When I was young, birthdays were all about getting and receiving. And even though that is still fun (this birthday girl won’t lie), there are few things that bring me more joy than giving gifts to others. So on this 31st birthday, I wanted to bring a really big smile to my face by doing this month’s “do good” give-away on my birthday.
So what is this birthday girl giving away?
Go ahead and imagine the smile on this girl’s face; it just tripled in size.
Since I can remember, books have been some of my favorite friends.
I was the little girl who hoarded my books and made excuses for why I couldn’t “loan them” to friends. Crinkling the corners, tearing the cover, and staining the pages were an absolute fear for this obsessive soul.
I was the little girl who was always requesting book store gift certificates (those plastic cards weren’t around then….sigh, I’m 31) for my birthday and then labored in the aisles over which books to buy.
I was the little girl who faithfully participated in ALL of the Pizza Hut “Book-It” programs and proudly wore the over-sized pins on my over-sized Starter jacket (whoa, throwback). Oh, and I was the weirdo who did it for the reading pleasure, not for the pizza.
I was the little girl who kept meticulous collections of books on my shelves, lining their spines in a perfect row according to height. The Babysitter Club, Janette Oakes, Lurlene McDaniel, The Boxcar Children, The Saddle Club, Beverly Cleary, and The American Girl books (before the expensive stores existed) were just a few of my favorite collections. Much to the displeasure of my husband, these collections are still carefully stowed in our basement.
I was the little girl in the backseat of the minivan who had my nose in a book, devouring as many pages as my little eyes could read before arriving to our destination.
I was also the little girl who compulsively sniffed the pages of the book with each turn…oh wait, I’m STILL doing that!
And though I no longer wear over-sized “Book-It” pins or have shelves of neatly lined books (mainly because I can’t handle the thought of making time to dust them all), I do have a tidy, dust-free Shelfari website that safely stores the titles I’ve read. If you ask me, it’s been a lovely compromise for this book lover’s busy soul.
But before I get any more carried away with my walk down book-lane, let me introduce you to BetterWorldBooks!
“For every book purchased on BetterWorldBooks.com, the company donates one book to Books for Africa and Feed the Children, two incredible organizations that BWB has supported since its inception. Last year alone, BWB helped Books for Africa send 1.9 million books to 23 African countries and has donated over 14 million books all over the world.”
The mission of this company is near and dear to my heart for a couple of reasons.
Not only is this company promoting literacy around the world (cue: pulled heartstrings of former English teacher), but they are also donating books to promote literacy in Africa (cue: pulled heartstrings of a sister whose brother, sister-in-love, and two nieces are headed to Africa as missionaries).
So…to help me celebrate a new year, I thought I’d say “au revoir” to 30 and give away one, $30 gift certificate (hooray, this site calls them “certificates”) to one of you to spend at BeterWorldBooks.
What do you have to do to win?
In the comment section below, add to my birthday delight by sharing the title of a favorite book you have recently read (adding to my ever-growing book list). I will then randomly select a winner at 10:41 PM tonight, the time of my birth 31 years ago!
Oh, and look! While writing this post earlier in the week, a dear friend sent me an early birthday gift to celebrate…go figure…more BOOKS for this happy girl!!