Recently I was approached by Brad Wirz, founder of GoneReading.com, about checking out his website, online store, and hosting a giveaway of a few items. As an avid reader I of course was excited to check out the variety of book themed items his store offered, and quickly made my way to the website.
As soon as I hit the home page, I immediately fell in love with the open book shaped plates and platters. I clicked through a few more pages and discovered book stickers, t-shirts, journals, and even author inspired candle scents and diffusers. Based on his products I decided a giveaway would be a good fit for my blog, and then I discovered an even greater reason to spread the word about this website.
In the first e-mail I received, Wirz mentioned GoneReading.com had recently helped fund a library in Ethiopia. I thought to myself, what a great cause, a book lover and seller of book themed items donates to spreading the word about reading; but that was just the tip of the iceberg.
It turns out Brad Wirz decided to abandon his 20 year career in marketing in order to develop a website that donates 100% of the profits to spreading knowledge, books, and reading worldwide. After a trip to Honduras in 2010 to help build a library, Wirz couldn’t believe how many people had little to no access to books. The trip set him on the path to his current endeavor, giving money to established non-profits such as READ Global, Ethiopia Reads, and BiblioWorks. He decided rather than depending solely on collecting donations, he wold develop an online store to promote their mission and help fund these programs by selling book themed products.
GoneReading.com’s Philanthropic Mission…
“If you’re like me, you just can’t imagine living in a world without reading. Unfortunately, for almost a billion people today, that’s exactly where they find themselves. There are countless villages, towns and vast regions of this planet where the power of reading has yet to shine its light.
Gone Reading International, LLC was founded to counter these problems and spread the magic of reading. We believe that when people have open access to great reading materials, life always changes for the better. When libraries and reading materials are made available, people and their communities thrive through increased opportunity and self-empowerment.
That’s why Gone Reading International has pledged 100% of our after-tax profits to provide new funding for reading- related charities. By purchasing GoneReading brand gifts and merchandise, you’re treating yourself and the world at large to a wonderful gift. All purchases from GoneReading help contribute to our philanthropic work.”
All of this background information brings me to how I hope to help this admirable company. I agreed to check out their website, order a few products, review one item, giveaway two, and offer a 25% discount to everyone who participates in the giveaway. I hope I can return the favor to GoneReading.com for generously offering these items to you, by spreading the word about their mission.
Because I so quickly fell in love with these plates, I opted to get the small book platter as the item I would use, review, and share with you. As soon as this package arrived on my doorstep I ripped it open, and was in love. I oooohhhed and aahhhhed as I turned the platter in my hands, admiring the soft curves of the open book shape. Any food looks amazing on the clean, white, surface. It’s the perfect size for appetizers, and is a beautiful display with little work. I love the way the platters and plates look when stacked, which is nicely displayed on their homepage. I keep dropping hints to Nick that it would be oh so nice to have a large book platter one day… with Christmas around the corner I think it’s a great gift idea (hint, hint, hint).
For my lovely readers after much consideration I decided to go with an adorable book journal, designed to resemble library check out slips, and a set of Edgar Allen “Poet” magnets. Both of these items would be fun to own or give as small gifts and stocking stuffers. My passion for reading is shared with a number of friends, and this website has given me a slew of holiday gift ideas for them.
I know it’s early, Halloween hasn’t even come yet, Christmas anything before Thanksgiving is a big no-no in my book. But I can’t help thinking about Christmas gifts as I peruse GoneReading.com, and I can’t help but mention what great gifts they could make for you. See details below about how to enter to win one of these great items and be eligible to receive the 25% off code!
This adorable library themed book journal is a great way to track what you are reading, and to take notes about characters, themes, and quotes you want to remember. It’s perfect for a book cluber or big reader!
This Edgar Allen “Poet” magnet kit is full of dramatic words and Poe-idioms. You can create your own raven and dark themed poems and sentences right on your refrigerator with these magnets.
To enter to win one of these items all you have to do is join GoneReading.com’s e-mail list here. Scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your e-mail address, and comment below with the e-mail you used to join the e-mailer list and which item you would like to win. To win additional entries share this giveaway on facebook or twitter and comment a second time with a link to your share!
The winners will be randomly selected Tuesday 11/5/13 using the plugin: “And the Winner Is…” The winners will be contacted and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Everyone who enters, regardless if you win one of the two prizes, will be e-mailed the 25% off coupon code once the contest is over.
Help out a great company and get started on your holiday shopping by entering this great giveaway! Thanks for checking out my blog and sharing with others, I can’t do it without you. Thanks for stopping by!