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The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon: MVP Prizes

It’s time to award those read-a-thon participants who did an outstanding job in this read-a-thon game!  They aren’t selected based on how many books they read but their enthusiasm & energy!

Before I announce the winners, let’s go over the prizes!  Each of the winners will be able to pick one book from this list.  The books that have been crossed out have been spoken for:

I’ve tried to list an eclectic list of books based on the diverse group of participants!

And now the winners!  The MVPs for The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon 2013 are…

  • Erin-best cheerleading!
  • Melissa-Nerdball? Need I say more!?
  • Bryan-King of multi-tasking! He participated in the read-a-thon while visiting with family!
  • Teri-most active participant!
  • Melissa-for hiding in a tub of guacamole while reading (she said it!)
  • Anna-she reactivated her blog just to participate in this read-a-thon!
  • Randi-for tackling a pretty intense read!

Congratulations to all the winners! To claim a prize, please email me at jennsbookshelfATgmailDOTcom.  Please list at least a few of the books you’d like in the list in the event that your first choice is taken.

I’ll be contacting the winner of the mini-challenge later today!

Thanks again to all who participated!



The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon: Half-Time


Half-time has come & gone and so it is time to reminisce on what you’ve read so far today.  How has your reading gone so far?  What snacks have you partaken in? Are you catching any of the commercials? Any favorites?

I’ve finished one book (In Need of a Good Wife) & I’m on to my second (Circles of Time). It’s quite a chunkster so I doubt I’ll get through it today. I’m really enjoying the food, the virtual company of other participants, and the reading of course!

While there won’t be any official posts until the wrap-up tomorrow, keep us updated on your progress in the comments below or, if you are on Twitter, use the hashtag #superbowlreadathon!

Game on!

The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon: Mini-Challenge #1

For this challenge, take a look at the books you plan on reading today.  Which do you predict will come out as the winner and why?  Do a post to answer this question. No blog? Feel free to list your guesses in the comments below.  It will be interesting to come back at the end of the day & see if your predictions are correct!

Those who participate in this mini-challenge will be entered into a contest, sponsored by Anita from A Woman, a Wife, a Mom! The winner of this challenge will win a paperback copy of A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. Extra points (double entries!) if you vlog your post or do it in some other creative manner :)

Post your links to your mini-challenge posts below:



The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon: The Kick Off!


It’s finally here, the kick-off for The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon!  Although the official Superbowl kick-off isn’t for several hours yet, I wanted to give everyone the opportunity to start reading if they choose! There’s still time to sign-up if you haven’t already!

Please enter the link to your kick-off post below.  Discuss the books you are planning to read, the food you are planning to snack on, etc.  Since this is a completely laid back, relaxed read-a-thon, feel free to do it any way you chose! No blog, no worries! Just share your plans in the comments below.

For example, following is the stack of books I plan to get through today. I also have a bunch of ebooks on my tablet:

As far as food goes, I’ll start out with our traditional Sunday breakfast (cinnamon rolls) before moving on to the veggies & nuts I hope to snack on during the day. When game time rolls around, it’s on to the game food: wings, spinach dip, mini tacos, mac & cheese balls, & more. I’m certain we have far too much food!

Ok, back to the guidelines!

If you are following/participating on Twitter, the official hashtag is #superbowlreadathon!  Cheer on those who are reading, join in with your own reading plans!

Be sure to check back periodically throughout the day for fun updates & a mini-challenge! Special prizes will also awarded to participants who earn MVP status! Stay tuned for more information!



The Big Game’s On Readathon: Pre-Game

Before the big game begins tomorrow, I wanted to go over a few “rules”, which aren’t really rules per se but to go along with the whole football game theme I’ve got to stick to the terminology!

  • The read-a-thon officially runs all day tomorrow, February 3rd.  Sign up here!
  • You do not have to spend the entire day reading. Read an hour here or there, no pressure.
  • A kick-off post will go up tomorrow at 6 am.  Again, no pressure, just do your post whenever you feel like it.
  • A wrap-up post will go up first thing on Monday morning.
  • Mini-challenge posts will pop up periodically throughout the day.  Feel free to participate in as many as you like, but again, these are not mandatory.
  • Prizes will be awarded for participation in the mini-challenges.

Ok, I think that covers it!  Easy peasy, right? Check back tomorrow morning for the official kick-off post!

The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon, 2013 Edition!

It’s been a few years, but I thought it high-time to reincarnate the great Big Game’s On Read-a-thon!

