*sips tea* It’s finally here, the announcement post for Bookending Winter HAS ARRIVED! Are we excited? I know Sam and I are excited, we’ve been hard at work on all things Bookend related which you know…is a lot. Thankfully having a partner in crime helps, so enough of my rambling. Read on to find out all about this event.
What Is It?
Bookending Winter is one of the quarterly events, running under the umbrella term “Bookend Events”, aspiring to bring the book blogging community closer together! Bookending Winter has a vague theme of Christmas/Winter, but you don’t need to stick to this theme at all! This year we’re joining forces with Amy @ Little Booknerds In The Corner to bring you the 12 Reads Of Christmas Readathon as a seasonal add on!
What Counts For This Event?
- Posting a minimum of 3-5 blog posts (you can use the prompts or not, up to you)
- Taking part in the Tidyathon
- Joining in with Amy’s 12 Reads of Christmas Readathon
Now, you don’t have to do ALL of them. You can do one, two or all three. Mix and match how you like, it’s totally up to you.
- Book reviews DON’T count as part of the event – but you’re more than welcome to still post them throughout the month. Just remember they won’t count as part of your 3-5 posts
- Not restricted to a theme/topic – you can post about whatever you want, however, we do encourage discussion posts and/or creative post types to branch out and have fun!
- Autumn and Winter have more of a Halloween and Christmas theme added in, but you don’t need to include that if you don’t want to
- General Topic Ideas: Discussion Posts, Tags/Awards, Memes, Writing Themed Posts, Blogging Themed Posts etc.
- You MUST include the Bookend Events logo somewhere on/within your post, this is so we know which posts are part of the event/got inspired through the event. It also helps us with blog hopping.
this is the logo you’ll need to use somewhere on your post/featured image 🙂
How To Sign Up
Join in on this fun by filling out the form! When you sign up, this allows us to see who’s taking part/planning to take part. It’s totally ok, if you end up not being able to take part etc. It’s to give us an idea and make sure we know who we’re blog hopping to.
Hosts & Prompts
When we ran Blogoween, we had Hosts, who came up with prompts. Our events still have wonderful Hosts, who create prompts to help you out if you’re stuck. You don’t need to do these prompts at all, but if you want to–you totally can!!
Prompt Title: Christmas Characters Tag
Explanation: A brand new tag featuring popular Christmas characters and holiday traditions.
Prompt Title: Dear Santa…
Explanation: Dear Santa, I’ve been good this year and all I want for Christmas this year are books….
Prompt Title: Winter Wonderland
Explanation: It’s a Snow Day! Now what?
Prompt Title: Holiday Season TBR!
Explanation: What books do you want to read by the fire this season?
Prompt Title: Audiobooks for the Sleigh!
Explanation: Audiobook recommendations for Santa to listen to as he drives around delivering presents!
Prompt Title: 2019 Releases!
Explanation: The books being released in 2019 that you’re excited for.
Prompt Title: Written by Elves!
Explanation: Santa’s elves spend their year making the presents for all the good girls and boys. Describe your dream book that they would write for you if you were very very good this year.
Prompt Title: Warming Your Winter
Explanation: A look at some bloggers I’ve been reading this year, reflecting on friendships and good blog posts.
Prompt Title: Fireside Favourites
Explanation: Favourite reads of 2018 that I recommend picking up to pass the time whilst snuggled in with a hot coco next to the fire.
Prompt Title: Reading Goals for the New Year
Explanation: Setting out a plan for what books I’d like to read in 2019
Prompt Title: Christmas Cover Hunt
Explanation: 5-10 book covers in red, green, silver or gold. Bonus points if it is Christmas themed (snow, trees, presents, etc..)
Prompt Title: Holly Jolly Mistletoe
Explanation: What character couples would you want to see stuck under some mistletoe? (Can be enemies, friends, characters you wish would have been together and weren’t, your favorite character couples)
Prompt Title: Holiday Exploration
Explanation: You received Harry Potter’s cloak of invisibility for Christmas this year! Where would you go and what would you do? (Can be in the real world or a bookish one!)
Prompt Title: Holiday Traditions
Explanation: Discussion of my favorite books and movies to reread/rewatch in the winter and why.
Prompt Title: Winter Market
Explanation: Choose a world or more than one, and describe its Winter Market. What commerciants would sell? Which toys, sweet treat, and other nice objects?
Prompt Title: The Bookish Cenone
Explanation: In Italy the Cenone is a must. We sit down both at the Vigil and on Christmas day to eat with the family. This year, you decide to organize two days of special dinners for the winter time. Characters from the last two/three books you read, will be at your door to join in on these festivities. They’ll come with a gift, maybe bring some food too. How will your night unravel? What gift/s did they bring? Will you all survive? Just imagine if a villain ring your bell door…
Prompt Title: The Befana comes by night
Explanation: During January Italian kids usually get visited by the Befana. (an old woman who flies on a broom; honestly no idea why we just don’t say she’s a witch). Inside socks made for the occasion, she leaves sweets for the good kids and a piece of coal for the bad kids. This time you will be the Befana and your role is to distribute books. Which books would you gift to good people and which one you will use as punishment?
