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So last New Year’s Eve, Tasha, Becky, and I had an impromptu readathon and rang in the new year together. None of use had plans or really wanted any. It was odd weather here, and it was the perfect day to stay in, curl up with a good book (or four) and read into the wee hours with a glass of champagne, and some decadent snacks.

I ended up having such a fun time, I decided that this NYE would be the same, only better! How can it be better? I’d love for you to join us! Of course, I know plenty of people do have plans, and that’s fine. If you want to jump in part of the day or before you put on your face and/or fancy duds, we’d love to have you.

Part of the reason I haven’t ever “officially” participated in any readathon is that I always feel so much pressure (self imposed) to cancel everything and just read, and that doesn’t really fit my lifestyle. Plus, they almost always fall during a super busy time for me. This readathon has no major rules, other than we’ll read up until the ball drops. Read for fun. Read because you have time. Read because you want to sneak in a couple of extra books in 2012. Of course, I plan to do check-in posts throughout the day, and I encourage you to do the same (though the point is to read, so feel free to post sporadically).

I decided it would be super fun to include prizes before the readathon, too. I came across some really fun holiday crackers with “champagne” bubbles, lip gloss, cocktail ring, and noisemaker, and I’ll choose two winners at random if you…

  • post about the readathon on your own blog before Sunday night.
  • tweet about the readathon before Sunday (just mention me @picky_girl), or
  • post about it on Facebook before Sunday (just shoot me the link)

I plan to draw the winners by this Sunday at midnight so that I have enough time to gather addresses and ship your goodies to you. And if we have a really good response, I’ll likely choose another winner or two.

On NYE, we’ll use the hashtag #nyereadathon on Twitter and Instagram so that we can keep up with one another throughout the day. Get your champers ready, and cheers!

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  • heidenkind

    Yay! So excited. Thank you for hosting an official readathon this year, Jenn. :)

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Thank YOU for last year. I don’t even remember how we got onto that, but I’m so glad we did.

  • Caspette

    This sounds so much fun. I will be in but if I make it to midnight then I will be so impressed with myself.

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Midnight can be tough. But last year, I think I snuck in a short nap. It was rainy, so it was the perfect day for it. Naps are definitely allowed. :)

      • Caspette

        That would be awesome but I have a toddler so unless he naps I don’t :) I might have to sign up to Instagram though haven’t jumped on that social media band wagon yet.

  • TNBBC

    This is a really cool idea. Typically, I spend my New Years Eve husband-less. He always ends up working it. If that’s the case, I might totally throw in with you guys and read my little heart out. Great idea, Jenn!

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Heck yeah! Do it! Do it!

  • http://btweenthecovers.com/ Heather

    I was REALLY looking forward to joining you for this…but my parents will be here. I will be with you in spirit, though, and hopefully I can participate next year!

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      :(

      But celebrating with family will be fun, too. I’m holding you to next year…

  • Charlie

    I can’t say I’d definitely be able to take part because I’m not sure of plans, but I do often read a lot on the 31st in an attempt to up my book count (makes me feel better for all the time I should have been reading!) If I take part I’d likely write about it afterwards if that’s ok.

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Of course! Like I said, no rules.

  • http://twitter.com/JessicaDeLeonTX Jessica DeLeon

    Count me in, although I will take breaks during my readathon to watch my two favorite NYE movies – “When Harry Met Sally” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      There will be some Bridget Jones going on here too. :) It’s such a classic. I’ll probably be burnt out on When Harry Met Sally by that time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amy.shamroe Amy Shamroe

    Now I want to cancel my tentative plans for NYE and read with everyone! NYE in my town can be kind of lame and my female friends and I inevitably end up giving up on finding someone and head to the local gay bar to dance. The trick will be avoiding it since said bar is located less than a block from my place…

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Haha! Occasionally, I’ll go to my bffs and watch her kids get excited/scared of the fireworks, but I really like staying in. The weather is usually bad here, and it’s nice to be inside.

      • http://www.facebook.com/amy.shamroe Amy Shamroe

        Yeah, it is always icy and nasty here. The past couple years I have traveled, but this might be a good home option.

  • http://ignoranthistorian.com/ Ronnica

    I’m in! I’ll be posting a blog post about it on Thursday.

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Awesome!

  • Joanna Hennon

    I’ll be visiting family on NYE but would have loved to join you, what a great idea!

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      NYE has never been a big day on my radar. I’m so excited about staying in. :)

  • Iris

    This sounds like it could be so much fun! I do not have plans yet, but I probably will be spending the last few hours of the year with family. However, my boyfriend is working until about 8 pm, and there’s nothing “big” to do on NYE, and so, I’d LOVE to join in for earlier during the day? The only problem being that for me earlier during the day might be night/morning for people in the US. But if possible I’d gladly ignore that and just spam the tiwtter hashtag with my reading at that time.

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Iris – we’d love to have you regardless of time!

  • http://wellreadfish.blogspot.com/ Jen @ The Well Read Fish

    This looks awesome. I’ll be on a flight for New Year’s Eve. . . the perfect time to read read read!

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Ooh, you lucky duck! Going or coming?

  • http://wellreadfish.blogspot.com/ Jen @ The Well Read Fish

    By the way, I can leave comments in Internet Explorer, but Firefox is still not allowing me to. (FYI)

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      The last three weeks have been nonstop blog issues. Hopefully they’re mostly resolved… (we shall see)

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  • http://twitter.com/WeBeReading Kristen M.

    I think I’ll join you all for some of this fun. :) I’ll read until the words start blurring together (not from tired eyes)!

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Heck yeah! Can’t wait.

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  • http://twitter.com/bostonbibliophl Marie

    I *love* the idea of a NYE readathon! :-)

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Me too! I can’t think of a better way to start the new year.

  • http://donttakemybooksaway.wordpress.com/ Elizabeth @ Don’t Take My Books Away

    A blogging friend and I were already talking about doing a Christmas break readathon, so this fits in with our plans perfectly! I’m excited– readathons are so fun!

  • Yvette

    This sounds like fun, Jenn. I’m ordering books from the library as we speak. And in the meantime, I’m wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. :)

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, too, Yvette! I’ve had all sorts of blogging issues; otherwise, I’d have responded much sooner. Hope you’ll join us tomorrow.

  • http://imlostinbooks.blogspot.com/ Becca

    I’m in! I wasn’t sure about my plans until today. My bf has to work early on the 1st and I’m just not in the mood for the girls night out thing. So I will be staying in reading anyway! :) Now, to pick my books.

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      YEA! I mean, it stinks the bf has to work early, but I’m glad you’ll join us.

  • http://twitter.com/truebookaddict Michelle Miller

    I don’t really have any plans New Year’s Eve except ringing in the New Year with my sons so I’m in! Maybe I can get some reading done, although the day long RAT thing is usually what I suck at. LOL!

    • http://www.thepickygirl.com Jenn

      Excellent! The nice thing here is that it’s casual. No pressure. Read when you want. Celebrate with your boys. Read a bit more.