Category Archives: Thankfully Reading Weekend

2013 Thankfully Reading Weekend: The Wrap-Up

Ahhh…yet another Thankfully Reading Weekend comes to a close! While I didn’t get nearly as much reading accomplished as I planned, I did enjoy the time spent with my boys creating new  traditions and memories.

As you wrap up your Thankfully Reading Weekend, think about that book, be it one you read this weekend or one earlier in the year, for which you are most thankful.  If you are so inclined, write a post about why that book was so important to you.  Link it up in the comments below! I’d love to see the titles everyone has come up with.

Even if you were not able to participate in Thankfully Reading Weekend this year, feel free to share the title of the book that moved you the most this year. We can get quite the book list growing!

Thank you all once again for participating! Don’t forget to check out the challenges below, still open for entries!

Black Friday Mini-Challenge @ Jen’s Book Thoughts
Sneak-a-Read Challenge @ Literate Housewife

Also, a special thanks to Jen and Jennifer, my partners in crime! Thank you so much for your innovative and unique challenges!

2013 Thankfully Reading Weekend: Day 3

It’s day three of Thankfully Reading Weekend!  How did everyone do yesterday? We put up our tree yesterday so I didn’t get as much reading accomplished as I would love liked but I hope to make up for that today!

Today’s challenge is hosted by Jennifer over at Literate Housewife.  Her challenge: list three to five books that make perfect choices when you’re reading on the run. Head over to her blog and enter today.

Remember to visit Jen over at Jen’s Book Thoughts!  Her day two challenge is still going strong!

Also, today is Small Business Saturday! Take a break in your reading a visit/support a small business in your area today! I plan on visiting my favorite bookstore, One More Page Books!

I’ll post a final challenge and wrap-up post tomorrow!

If you are just starting your Thankfully Reading Weekend today, remember to include your link and any update posts in the the kick-off post!

Happy Reading!

2013 Thankfully Reading Weekend: Day 2

It’s day two of Thankfully Reading Weekend!  How did everyone do yesterday? Full stomachs, plenty of reading time…sounds like bliss to me! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a day of reading at home, avoiding the retail madness! We’re heading out later today for a Thanksgiving parade but other than that, I have no plans on leaving the house!

Today’s challenge is being hosted by Jen over at Jen’s Book Thoughts! It’s a good one, be sure to check it out!

If you are just starting your Thankfully Reading Weekend today, remember to include your link and any other posts in the the kick-off post!

Happy Reading!

2013 Thankfully Reading Weekend: The Kickoff

It’s time!!

This is the official kick off post for Thankfully Reading!  Instead of braving the crowds and shopping this weekend, we’re spending our time curled up with a book! Not starting your Thankfully Reading Weekend until tomorrow or Saturday? Don’t worry, link up your post whenever you are ready!

Feel free to link up your kick-off post below, as well as any update posts you have. Don’t have a blog? Not to worry; keep us updated on your progress via the comments. Haven’t signed up yet to participate? Not to worry! There is still plenty of time!

If you don’t know what to post, here are some ideas. But remember there are no rules; feel free to post as little/as much as you like!

  • How did you celebrate Thanksgiving?
  • What’s in your TBR pile for the weekend?
  • How much time do you think you’ll have for reading?
  • What book are you starting out with?
  • Are you reading print, ebooks, or audio? Maybe a bit each?
  • What books will you be sharing at Thanksgiving dinner? Be sure to keep track of any recommendations you receive and share when you have the time.If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t worry, this is a weekend for everyone throughout the world.
  • Pictures and/or vlogs are a great thing to add to your kick-off posts!

Throughout the weekend, feel free to post about your progress or even get some reviews up. Be sure to come back and link up your posts. Then take a break and check out everyone else’s posts. We’re looking forward to seeing how everyone else is celebrating Thankfully Reading Weekend.

Oh and don’t forget that some of your fellow readers will be on Twitter. You can search for Thankfully Reading Weekend tweets and hook up with others by using the hashtag #thankfulreading.

On Sunday afternoon, we’ll post another link-up for your wrap-up post. Tell us how your Thankfully Reading Weekend went. You could give mini-reviews of your books, tell us how many books and which books you read, number of pages, number of hours, and so on. This is a rule-free, contest-free event, so you can wrap up the weekend however you’d like.

With that said, let’s get reading!! Be sure to include your kick-off post (or comments about your plans!) below! Come back tomorrow to check out the great challenges (and prizes!) we have lined up!

