Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Readathon: Mini-Challenge + Giveaway

I'm absurdly excited today to be participating in the Holiday Readathon hosted by the fabulous Liza at WhoRuBlog, an event that will run the entire weekend with all sorts of fun challenges, giveaways–and of course reading–and then culminating in a Twitter party on Sunday evening. You can find all the details (and sign up if you want!) about the readathon as well as the full list of blogs and authors hosting mini-challenges and giveaways on Liza's blog, so be sure and pop over to take a look.

In my nearly four years of blogging this is only the second readathon I've participated in. Why, you ask? Because I get all psyched up for them, pick out the books I want to read, make a schedule to keep myself on track and then utterly fail as soon as the clock starts ticking. I don't know what happens my friends. It's just as soon as I feel that slight bit of added pressure to meet the readathon challenge (despite the fact that it's self-imposed), my attention span and my dedication run away screaming and completely abandon me, and everything just goes downhill from there. *pats self on back for being so magnificently disciplined* This is a very low-key readathon however, so I'm just going to set reasonable expectations for myself and see what happens!

Here are the books I'm hoping to get both read and reviewed this weekend:

Darkest Fear by Cate Tiernan
Jet by Jay Crownover
Rome by Jay Crownover

UPDATE: Finished Darkest Fear and review is written. I'm now 32% of the way through Rome. PROGRESS ;-)

UPDATE 2: I decided to take a little break from Rome and instead of reading Jet, I picked up Avalon by Mindee Arnett. I was in the mood for a little sci-fi :) I have now finished both Darkest Fear and Avalon and hope to make a little more progress on Rome tonight!

Okay. That's not the most ambitious stack, I know, but baby steps right? Right. In addition to participating in the readathon itself, I'm also hosting a mini-challenge. WOO HOO! It's no secret that I'm a big fan of romance in any book I read, and I think the holidays are the perfect time of year to really celebrate romance what with the chilly nights and the mistletoe and all that good stuff, so it's in that vein that I present to you my challenge (well, it's really just a fun prompt, but go with me on it):

List the top three fictional characters you wouldn't mind meeting under the mistletoe this year. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below to make sure you're entered to win!

One lucky winner will receive the book of their choice (up to $20) from either Amazon or The Book Depository, so this giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository delivers to your country. Good luck everyone and Happy Holidays!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Jace, Four, and Will from The Infernal Devices!

  2. Po for Graceling, Elend for Mistborn or Red for Sevenwaters

  3. Kai from Cinder, Trevor from Pivot Point and Adrian from Bloodlines.

    I didn't know about this readathon so thanks for the heads up! Thanks, Jenny!

  4. Adam from Shatter me, Noah from Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and Holder from Hopeless. :)

  5. Bones from the Night Huntress Series
    Vlad from the Night Prince series
    Spade from First Drop of Crimson...I have a thing for Jeaniene Frost books! :)

    Melissa C @ Must Read Faster

  6. Ian from The Host, Zach from the Gallagher Girls series and Kai from the Lunar Chronicles. :]

  7. Jared, Ian and Melany from the Host :)

  8. I'm exactly the same way when it comes to readathons. I really want to do the Dewey one but...I forget about it and usually wind up having to do something that weekend, which mucks up my whole schedule!

    There are way too many characters I want to meet under the mistletoe. Line forms to the left, gentlemen. One at a time. No pushing but there'd better be tongue!

  9. Okay this is a hard one. Arc from the Weird Girls.
    Echo or Torin from the Runes series and...gah, so hard! How about Rourke from the In Death series.

    Great giveaway Jenny! Good luck with all your reading goals!!

  10. Dawson from Stripped
    Jace from The Mortal Instrument
    St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss

  11. Ok, ok, ok. I know mine. I think.

    Christian Ozera
    Sam Henry
    Cricket Bell
    Why? Because!!!! :D --that's good enough reason to pick these three ;)
    **Honorable mentions--Perry, Roar, Jack Caputo, Adrian Ivashkov, Connor Cobalt :)

    I hope that you enjoy your readathon:) I wish I could do some reading, but I have been reading a chapter or two of Dare You To throughout the past week, because I'm just wayyyy over my head with my studies for the next two weeks. Anyhow, I haven't read Jet yet, but I will sometime. I got Rome and since he's my favorite from that series, I can't wait to read his book. I hope we both enjoy:) and thanks so much for your generous giveaway, my friend! Happy holidays, indeed!

