or share a meme you would join if you had a blog and you will be entered to win one of three MG/YA ARCs. Three winners! http://www.teachmentortexts.com/

12. Cassay from Vamps, Weres, and Cassay OH My!: Mini-challenge is which reindeer is your favorite and why? One random lucky winner will receive a $15 shopping spree at the Book Depository! http://vampsweresandcassay.blogspot.com/

13. Courtney Rae from Courtney Reads: Mini-challenge is to share your favorite holiday dish or dessert and you’ll be entered to win a custom-made ornament by Courtney!  http://courtney-reads.blogspot.com/

14. Stacy, Shannon, Nancy from Girls in the Stacks: Here’s their mini-challenge or as Girls In the Stacks call it “The Good Deed Mini-Challenge”  

Are you up for our challenge? Or should we say our mini-challenge? We hope so, because it’s super easy and totally all good cheer. 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.

What you can win: One good deed-er will win a signed paperback of The Maze Runner by James Dashner, a signed ARC of Perfect by Ellen Hopkins, a signed hardcover of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater treat. http://girlsinthestacks.com

15. Author Elizabeth Rosner: Mini-challenge “Begin Again” is a repeating line in my novel, BLUE NUDE, a motto for perseverance in my own life too. What’s your motto? Enter your answer on Twitter – click here: http://www.twitter.com by putting in @elizabethrosner & #Readathon to your tweet or on my Facebook page – click here: http://www.facebook.com/elizabethrosnerbooks & post #HolidayReadathon or put your answer in comments below but add: Elizabeth my motto is _____ and your answer and you will be randomly chosen for a signed copy of your choice of one of my novels, National Bestseller THE SPEED OF LIGHT or BLUE NUDE.   http://redroom.com/member/elizabeth-rosner/blog

Mini-challenges/giveaways end on Sunday, December 4th at midnight PST. Please note that all the bloggers/authors have their own rules for their challenges.

I will be on Twitter using the hashtag #Readathon. Please feel free to let us know what you’re reading and how you are doing!

Also, we will have a Twitter Party on Sunday, December 4th night at 9PM 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. Here’s just a preview of what you could win – beautiful handmade book thongs by Briana McNair (@TheBookPixie on Twitter) http://tinyurl.com/66nlnc4

You can participate in this #READATHON without doing my challenge below.

All Participants for my Holiday #Readathon Challenge are automatically entered for a $20.00 gift certificate for Amazon.com or BN.com – your choice! Just list your participation in COMMENTS! Give :) and you have a chance to receive! YES!

My Holiday #Readathon Challenge: Winner was Gaby from Oh My Books

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.

OR

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. Just list it. (Feel free to come up with your own ideas!)

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

Remember, this is a set-your-own-pace/start-whenever-you-want #readathon. Don’t wear yourself out, I will be cheering you all on and checking up on your progress. I hope you all have a lot of fun!

This event ended 2 years, 10 months, 17 days, 19 hours, 33 minutes, 28 seconds ago.

1. Justin 2. Lynn Wiese 3. Joli @ Actin' Up with Books
4. Betsy Kaplan 5. Jenn B-H 6. Sarah Kealy
7. Wendy Delsol 8. Kai Charles 9. Laurie Viera Rigler
10. HD 11. Melina 12. Joe Roper
13. Liza 14. Heidi At YABibliophile 15. Courtney (Stiletto Storytime)
16. Girls in the STACKS 17. Briana (The Book Pixie) 18. Melissa (YA Bookshelf)
19. Rani 20. Melissa @Must Read Faster 21. Mary (Sparkling Reviews)
22. cessie 23. Jen 24. Kellee @ Teach Mentor Texts
25. Audrey Hart 26. Jeffrey West 27. April (Good Books and Good Wine)
28. Stella (Ex Libris) 29. Gaby @ Oh My Books! 30. Julie @ Manga Maniac Cafe
31. Moirae book reviews 32. Amanda @ The Hopeless Bibliophile 33. Grace @ Books Like Breathing
34. Evika 35. Cassay 36. Jessica @ Firefly Book Loft
37. Kayla 38. Alex Baugh 39. Monica Millard
40. Courtney Rae (Courtney Reads) 41. Denise 42. Benji @ The Non Reluctant Reader
43. Author Mimi Barbour - Believe! 44. Sheila (Bookjourney) 45. Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
46. Kate (Verb Vixen) 47. Erica 48. April @Book Away
49. Kellye 50. Kate @ Literary Explorations 51. Melody @ Melody with words
52. Shaunesay @ The Space Between 53. Defying the Spectrum 54. Erica @ The Book Cellar
55. Christine 56. Nina @ Lost in the Pages 57. Kate @ Kate's Book Nook
58. Elizabeth Rosner 59. Ashley 60. Gina @ Book Dragon's Lair
61. Gabbi @ BookBreather 62. Deb @ Just Deb 63. Katelyn's Blog
64. Bitsy (Ex Libris Bitsy) 65. Ems @ In Which Ems Reviews Books 66. Dawn Ruminski
67. Faye @ Ramblings of a Teenageg Bookworm 68. Ellen 69. Psique @ Book Travels
70. Maria @ To Read, Perchance to Dream 71. Mindy @ my hidden bookshelf 72. Sam @ Books For All Seasons
73. Steph @stephlovescsd (the caffeinated reader) 74. Melissa @ YA Book Shelf 75. Kira Dineen
76. commutinggirl 77. Amy 78. Laurie Viera Rigler
79. You're next!

