Thankfully Reading Weekend: Wrap Up Post

Hi everyone! Here’s the place to link up your wrap-up post from Thankfully Reading Weekend. Whether you’ve linked up 10 posts or none to Friday’s Mr. Linky, here’s where you can tell everyone how the weekend went.

Again, this is your weekend that you enjoyed your way. You can include whatever you want in your wrap-up post. If you need some prompts, here are a few questions:

  • Did you read as much as you hoped?
  • How many books did you finish and what were the titles?
  • For how many hours did you manage to escape into your books?
  • Did anyone else in your family take time to read?
  • What was the winner for the weekend?

We hope you enjoyed the relaxing, reading weekend. We were definitely grateful for our weekend of reading fun.  This is an activity that we hope to continue year after year!

I personally wanted to thank Candace from Beth Fish Reads, my twitter partner-in-crime.  Candace also stepped in when my crazy schedule took over, commenting on every Thankfully Reading post & link.Thank you Jen from Devourer of books for her mini-challenge & for tweeting about Thankfully Reading Weekend!

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Thankfully Reading Weekend: Day Three

You’ve made it! It’s day three of the Thankfully Reading Weekend!  I hope you’ve enjoyed the event!

Before we get on to today’s mini-challenge, don’t forget to visit the other two challenges that took place this weekend. There’s still time to take part in them:

Mini Challenge #1: What book are you most thankful for?

Mini Challenge #2: Photograph Your TBR!

Today’s Mini-Challenge is hosted by Jen from Devourer of Books:

So what I want to know, is what reading community are you thankful for, and why? Are you thankful for book bloggers? The book community on Twitter? Your spouse or family that lets you ramble on and on about what you’re reading and doesn’t complain (at least not too much) about the myriad of books flowing into the house?

So be sure to stop by Jen’s blog today to complete this mini-challenge.

Later today I’ll be posting the wrap-up post.  Feel free to continue reading as long as you like; there is no “end time” to this event.

Have fun & I hope you have another wonderful reading day!

Thankfully Reading Weekend Mini-Challege #2: Photograph Your TBR Shelves

Today, Candace from Beth Fish Reads hosts the second challenge of Thankfully Reading Weekend:

Today’s mini-challenge is to share a photograph of your TBR pile or at least one bookshelf. I know some of you already posted some photos of the books you hope to read this weekend, but I’d like to see more books. You can show older books, your kids’ books, or new books. You can show a boring old bookcase (like I did) or you can photograph something fun. If you want, feel free to vlog. Either way, Show Me the Books!

I attempted to do a vlog of my bookshelves.  Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you are!) my husband is currently watching college football. He was doing a bit of yelling in the background, not using the most appropriate of words!  So instead, I share with you photographs of the majority of my bookshelves!

The first is my horror bookshelf.  My husband isn’t very happy that it’s set up in our living room, but now at least it’s behind the chaise part of our couch and not as obvious as it used to be!

The next is my mix-mash shelf, also in our living room.  It started off as a bookshelf to hold my leather-bound classics & some of my favorite books as a child (including the Little House on the Prairie series!).  Then I added my YA books and my “vampire books” (Anne Rice, Sookie Stackhouse, Vampire Diaries” were also added.  So, it doesn’t make much sense anymore.

Finally, we have the largest shelf I own, one we purchased from Ikea over the summer.  Another mix-mash of books. The top two rows of shelves have some of my favorite crime fiction, fiction, & YA books.  The bottom two contain ARCs and other upcoming books on my TBR shelves.

Oh, I’d be remiss not to add a picture of Jack, one of my reading buddies.  Now that I have a chaise to sit in while reading, he lays at the bottom of my feet and sleeps while I read.

So there you have it! Not nearly as exciting as a vlog but fun nonetheless!

Thankfully Reading Weekend: Day Two!

Day two of Thankfully Reading Weekend is here! How did everyone fare yesterday?  I admit; I didn’t get nearly as much reading done as I would have liked.  My boys were home with me while my husband worked.  Eventually, we had to brave the crowds just so I could get them out of the house!

Today presents the same problem.  We’re off to get our Christmas pictures taken.  I’ll have my book in tow, but I really don’t feel like dealing with the mall crowd today!

Check back later today for more information on today’s mini-challenge.  Keep reading, keep relaxing.  Hopefully I’ll be joining you this afternoon!

Edited: Day Two’s Mini-Challenge is now up at Beth Fish Reads. All you have to do is post a picture of your TBR or of one of your bookshelves. Easy peasy!

Thankfully Reading Mini-Challenge #1: What Book Are You Most Thankful For?

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for the things we have. So, for the first Thankfully Reading Weekend, write a post about the book you are most thankful for.  This could be a book released this year or twenty years ago.  Your post should include why you are thankful for that book.

One random participant will win a book of their choice (up to $20).  The only rule: you must be signed up to participate in Thankfully Reading Weekend in order to participate!

Link your post below. Winner will be announced on Sunday, November 28th.

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Thankfully Reading Weekend 2010: The Kickoff!

It’s time!!  Rather than facing the crowds & going shopping on this Black Friday, what are we doing? READING!!

This is the official kick off post for Thankfully Reading 2010.  Feel free to link up your kick-off post to the Mr. Linky below, as well as any update posts you have.

If you don’t know what to post, here are some ideas. But remember there are no rules; you do not need to post during the weekend!

  • 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 did you discuss at Thanksgiving? Did you get any recommendations you can share?
  • If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t worry, this is a weekend for everyone throughout the world.

Pictures are a great thing to add to your kick-off posts!  Here are a few pictures of my Thankfully Reading Weekend Plans:

My reading spot

The stack of books I plan to read

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 Mr. Linky 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.

Check back later today for information about the mini-challenges taking place over the course of the weekend!

With that said, let’s get reading!!

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Thankfully Reading, the 2010 Edition!

Last Thanksgiving, Candace from Beth Fish Reads, Jen from Devourer of Books & I unveiled Thankfully Reading, an excuse to do an obscene amount of reading over the long Thanksgiving weekend.  I’m excited to announce that we’ll be doing the event again this year!

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 2010. 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 sign on to Mr. Linky. If you don’t have a blog, use the comments!

During the weekend, come back and link any Thankfully Reading Weekend posts to the Mr. Linky we’ll put up here on Friday, November 26. Feel free to link as many posts as you’d like. On Sunday will put up another Mr. Linky for your wrap-up post.

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!

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, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jennsbookshelfATgmailDOTcom.

*Edit: Each participant of Thankfully Reading Weekend will receive a copy of Shelf Unbound, a new digital monthly magazine featuring the best of small press, university press, and self-published books!

So, if you are interested in participating, please sign up with the Mr. Linky below!