  12. Aw I understand what you mean about abandoning readathons, I participate in so many of them but most happen to fall at a bad time for me especially around finals. I've also created a very small reading pile, I've been too ambitious in the past and I never complete my goals. I hope you make it through your reading pile and enjoy the readathon!

    As for my top three fictional characters, they are:
    1. Carswell Thorne of The Lunar Chronicles: newly introduced, secondary character but he's so funny and charming, I can't resist him.
    2. James Carstairs/Jem from The Infernal Devices: I just love this guy, he is so incredibly sweet.
    3. Levi from Fangirl: Again, charming, funny, sweet and a little bit dorky. :D

    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  13. Good luck with your read-a-thon Jenny, it looks like you have a fantastic stack of books to get through! And I can only list three fictional crushes :( I would choose Barrons, Rafa (from Shadows) and Raffe (from Angelfall) *sigh* thanks for the lovely giveaway Jenny! :)

  14. Ooh, good luck, Jenny! I've heard a lot about the titles you picked, so I'm curious to see what you make of them. Happy Reading! :)

  15. I have to say Christian Grey from Fifty shades of grey, Edward from Twilight saga and Todd Hewitt from Chaos Walking :P

  16. *squishes Jenny!* I just came back from my blogging break and dropped by to see what you've been up to :) I'm curious to see who you'd love to meet under the mistletoe. I'm sure you have a very long list so I'd be interested to find out which three you would narrow it down to.

  17. Taniel from Promise of Blood, Locke from The Lies of Locke Lamora, and Karl from My Enemy's Cradle

  18. Girl I'm cheering for you and I know you'll make it! I'm sure you'll rock this challenge ;)
    Thank you for the giveaway and my three boys (well I'd love to more than that, you know how obsessive we get about our book boys) are: Aiden St. Delphi (it's time for our wedding ceremony I'd say), William Herondale and Chaol Westfall :D

  19. I would love to meet Rule/Jet/Rome. That's one hell of a sexy manwich right there!!!

  20. Marcus Flutie, Mr .Knightley, and Dexter from This Lullaby. That was way easier than it should have been :)

  21. HA ha!! I am glad I am not the only one who fails at read a thons. With two kids life is always unpredictable and I jus tnever get what I want read. Hmmm to answer your question... easy since I just did my book boyfriends: Ryodan from Iced, Atticus from the Iron Druid Chronicles Reyes from Charley Davidson :) Happy weekend, Jenny. Good luck with your stack!

  22. Hm...Rand al Thor from The Wheel of time, Z from the BDB cos I need a bad boy and legolas cos it's xmas haha

  23. I sometimes fail at readathons but it's usually because they always seem to be on the weekend! I can't hardly read at all on the weekend since it's family time and I'm busy the entire time. They need more weekday ones! Good luck getting through your stack!

  24. So many...

    1 - Acheron (Dark-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon)
    2 - Dawson (Mercy Gunderson Mysteries by Lori Armstrong)
    3 - Qhuinn (Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward)

    And Clint Barton, because Hawkeye is just HOT!! (I mean in the comics XD)

  25. Are you guys serious? Only 3? :O *sigh*
    I'd love: Raphael from the Guild Hunter series, Kaleb from Psy-Changeling series, Lothaire from Immortals After Dark.

  26. Reyes from the Charley Davidson series
    Ian from the Nighthuntress series
    Lon from the Arcadia Bell series

    However, I maintain that I have a full harem and 3 won't do... must have them all under a huge bush of mistletoe! :D

  27. Only 3? It's suuuch a hard question. Well, those three would be, in no particular order:
    1. Four form the Divergent Trilogy
    2. Day from the Legend Trilogy
    3. Shane from the Morganville Vampire Series :)

  28. That's such a difficult question!
    I think I'd choose Patch (from Hush, Hush), Kaidan (from the Sweet Trilogy), and Tod (from the Soul Screamers series). Those are definitely a few of my favorite guys.