Prompt Title: Handmade Gift Ideas for Book Lovers
Explanation: I will list 3-5 handmade gift ideas ranging in difficulty, with steps, that you can make for your BFF (your bookish friend forever).
Prompt Title: Gruß vom Krampus (Greetings from Krampus)
Explanation: Unlike Santa Claus, Krampus (a half goat, half demon) of Central European folklore concerns himself with naughty children. Which fictional characters deserve a visit from Krampus this year, complete with coal in their stocking and a swat with some birch branches?
Prompt Title: Throwback Thursday – Holiday Edition
Explanation: I will post a list of 10 prompts about holidays past (a photo of your first holiday season, what did you do last December, what was your worst New Years Eve, etc). You can do one, or you can do them all!
Prompt Title: Lord/Lady/Liege of Misrule
Explanation: In ancient Roman traditions, one peasant was nominated as the leader of the Christmastime revelry. Which SUPPORTING character from a book that you have read this year would you like to party (whatever your definition of party is) with?
Prompt Title: The Grinch Who Stole…Books?
Explanation: books you wish you could steal, this could be rare editions of your favorite books, a collectors edition, or the overall idea of the book from the author!
Prompt Title: The Holiday Photo
Explanation: Characters you’d love to have with you in your christmas card/photo
Prompt Title: Christmas Dinner Tag (Original)
Prompt Title: Christmas Gifts
Explanation: As Christmas is a time of giving, list down 5 books you would give to your friend and family this Christmas.
Prompt Title: Post Christmas Chilling
Explanation: After eating Christmas dinner you feel very sluggish. List down 5 books that would be perfect to read while you feel like this.
Prompt Title: Hopeful New Years
Explanation: As New Years is fast approaching, which book/books would you like to read before the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve.
Prompt Title: Yearly Thoughts
Explanation: Time to write your yearly wrap up. What things in the bookish year were things you were happy about? This could include anticipated book releases and/or bookish events you went to.
Prompt Title: Dear Fictional Characters, Come Hang Out with Me
Explanation: Tell us the fictional characters you want to come hang out with you as you ring in the new year.
Prompt Title: Forget Christmas, It’s Time to Steal the New Year
Explanation: Villains don’t steal Christmas, they steal the New Year. Tell us about the villains you’d recruit for the New Year, or any other villain and new year combination.
Prompt Title: Ring in the New Year!
Explanation – Tell us about your goals, dreams, aspirations for 2019! What are you hoping for next year?
Using Hosts Prompts:
- MUST link back to the original prompt
- Prompts can be posted AFTER the Hosts prompt date, but NOT BEFORE e.g you want to do Amy’s prompt which goes up on the 25th. You can post it on the 25th and after that date but not before the 25th
SEASONAL ADD ON ALERT!
Seasonal add ons are exclusive to that one event, unless the person we teamed up with, happens to run the event again and it overlaps one of our other events.
Can you hear the sirens? This event we’re teaming up with Amy @ Little Booknerds In The Corner to let you join her readathon as part of this event! That’s right guys, reading means you’re taking part in this event, if you’re doing Amy’s readathon.
What does this mean? Well it means you can choose to just take part in her month long readathon, or take part in that and something else. Either way, if you take part in her readathon, you took part in Bookending Winter 2018!
Sharing On Twitter
- tag our twitter account @bookend_events in any posts you do towards the event so we can see them. Blog hop to them and share them.
- Also mention our personal twitters @Sammers65 and @eloisethewriter to doubly make sure we don’t miss you.
- Feel free to @ us if you’re doing the readathon/tidyathon and using twitter to give updates
- Tag the tweets with the #BkendingWin2018!
(this section will be updated with new and relevant information/links, so make sure you bookmark this post to find all relevant links in one place)
Bookend Events Overview/Info (ALL EVENTS)
Events Running Time: 1st December 2018 – 31st December 2018
Participants Sign Up Form
Amy’s Readathon Info
Grab The Official Logo! (you want the logo, which says Bookending Winter by the way)
Sam will also have an announcement post, over on her blog! This is so you all know you can go to either of our blogs, to find the relevant information. The Tidyathon post will be exclusive to my blog, but Sam will have the link back to the post when it’s up.
That’s a wrap on the official announcement post, I know it was a lot to take in but please reread it if you’re confused. Then if you’re still confused, just comment and Sam or I will be about to help you out.