I am beyond excited to announce that Bookending Winter will be happening friends, if you’re a book blogger looking to get more involved in the community. Find new blogs to hop to and generally have some fun this Winter, look no further friends! These events are co-organised by myself and the wonderful Sam @ Fictionally Sam, who is my partner in crime. Huge love for Sam and of course all our hosts for this seasons event. Whether you’re a new book blogger, seasoned or your recently back from a hiatus, we hope you can find something in this event which you can join in with!
As I said in the intro, super excited to announce that Bookending Winter will be going ahead, Sam and I took a break this year which meant we missed Summer and Autumn. However we’re back now, there’s a new fun thing that’s been added to this event! I hope you all join in, please remember though there is absolutely no pressure whatsoever, for you complete what you sign up to do. Sam and I aren’t gonna be chasing y’all down with snowballs because you didn’t post at all or only posted once/twice etc.
What Is It?
Bookending Winter 2020 is one of the quarterly events, running under the umbrella term “Bookend Events”, aspiring to bring the book blogging community closer together! Bookending Winter 2020 has a vague theme of snow, coziness, the holidays and everything related to Winter, but you DO NOT need to stick to this theme at all!
- Posting a minimum of 3 blog posts (you can use the prompts or not, up to you)
- Watching/joining in on an Instagram live! (more on that near the end of the post!)
- Interacting with other participants via blog hopping and Twitter!
- Book reviews don’t count as part of the event: however you’re more than welcome to still post them throughout the month. Just remember they won’t count as part of your 3 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!
- 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.
How To Sign Up
Join in on the 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 fine, if you end up not being able to participate or even post 3 times (or even once!) It’s just a general idea for us, to see who is planning taking part, so we know who we’re blog hopping to!
Blog Hop Masterlist
One of the great tools we have set up for all of our Bookend Events is the use of our Blog Hop Masterlist. Once you sign up to participate, your name and blog link is automatically registered into the Masterlist. Where you can then add in your BEWinter posts whenever you like, so others participating can blog hop to you and vice versa!
Hosts & Prompts
Tuesday 1st December
Seasonal Switch: Winter Version
Taking your favourite books, imagine if the book took place in Winter instead? Imagine Winter in Outer Space? What would it look like on a spaceship? How about that favourite summer romance but now it’s in winter? What would happen? How would the seasonal switch affect the story (or not!)?
Wednesday 2nd December
2021 Plans, Goals & Dreams
Share your plans, goals and dreams for next year! I always find December to be the month steeped in self reflection, planning for the months ahead and reassessing my situation. What you share is entirely choice, keep it to just blogs and books, or branch out!
Thursday 3rd December
Supporting Small Businesses
Shout out your favourite small businesses for book lovers! Whether its book sleeves, candles, clothes, pins or something else – the sky’s your limit with the amount of love you can share for small businesses. I encourage you to boost ones you’ve already bought from, so you can share photos of your items BUT it’s of course entirely your choice. I will be sharing the love for all small bookish businesses I’ve bought things from, as well as including information with regards to where they ship to 😉
Friday 4th December
Warming Your Winter
A lovely follow on from the previous prompt. Spend some time reflecting on those people in your life who’ve made this year better. Consider sharing some blog posts that really moved you, or talk about some memories you’ve made. Either way, just hype up some pals that might be in need of a pick me up.
Saturday 5th December
Take a look back at your favourite reads of 2020. Hopefully these will make it to someone else’s TBR for them to pass the time whilst snuggled in with a hot coco next to the fire.
Sunday 6th December
Reading the Year Ahead
December is a good time for preparing for the next year, one way to do this is through Tarot Readings. There are plenty of New Year Tarot Spreads that exist so it’s a good time to browse them and share your favourites, or even use them as research to create your own.
(Whilst this might be too niche for some participants, we do recommend having a look at the spreads as they can often be good questions or prompt to spend the time reflecting or planning, without the need for Tarot Cards)
Monday 7th December
Google Translates My Favorite Books…Holidays Edition
Inspired by Jimmy Fallon’s popular segment, Choose your favorite Winter/Holiday reads and use google translate to translate it to a random foreign language and then back to English!
Tuesday 8th December
It’s The Final Countdown!
Are you behind on your Goodreads goal and/or your resolutions this year? What are some plans you have to catch up and meet your goals before 2020 ends?
Wednesday 9th December
Meme It To Me
Summarize and / or describe your favorite book using only Memes and GIFs.
Thursday 10th December
Fantasy Winter Retreat Tag
You get to go on a week-long retreat to chill and have fun after the stressful 2020 experience. Using the prompts, round up the characters you’d like to vacation with!
Friday 11th December
Time to get your aesthetic vibe on! Share your playlist which you like to listen to nowadays while reading, having a drink, or daydreaming in the cozy weather.
Saturday 12th December
Bookish Rant & Rave Tag
Prompt Explanation: Use this tag to dump your thoughts on books which you’d like to talk more about but usually don’t. Time to really rave about loved books, and rant about frustrating books.
Sunday 13th December
Positive 2020 Reflections
2020 has not been easy but we should take some time to find positives everywhere because it helps us move on easily. Take today to talk about the highlights that made this year bearable.
Monday 14th December
It’s the beginning of the Canadian winter, and we’re having the first snowstorm of the year. What are your plans for the day?
Tuesday 15th December
Movie Night: Holidays Edition
It’s the time for Christmas movies – the cheesy ones, the classic ones, the brand new ones… Discuss the tropes, themes, etc. that you like or dislike in Christmas movies. Feel free to recommend your favorite!
Wednesday 16th December
Comfort Reads By The Fire
Winter is the season for warmth and comfort, reading books by the chimney in your favorite armchair. What are your top 5 comfort books to read / reread during this season?
Thursday 17th December
It’s Another Snowflake Story!
Write a 1 sentence and a 1 paragraph story using the 5 selected wintery words.
Friday 18th December
Winter Vacation: QUARANTINE EDITION!
It’s time for another Winter Vacation!! But this time we’re quarantined! List five snowy fantasy worlds/cities you want to spend the quarantined in!
Saturday 19th December
Bookending Winter 2020: Winter Café
Answer prompts based off 5 wintery drinks/baked goods
Sunday 20th December
The Holiday Mixtape Book Tag
10 Prompts based on your Holiday Music Favorites!
Monday 21st December
Black-Owned Business Day
Showcase one new Black-Owned business that has caught your eye recently.
Tuesday 22nd December
How It Started vs. How It’s Going
Think about when you first picked up a book. How did it start and how has your reading changed since then?
Wednesday 23rd December
One Song, One Book
I wrote a post a while ago about the most recent songs and books that helped my mental health in 2020 so far. What is one book and/or one song that has helped your mental health journey this year?
Thursday 24th December
Under the Mistletoe
Let’s talk about OTPs!! Who are your faves? Who would you split up? And who aren’t together, but if you were at a party with them you’d lure them under the mistletoe to make sure they kissed?
Friday 25th December
Christmas Down Under
You’re all invited to spend a week in December with me in Australia!* What would you do if you were to celebrate the holiday season (Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, whatever takes your fancy) in Australia? Where would you go? What Aussie traditions would you want to take part in? How would you spend your time having a summery end of year?
*If you’re already in the southern hemisphere, feel free to take a trip north and tell us about your plans for a white Christmas!!
Saturday 26th December
Box It Up
You are now in charge of your very own book box business! (Congrats!) What would you put in your boxes? Are there any businesses in particular that you would want to feature? What book coming out soon would you want to put in the box? Share all of your merch ideas and run wild with creativity!!
Sunday 27th December
It’s time for you to pack up and head to your favourite (fictional) holiday destination for New Year’s Eve! Where are you going? Who are you taking with you? What is the weather like there? What will you be wearing? What activities do you have planned? (And what books are you taking with you as well?!)
Monday 28th December
2021 Reads I Can’t Wait To Read
What are your top ten most anticipated reads for next year?
Tuesday 29th December
Brush up on your shelf knowledge folks, and let’s name out your favorite storytellers with a fun and original tag!
Wednesday 30th December
Mix and Match
Make the greatest literature remix ever and choose characters from some of your favorite stories and mix them into another book! Example: The cast of Twilight in The Martian by Andy Weir–what do you think they would do? How do you think they would react/interact with the new setting and characters?
Thursday 31st December
End of Year Wrap Up and Look Ahead
2020 Wrap Up and 2021 New Year Resolutions!
Using Hosts Prompts
- MUST link back to the original prompt
- Even if you take inspiration from a prompt, you MUST still link back to the original prompt (aka your source of inspiration)
- Prompts can be posted AFTER the Hosts prompt date, but NOT BEFORE (e.g you want to do Sam’s prompt which goes up on the 9th. You can post it on the 9th and/or after that date but not before the 9th.)
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 to doubly make sure we don’t miss you.
- Feel free to @ us if you’re participating and/or using twitter to give updates!
- Tag the tweets with the #BEWinter2020!
For this event, we’re going to be testing out including lives into the event, they’ll be fairly relaxed lives with Clo (hi that’s me!) over on her instagram account. For more current and up to date info on when the lives will be, I’d suggest checking Clo’s insta stories but the tentative schedule is below!
Sunday 13th December 2020: Clo will be blog hopping, general chit chat whilst playing music in the background @ 2pm GMT
Saturday 19th December 2020: Clo will be blog hopping/drafting blog posts, possibly doing some Korean and again general chit chat whilst playing music in the background @ TBD!
Sunday 27th December 2020: Clo & Sam live Q&A, you will be able to send us in any questions you have about the events, blogging, life or just stuff you wanna know and we’ll answer @ TBD!
(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)
Events Running Time: December 1st, 2020 – December 31st, 2020
Participants Sign Up Form
Bookending Winter Blog Hop Masterlist!
Get The Official Logo!
(You will need this logo for posting during the event! It says Bookending Winter!)