Christmas time is soon upon us Storytellers and I for one am super excited to finally be able to dive into hallmark movies, Christmas shopping and above all else–steamy reads. If you didn’t know already, Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year, and I go HARD for Christmas. Once Thanksgiving has had its moment and I am full of Turkey and my favorite Jamaican dishes, you can find me hanging up Christmas lights and snuggling up with a good romance every single night. So it is with sugar overloaded excitement that I’m stoked to announce to you the first ever, Mrs. Claus Readathon! Inspired by all things romance and Christmas, the Mrs. Claus Readathon is a week long romance binge with a holiday twist!
Santa isn’t the only one who likes to go on adventures and get away. December 15th – 22nd, you can waddle with me and Mrs. C as we dive into different romances that will be sure to knock some stockings off their hooks and have Santa saying Ho Ho Ho for an entirely different reason on his return (I swear I’m not this corny in real life…okay maybe I am 🙈).
Before we get into the readathon info, I’d like to give a huge grateful shout out to my lovely and amazing friend Ruby, who was my sound board, cheerleader and over all right hand gal during the whole planning process. She is a complete and utter gem, and my life would be dull without her. If you haven’t waddled to her site yet, stop what you are doing. Bookmark this for later and go check her out. Seriously, you will not regret a moment of it. ❤
A readathon isn’t a readathon without some challenges attached to it! There will be seven challenges for each day of the week, with one challenge being a freebie thrown in for whichever book you’d like to read!
Challenge #1: Light the Fire
This one is stoking the fire of your arch nemesis and watching them burn in flames as you sprinkle cinnamon on your freshly made hot cocoa. To complete this challenge, read an Enemies-to-Lovers romance set during the winter and/or Christmas time! The steamier the better!
➡Recommendations: Cold as Ice by Piper Rayne, The Christmas Fix by Lucy Score
Challenge #2: Faking the Mistletoe
Catching feelings to your not so real significant other this holiday season? Don’t worry! We’ve got a mistletoe for that! To complete this challenge–you guessed it! Read a fake relationship/dating romance! Super bonus if it’s set during Winter and/or Christmas!
➡Recommendations: The Deal by Elle Kennedy, Engaged to the EMT by Piper Rayne
Challenge #3: Stranded Together
Car broke down? Snow Storm? Cancelled flight?Amnesia?! Whatever the case may be, to complete this challenge read a romance where the main character are…well stranded.
Challenge #4: Hot Cocoa Romance
There is nothing better than a good build up of anticipation over the holiday season, new year, new gifts, new…love? To complete this challenge, read a slow burn romance! Mega bonus points if it’s set during the Christmas season.
➡Recommendations: From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Challenge #5: Coming Home
Who said only the good can get gifts this Christmas? We here at the readathon are firm believers in those second chances, so to complete this challenge read a second chance romance. BONUS: if set during the winter!
➡Recommendations: The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata, That Forever Girl by Meghan Quinn
Challenge #6: Extreme Gifting
Summer games are coming up, but let’s not forget the great winter sports! To Complete this challenge, read a sports romance that involves a winter sport (figure skating, ice hockey, skiing, sledding, snowboarding, etc.)!
➡Recommendations: Pucked by Helena Hunting, Pairing Off by Elizabeth Harmon
Challenge #7: Santa’s Gift
FREEBIE ALERT!!! This challenge is a gift from Mrs. Claus’ beau himself! Choose whichever book you would like to binge read this holiday season to complete this challenge!
Feel free to spread the word about the readathon using the hashtag, #MrsClausReadathon, below are some epic graphics you can use on your social media platforms and/or blog if you so choose! Can’t download it? Don’t worry, you can find all these graphics in this Google Drive folder!
Whether its rereads or new finds, I really hope you can join me in celebrating one of my favorite genres during my favorite time of the year! Check back here next week to see what I’ve got planned on my TBR! Until then…
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