Thankfully Reading Weekend 2013

Don’t shoot the messenger, but Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. I’m pleased to announce that I will once again be hosting Thankfully Reading Weekend! Want to avoid the crowds & shopping on Black Friday? Plan on spending a nice, quiet holiday at home? Join us!  Once again this year, Jennifer from Literate Housewife is joining me as my partner in crime.

Just what is this Thankfully Reading Weekend I speak of?  Here are the details:

There are no rules to the weekend, we’re simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for the year. We thought it’d be fun if we cheered each other on a bit. If you think you can join in, grab the button  and add your sign in post to the link-up below. If you don’t have a blog, you can sign up the comments or sign up using a link to your Twitter account or Faceboook page!

We’ll also be checking in on Twitter using hashtag #thankfulreading. Join in for the weekend or for only a single day. No rules, no pressure!

Additionally, we will be doing some fun Thankfully Reading mini-challenges over the weekend.  Be sure to check back Thanksgiving weekend for more details! If you are interested in hosting your own  Thankfully Reading mini-challenge or sponsoring a giveaway, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jennsbookshelfATgmailDOTcom.

 

Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012: The Wrap-Up

Ahhh…yet another Thankfully Reading Weekend comes to a close, I’m truly thankful for the bookish community, specifically my partner-in-crime, Jennifer from The Literate Housewife. This annual event couldn’t happen without you all!

So….I didn’t get a lot of reading done yesterday. We did a bit to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Then this happened as we were leaving my favorite indie bookstore, One More Page Books in Arlington, VA.

Yep, that’s him. President Obama. His daughters joined him for a bit of early Christmas shopping at One More Page books, minutes after we left. While we weren’t in the store for his visit, we did get a chance to shake his hand. My boys and husband were with me and we were all star struck. Needless to say, the rest of the day was lost. After posting pictures on Facebook and Twitter, friends & family from all over started calling, asking about our encounter.

That said, Sunday is traditionally my day of rest so I intend on getting a substantial amount of reading accomplished. I’ve focused a great deal on cozy mysteries I plan on spotlighting for the Cozy Mystery feature I’ll be hosting in early December. So many good cozies, so little time.

As you wrap up your own reading, I do encourage you to do a wrap-up post of sorts, summarizing the books you read, etc. If you do happen to do such a post, please link it up below or summarize in the comments.

Since we still have quite a stack of giveaway books available, I will be picking random people who have participated via Twitter, here on the blog (via comments & link-ups). The list of winning books are below. Once the book has been spoken for, I will strike it from the list.

Also, Jennifer & I will be contacting the challenge winners directly to claim their prizes.  We’ll wait until early in the week to do so in the event that any late-comers still want to enter. Just as a reminder, the challenges are:

Day One: What is Your Reading Recipe (win a hand-crocheted eReader cover!)
Day Two: What Book Are You Most Thankful For? (win copies of Brain on Fire,  Man in the Blue Moon and The Trial of Fallen Angels)
Day Three: Share Your Favorite Bookish Tradition/Memory  (win a $25 gift certificate to Novel Places Books)

So, enjoy the last several hours of Thankfully Reading Weekend. Thank you once again to all who participated!

 

Book Prizes:

  •  If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (ARC)
  • The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech (finished hardcover)
  • Do You See Me by Karen Rose (ARC)
  • Force Out by Tim Green (ARC)
  • Code: A Virals Novel by Kathy and Brendan Reichs (ARC)
  • A Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet (finished hardcover)
  • Resurrection Express by Stephen Romano (finished hardcover)
  • Riding the Bullet (original novella) by Stephen King. Includes screenplay written by Mick Garris. A must-have for any King fan! (finished hardcover)

Link up your wrap up posts here:


Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012: Day Three Challenge!

You’ve made it to day three! I truly hope you’ve enjoyed your experience thus far! Today’s challenge is about family memories, specifically those that relate to books. Thanksgiving is all about families and the bonds/traditions we form.  Do you have any special family memories/traditions involving books? It doesn’t necessarily have to revolve around the holidays.

I have oodles of bookish memories, mainly because my grandmother was a librarian. We would spend summers with my grandparents and I loved the time spent in that quiet, small town library. Now, I’m forging new traditions with my own children. We’re about to embark upon a read-along of The Hobbit to prepare for the movie release. While I’m hopeful my boys enjoy it as much as I did, I’ll be understanding if they don’t.

