Monday, November 22, 2021

2021 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge and Readathon - Let the festive reading commence!


It's officially November 22nd (in the Eastern time zone) and so it begins!

Remember...

Dates: November 22, 2021 through January 6, 2021

Three ways to participate:

Challenge - Pick a level
Readathon - read as much (or as little) as you want
Participate in both!

Everything else you need to know can be found in the sign-up post here.

Hashtag across social media: #CSReadathon
  
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 (I'll have it posted later on today) 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.

So far there are no other prizes, but I'll let you know if I receive any donations. If so, there will either be a prize page, or I will share the prize(s) on the mid-event check-in.

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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Friday, November 12, 2021

2021 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge and Readathon #CSReadathon


It's that time of year again, and time to sign up for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge and Readathon co-event!

Dates: November 22, 2021 through January 6, 2022

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 SpiritNo 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.

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Monday, November 1, 2021

FrightFall Readathon - Wrap-up


FrightFall
has come to an end. I hope it was a frightful time. Those who joined in on Something Wicked Fall at Castle Macabre, thank you, and I hope you enjoyed it as well. Our read-along was The Blood Countess by Andrei Codrescu. I'm still reading it and, sad to say, not really enjoying it as much as I would have liked. I didn't get much reading done myself due to my trip to Salem mid-month, though I did read Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and loved it.

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 Saturday, 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. Take a look at our awesome prizes again. Prize page is here

The 2021 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge & Readathon is coming up this month, November 22 through January 6 (2022), which is co-hosted here at Seasons of Reading and at my Christmas site, Christmas Spirit. I hope you will join us! Stay tuned for details and sign-up. Check out the button...


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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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

FrightFall Readathon - Mid-Event Check-In


A few days past mid-event. I've been on vacation in Salem, Massachusetts (and Fall River and Sleepy Hollow, NY). Just got home on Monday. The perfect trip for the spooky season, and my birthday was on Friday. A special birthday indeed. If you would like to see photos I took on the trip, visit my Salem (etc.) album here.

So, how is it going with the reading? Let me know your progress, or leave a link, in the comments.

If anyone wants to chat in real time, remember we now have a Discord here. If you haven't joined yet, you can join via the link above as well. 

We have some great prizes this time around. Take a look at the prize page here.

Enjoy the rest of the readathon!

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

FrightFall Readathon 2021 - Prize Page


This is the giveaway/prize promotion page for 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 author of the book 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.)

The winner of the charity giveaway was Elyse. Her charity choice was The Trevor Project. Congrats!


WINNER - MALLORY
In-Ko-Pah Spirit by Wally Runnels 
One winner (Kindle or Print - US or Kindle only - International)

The border. Ancient beings. Shape shifters. Impossible? Think again.
There’s an ominous presence that inhabits the In-Ko-Pahs.
Wally Runnels, Twisted Love, The In-Ko-Pah Spirit, and coming soon, The Bone People.

Other books by Wally Runnels on Amazon


Wally Runnels was born in San Diego, raised along the border at his family's ranch (whose original deed was recorded in 1870), and has traveled extensively through Mexico and Latin America. Hanging out on the border between two countries, he's met a lot of unusual people: Hollywood types, Border Patrol Officers, smugglers, professional trackers, and people he won't mention by name.

He'll remind you that no matter how weird a story can get, it'll contain some grain of truth.

PRIZES FROM YOUR HOST


WINNER - LISA
Stoker's Wilde by Steven Hopstaken and Melissa Prusi - Paperback, One Winner (US only)

Years before either becomes a literary legend, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde must overcome their disdain for one another to battle the Black Bishop, a mysterious madman wielding supernatural forces to bend the British Empire to his will. With the help of a European vampire expert, a spirited actress and an American businessman, our heroes fight werewolves, vampires and the chains of Victorian morality. The action will take them to dark forests in Ireland, through the upper-class London theater world and culminates in an exciting showdown at Stonehenge, where Bram and Oscar must stop a vampire cult from opening the gates of Hell. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.


Castle of Sorrows by Jonathan Janz  - Hardcover, One Winner (US only)

For nearly a century Castle Blackwood lay dormant on the Sorrows, a lonely island in the Pacific. Last summer, the evil that resided within its walls was awakened. Movie music composer Ben Shadeland was lucky to escape the island with his wife and young son, but he'll soon realize that the terror is far from over. Because a godlike beast named Gabriel and the ghosts who live on the Sorrows are hungry for revenge. They will stop at nothing to bring Ben back to Castle Blackwood, and they will strike at those closest to him to fulfill their sinister plans. Accompanied by three federal officers, an L.A. detective, the newly-widowed owner of the island, a professor specializing in the occult, and a voluptuous psychic, Ben must return to the Sorrows in order to save someone he loves. Ben thought he knew what true horror was. But the new visitors have brought with them their own personal ghosts. And the beast of Castle Blackwood won't be sated until it has feasted on the blood of Ben Shadeland and everyone dear to him. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.


Tomb of Gods by Brian Moreland - Paperback, One Winner (US only)

Deep inside the tomb exists a hidden world of wonder and terror... In 1935, British archaeologists vanished inside an Egyptian cave. A year later, one man returned covered in mysterious scars. Egyptologist Imogen Riley desperately wants to know what happened to the ill-fated expedition led by her grandfather. On a quest for answers, she joins a team of archaeologists and soldiers in Egypt. Inside a mountain tomb, they've found a technologically advanced relic and a maze of tunnels. Dr. Nathan Trummel believes this tomb leads to the most guarded secrets of the pharaohs. When the explorers venture deep into the caves, they discover a hidden world of wonder and terror.

