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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!

 

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! 😀 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!

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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