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Holiday #Readathon December 2-5 Join Us!
Nov 4th, 2010 by Liza Wiemer

December 2,3,4,5 Holiday #Readathon!

Come join us ANY TIME during the #Readathon!  Sign up is below – Fill in the simple Mr. Linky form!

The bloggers listed below will have great giveaways. My mini-challenge is below (You do not have to sign up for my mini-challenge to participate in this readathon! All are welcome!)

Welcome to the Holiday Read-A-Thon! I want to thank the Lesley from Young Adults Books Reviews http://yabreviewed.blogspot.com/ and Jami from YA Book Addict http://yaaddict.blogspot.com/ for inspiring this readathon and for participating with their own giveaways!

SIGN UP WITH MR. LINKY IS BELOW OR YOU CAN ADD YOUR NAME AND E-MAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENTS IF YOU DON’T HAVE A WEBSITE!

I will be updating the list of CONFIRMED bloggers who are participating in giveaways as they come in as well as their mini-challenges to enter for their giveaways. Here is are the bloggers we have so far:

http://yabreviewed.blogspot.com/ (Mini-challenge: What’s your favorite holiday movie/song/book? – Win the novel iDracula)

http://yaaddict.blogspot.com/ (Mini-challenge: A Holiday Character – Tell Jami what your favorite book character will do for the holidays – prize from the Book Depository!)

http://thepageflipper.blogspot.com/ (Mini-challenge: Win the Louder than Words books – share your story or why you would want these books!)

http://readingvacation.blogspot.com/ (Mini-challenge: Tell the funniest holiday gift you ever received!)

http://www.reclusivebibliophile.com/giveaway-dash-and-lilys-book-of-dares
/
  (Giveaway of NEW YA novel Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares!)

http://fictionstateofmind.blogspot.com/ ( Mini-challenge – create your wish list of books! You might get to pick one!)

http://stilettostorytime.wordpress.com/ (Mini-challenge look for this challenge to relate to YA author Wendy Delsol’s STORK)

http://www.wordforteens.com/2010/12/holiday-readathon-giveaway-hunger-games.html
 (A Hunger Games book cover redesign is her mini-challenge – prize is copy of book and a swag item!)

http://www.sparklingreviews.com/2010/12/holiday-readathon-mini-challenge.html  (Mini-challenge: Name “Nicks” twins!)

http://www.yabookshelf.com  (Mini-challenge for Nina Lacour’s new YA novel, Hold Still)

http://www.courtney-reads.blogspot.com/  (Mini-challenge: If you could spend the holidays anywhere, where would you go? – The prize is a copy of the YA novel Anna and the French Kiss!)

http://janeaustenaddict.com/  (Author Laurie Viera Rigler is doing a mini-challenge: Name your favorite holiday comfort read and tell us why it works for you. Winner will receive signed copies of “Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict” and “Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict.”


The mini-challenges/giveaways start on Thursday, December 2nd and end on Sunday, December 5th with different bloggers on different days. When we get closer, I will list by date. Please note that all the bloggers have their own rules for their challenges.

I will be on Twitter using the hashtag #readathon. Please feel free to let us know what you’re reading and how you are doing!

Also, for those of you who are interested there is a Twitter party on Sunday, December 5th night at 9PM EST. We’ll talk about the books we are reading and holiday memories and anything else you’d like to share. I will give a random participant in the chat a special holiday gift. Your choice of a handmade bookmark made by Briana McNair (@thebookpixie on Twitter): Here’s a sneak preview: http://yfrog.com/gq6d4j 
You must be a readathon participant to enter the Twitter party prize.

All Participants for my Holiday Readathon Challenge are automatically entered for a $15.00 gift certificate for Amazon.com or BN.com – your choice!

My Holiday Readathon Challenge is the following:

1. Pledge a penny, or two, or three (or any amount you want!) per page for the books that you will read.  Put a minimum number that you will pledge.  For example:  100 pages – $1.00.

2. THIS IS NEW -I’ve been asked if any type of donation for the holiday season – a can(s) of food, book to a library, Toy for Tots etc. – qualifies. YOU BET IT DOES! Keep up the awesome work! :) Just list it. 

3. Click on comments below and write down your pledge per page and your e-mail address. Example:
I pledge 2 cents per page. 500 pages – $10.00. WhoRuBlog@aol.com
4. THIS IS ON THE HONOR SYSTEM! Donate the dollar amount to a charity of your choice to make a child happy over the holidays or use it to buy a toy or book for any holiday collection or donate a book to your local library.

Remember, this is a set your own pace/start whenever you want readathon. Don’t wear yourself out,
I will be cheering you all on and checking up on your progress. I hope you all have a lot of fun!

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