Holiday Read-A-Thon & Mini-Challenge

It’s here…the Holiday Read-a-Thon sponsored by Liza at WhoRUBlog. I have really been looking forward to this event. I need a reason to sit back and relax with a stack of books just before the madness of the holiday season fully hits. I am browsing through some holiday reading selections and planning my reading time. And what better reason than reading to help others? For this read-a-thon I am pledging to donate a book to the local children’s home for every book I read.  A book for a book. Four days of reading to make your own schedule and go at your own pace. There are mini-challenges and giveaways with lots of great literary prizes and a wonderful opportunity to make a positive difference in the world in any way that you choose.

Also join us for the Holiday Read-a-Thon Twitter Party:

Sunday, December 5th night at 9PM EST & “Tweet” about your Read-A-Thon experience (#readathon)

Holiday Read-A-Thon Mini-Challenge

One lucky participant will win their own copy of Stork from author Wendy DelSol.

Family secrets. Lost memories. And the arrival of an ancient magical ability that will reveal everything.
“Sixteen-year-old Katla LeBlanc has just moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, Katla soon finds out that she’s a Stork, a member of a mysterious order of women tasked with a very unique duty. But Katla’s biggest challenge may be finding her flock at a new school. Between being ignored by Wade, the arrogant jock she stupidly fooled around with, and constantly arguing with gorgeous farm boy and editor-in-chief Jack, Katla is relieved when her assignment as the school paper’s fashion columnist brings with it some much-needed friendship. But as Homecoming approaches, Katla uncovers a shocking secret about her past — a secret that binds her fate to Jack’s in a way neither could have ever anticipated. With a nod to Hans Christian Andersen and inspired by Norse lore, Wendy Delsol’s debut novel introduces a hip and witty heroine who finds herself tail-feathers deep in small-town life.”

I am hosting a mini-challenge here at Stiletto Storytime in cooperation with the amazing Wendy DelSol. That’s right! And there is a special  Stork twist for this challenge. DelSol’s book is deeply connected to fables and myths.

(I won’t elaborate any further for “spoiler” reasons.)

Your mission if you choose to accept it: Make a traditional fable, myth or cultural tale part of your read-a-thon reading. It doesn’t have to be long and you can even read it online if needed. It may be a story you think you already know but have never read, a holiday tale cherished since childhood or a fable that has always sparked your interest but never been sought out. Then comment below and let everyone know what you chose to read and why. It’s that simple. With any luck many of us will get some great new ideas on traditional fables and cultural myths we may have never otherwise been exposed to and be able to add to our reading totals for this read-a-thon.

Remember to leave your e-mail address along with your comment. Mini-Challenge ends at midnight on December 5th. Winner will be notified by e-mail and announced here on Stiletto Storytime. Your fabulous copy of Stork will arrive from none other than the generous author herself. Thanks again Wendy for being a part of the Holiday Read-a-Thon! US and Canada addresses only please.

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

My Holiday Read-A-Thon Progress

Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea? by Annie Barrows

The Transformation of Things by Jillian Cantor

Atlantis and Other Places by Harry Turtledove (in progress)

A Short Guide to Classical Mythology by G.M. Kirkwood (in progress)

Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King

Total Books Read : 3





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17 responses to “Holiday Read-A-Thon & Mini-Challenge

  1. Good luck! I hope you get a lot of reading done so you can give away lots of books. Nice of you to do this.

  2. I think what I read counts (if not, ignore my comment :] ). I read the original Beauty and the Beast. Growing up I always loved the Disney version but then found out that they changed a lot from the original. I found it on Amazon not to long ago for free for my Kindle and when I saw this challenge I figured it was the perfect time to read it. Though I will always love the dancing silverware and talking candlestick I like knowing the original story now too.
    Thanks for hosting this challenge 🙂


  3. stilettostorytime

    Jessica- That is perfect! Exactly the kind of thing I meant. We see so many of those tales being re-invented of late…I thought it would be fun for people to go back to the originals or discover a cultural tale…great pick! I am still debating what story I want to do..thinking something Native American. I have a lot of Cherokee blood and have never really explored their myths before. Thanks for entering and Happy Holiday Reading!

  4. Ashley @ Ashley's Bookshelf

    I with Jessica on this one. I love Beauty and the Beast and I would love to include the YA version called Beastly!

    Thanks for the challenge!
    ashleysbookshelf at gmail dot com

  5. Yesterday, as my first official act for the Holiday Read-a-Thon, I finished up ready my review copy of Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. I hadn’t realized before starting it (though really, the title, cover art, and back cover blurb really should have given it away!) that it’s a modern take on the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood. This was such a great book! I’ve already written a review on my blog, which can be found here.

    • stilettostorytime

      I really enjoyed “Sisters Red” as well….I also liked “Low Red Moon” which is kind of a take on Little Red Riding Hood as well. Those types of books along with Stork gave me the idea for this challenge!

  6. I chose to read the greek myth of Casseopia, it’s one of my favorite. I actually love mythology and old fables. I have already read Sister’s Red but I am looking forward to Sweetly.

    I chose to read this one because it has a great lesson overall, don’t be vain.

    Truth Be Told

    • stilettostorytime

      Casseopia…is in my anthology I am reading for this challenge. I am not familiar with her but now I am looking forward to it even more! Thanks for sharing. I myself love ancient Greek myths and literature. I may also delve into Antigone again if I have the time. Happy Reading!

  7. I’m going to be reading The Nutcracker this challenge! it’s my favorite part of Christmas, I love the music and usually buy at least one new nutcracker ornament a year!

    • stilettostorytime

      You know I have to admit…I was obsessed with the ballet as a child which led to wearing out a VHS of it and yearly trips to the ballet every Holiday season but I have never read it! I think that is true of so many stories like that….we “know” them but never have actually read them or read the original in some cases.

  8. I just finished reading The Fable of Stone Soup. I love the moral of how individually we may think that we don’t have what we need to survive, but collectively we have everything we need. We need to come together and share what we have instead of hoarding and being selfish. I don’t know exactly what made me choose this particular fable when I did, honestly it just came to me out of nowhere, but it was exactly what I needed to read.

    actinupwb at

    • stilettostorytime

      Stone Soup is one of my favorite tales. I used to tell it in storytelling for schools and in the library for older kids. I love the picture book versions out as well. Great choice!

  9. artieismymuse

    Ooh I love this. Beastly was a nice retelling, I enjoyed it. For the readathon I’m going to re-read a book called Briar Rose by Jane Yolen which incorporates the Sleeping Beauty story in with the Holocaust. I love it but haven’t read it in a few years.

    twancopper (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. I chose to read The Gift of the Magi. I picked it because it kind of reflects upon the season of giving, plus I haven’t read it in awhile. ^_^
    Not sure if this book fits the criteria, but it was nice to get to re-read it.

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  11. stilettostorytime

    Thanks to everyone for sharing their reading choices and participating in the Holiday Read-A-Thon! One lucky reader has won a copy of” Stork” from YA Author Wendy Delsol…Congrats Jessica A. from “The Firefly Book Loft”. Thanks to everyone who entered and participated in the mini-challenge!

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