Thursday, January 14, 2021

Winter's Respite #Readathon - Sign up now! #WintersRespite


2020 is now behind us! I don't know about anyone else, but I sure have been in a reading slump. I read half as many books in 2020 as I did in 2019. Granted I did move house, but my reading still suffered. Odd, when you seem to have more time on your hands. The pandemic has just left me with so much restlessness. So, let's use these readathons to up our reading game in 2021!

In case you didn't notice, we have a new month for Winter's Respite. Since the Christmas readathon now extends throughout the holiday season, I thought it made sense to move WR to February. Hope everyone is okay with the move. 

We start at 12:00 am on February 1 and end at 11:59 pm on February 28. Times are set for the eastern time zone so adjust your times accordingly (you can use the link to the time zone converter in the sidebar menu). Of course, like most readathons, the books read must be novels or novellas, adult or young adult are fine, and you can read children's books (as long as you do read some novels too). Note: Non-Fiction is also okay! You DO NOT have to participate the entire month. Join in when you can, start in the middle, end early...whatever works best for your schedule. As with all of my readathons, it will be an event of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries.

Guidelines for the readathon can be found HERE or you can access in the sidebar menu. Any information you need about the readathon can be found there. Please do be sure to check the guidelines to make sure you're following along correctly. There are specific rules regarding signing up and wrapping up, especially in regards to the giveaway. We no longer use a wrap-up linky and we are now just using the Google form for wrap-ups (since I require your wrap-up link there anyway). That way you don't have to do two steps at the end of the readathon. The wrap-up Google form will be on the wrap-up post instead of the prize page. I will have a yes/no so you can let me know if you're opting out of winning a prize. (If you want to visit people who participated, you can do so via the sign-up/starting line linky. I will have a link to it on the wrap-up post).

As is typical, I will not be hosting any mini-challenges. However, if anyone else would like to host a mini-challenge or giveaway, you are more than welcome. I am also looking for prize donations so if anyone would like to contribute, let me know. Authors, this is a great way to promote your book! (Contact me using the contact form link in the sidebar menu).

Our hashtag is #WintersRespite Also, don't forget about our Facebook group, Goodreads group and check out our Instagram. You can also access via the link in the sidebar menu.

Sign up in the linky at the end of this post. You do not have to do a post now, unless you want to help spread the word (much appreciated). If you don't have a blog, use Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, YouTube...or any social media. Having a blog is not required. Be sure to grab the button at the top of this post (there's also a grab code below the button in the sidebar).

I know many of my readathon participants like the scary, and look forward to the two scary readathons I host each year. Well, guess what?! I'm now hosting a yearly horror reading challenge over at Castle Macabre! Details and sign-up here. Join us!



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Friday, January 8, 2021

2020 #Christmas Spirit #ReadingChallenge and #Readathon - Wrap-Up #CSReadathon


Sorry I'm so late with this wrap-up. A lot going on in life and the world right now. It's very distracting. Turns out, I had a very distracting holiday season as well. Managed to read two Christmas books. That's it. 2020 was just weird. I'm sure we would all agree.

Anyway, it's a new year. Happy New Year, by the way!

How did you do on the reading challenge/readathon? Share your wrap up link in the linky below. It's the same linky as the sign-up so just add "wrap-up" when you enter your name, like so "Michelle@truebookaddict-Wrap-up" (you don't have to put a blog name, you can just put your name).

Hope to see you in February...our new month for Winter's Respite! Sign up coming soon.
 
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Monday, November 23, 2020

2020 #Christmas Spirit #ReadingChallenge & #Readathon - Time for some Merry #Reading #CSReadathon


It's officially November 23rd (in the Eastern time zone) and so it begins! 

Remember...

Dates: November 23, 2020 through January 6, 2021

Three ways to participate:
  1. Challenge - Pick a level
  2. Readathon - read as much (or as little) as you want
  3. Participate in both!
Everything else you need to know can be found in the sign-up post here

THE PRIZE: The first person to post a review (must be from a book started on or after November 23) in the review linky at Christmas Spirit will win a $15 charitable donation to human rights organization of their choice, such as the ACLU, Boys and Girls Club, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Amnesty International, It Gets Better, Planned Parenthood, or another human rights organization of your choice (food banks, homeless shelters would also apply), perhaps your local chapter or a local organization. This giveaway is open internationally. Note: I will not donate to any organization that does not believe that all are equal, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation.

HAVE FUN!!!

The linky below is the same one as the sign up linky. If you do a starting line/goal post, just add your link again, but be sure to put "goal post" beside your name, i.e. Michelle/True Book Addict (goal post). Note: If you're just signing up, you can do it here on this post. It's the same linky.

