May 07, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway!

In case you didn't hear the news, it was my birthday yesterday. The BIG 3-0, ack! Turns out, 30 feels the same as 29. For now anyway. And since we only turn 30 once, I thought I would share the love and have a little birthday giveaway on the blog.  I meant to get this post up yesterday, but with the temperatures in the high 20s and all the birthday festivities that went on, the day got away from me.

So what am I giving away? A copy of Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, one of my favourite pens ever - the 7 year pen - which I carry in my purse with me at all times, and a little notepad to write down - if you're anything like me - quotes, or to mark pages in your book (say no to dog-ears!).  Really, you can use the notepad for whatever you desire!

I was recently looking through my books and I realized that I have two copies of Mister Pip (both brand new, never read). Oops. I haven't actually read this book yet, but I've heard amazing things about it. In 2007 it won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book Overall and it was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize (if those kinds of things matter to you).

Thirteen-year-old Matilda lives on a copper-rich tropical island that has been shattered by war, from which the teachers have fled along with everyone else. Only one white man chooses to stay behind, the eccentric Mr. Watts, object of much curiosity and scorn. He sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and steps in to teach the children when there is no one else, and his only lessons consist of reading from his battered copy of Great Expectations, a book by his friend Mr. Dickens. First the children, and the entire village, are riveted by the adventures of a young orphan named Pip, their imaginations aflame with dreams of Dickens's London and the larger world. But in a ravaged place where even children are forced to live by their wits and daily survival is the only objective, imagination-- it turns out-- is a dangerous thing.

The rules are simple. All you have to do is wish me a happy birthday in the comments section. Just kidding. Any comment will do. I will randomly select a winner in two weeks.

If you want to tweet or share this giveaway on Facebook, then leave me another comment telling me you did so and that will count as an extra entry. 

This giveaway is International and will close on May 21, 2013 at  9pm Mountain Time. If you've already read this book or don't want to read this book, then win it for someone else! Books make great gifts after all. 

Good luck and thank you to all my followers, commenters and admirers! I appreciate each and every one of you.


  1. What a great idea, Brie! I always have at least one notepad in my purse (though it only ever seems to get used for grocery lists...) Glad you enjoyed your birthday. Looking forward to book club and starting the Great Gatsby this weekend!

    Jen B

    1. Oh and I just retweeted you because apparently I'm a super keener when it comes to free books. ;)

  2. Aww happy birthday!!! I am super not looking forward to turning 30 (what, adult decisions? no thank you) so I am going to just look to you to see how the whole not-twenties thing is working out!

  3. You know I came to the same conclusion in autumn... that being 30 doesn't feel different at all from being 29 :) And look at it from the bright side - now that you've actually turned 30, you never have to do it again in your life :D

    And here's a happy birthday, though a day late.

  4. I wanna win!!!! And don't worry u don't look a day older than 20!

  5. Happy Birthday! Hope your day was fabulous.

  6. Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday dear Brie!
    Happy Birthday to youuuuuuuu!

    Hope you had a great day! My big 3-0 was last year, and you're right that it's really not much different from 29 ;)

  7. Happy birthday Brie! What a nice idea for a giveaway - I've never heard of the 7 year pen before! Here's to hoping I get lucky in this drawing! Anyway, congrats on the big 3-0 and here's to many more years of wonderful book blogging :)

  8. Awesome idea, Brie! Happy, happy birthday to you! Now that I'm in my 30's I forget WHAT 30 I'm on ... am I 31? 32? It's funny how it just doesn't matter anymore ...

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. What a great giveaway. I need that notebook and pen! The book sounds great too.

    Haha Kristilyn, I always have to stop and think now! And the first number that comes into my head is usually 28 or 29... nope...

    Will go RT too, of course.

  10. Happy Birthday Brie!! You are such a babe yet. My 30's were most enlightening, personal growth, all that stuff but I'm really liking my 40's too. It's ALL good ;-)

  11. A very happy birthday to you!

  12. I didn't know it was your birthday. :( I'm sorry. But Happy Birthday. Next time I see you, I'm gonna wanna try out this pen hidden in your purse. I love me a good pen.
    Yay for 3-0! I hope this year treats you only better than the last. :)

  13. I wished you a happy birthday on Facebook on the day, but I thought I'd make sure to say it here, too! :D Happy Birthday, Brie, my fellow-May baby!:D I hope that you had a fantastic day!

    And I hope you have a wonderful year, too!

  14. I'm a little surprised at how awesome a giveaway I actually think this pen is. Haha. Not because of the pen, specifically (never used it before), but because of it's originality. Love it. The book sounds sweet! (Also, happy 20-10. I'm hitting 30 next year. My sympathies. Actually, age is just a number. Eff it.)

  15. happy 30 :) I hope you had a wonderful day!

  16. Aw im a may baby too! Happy birthday to you!

  17. Happy Birthday lovely lady!
    Do I get extra entries for that chocolate cake I made you?!?
    I would love to read another book together so keys hope I win!!