A year ago my good wife turned 30. Some very clever friends of hers arranged for 30 different people to drop off a gift anonymously for the 30 days leading up to her actual birthday. What a treat it was for her to get something every day for a month. The gifts in this case were books. My wife is a voracious reader and has polished off all of the books that she was really interested in, and is still saving a couple for a rainy day.
I thought the gift was so cool/practical that I’ve been dropping hints for the last year. I am nearly a whole year younger than Shana (361 days, but who’s counting). When the first day arrived (30 days before February 7th) a book was in the mail box. I love reading, and I love the idea that people would be giving books that a) they found to be an interesting read or b) they thought I would find it to be an interesting read. I got a wide variety of books, and some tremendous titles. It’s been nearly two months and I’ve read 6 of the books – not a tremendous pace I agree, but one that I should be able to maintain for the entire year.
I kept a list of which books I received on which day, and then compared that to the list of people that had me for each day. I think I’ve come up with a list that shows who gave what and when. My goal is to read each book, send a card to the giver of the gift, and write a review of the book on my blog. So far I’m one down, and 29 to go. The list of fantastic books and their fantastic givers follows:
Next by Micheal Crichton FROM: Fischer, Pierson and Spencer
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown FROM: Avery
Cell by Stephen King FROM: Jim/Michelle Driedger
How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer FROM:Kendall Kloss
Geez Magazine subscription FROM: Andrew
The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner FROM: Dad
Freakonomics by Stephen Levitt FROM: Mom
The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau FROM: David Savage
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam FROM: Matthew
A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink FROM: Yvonne/Shane Dubois
The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck FROM: Sylvia Hausauer
The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach FROM: Connie Kloss
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Marquez FROM: Janine Siebenga
Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman FROM: Danny
The Rules of Wealth by Richard Templar
The Everyday Activist by Micheal Norton FROM: Joel K.
Why do Men fall asleep after Sex? by Mark Leyner FROM: L/J Veuger
The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok FROM: Mom S.
The Notebooks of da Vinci by Leo FROM: Dad S.
Flicka by Mary O’Hara FROM: Dave
The Sudoku Mega Pack FROM: Uncle Brian/Aunt Wendy
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas FROM: Grandma
Children of my heart by Gabrielle Roy FROM:Auntie Liz/Uncle Rob
Darwin’s black Box by Michael Behe FROM: Luke
The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccomatio by Yann Martel FROM: Stolte