The BLI Holiday Reading Challenge 2012 – Sign Up

Filed in featured , Giveaways , reading challenge , Romance and Me , The Latin Lover Posted on November 14, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 27 comments

Today we are interrupting our usual Romance & Me feature to make a festive announcement.

It’s time to bring out the Christmas decorations, eggnog recipes and your holiday reading, because

the BLI Holiday Reading Challenge starts today!!!

Ready, steady, go! πŸ˜€

You might remember the BLI Holiday Reading Challenge from last year, we read a lot of holiday set books, got in the festive mood and had tons of fun, so we thought why not do it this year as well, only amping the fun and prizes? πŸ˜‰

Truth be told as you may remember I’m a Christmas-aholic, so I’m counting back the days ’till the holidays from the moment January rolls around, so I was excited and impatient to finally start the challenge again! πŸ˜€

So please join me in Book Lovers Inc’s second annual Holiday Reading Challenge! *throws confetti*

Here are the main rules, but don’t hesitate to ask if anything’s unclear:

Challenge Rules:

1. The BLI Holiday Reading Challenge will start on November 14 and will end on December 31.

2. You can read as many holiday themed books for the challenge as you wish, pick your level:

Santa’s Helper: read 1-3 holiday themed books
Serial Mistletoe-er: read 4-6 holiday themed books
Candy Cane-aholic: read 7 or more holiday themed books – this is the level I’m aiming for! πŸ™‚

3. The books you read for this challenge must all be holiday related books. The holiday doesn’t matter, it can be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. and the story can have any connection to the holiday (for example set around Christmastime, or having Santa or an elf as a character, the cover being festive, featuring snowflakes, etc.).

4. The format, length or genre of the books do not matter, they can be ebooks, paperbacks, audiobooks, and short stories and novellas do count as well. It’s okay for the book to overlap with other challenges. The only thing is that they can’t be children’s books, but YA novels are good. Re-reads are also fine.

5. Start the challenge by signing up! Leave a link back to your challenge post in the linky below where you state your challenge level (and if you already know which books you’ll be reading a list as well).

If you don’t have a blog, no problem, you can still sign up with your name and e-mail address.

(There will be posts later where you can leave your links to your reviews and of course there will be a challenge wrap up post at the end).

6. And of course there will be prizes! There will be separate giveaways where you can win some holiday themed novels (the rules for those will be set out on the separate posts) and there will be the Grand Prize Giveaway: at the end of the challenge we will draw 3, yes THREE winners from all the review links. Meaning the more books you read, review and link up, the more chances you have at winning. πŸ™‚

1st winner: shopping spree of $15 USD 

2nd winner: shopping spree of $10 USD 

3rd winner: shopping spree of $10 USD 

of any holiday themed books at the Book Depository or the online ebook retailer of winner’s choice if they accept payment through Paypal.

And now that the rules are set, let’s start the challenge!

Here is our festive challenge button, feel free to display it on your blog or site, and we would be grateful if you spread the word, the more the merrier! πŸ™‚

The BLI Holiday Reading Challenge

If you’d like to join the fun of the Holiday Reading Challenge 2012, please sign up below using the Linky.

Leave the links to the books you have read for the challenge HERE.


Find some holiday read recommendations here:

2011 Reading Recommendations

Wishlist Holiday Edition #1

Wishlist Holiday Edition #2

Free Holiday Kindle Reads


About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • miki November 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    can you change ( moving up) our level during the challenge itself or our choice is definitive? do teh french review count too? ( just to be sure^^)

    • miki November 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      additionnal question is a book is an anthology can we make a review by story or it’s one for the whole book?

      • Stella November 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

        For anthologies you can make reviews by stories if you’d like, but those reviews need to be actual real reviews having more than 2 sentences πŸ˜‰

        • miki November 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm

          of course^^ i don’t like too short reviews anyway ^^ but it help me to count how many are possible

          • Stella November 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

            I don’t think it’s too difficult to read 3-5 holiday themed books in 1,5 months, usually people start out with a modest bet and they surpass their expectations πŸ˜‰ Good luck!

    • Stella November 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Yes, you can move up and down, start with a smaller level and upgrade if you read more, no pressure at all πŸ˜€

  • Tin November 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Sounds like a really fun challenge! I’m in. ^_^

    • Stella November 15, 2012 at 3:21 am

      Glad you joined the fun Tin! πŸ˜€

  • Jena November 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I’m in – already got my holiday romances waiting. πŸ˜‰

    • Stella November 15, 2012 at 3:21 am

      Yay! Aren’t those the best? πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to start reading them!!

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  • Darlene November 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting this challenge again!

    • Stella November 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks for participating Darlene, have fun! πŸ˜€

  • Mel S November 17, 2012 at 4:34 am

    I’m looking forward to this – looks like a clot of fun and to help me get into the Christmas mood! πŸ™‚

  • Jenn November 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Can’t wait! Thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚

  • Jackie November 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Thanks for reminding me and hosting this event again this year. There are many free christmas ebooks right now at Free Ebook Partay

  • Evy November 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Is it too late to join. I love Holiday books and already checked out a bunch of Holiday inspired books.. This seems like fun..

    • Stella November 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Of course it’s not too late Evy, the challenge is open ’till Dec 31, so enjoy those holiday books πŸ˜€

  • Trix December 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Aw, heck, I read/reviewed two Christmas books last week, before I knew about the challenge here. Sigh! Nevertheless, since I have a couple more on the docket, please count me in!

    • Stella December 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Trix, it’s no problem at all, just sign up for the challenge with a post or a goodreads shelf and then link your reviews in the other Linky πŸ˜€

    • Stella December 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Trix, could you please sign up with a link to your challenge post on your blog and not the link to your comment here? Thanks

      • Trix December 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

        I’m actually one of those blog-free folks who is posting reviews at a different site. Should I just put my name and address in the linky, but no URL?

        • Stella December 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

          Do you have a Goodreads profile? Or where do you post your reviews that you mentioned above? If you are on Goodreads/Shelfari please create a shelf for the challenge and link to that and we’ll be able to see your progress πŸ˜€

          • Trix December 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

            I’m not on GR…I’ve basically posted the other reviews on Reading Romances’ December page, and would probably continue to do so there (since I’ve done all the Christmas reading in December). Would it work on one of those posts? (Sorry to clog up everybody’s bandwidth, haven’t felt like a ‘net amateur in a while…)

          • Stella December 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

            Sure, that could work Trix but only if you can point exactly to where the review can be found (won’t have to go through 33 pages of comments, etc.)

  • Trix December 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Okay, revised signup is #16 on the linky, below my old one. Apologies, and many thanks for your patience! Should I go ahead and link to my December 4 reviews, or just start fresh from here?

    • Stella December 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Sure Trix, link to any holiday reviews you wrote after Nov 10 πŸ˜€

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