Following is the original announcement from 2011:

It’s not rare for me to come up with excuses reasons to spend obscene  amounts of time reading.  With Superbowl Sunday just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to curl up with a good book, or two.  I’m not a huge fan of football, and while I love the commercials & the food, I’d rather be reading!

Then, while talking on Twitter, other book bloggers  indicated an interest in participating! A read-a-thon was born!  Thanks to Florinda, we now have a fantastic name:

The details:

  • No rules, no guidelines, just read
  • No start/end times, just read at your leisure.
  • Mini-challenges will be created to break up your reading time. Participating in these challenges is not mandatory, but you will be eligible for a number of great prizes!

To sign up, link up below. I will create a separate kick-off link-up on Superbowl Sunday for all participants as well! No blog? Feel free to sign up directly in the comments section.

Interested in hosting a mini-challenge or donating a prize? Email me at jennsbookshelfATgmailDOTcom.


The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon: MVP Prizes

It’s time to award those read-a-thon participants who did an outstanding job in this read-a-thon game!  They aren’t selected based on how many books they read but their enthusiasm & energy!

Before I announce the winners, let’s go over the prizes!  Each of the winners will be able to pick one book from this list.  Once items have been claimed they will be crossed out.

  • Reality Hunger: A Manifesto by David Shields (paperback)
  • Family Affair by Debbie Macomber (new hardback)
  • To Have and To Kill by Mary Jane Clark (new hardback)
  • The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo (paperback)
  • Vampire Federation: Uprising by Sean McCabe (paperback)
  • Paris Was Ours by Penelope Rowlands (paperback)
  • The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
  • A Lonely Death by Charles Dodd (ARC)

I’ve tried to list an eclectic list of books based on the diverse group of participants!

And now the winners!  The MVPs for The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon 2011 are…

  • Janet (RaeOhio)-while she didn’t necessarily get a lot of reading (of books) done, she was an awesome presence on Twitter!
  • Buffy from Situations Where You May Need It-Not only did she participate in the read-a-thon, but so did her daughter, Fiona!
  • Florida from The 3 R’s Blog- without Florinda this read-a-thon would not exist.  She came up with the name, encouraged me to organize it.  Thank you, Florinda!
  • Joanna from A Worn Path-reading about the food she ate during the read-a-thon made my mouth water! Cinnamon Sugared Bacon!Ranch Oyster Crackers! Food & books!? A match made in heaven!
  • Shelly from Write for a Reader-Shelly was a picture book reading machine!  I can’t wait to read her reviews!

Congratulations to all the winners! To claim a prize, please email me at jennsbookshelfATgmailDOTcom.  Please list at least a few of the books you’d like in the list in the event that your first choice is taken.

Thanks again to all who participated!

The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon: Post-Game

While the game is officially over, the reading doesn’t need to end!  But if you’ve decided to turn in (like me!) don’t forget to include a link to your wrap up post in the comments below.

Don’t forget to mention if the predictions you made earlier in the game came true!  Discuss your favorite parts of the read-a-thon, was it the food, the books, or the commercials?

I’ll announce the randomly-selected winners & the prizes they get to chose from tomorrow evening, once everyone has had a chance to post links to their final posts.

Thanks to all who participated!  This just goes to show you can turn any event into a bookish event :)

The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon: Half-Time

Half-time has come & gone and so it is time to reminisce on what you’ve read so far today.  How has your reading gone so far?  What snacks have you partaken in? Are you catching any of the commercials? Any favorites?

Since a few people were having problems with the Mr. Linky earlier, feel free to share your progress in the comments below or include a link to your post in the comments!

We just recently returned from picking my mom up from the train station. Poor mom, her train was two hours late.  After picking her up, getting home & making food, I’m just sitting down to read again.  I’m hoping to finish reading Little Princes here soon and move on to Three Seconds.

Food: we’ve munched on wings, potato skins, taquitos, spinach dip…and boy will I be feeling it in the morning!

The Big Game’s On Read-a-thon: Mini-Challenge #1

For this challenge, take a look at the books you plan on reading today.  Which do you predict will come out as the winner and why?  Do a post to answer this question.  It will be interesting to come back at the end of the day & see if your predictions are correct!

Those who participate in the mini-challenge will be entered into a contest, sponsored by moi!  I have an assortment of great books to pick from!  Extra points (double entries!) if you vlog your post or do it in some other creative manner :)

Post your links to your mini-challenge posts in the Mr.Linky below:

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