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Monday, November 16, 2020

2020 #Christmas Spirit #ReadingChallenge and #Readathon #CSReadathon


COVID has our holiday landscapes looking a lot different this year. With states going back to more strict mandates (much needed, in my opinion), it's looking like the holidays are going to be offering A LOT of downtime. In light of the current situation, I've decided to make the Christmas Spirit Readathon run the same length as the yearly reading challenge, and they are now co-events. Yay!

Dates: November 23, 2020 through January 6, 2021

Three ways to participate:
  1. Challenge - Pick a level
  2. Readathon - read as much (or as little) as you want
  3. Participate in both!
Regarding the reading of Christmas books, for the readathon, you do not have to read only Christmas books. I am always reading regular genres along with Christmas books during the season. Please do try to read at least one though. 🎄

For the reading challenge, these must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, children's books (we even have a level for them!), etc.

Reading Challenge Levels:
--Candy Cane: read 1 book
--Mistletoe: read 2-4 books
--Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books, or more (this is the fanatic level!)

Additional levels:

--Fa La La La Films: watch a bunch or a few Christmas movies...it's up to you!
--Visions of Sugar Plums: read books with your children this season and share what you read

*the additional levels are optional, you still must complete one of the main reading levels above

I will have a review linky posted as a page at the Christmas Spirit site the day the challenge starts. You will find it in the menu at the top of the blog. 

Sign up in the linky below. This linky will be the same one on this site and over at Christmas Spirit. No need to sign up both places. For this readathon in particular, we will do a wrap-up linky, in keeping with the regular process for the reading challenge. 

THE PRIZE: The first person to post a review (must be from a book started on or after November 23) in the review linky at Christmas Spirit will win a $15 charitable donation to human rights organization of their choice, such as the ACLU, Boys and Girls Club, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Amnesty International, It Gets Better, Planned Parenthood, or another human rights organization of your choice (food banks, homeless shelters would also apply), perhaps your local chapter or a local organization. This giveaway is open internationally. Note: I will not donate to any organization that does not believe that all are equal, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation.

FINAL NOTE: In light of this new change to the Christmas Spirit Readathon, with the end date being January 6, the Winter's Respite Readathon will now be moved to February. 

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

#FrightFall #Readathon - Wrap-up #SomethingWickedFall


FrightFall is at its end. I hope you enjoyed it, and our event Something Wicked Fall at Castle Macabre. We had a few fun movie watch-alongs, and we were reading along The Woman in White...which I STILL haven't finished. I didn't get much reading done at all, sad to say. I'm still working on my house and that has to be priority right now if I want to be completely out of boxes before the holidays. 

Thank you all so much for joining in on another readathon!

Remember, our process has changed for wrap-ups. No more linky for wrap-up posts. Fill out the form at the end of this post and indicate if you want a chance at a prize by selecting yes or no. Also, double check that your name is listed in the sign up/starting line linky at this post so you will be eligible for the giveaway. You have until Friday, November 6 at 11:59 pm EST to fill out the form. I will email the winners within a few days following the deadline so keep a look out in your email inbox (or spam folder, just in case) for an email from my truebookaddict gmail account. (Prize page is here)

The Christmas Spirit Readathon is coming up this month, November 23 through December 6. The readathon also kicks off the season long Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge I host every year at Christmas Spirit. I hope you will join us! Stay tuned for details and sign-up.

Once again, thank you for joining me and I hope to see you next time.

(If you would like others to visit your wrap-up post, please leave a comment below with the link to your wrap-up, or you can visit participants via the starting line post linky here.)

 


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Saturday, October 24, 2020

#FrightFall Readathon - Check-in and Dewey's 24 Hour #Readathon #SomethingWickedFall


I have to apologize. lovely readers. I have been quite neglectful with updating and checking in during this readathon. I didn't even post a mid-event check-in! Egads! As you know, I moved house in August (from Tennessee to Michigan) and I'm STILL unpacking and shelving books. I still have a lot to do, but things are finally starting to shape up. So, at least I know I will have my house ready for the holidays. Anyway, I'm sorry! 


I also have not been getting much reading done (pout) and the Woman in White read-along is not going so well either. I'm hoping Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon will help me remedy that. Anyone else participating in this cherished biannual event? 

Let me know how your FrightFall reading is going and/or share your plans for the 24 Hour Readathon. Just comment below or leave a link to your post in the comments.

Happy scary reading!


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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

#FrightFall #Readathon 2020 - #Prizes #SomethingWickedFall


This is the giveaway/prize promotion page for all the prizes being given away for readathon participants. At the end of this post, you will find details regarding how the prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the readathon.