So..either in the comments below or a post on your blog, facebook page, etc, tell us about your favorite bookish memory/tradition. One winner will be selected and, in honor of Small Business Saturday, will win a $25 gift card to Novel Places Bookstore.  This giftcard can be used online (or buy calling the store directly) so don’t worry if you aren’t local to the bookstore.

Remember to take part in the other Thankfully Reading Weekend Challenges! These are open all weekend for those unable to participate earlier in the week:



Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012: Day 2 Challenge

It’s day two of Thankfully Reading Weekend!  How did everyone do yesterday? Full stomachs, plenty of reading time…sounds like bliss to me! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a day of reading at home, avoiding the retail madness!

For today’s challenge, I invite you to write about the book you are most thankful for this year. Is it a book written by one of your favorite authors or one you just happened to come upon? Tell us about it!  Include a link to your post below (or if you don’t have a blog, tell us about the book in the comments.

The winner of this challenge will win three books I’ve been most thankful for recently. They include:

Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris
Brain on Fire by Susanna Cahalan (galley)
The Trial of Fallen Angels by James Kimmel (galley)

Don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s Thankfully Reading Recipe Challenge! Enter to win a hand-crocheted eReader cover!


Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012: The Kickoff

It’s time!!

This is the official kick off post for Thankfully Reading 2012.  Feel free to link up your kick-off post below, as well as any update posts you have. Don’t have a blog? Not to worry; keep us updated on your progress via the comments. Haven’t signed up yet to participate? Not to worry! There is still plenty of time!

If you don’t know what to post, here are some ideas. But remember there are no rules; feel free to post as little/as much as you like!

  • How did you celebrate Thanksgiving?
  • What’s in your TBR pile for the weekend?
  • How much time do you think you’ll have for reading?
  • What book are you starting out with?
  • Are you reading print, ebooks, or audio? Maybe a bit each?
  • What books will you be sharing at Thanksgiving dinner? Be sure to keep track of any recommendations you receive and share when you have the time.If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t worry, this is a weekend for everyone throughout the world.
  • Pictures and/or vlogs are a great thing to add to your kick-off posts!

Throughout the weekend, feel free to post about your progress or even get some reviews up. Be sure to come back and link up your posts. Then take a break and check out everyone else’s posts. We’re looking forward to seeing how everyone else is celebrating Thankfully Reading Weekend.

Oh and don’t forget that some of your fellow readers will be on Twitter. You can search for Thankfully Reading Weekend tweets and hook up with others by using the hashtag #thankfulreading.

On Sunday afternoon, we’ll post another link-up for your wrap-up post. Tell us how your Thankfully Reading Weekend went. You could give mini-reviews of your books, tell us how many books and which books you read, number of pages, number of hours, and so on. This is a rule-free, contest-free event, so you can wrap up the weekend however you’d like.

On to the challenges!! Today’s (Thursday) challenge is hosted by Jennifer over at Literate Housewife:

WHAT IS YOUR PERFECT READING RECIPE?

What ingredients when combined together make for a perfect read for you? This could be any combination of time, place, book, or refreshments. Does this book and that meal make for sweet reader’s bliss? Or is it this room, that recliner with this type of book make you scheme for reading time to yourself?

To complete this challenge, visit Jennifer’s blog!

With that said, let’s get reading!! Be sure to include your kick-off post (or comments about your plans!) below!



Thankfully Reading Weekend 2012

Don’t shoot the messenger, but Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. I’m pleased to announce that I will once again be hosting Thankfullly Reading Weekend, November 22-25! Want to avoid the crowds & shopping on Black Friday? Plan on spending a nice, quiet holiday at home? Join us!  This year, Jennifer from Literate Housewife is joining me as my partner in crime.

Just what is this Thankfully Reading Weekend I speak of?  Here are the details:

There are no rules to the weekend, we’re simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for 2012. We thought it’d be fun if we cheered each other on a bit. If you think you can join in, grab the button  and add your sign in post to the link-up below. If you don’t have a blog, you can sign up the comments!

We’ll also be checking in on Twitter using hashtag #thankfulreading. Join in for the weekend or for only a single day. No rules, no pressure!

Once again this year, we will be doing some fun Thankfully Reading mini-challenges over the weekend.  Be sure to check back Thanksgiving weekend for more details!

If you are interested in hosting your own  Thankfully Reading mini-challenge or sponsoring a giveaway, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jennsbookshelfATgmailDOTcom.

Interested in participating? Sign up below.  More details to come.