  29. Reyes from Charley Davidson series
    Randy Yates from Getting Rowdy
    Temple from No Good Duke Goes Unpunished.
    thanks Jenny!

  30. Ooh I like this challenge..l *stares off into space dreaming about meeting these men under the mistletoe*
    Lol ok I'm going to say
    -Aric from Endless Knight
    -Daemon from Obsidian (Lux series)
    - Ash from the Iron Fey series

    Thanks so much jenny! :)

  31. Dimitri Belikov
    Adrian Ivashkov

  32. Adrian Ivashkov, Ryan from Dare You To, and Daemon Black.

  33. I would love to meet either Josh Bennett from Sea of Tranquility or Levi from Fangirl.

  34. Oops, forgot a third. Hmm, Four from Divergent.

  35. Hmmm tough to pick just three!

    Harry Dresden,
    Draco Malfoy

  36. Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Kermit the frog (hey he has a book!) For some reason when asked thus question I can only come up with my childhood crushes!

  37. I fail at read-alongs/a-thons as well, Jenny! I don't join in them anymore because I hate to disappoint. Good luck with your endeavor! I enjoyed Jet but not quite as much as Rule. I just got Rome so I hope we both love it. Thank you for the giveaway, and have a lovely weekend. :)

  38. thanks for the fun giveaway! I'd have to say Roarke from the In Death series, Curran from the Kate Daniels series and Adam from the Mercy Thompson series :)

  39. Oh, forgot to give you my three fiction book boyfriends I'd love to meet under the mistletoe this year: !. Dominique Richard from The Chocolate Touch. 2. Sylvain Marquis from The Chocolate Thief 3. Ryodan!!

    I've been loving The Amour et Chocolat series and Dominique and Sylvain are guaranteed to melt your heart (and other things *wink*!)

    Do I even need to elaborate on Ryodan? I would like to go and stare more of the photo you sent me of your/our Ryodan! *runs off to saved email* ;)

  40. Jenny, three books in a weekend is great! I don't know how long these books are, but still, you never know what's going to come up.
    And you should set yourself up to succeed! Three boys hmm, Will from the Infernal Devices, Zachary Moore from Shade series, Ash/Patch (I know that lost one is two, but three out of all the books we've read?? And I didn't even say Bones or Reyes or Raphael or........ really there is no end to the list Oh the HEX BOYS)

    Good luck and happy reading!!

  41. I would love to meet Hawk from the Spencer series, Declan from Angela McCallister's vampire series, and one of the gook Ikati from J.T. Geissinger's series. I know I've probably forgotten someone, but I have delicious choices, so I'm still happy. Good luck with your Read-a-Thon. michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com

  42. Can I meet all my book boyfriends?
    ...No? Just three? Well then... I'm going with Dimitri from Vampire Academy, Ash from The Iron Fey and Tod from Soul Screamers! :)

  43. You would think that this is an easy question to answer, but it's actually quite difficult! I don't who to choose! I just want all of them. xD But I would have to go with Dean Holder, Will Herondale, and Kai Rowe.

  44. Christian Grey, Rule, and Ryan! :)

  45. sebastian st. vincent ( devil in the winter by lisa kleypas)
    four (divergent)
    finnick (catching fire)

    thxu :)

  46. Wrath BDB
    Spade Night Huntress series
    Mr. Darcy
    If I must choose

  47. Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice).
    Rhage (Black Dagger Brotherhood).
    Ian (The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie).

