#ThanksgivingReadathon Sign-Up And Winter Reading #Giveaway Launch!

Thanksgiving Readathon On Novels And Nonfiction

We’ve finally made it to Thanksgiving week, and hopefully in a couple more days we’ll all be relaxing for some well-deserved vacation, indulging in delicious food and taking advantage of some of those great Black Friday deals.

If you’re a book blogger like me looking to get caught up on your reading goals for the year, this is your chance. On Wednesday, the Thanksgiving Readathon I’m hosting with Jackie from Death At Tsundoku officially starts!

Below are rules on how to participate, as well as a link to enter in our amazing Winter Reading Giveway to win a bunch of goodies that will set you up for some cozy winter reading. I’ve also included my personal plans for the readathon, so you can see what I’m hoping to read. I’ll be keeping track of everyone who joins either through their blog or on social media and can’t wait to see all of your progress. Let the reading begin!

Participate In The ReadathonDates: Wednesday, November 22nd – Sunday, November 26th 2017

To take part in the Readathon:

  • Read as many books as you can in those 5 days.
  • Use the hashtag #ThanksgivingReadathon to share your participation and progress on Twitter and other social media sites.
  • Publish a Sign-Up Post between Monday, November 20th and Wednesday, November 22nd with your readathon TBR and goals. Bonus: Share your families holiday traditions if you’d like.
  • Publish a Wrap-Up Post on Monday, November 27th sharing your readathon victories. Bonus: Share what you are thankful for this year.

If you create a Sign-Up post, make sure to include a link to it in the comments below or on Jackie’s Sign-Up post to share your participation with us!

Enter Our Winter Reading Giveaway

Winter Reading Giveaway On Novels And Nonfiction

The giveaway is officially OPEN as of today and will run through Tuesday November 28th at midnight. There are multiple ways to enter, so make sure you take advantage of them. You get two extra entries for putting together a Sign-Up and Wrap-Up post for the Thanksgiving Readathon!

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We’ve decided to limit the giveaway to U.S. and Canada only and the winner will receive the following six items:

  • a hardcover copy of November 2017 release The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
  • a cable-knit throw from Elle Decor with a fleece lining
  • fuzzy knit sparkly green socks
  • a snowflake patterned mug
  • a peppermint snow scented candle
  • Winter Wake Up tea from Trader Joe’s

My TBR For The ReadathonI’m doing pretty well on my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 – I’ve read 100 of the 120 books I set out to read and am halfway done with 2 more. Having said that, I’d have to read more than my usual average of 10 books per month in December to finish on schedule, so this Thanksgiving Readathon is coming at the exact right time to save the day.

I have two primary categories of books I’d like to tackle during the readathon – the titles from my November 2017 Book Of The Month delivery and a several ARCs I received through Net Galley that I’d like to review asap.

I’ve listed them below in the likely order in which I’ll set out to read them, but as there are 7 books in the list and 5 days in the readathon, I’m not planning on getting to all of them. That would be pretty impressive but also unrealistic. I just wanted to give myself enough options that I can have some choice as to what I want to read next.

The Heart's Invisible Furies Book Image On Novels And Nonfiction

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (BOTM)

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Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser (ARC)

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Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (BOTM)

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After The Eclipse by Sarah Perry (BOTM)

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In The Midst Of Winter by Isabel Allende (ARC)

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Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn (ARC)

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Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

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My Family's Holiday Traditions

So obviously I’m from Italy, and therefore I don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving (aside from the controversy in general about the meaning of the holiday). I still get the vacation days though, which is pretty nice. Typically I’ll have Thanksgiving dinner with my best friend’s family, who live out here in Los Angeles.

The holiday that I’m really used to celebrating with family is Christmas. I fly home to Milan twice a year – once in the summer, and once for Christmas and New Years. This year is no different, and I can’t wait to be home with my family for a full two-week stretch, eating tons of Italian food as usual and taking it easy in my hometown.

Growing up, Christmas was definitely something we decorated for extensively at home. We traditionally waited until the day dedicated to Saint Ambrose (Sant’Ambrogio) – December 7th – to put up the tree. It was always a production, with American Christmas carols on the stereo and the usual untangling of meters and meters of lights.

