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7th Annual Holiday #Readathon – Join us any time: December 2-4th
Dec 2nd, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

Seventh Annual International 

HOLIDAY #READATHON

Sign up: Actin’ Up with Books

DECEMBER 2nd-4th, 2016

This is the NO PRESSURE, READ AS MUCH AS YOU WANT #Readathon
Joli, your host, is overjoyed to have you join us.

22663633The HELLO? Inspired Challenge: (Answer in comments or you can tweet me the answer @LizaWiemer)

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.

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

Extra entry: If you chose to pass on other holiday gifts, and instead decide 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)?

PRIZES: US/Canada – An annotated copy of HELLO?.

International: A copy of HELLO? from The Book Depository

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

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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.

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

FIFTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONALwhoru_dec_readathon-2014

HOLIDAY #READATHON

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!

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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 (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

Minichallenges:

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!

MEGA SWOON PACK

  • 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. 

LIVE NOW!

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. 

FOR A SUPER-FAST WAY TO ENTER, CLICK HERE: Go to Laurie’s website

FOR 5 MORE CHANCES TO WIN: 

  • 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.

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 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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Chills and Thrills Readathon
Oct 24th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

Chills and Thrills

I’m participating in the Chills and Thrills Readathon from October 24th through October 31st:

For details and sign up, check out Reading Cram 2.0

Books to read are:

Paranormal
Witches
Zombies
Vampires
Werewolves
Thriller
Mystery

Here are my pics for this weekend. (I have 3 stories in the SMALL MIRACLES FROM BEYOND, published October 21, 2014 through Sterling Ethos. Can’t wait to read the other stories in it. Also HOLLY BLACK & CASSANDRA CLARE! #Love)

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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

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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!

 

 

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