Note: The authors of the books donated would greatly appreciate a review, if you win, on your blog and/or social media and/or on Goodreads, Amazon. Thank you! (This is not required to win.)

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WINNER - LADY T
Dying Days by Armand Rosamilia - Print copy (US only) One Winner

Sunny Florida, beautiful beaches, no traffic on A1A... Zombies roaming the dunes in search of the living... Darlene Bobich in a fight to survive, find food, safety and ammo for her Desert Eagle before its too late... the undead are coming to exterminate the human race...

Dying Days are upon us... The Undead Roam the Earth... Searching for the living in an apocalyptic wasteland

Now includes both "Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer" and the first "Dying Days" zombie novellas in one release!


Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he's not sleeping. He's happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life...

He's written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.

He not only runs two successful podcasts...

Arm Cast Podcast - interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.

The Mando Method Podcast with co-host Chuck Buda - talking about writing and publishing

But he owns the network they're on, too! Project Entertainment Network

He also loves to talk in third person... because he's really that cool.

You can find him at armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

Dying Days is available for purchase on Amazon.


WINNERS - MALLORY, KAIE, LADY T, MICHELLE
Comfort Zone: A Tale of Suspense by Stephen Bentley - 3 eBooks and 1 print (all international) Four Winners

There’s a killer lurking in all of us. Sometimes you just don’t know it.

Take Phil Mercer, for example, what dark secret from his past changes a decent man, and respected professional into a man with murder on his mind?

Down to earth Northerner, Phil Mercer, begins to question why so-called university friends failed to help him establish a practice at London’s Criminal Bar.

Despite that and colleagues’ professional jealousy, he goes on to achieve success as a fearless defender of society’s less fortunate until his career is threatened by events triggered by something completely out of his control.

Figuring his life and career are about to change forever, Mercer strives to find a way to right wrongs by inventing a new parlour game called ‘Comfort Zone.’

At a dinner party surrounded by colleagues he insists they all play the game. He introduces it after dinner as a ‘storytelling game.’

He adds – “the easy choice is not an option at all. What terrifies you? What scares you shitless? Be brave. Be reckless. You are among friends. What can possibly go wrong? It’s just a parlour game, right?”

Get this dark suspense noir crime novella now.


Stephen Bentley is a former UK police Detective Sergeant, pioneering undercover detective, and barrister (trial attorney). He is now a freelance writer and HuffPost UK contributor on undercover policing and mental health issues.

His memoir 'Undercover: Operation Julie - The Inside Story' is a frank account of his undercover detective experiences during Operation Julie - an elite group of detectives who successfully investigated one of the world's largest drugs rings.

Stephen also writes crime fiction in a fast-paced plot-driven style including the Steve Regan Undercover Cop Thriller and the Detective Matt Deal Thriller series. One of his short stories, 'The Rose Slayer,' won the SIA murder mystery competition in 2018, and has now been published in a multi-author anthology of murder mystery short stories, titled 'Death Among Us.'

When he isn't writing, Stephen relaxes on the beaches of the Philippines with his family where he now lives. You may find him on Twitter as @StephenBentley8 or connect with him at stephenbentley.info where you may get his free thriller - a prequel to the Steve Regan Undercover Cop Thriller series.

Comfort Zone: A Tale of Suspense is available for purchase on Amazon.

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PRIZES FROM YOUR HOST

WINNER - KAIE
Prize One (One winner)
I will make a $15 donation to the winner's choice of a human rights organization, such as the ACLU, Boys and Girls Club, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Amnesty International, It Gets Better, Planned Parenthood, or another human rights organization of your choice (food banks, homeless shelters would also apply), perhaps your local chapter or a local organization. This giveaway is open internationally. Note: I will not donate to any organization that does not believe all are equal, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation.

I hope you will consider having your donation made to one of these organizations fighting on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter movement (click each link to learn more).

Winner's choice of any book title from the bargain books (these are generally used books) section of Better World Books. They ship internationally (priced at $3.98 or less) OR a $3.00 Amazon eGift card.

Giveaway Details
This is a readathon participant only giveaway. To be eligible, you must have signed up, participated and added a link to the official readathon wrap-up post (I will give everyone until Friday, November 6th at 11:59 pm EST to complete their wrap-ups). We no longer use a linky for wrap-ups. There will be a Google form on the readathon wrap-up post where you will enter your info, your wrap-up link, and answer yes/no on whether you want to win a prize or not. We have a total of 7 prizes. This means there will be 7 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 7 winners with random.org and email all 7 at the same time. The first person who emails me back with their choice gets that prize. I will mark off the prizes as they are taken. Winners will be chosen after the wrap-up post deadline (see above).

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