Traditionally Birthdays are a big deal for our family. That is even more the case since Pepper was born. With my husband’s death last June I wasn’t sure this year would be nearly as celebratory, but I did my best to keep the most important traditions in place for Pepper.
One thing we’ve done since the lead up to her 2nd birthday was a countdown. After Christmas I buy a discount advent calendar and she gets to open it for the 24 days leading up to her birthday. This year she has a Disney book countdown so she will get to open a new small book each day for the days leading up to her birthday.
She is very concerned about fairness so she wanted to know what my countdown would be and where it was. Unfortunately there wasn’t room in the budget for anything for me at this point and I really don’t need 24 of anything, so I got creative.
I went through my shelves of unread books and chose the 13 shortest books I could I find. These books are between 49 and 186 pages. I wrapped them in pretty gift wrap and I will open them each day of February from the 1st until my birthday on the 13th. I will also try to read the book I unwrap on the day I open it. It will get a little harder as the books get longer, but I’ll do my best. (So far I’m 3 for 3 on unwrapping and reading them the same day.)
This serves two purposes. My daughter will be thrilled that I have a countdown just like her. And I will hopefully get a few books ahead for getting my physical TBR down, because I anticipate receiving several books for my birthday. And it didn’t cost me anything. Win Win Win.
I’ve included the list of the books I wrapped for myself below.
An Adventure That’s For Sure by Donna Wood
Falling Ill by CK Williams
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Pink Mist by Owen Sheers
Coming Back From Broken by Stacie Baker
The New kid at School by KH McMullan
The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash
Baba Yaga and the Enchanted Ring by Nancy K Ford
Bulwark by Brit Lunden
The Last Execution by Jesper Wung-Sung
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Inscriptions for Headstones by Matthew Vollmer
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli