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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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

High Summer Readathon - At an end


I hope everyone enjoyed High Summer and that you were able to get a lot of reading in. Thank you all so much for joining me for another readathon!

To wrap up, go to the link for the wrap-up form at the end of this post and fill it out, including a link to your wrap-up (whether it's a blog post, a Goodreads shelf, social media status...anything goes, as long as I can see you did indeed participate). You will also indicate if you want a chance at a prize by selecting yes or no in the form. Be sure to 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 Monday, September 6 at 11:59 pm EDT 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. The prize is listed here on the mid-event check-in page


September 1st kicks off Something Wicked Fall! If you haven't seen my post at Castle Macabre, in the Facebook group, or on Instagram (I still have to post in our Goodreads group), you can read all the details here. The highlights...a read-along of Andrei Condrescu's The Blood Countess, Gothic and horror reading, movie watch-alongs! Of course, all this will go along nicely with FrightFall coming up in October. I'll have sign-ups ready for that soon. In the meantime, check out the readathon button below (will add a grab code in the sidebar shortly).


That's it! Thanks again for joining in on another readathon! 

Wrap-up form:

(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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Monday, August 16, 2021

High Summer Readathon - Mid-Event Check-In


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 our Slack group. There's a High Summer channel (channels are in the left sidebar). Here's the invite link again (Slack is free...don't worry): https://join.slack.com/t/seasonsofreading/shared_invite/zt-ok63sxb8-FSjhen3BEWXBg8dynApS5Q

Congrats to the winner of the charity prize, Joshua. His chosen charity was the Rainforest Coalition.

Prize Two (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 at the end of the readathon (I will give everyone until Monday, September 6th at 11:59 pm EDT to complete their wrap-ups). We no longer use a linky for wrap-ups. The Google form on our wrap-up post is where you will enter your info, your wrap-up link, and answer yes/no on whether you want to win a prize or not. I will choose the winner of the above prize by random selection using random.org Winners will be chosen after the wrap-up post deadline (see above).

Enjoy the rest of the readathon and...

if you haven't already seen this on social media, here's a little tease of what's coming this fall. The Something Wicked Fall event does not require sign-up. A post with full details will be up on Castle Macabre before the end of the month. Sign-up for the FrightFall Readathon will go up in September. Excited?! I am!!!




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Sunday, August 1, 2021

High Summer Readathon - Late Start!


First of all, I'm SO sorry for not having this post up at midnight! I don't what I was thinking. I guess I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that July is over already. Plus, I've just had a lot going on in my life of late. Luckily, Joshua emailed me...checked my email while I was out seeing The Green Knight today (GREAT movie!)....otherwise I may never have posted it. Not really though. lol

Anyway, let's get this party started (I'm sure many of you already have) and again, I apologize for my lateness!

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 to interact with us in our groups on Facebook and Goodreads, Facebook Page, and we're on Instagram! If you have any questions about updates, etc., feel free to ask. I will be posting a mid-event check-in here, and I will do my best to interact across social media.

Check out our group on Slack. Slack is free so all you have to do is visit this link (https://join.slack.com/t/seasonsofreading/shared_invite/zt-ok63sxb8-FSjhen3BEWXBg8dynApS5Q), sign up, and you're in. Just be sure to join the High Summer channel. You can see it in the left sidebar in the Slack group. Stop by any time to chat during the entire month!

I did not receive any prize donations this time, but I will be offering a small book prize, in addition to the charity prize (details below). I will not do a prize page this time. I will list my book prize on the mid-event check-in page.

Going forward for every event - My charity donation prize will be awarded at the beginning of the readathon. How that will work is...anyone who signs up in the linky AND fills out the form (link to the form is below) will be entered in the draw for the charity prize. Prize details are....

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, 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.

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).

Unicorn Riot
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Campaign Zero
Movement for Black Lives
BYP100
TGI Justice Project
Audre Lorde Project
Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid Fund
National Bail Fund Network
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

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

Social media hashtag across all platforms - #HSreadathon (you can also use #Readathon).

