Congratulations to Lisa!  Enjoy the set!

I’m happy to tell you carp(e) libris reviews is taking a new turn!  In addition to the usual great book reviews and giveaways, I’ll also be publishing reviews and giveaways featuring items for the book lover.  Our very first giveaway for the book lover would make a fantastic Christmas gift.  A Life Well Read – My Personal Journey Through Books from A Life Unplugged is exactly the sort of thing many of us bookish types drool over.  Made to help you catalog your thoughts and ideas on books you’ve read, keep track of what you have, what you want, what you leant, A Life Well Read prooves to be a little piece of bookworm heaven.

For a few years now, I’ve written down every book I’ve read, keeping track in a journal.  I leave weird little pieces of scrap paper in books where I found something quotable or memorable, but it’s always a hassle to keep it all in line.  Using online sources and computer programs hasn’t really worked well for me.  After all, I read on the couch.  Not at my computer desk.  A Life Well Read includes handy notecards shaped for use as a bookmark so it’s right there where you need it.  Genius!  I hadn’t ever thought of that.  And for someone like me who reviews books?  This could prove a sudden addiction.  Here’s what this set includes:

An elegant, premium-quality keepsake box in the shape of a book which fits easily on your bookshelf to keep your personalized impressions for years to come. Share them with family and friends anytime!

50 pre-printed note cards to use as bookmarks and also record your “a ha’s!” about your favorite books 

Record your notes and impressions, quotes and page references, your personal rating, where you got the book, book club notes, lending history by title and author.

5 pre-printed (and 7 blank) dividers to organize your note cards into a an evolving readers’ journal of your best book content

(All) My Books, My Favorites, Books I Want, Books On Loan, Books To Give and three additional customizable blank categories for you to define for your own needs. Categorize by title, author and subject.

A classic, heavy weight ballpoint pen which fits neatly into your keepsake box so you are always prepared to capture a lifetime of reading!

56 elegant bookplates to personalize your books in your own personal library.

24 color gift labels to add a personal touch to your gifts of books to friends and family and fellow book club members.

3 double-sided gift-giving reminder cards which help you track to who and when you gifted a book

A Life Unplugged, makers of the A Life Well Read set, are offering one carp(e) libris reviews reader their own set!  (Note it includes a pen – I love pens.) 

4 Ways to Enter (Only US entries on this giveaway, please):

1.) Just visit A Life Unplugged.  Then come back here and tell me what interests you most about this set.  Feel free to share if this is for you or someone you know. (You may enter once a day – following entries don’t require you to answer the question.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the right. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four, plus enter once a day, and you can gain up to 10 entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Wednesday, December 17, 2008, to enter.

Want to buy your own A Life Well Read set?  It’s now on sale for $20 plus $5 Shipping & Handling.

Want more giveaways?  Visit my Contests & Coupon Codes page on dkMommy Spot.


  1. i have been keeping track of the books i read since 2004 when i picked up a few books i had read before; now i write them down. i also try to write a brief synopsis so i know the plot. this would be wonderful to have since my book lists are currently in the back of my journal.

  2. I love that there are gift-giving reminder cards which help you track to who and when you gifted a book – it would help me keep track of who I have given what to!!

  3. I am a subscriber

  4. I love to read and I am always getting books that I have already ready. Maybe this could help me get organized.

  5. Tuesday’s entry

  6. Whgat a nice, relaxing giveaway. Esp for us readers. Thanks.

  7. Love this idea :)

  8. I would like the loaned books organization: first, so I remember who has which book and second, so I can politely ask for them back. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I love this set!
    There is nothing better than fostering a love for reading and that is what I’m doing with my daughter. What a neat way to organize yourself, journal and keep track of what you read.
    You actually would get MORE out of reading this way!
    Super giveaway!

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  10. What excites me most is that this set validates what I have always believed about reading: it is a truly interactive experience. You have to be just as involved in the creation of the world imagined by the author as they were when they penned it. This is a truly wonderful set (gift); perfect for my mom for her b-day in January.

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  11. I love that it has note cards that you can keep in your books as bookmarks and then write on them the interesting things you find in the books.

  12. back to enter again today :)

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  13. I like the reminder cards!

  14. I love this! Right now I just use a notebook and this would be so much better!

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  15. I like it can help you keep track of who you gave books to, so you don’t give the identical book again.

  16. the organization aspect:) what a great giveaway! thanks
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  17. I think this is a delightful and practical give away! I am a devoted book lover and what tickles me most about the set is I could organize my numerous notes. Thanks and Happy Holidays to all.

  18. Jacqueline in Atlanta

    I like the whole system. I appreciate them including the section for books loaned out, bec I am always loaning books and not getting them back or I go to get a book and then remember I loaned to someone months ago who never returned it.

    I, too, keep journals about my books, but then flipping thru to find the book you want is tough. This way, you can alphabetize the cards! Love it.

    Thanks for having the giveaway!

  19. I posted a link on twitter! I wanna win. I’m crossing my fingers.

  20. Thanks so much for another brilliant entry! : )))


  21. Back for my last daily entry! Thank you!!!!!!

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  22. This is soooo neat! I love using the little notecards as bookmarks and then being able to jot little notes on it while reading. This is a wonderful set!

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  23. I’m a subscriber!

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  24. Jomama on a Llama

    I love how this would organize everything, and encompasses all that I wish I could buy (but can’t currently afford) for my personal library. My book clubs would go nutty!

  25. I love the cards to record your notes and impressions, your personal rating, where you got the book, etc. I try to do that in a journal, but just end up with a list and cannot ‘track back’ easily.


  27. another day another entry

  28. Wednesday’s entry

  29. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  30. The easy storage factor about it

  31. I love the book plates and would love to win for my sister who is going to school to become a librarian

  32. my mother in law is an avid reader and she would love to keep track of all her reads :)

  33. I’m back again to say that I blogged too:

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  34. Kimberly Mitchell

    Wow – what a great idea! I would love to have this

  35. I love to read. So many books, so little time!!! Hope I win, I would love this.

  36. I like that the A Life Well Read note cards can be used as a bookmark, and I can jot down notes and key points while I read.

  37. Great way to remember books well read.

  38. I always keep telling myself that I’m going to start a book journal but never do. This looks like an amazing set. I love that you can track books on loan. I’m always loaning books and forgetting who they went to. I’ve lost a few books that way.

  39. I heart that the set comes with book plates. ty 4 the entry:)

  40. I like keeping track of ideas you read.

  41. I am a subscriber.

  42. My daughter loves to read and she is a budding writer according to her teachers. A tracking method will help her.

  43. I twittered about your contest.

  44. What interests me most about this set the ability to record your notes and impressions, quotes and page references, your personal rating, where you got the book, book club notes, and lending history by title and author. I would love to give this awesome prize to my friend.

  45. I subscribed to your feed.

  46. Subscriber and interested.

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