  48. Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series
    Damon from The Vampire Diaries series
    Wrath from the BDB series.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss, Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door, Emilio Vargas from Sarah Ockler's Book of Broken Hearts:)

    I'd love to have them all just show up and stay!! :)

    Thank you:)

  50. I am still waiting for Jacob from Twilight, but I would happily meet Peta from the Hunger Games or Kai from Cinder.

  51. Veronica Roth's Four, Katie McGarry's Noah or Jennifer E. Smith's Oliver <3

  52. Charles from The Forever Girl
    Austin and Lucas from A Tale of Two Centuries

  53. Jaime from Outlander
    Ron Weasley (as an adult) from Harry Potter series
    Liam (as an adult) from The Darkest Minds series

  54. So hard to choose!
    Alright. Wolf from Scarlet, Liam from the Darkest Minds, and . . Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

  55. 1. Finn from The World Without A Future
    2. Hans from Hans And Greta: A Zombie/Fairy Tale
    3. Ethan from The Iron Traitor

  56. Adrian Ivashkov, or Dimetri of VA & Bloodlines
    Wrath or Z, of the *BDB*
    Balthazar of the *Evernight* series Or,
    Patch of the *Hush Hush* series
    Wow! I would love to have any of these and even *Edward Cullen* <3 There is just too many fictional characters I would love to meet under the mistletoe! <3 Thanks for sharing this great giveaway! & Happy Reading! :)

  57. Tough choices! :
    Jem from The Clockwork Angel Books
    Tobias from The Divergent books
    Peeta from Hunger Games thanks for hosting!!!

  58. Zsadist, Rehv, Tohrment- BDB

  59. Clay, from Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.
    Jerricho Barrons, from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series.
    Erik, from Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series.

    Any or all would be good mistletoe companions! ;)

  60. Oh my...mine would be Mr. Darcy from "Pride and Prejudice", Mr. Rochester from "Jane Eyre" and we'll spice it up and say Christian Grey as the last one.

  61. I'm sure this list would change if you asked me tomorrow, but for now: Zade from You Are Mine, Wolf from Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles) and Lucas from Easy.

  62. I wouldn't mind meeting Gin Blanco's Owen Grayson, or Finnegan Lane, as well as Jeaniene Frost's Vlad Tepesh under the mistletoe.

  63. Zero from Marie Lu's series. The Darkling from Leigh Bardugo's series. Randolph from the Bloody Jack series (I love a good rogue...)

  64. Lucas from Easy, Four/Tobias, and Rule (Jay Crownever).

  65. 1. Austin (Secrets of my Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita)

    2. Dexter(This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen)

    3. Maxim (The Selection by Kiera Cass)

    Happy Holidays

  66. I would like to be the knight in shining armor for Christmas this year so I would like to deliver the kisses that give Ariel back her voice, wake aurora from her slumber and brings snow white back from death.

  67. That happens to me, too. I sigh-up for either a read-a-thon or reading challenge and then end up having almost no time to actually take part in it.

    Oh, this is hard because I tend to think of most characters more as siblings...siblings that sometimes need to be hit upside the head with some common sense.

    I guess Four, Jack (BRR), or Georyn.

  68. Well, I would love to kiss these:

    1. Warner from Shatter me
    2. Finnick from Hunger Games
    3. Adrian from Bloodlines

  69. 1. Isaiah from Crash Into You
    2. Jack from Racing Savannah
    3. Cam Hamilton from Wait For You!

  70. HI Jenny, Just checking in to say hello and thank you for participating! And most importantly, I hope you felt not an drop of pressure, otherwise this isn't a fun readathon. I absolutely love the challenge:
    My choices:
    Lucas from EASY
    Cam from TRUST IN YOU
    Adam from IF I STAY!

  71. So I was going to attempt to be unique here and I've thought of like 10, they've all been mentioned at least once so that is out the window lol.
    1- Daemon Black from Lux series
    2- Ethan from Chicagoland Vamps
    3- Tomás from Cassie Palmer


  72. 1. Tobias - Divergent trilogy
    2. Peeta - Hunger Games trilogy
    3. Christophe- Strange Angels series

  73. Betsy Kaplan here:
    Willem in Just One Day
    Tobias in Divergent
    Aiden in the Covenant Series (Half-Blood)

    1. Oh, my email is

  74. Adrian from Vampire Academy, Ethan from Chicagoland Vampires, and Jackson from Poison Princess.

  75. I know I"m late to this party, but wait! You switched from Rome to Jet? Did you feel like you needed to read them in order? I have Jet on my kindle and want to read it soon! But I also have lots of reading to do right now. I'm trying to focus on books released in 2013 that I missed, but I keep getting enticed by the upcoming releases! What's a girl to do ;).