And of course, this being Italy, there is also always tons of food for Christmas. For Christmas Eve we’d typically have a buffet with family that involved lots of fish (lobster, shrimp, smoked salmon), lots of cold cuts (prosciutto cotto and crudo, coppa, salame and lardo), delicacies like escargot and paté, and much more. Nowadays we have a similar menu but not quite as much fanfare since not everyone is usually available to attend.

On Christmas Day it’s usually time for pasta al forno made following my grandma’s recipe, with tiny meatballs that are breaded and deep fried. Let me tell you, it’s quite the treat. And for New Year’s it’s tradition in Italy to eat lentils with polenta. I have to say my mom makes the best lentil soup with sausage in it – I look forward to it every year.

Milan just has a better Christmas vibe overall than Los Angeles. It’s hard to pull off that holiday feeling when it’s supposed to be over 80 degrees for Thanksgiving, and probably still well above 60 by late December. I need that bite in the air that requires scarves and gloves to get into the spirit. Can’t wait to fly back in a month!

LineMake sure to enter our Winter Reading Giveway and to link to your Thanksgiving Readathon post in the comments! Is there a particular book on my TBR list you really recommend I get to?

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  53 comments for “#ThanksgivingReadathon Sign-Up And Winter Reading #Giveaway Launch!

  1. November 20, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Wow, your list is quite impressive! I hope you adore The Heart’s Invisible Furies like I did! My sign-up/announcement post is here: https://www.hungry-bookworm.com/2017/11/20/thanksgiving-readathon-2017/

    I’m hoping to tackle most of this 5… Hopefully all my family obligations don’t get too much in the way 😛

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  2. November 20, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    This sounds like so much fun! I’m definitely going to be participating in this readathon! I’ll be posting my TBR soon!! I loved reading about your Christmas traditions, too. Christmas and Thanksgiving are my favorite holidays, and it’s just my overall favorite time of year, too. 🙂

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  3. November 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I’m so ready for this readathon! Here’s my sign-up post and TBR: https://dwellinpossibilityblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/thanksgiving-readathon-sign-up-and-tbr/#more-17123

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  4. November 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve been wanting to participate in a Readathon, but I was having trouble finding any for this month. Can’t wait to join in! And I hope you like After the Eclipse as much as I did. Such a great book!!

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  5. November 21, 2017 at 2:47 am
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  7. Molly
    November 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Your list looks amazing!!

    My sign up post is here: https://mollysmadnessblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/21/thanksgiving-readathon/

    I really hope I can get through four, so I can stop worrying about my Goodreads challenge, but I think I got too excited and picked too many books. #bookwormproblems, right? Good luck and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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    • November 21, 2017 at 9:09 pm

      I know! I think my list is unrealistic as well but hey shoot for the stars and you might end up on the moon 😉


  8. November 21, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you for co-hosting this readathon! http://www.helensbookblog.com/2017/11/thanksgiving-readathon.html


    • November 21, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Yay Helen! So cool to see you participating. I’m off to check out your post 🙂


  9. November 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Sing, Unburied, Sing is so good! I hope you enjoy it (though I’m not sure enjoy is the right word…). I also have The Heart’s Invisible Furies from my BOTM box–someday I’ll get to it!! Thanks so much for hosting the readathon! I posted my sign up post here –> https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/2017/11/21/thanksgivingreadathon-sign-up-post/.

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    • November 22, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Awesome Sarah! I’ll go take a look at your Sign-Up post right now. I’ve heard mostly good things about Sing, Unburied, Sing with a few exceptions. I hope I’m part of the group that loved it!

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      • November 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm

        It’s not my usual style for a novel, but I
        did appreciate the experience of reading it. I’ll probably try out some of Ward’s other books as well.

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  10. November 22, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I love your TBR, Ottavia. This is a great collection of books. Plus, it gives you a lot of flexibility to mood read. VERY important for a readathon!

    I love hearing about your holiday traditions. I’m with you about the controversy around Thanksgiving– but for me and my family, it’s about appreciating the now. Being thankful for what we have doesn’t happen often enough. I’m glad you get to go to someone’s home for Thanksgiving Dinner, though! Any favorite Thanksgiving foods?

    Christmas in Milan sounds *lovely*! I assume the temperate climate means no snow? Either way, I would totally crash your Christmas dinner. DELICIOUS!

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    • November 22, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Hmmm I love baked ham actually and sometimes my best friend’s mom makes it for Thanksgiving. I love making sandwiches out of it afterwards with the leftovers. Yum! Also, mashed potatoes. Of course.