WINNER - TARA
One Winner
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 5th at 11:59 pm EDT 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 5 prizes. This means there will be 5 winners. I will award prizes on a first come, first served basis. I will draw the 5 winners with random.org and email all 5 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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Friday, October 1, 2021

FrightFall Readathon - Let's Do This!


It's time! And once again, the readathon is part of Something Wicked Fall at Castle Macabre. We are doing a read-along of The Blood Countess by Andrei Codrescu (we're not that far in, if you want to join us). Not sure at this point about horror movie watch-alongs. I tried to host one this past weekend (Bram Stoker's Dracula), but no one could make it. I'll be in Salem, Massachusetts October 11 - 16 so I'm not going to have a ton of time this month. We'll have to play it by ear. If we do have one, we will chat in our new Discord server (see below).


Remember, the one main "rule" of FrightFall is that you must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart). The rest of the month? Keep reading scary if you want, or read whichever genre you choose.

I did receive a prize donation from a regular author contributor (thank you very much to him!). I will be offering my usual couple of prizes (see below to enter the charity donation prize). Plus, this year, I'll be giving away two horror novels. I will post the prize page by the end of the first week. 

Don't forget that you can participate even if you don't have a blog. Just link up with your Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (and just post your updates from whichever venue you choose) AND don't forget our Facebook group, Facebook Page, our Goodreads group, and our Instagram. If you have any questions about updates, etc., feel free to ask. I will post a mid-event check in post mid-month so be sure to stop by and leave progress, or a link, in the comments.

Hashtag across all social media is #FrightFall Feel free to also use #Readathon and #SomethingWickedFall

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.

Reminder: 
I have created a Discord server for Seasons of Reading...sort of an experiment away from Slack, which I feel is too business-y for our purposes. You can pop in and chat during our events at any time, or even outside of events. We will also chat there during our horror movie watch-alongs (as mentioned above). We will not be doing live chats, just typing in the text channels. I will create a FrightFall channel as well. Here's the invite link: https://discord.gg/84NBfXUpyB

Win a $15 donation to a social justice charity of your choice!

I will make a $15 donation to the winner's choice of a social justice organization, such as the ACLU, Boys and Girls Club, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Amnesty International, It Gets Better, The Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood, or another social justice organization of your choice (food banks, homeless shelters, animal rights/rescue/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.

Charity giveaway (Google form): https://forms.gle/iUzKME1o38aM2UoWA

(I will draw the winner at the end of the first week)

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

FrightFall Readathon - Sign up!


It's that time of year again! I can hardly believe a year has passed. Last year, I had just moved into my new house here in Michigan and was still unpacking and shelving books when I posted the sign up. We're all settled now and I have more time to read (except for the Halloween decorating which will be commencing next week). 🎃 I hope you guys are ready for some scary reading!

We start at 12:00 am eastern time on October 1st and end at 11:59 pm eastern time on October 31st. (There is a handy link to a time zone converter in the sidebar menu.) I hope you're ready to get your scary on! 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 sign up and wrap up, especially in regards to the giveaway.

The one main "rule" of FrightFall is that you must read at least ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart). I hope you will indulge the scary beyond the one book, but that is entirely up to you. It is all about the reading after all.

Reminder: I have eliminated the 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. 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).

Our social media hashtag is #FrightFall We have our outstanding Facebook group and we now have a Facebook Page, and don't forget our Goodreads group and our Instagram. (There are also access tabs in the sidebar menu.)

Three orders of business...
  • I am 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 via the contact form in the menu. If you know of an author who might be interested, pass along a message. Thanks!
  • Every readathon, I offer a charity donation prize (to a social justice charity) to one winner. This prize is awarded at the beginning of the readathon. Details on how it works are on the guidelines page. I will also be offering another small prize, and this time I have two horror novels to give away (U.S. only winners on those). I will post the prize page during the first week of the event.
  • I have created a Discord server for Seasons of Reading...sort of an experiment away from Slack, which I feel is too business-y for our purposes. You can pop in and chat during our events at any time, or even outside of events. We will also chat there during our horror movie watch-alongs (more on that below). We will not be doing live chats, just typing in the text channels. I will create a FrightFall channel as well. Here's the invite link: https://discord.gg/e6uAmXtGqA  

For the past three years, FrightFall has officially been a part of Something Wicked Fall, which runs September/October over at my horror blog, Castle Macabre. It's our fourth year!!! We are doing a read-along of The Blood Countess by Andrei Codrescu through the end of October. We started September 1st so there's still time to join in. I posted the first discussion on Monday here.
We are also going to be having a couple of horror movie watch-alongs. Our first one will be Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) on September 24 or 25 (Friday or Saturday) around 9:00 pm eastern time. It's available on Hulu, if you're a subscriber, or on Pluto TV, which is a free streaming service. Be sure to leave a comment, either here, or over at Castle Macabre on what night would be better for you. 

Get all the details for what's going on during Something Wicked Fall here.

Any questions at all? Leave me a comment, or send me a message via the contact me link in the sidebar menu. 

FrightFall sign-up linky...

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