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'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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  1. The holidays will be busy, but it is always good to take a bit of self time to read a book and unwind at the end of the day. Thank you for hosting this Michelle. Six weeks are going to fly by!

  2. I am in for Christmas Tree level with Fa la la la la.

  3. Going for minimum of Mistletoe.

  4. The challenges sound fun! Thanks Michelle!

  5. Awesome - I will definitely be joining.

    I challenge myself to the Mistletoe Level + just reading as much as I can manage

  6. Candy Cane Level for me but will probably do more

  7. Challenged myself to Mistletoe Level

  8. Just found out about this challenge/readathon and excited to participate! This is a dumb question but are some audiobooks allowed? Also, any recs for Christmas-related books? Can they just be tangentially related to Christmas? Lol sorry I think I’m taking this too seriously! 😂

    1. Yes, audio books are allowed. And yes, tangentially related to Christmas is also fine. Check out the "Challenge Reviews 2020" and "Challenge Reviews - Past Years" on the Christmas blog for recs. (In the menu at the top of the blog)

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