The Great TEN BOOK birthday Giveaway
Last year, in anticipation of Macy’s ninth birthday, I featured nine non-profits that I wanted to support. This year, I’d like to invite you to celebrate Macy’s TENTH birthday with me. That’s right, YOU.
Every year, we celebrate Macy and her short life. She taught me so much about myself, though I’m not sure everyone would understand that. She also reinforced my love and respect for Mr. Bookworm, who has been a true partner to me every step of the way. On Macy’s birthday, we take the time off work and school to celebrate her and celebrate our love for her. We also have cake, of course.
This year, I’m sending out TEN birthday ‘treat bags’ in the form of books. We will pick ten random winners from those of you who wish to participate. Whoever is chosen can choose a book from our Top Twenty list below and the Bookworm family will send it out to you in honor of my Macy button.
To enter: In the comment section, briefly tell me about someone who has made a difference in your life. You can use initials and one sentence if you like. You can be vague or detailed. But let me know of one person who has made an impact on the person you are today, big or small.
RULES: You may comment per the directions below either on this very blog post or this IG post. Open to U.S. residents only. You may enter up to three times if you enter three different comments. Not affiliated with Instagram. If you are under 18 years old, you must have your parent or guardian’s permission. You must give me a way to contact you via email by sending me an email on our contact page. Please don’t post your email address publicly. Contest ends on January 22, 2019 at 1159pm PST.
Any books that are left unclaimed will be sent in the form of donation to First Book, an non-profit organization dedicated to sharing books with underserved communities.
Top Twenty Books on Dr Bookworm:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A Wrinkle in Time by Margaret L’Engle
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
Wonder by R.J. Palacios
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Not Quite Narwhal by Jesse Sima
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
I’m delighted that there’s at least one picture book in the most visited pages for Dr. Bookworm. And I’m not surprised that it’s Not Quite Narwhal, which is a unique and delightful book about finding yourself….and also finding out that you knew who you were (and who your family is) all along.
ETA: Contest is closed and books are on their way! In case you’re curious, we gave away Hello, Universe, Everything, Everything x 2, Long Way Down, Eleanor & Park, James and the Giant Peach, and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, plus a donation to First Book.
[The illustration above was drawn by Mini Me at age 5 of the Bookworm family with all five of us. In truth, we have never been pictured with all five of us because Little Lion is our rainbow baby and was born 15 months after Macy died.]
Our Next Read-Along:
If you’d like to join in on our next read-along, I’ll be posting about Tahereh Mafi’s A Very Large Expanse of Sea in February. Our read-alongs are like virtual book clubs. We can chat about the book in person or via text, or you can add in your comments right here on the blog. Or just read-along with us.
Summary: It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.
Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.
But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.