Saturday, April 14, 2012


As readers, at some point in our lives, we are asked the question: Why do you read so much? Maybe you have an answer ready, perhaps it's just a feeling that you get when you pick up a good book, or it's an escape from real life--that's what reading is for me. I lose myself in books, captivated by worlds that are often times more interesting, (or at least more encouraging,) than the one we live in now. But what if you didn't have that opportunity? What if books weren't easy to come by? What if there wasn't internet, or libraries, or Kindles, or bookstores?

What if you didn't have access to books? Not because you couldn't read them, but because they just weren't available?

Enter GoneReading. Brad Wirz has a vision. While volunteering in Central America in 2010, Wirz encountered "Hundreds of villages, thousands of people, had basically no access to books or reading material at all." When he came home, he started his research. Shortly after, GoneReading LLC was born.

GoneReading's mission statement is one that readers and writers alike can get behind. Wirz wants to share books with the world--and who doesn't love books?

“We envision a world where everyone has the opportunity to better themselves through the open pursuit of the dreams and ideals of their choosing.  We envision a world where such opportunity exists for everyone, regardless of their country of origin or locale.  Our mission is to bring the world closer to this vision by helping to ensure that everyone has open access to the reading materials they want and need.  We accomplish this mission by providing new funds for libraries around the world.”

100% of GoneReading's after tax profit is donated to fund new libraries around the world, including right here in the United States. And let's face it, we could all use the escape of a good book right now.

So while this is a contest (and there are FABULOUS prizes!!!), I encourage you to check out GoneReading and support their mission. Getting free stuff is awesome, helping build libraries is better. GoneReading has reading related products available to purchase--something for every reader in your life. Plus you can feel good about your buys, since the proceeds will help the world read.


First Prize: $25 of merchandise from GoneReading.

Second Prize: Books to Check Out Journal from GoneReading. (Click Here)

There are several ways to enter. The contest will be open from Saturday, April 14 until midnight on Sunday, April 29. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want more chances to win? Click here to enter The Month of Mom Giveaway hosted by GoneReading for a chance to win $100 in merchandise from GoneReading and $25 from Amazon (to give to your mom, of course). You can enter into both contests- how cool is that?

Good luck and happy reading!



  1. Growing up, I didn't have access to a library. So I read whatever I could get my hands on--Reader's Digest magazines, my school textbooks, Popular Science books, my mom's Harlequin romance novels (hahaha!), and even the Encyclopedia (which my mom was selling at that point). It wasn't until I went to a high school WITH a library that I thought I was in heaven...and was able to satisfy my reading appetite. Kudos to GoneReading for their admirable mission and efforts!

  2. I'm lucky that my mother started me reading at very young age, and even luckier that my local library growing up was about 2 blocks away. I was always there, and starting at about 12, I even volunteered at the library. When I was laid off in January, the library once again saved me - I can't really afford to buy books right now, but thanks to my local library, I can still read.

  3. I'm a library addict. I started working in libraries at an early age. I had the chance to work in my school library starting when I was in the 6th grade. Since then, I've worked in libraries almost always since then. Currently, I work at an academic library. I used to work in Circulation and now am the secretary to the library director.
    With the introduction of the e-readers, it doesn't seem that many people go into the library to check out physical books any more. I've still got to have my books. Otherwise where am I going to put all my bookmarks.


  4. I'm not so much of a library addict, but I would do anything to keep libraries open for those that are. I'm much more a bookstore girl, since I HAVE to keep my books (giving them away makes me have a panic attack!) But there's nothing like the smell of thousands of books in one place. One day I hope to own a used bookstore strictly for my own enjoyment :) My husband thinks my book collection is taking over our house, I just tell him we need a bigger house. :)

  5. Thanks for sharing this contest. I love libraries, bookstores, and, yes, my Kindle. Basically, I just love reading.

  6. Thanks for the contest! I'm a new follower so I'm still checking out your blog. This is the first time I've heard of gone reading and they have some awesome products! My favorite is the tshirts. I'll definitely have to look into getting one sometime.

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  7. Enjoyed the giveaway. Thanks. By the way, joined your blog via GFC. Return the favor and join/follow mine? It's

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  8. Thank you Kacey! I love reading, visit the library sometimes, I just don't like being on a time limit, life has a funny way of interrupting my reading. Didn't think I'd like my Kindle, but found out I do, it's a great way to collect the classics, like Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters. But nothing and I do mean NOTHING can compare to the smell of a new book!!!!