If you have any questions about how things work, check out the guidelines tab in the menu or the sign up post, or you can always leave me a comment. This is the same linky used for sign-ups so 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, July 12, 2021

High Summer Readathon - Sign up now!


We're back! Cannot believe it has been two years since the last High Summer! Last year, I was moving house from Tennessee to Michigan (what a fun move...not!) so I had to make the difficult decision to cancel High Summer last year. Everyone was very understanding and I really appreciated it. 

Well, that's behind us now so we'll be getting the summer reading party started (or ending the summer with a bang?) in August. Woot!

Here's your official sign up! We start at 12:00 am on August 1 and end at 11:59 pm on August 31. 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).

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. Also, Dewey's 24 Hour Reverse Readathon is coming up August 6th at 8pm EST so that will be a fun addition to our month of reading bliss. They're having a pre-readathon challenge too. Full details at the link above.

Some details:
  • to check in on social media, our new hashtag is #HSreadathon
  • as usual, you do not have to have a blog to participate...feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Also, we have our Facebook group, our Facebook page, our Goodreads group, and we're on Instagram.
  • Check out our group on Slack. Slack is free so all you have to do is visit this link (https://join.slack.com/t/seasonsofreading/shared_invite/zt-ok63sxb8-FSjhen3BEWXBg8dynApS5Q), sign up, and you're in. Just be sure to join the High Summer channel. You can see it in the left sidebar in the Slack group. Stop by any time to chat during the entire month!
  • As always, please refer to the Guidelines page (link also in the sidebar menu) if you have any questions. For any newbies, there are specific guidelines we use for wrapping up and the giveaway. You can always contact me via the contact me tab if you have any questions.
  • Grab a button! You can get it from the sidebar using the handy grab code, or save the image to your computer to share.
  • I'm not sure I will be able to procure any prize donations this time, though I will try. If anyone would like to donate a prize, just let me know. Authors, this is a great way to promote your book(s).
  • Sign up in the linky below. You do not have to do a post now, unless you want to help spread the word
Going forward for every event - My charity donation prize will be awarded at the beginning of the readathon. How that will work is...anyone who signs up in the linky AND fills out the form (a link to the form will be posted on the starting line post at midnight on August 1st) will be entered in the draw for the charity prize. Prize details are....

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, 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.

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).


Unicorn Riot
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Campaign Zero
Movement for Black Lives
BYP100
TGI Justice Project
Audre Lorde Project
Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid Fund
National Bail Fund Network
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights


That's it! Any questions? Leave a comment, or contact me via the tab in the sidebar menu.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Sci-Fi Summer Readathon - Time to wrap-up


Wow! June went by so fast! How did your reading go? Unfortunately, I did not get to Dune, but I did read a scifi/fantasy called The Reincarnationist Papers and a Dystopian novel called Shelter of Leaves by Lenore H. Gay. Both very good.

Important wrap-up details...

Fill out the form by visiting the link to the Google form below and indicate if you want a chance at the 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 Monday, July 5th at 11:59 pm EDT to complete your wrap-up and fill out the form. I will email the winner 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 listed here on the mid-event check-in post)

Wrap-up form:

I will not be hosting Christmas in July at my Christmas blog this year so there won't be a Christmas in July readathon. I have decided to focus on starting my novel in July. Wish me luck!

Stay tuned for the High Summer Readathon in August. I'll post sign-up in the next couple of weeks.

(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, June 23, 2021

A quick update for the Seasons of Reading community

You may have heard that Feedburner's follow by email function is going to be discontinued next month. At first I was in panic mode, but soon found there were easy solutions to the problem. Thankfully! So, I decided to switch over to follow.it which is a free email subscription service. If you were already subscribed via Feedburner's service, you won't have to worry about missing any email updates from this blog. New visitors can now subscribe via email at any time so you won't miss any of my future posts. You can subscribe now by filling out the form below, or on the form in its regular home in the sidebar.
 
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