      It sometimes snows in Milan, maybe once or twice each winter. It almost never sticks around for more than a few days though. Just enough to create a bit of an atmosphere 🙂

      I found out today actually that I won tickets to an event next week in LA featuring Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon, so I may need to slightly rework my TBR to include Swing Time and Moonglow (which were magically available to borrow from the library) so that I’m prepped! I’m also going to an event featuring Isabel Allende next week, so it’ll be bookish FOR SURE!

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      • November 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm

        Leftovers from Thanksgiving are amazing. My family makes an extra turkey for the day after Thanksgiving because we always have leftovers of everything EXCEPT turkey. I love leftovers. We make some amazing leftover sandwiches with stuffing and turkey and cranberry sauce…

        I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU! Two amazing bookish events in such a short period of time. That’s amazing. I can’t wait to hear all about them. I expect details! And it doesn’t matter if you change your TBR. Just keep reading. 😉

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      • November 25, 2017 at 2:12 am

        I just realized I started off the readathon with the two 600 page books on my list… Hopefully I can get to a third one before the readathon is over 🙂 lol No one ever eats the turkey at the Thanksgiving I go to but they typically cater it and also have delicious korean barbecue meat and ham… so I think it makes sense it gets left behind. I had leftovers today at the beach and they were delicious!

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      • December 1, 2017 at 12:02 am

        XD I made certain I didn’t pick any gigantic books for my readathon TBR. But, that said, I’ve been avoiding most books over 500 pages this year. I don’t know why. They seem like too much work? I’ve definitely overcomitted to my reading for 2017. I’ll slow my roll next year, IHope.

        You have a catered Thanksgiving! That’s fascinating and brilliant. So much less work. I think it’s hilarious that people don’t eat the turkey… I love turkey! But when other meats are there and more delicious, well, who can blame them? My mother make an amazing turkey. It’s never too dry.

        I hope reading at the beach was as wonderful as always! It’s been so warm lately, it’s hard to imagine it wasn’t lovely.

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      • December 3, 2017 at 11:14 pm

        The problem with most turkey is the dryness, so if your mom’s is juicy that solves it 🙂 The catered one was super dry to be honest lol.

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  11. November 22, 2017 at 3:59 am

    I’m excited to get some good reading in this holiday break! And I’m looking forward to using the hashtag to chat with everyone else about what they’re reading too 🙂

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  12. November 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Can’t wait to get started!! Here’s the link to my sign-up post: https://pathologicallyliterate.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/thanksgiving-readathon-2017/

    Happy Reading, y’all!!


  13. November 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Actually, that was wrong. Whoops!! It’s this: https://pathologicallyliterate.com/2017/11/22/thanksgiving-readathon-2017/

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    • November 22, 2017 at 10:47 pm

      Both links worked! 🙂 I’m off to read your posts. Excited to have you join us!


  14. elizabethtidwell
    November 22, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Wish I had written this yesterday so I could already be reading…:)


    Liked by 1 person

    • November 23, 2017 at 4:41 am

      You still have plenty of time Elizabeth! Between working half day today and getting groceries and tidying done, I only read 200 pages myself today 🙂

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  15. Amani Sch
    November 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for the motivation to dig into my pile.

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  16. November 22, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    I finally posted my TBR for the readathon! https://thecalicobooks.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/thanksgivingreadathon-tbr/

    This is going to be so fun! 🙂


  17. November 23, 2017 at 12:55 am

    I’ll be participating on IG! @sarahbussing My current reads are Red Clocks ARC and All the Ugly and Wonderful Things on audio.

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    • November 23, 2017 at 4:35 am

      Awesome Sarah! I’ll make sure to follow along on Instagram! Good luck with the reading 🙂


  18. Marjorie Roy
    November 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I have read The Marriage Lie, I loved it. I have been in a reading slump lately and daily living has gotten into my stressed . I totally enjoy Diane Chamberlain books.

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  19. November 27, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I’m finishing books way too slowly…just finished High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel. To unwind I’m browsing the 2006 DVD and Video Guide (supposedly everything that was available on video a decade ago!) – which I found at the recycling center!

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    • November 28, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Oh super interesting! Sometimes we’re just slower in our reading than others – you just have to lean into it and not fight it 🙂


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