Freebie Friday: Kobo Aura

November 28, 2014

Before I tell you about this week’s giveaway, I want to congratulate the winner of last week’s giveaway: Shannon S. Hope the Amazon Gift Card helps with your holiday budget!

Two Christmases ago, my parents bought me an e-reader and it was a life changer. Finally, I could read in bed in the dark while laying on my side. Or on the TTC in Toronto while commuting to/from work. It was amazing. I’ll never understand why it took me so long to jump aboard the e-reader train, but now I’m here to stay.

Having an e-reader has also been helpful in my decision to live a more minimalist lifestyle. I had no problem donating more than half of my hard copy books to my local library, when I did that massive declutter/purge this past summer, and know I’ll donate many more (after I finally read them). I’d eventually like to only have my e-reader plus a few favourites – that’s it, nothing more.

I want to give the gift of freedom I’ve found with my e-reader to one of you. So, fellow Canadian book lovers, read on. For my final giveaway of the year, I have one brand new Kobo Aura up for grabs. I’m actually sad to be giving one of these away, because I could use it myself. My e-reader is broken/unfixable. (It works but barely – wah! Maybe I can buy one in another 7 months, when the shopping ban is over.) Anyway…

To enter this giveaway, you can follow me on Twitter (2 entries), tweet about it (3 entries), like my Facebook page (2 entries) or leave a comment on this post that answers the question below (3 entries). You can also do all of these things for a total of 10 entries, or tweet about it daily to squeeze in a few more. (Remember to use Rafflecopter to make your entries count!)

The “Freebie Friday: Kobo Aura” giveaway is only open to residents of Canada. This giveaway starts on Friday, November 28th at 12:00 a.m. PST and ends on Monday, December 1st at 12:00 a.m. PST. (You only have 3 days, because I want to ship it out next week!) The winner will be announced in a blog post on Monday, December 1st at 4:00am PST. Good luck!

What books are you asking for this Christmas?

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  • Nat M November 28, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I’m a student so unfortunately don’t have as much time as I’d like to read, let alone build a list of books I’d like to read! However, I love be surprised by a new book over the holidays!! An e-reader would be awesome too and take sooo much less space in my suitcase!

  • strandedrocks November 28, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Good morning,
    This is something I definitely would not buy for myself but would LOVE to try. Just like you I am hesitant to jump on the e-reader train. The one book I really want is Celeste Ng’s “Everything I Never Told You”. It’s her debut and it has gotten great reviews.

  • Dayle November 28, 2014 at 4:14 am

    oh, what a great giveaway!

    The books I asked for this Christmas are: The Alchemist, The Rosie Effect, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and Sharp Objects.

    Good luck everyone! :)

  • Jordann November 28, 2014 at 4:24 am

    This is a great idea for a giveaway, I love my ereader, although my husband has sort of commandeered it as his own. I don’t really have any books on my list this year, which is really strange for me! I’ve definitely been feeling uninspired in the reading department lately, maybe a new ereader would help solve that. :)

  • Elizabeth November 28, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Right now I’ve been buying books as gifts for other people — such as a coin guide for a budding collector and “A book without words” for the littlest reader in the family. After Christmas, I’m looking to treat myself so I’m looking forward to this comment thread to see what’s hot!

  • Joe November 28, 2014 at 4:59 am

    I’d like to get the new Chuck Palahniuk book-Beautiful You. I’d also love to get some new Cook Books. Any recommendations?

  • Jahyd November 28, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Would love a new e-reader! Mine is a first generation and very slow and very well loved but desperately in need of a new one!

  • Christina November 28, 2014 at 5:58 am

    This is a great idea for a giveaway – I have a very old e-reader that doesn’t work well anymore, but would love to get a new one for commuting and travelling. The books I’m going to be asking for are The Paying Guests (Sarah Waters), The Empathy Exams (Leslie Jamison), and What We See When We Read (Peter Mendelsund), which looks super interesting.

  • @Melissymelissa November 28, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I’m hoping for The Rosie Effect and maybe a few memoirs. And cookbooks.

    Great giveaway!

  • Nadia November 28, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Seeing as I haven’t actually put my list together I haven’t added any books yet. I’ll be asking for Kobo gift cards though! I have the Kobo app on my iPad mini and I love it!

  • Alicia November 28, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Awesome giveaway! :) I read on my tablet, but there’s something to be said for proper backlight vs. the glow of an iPad. I really want to read Gone Girl, and there was another one I wrote down for my fiance to pick up, but I already forget it. Hopefully he still has my post-it :)

  • Stacey November 28, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I am not asking for anything. I have more than enough stuff. I am looking forward to just spending time with family.

  • Jena November 28, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I don’t have any specific books on the list yet, still trying to do some research… I’m new to the PF world and am wanting to get some resources to help me learn.

  • susie November 28, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I’m looking to pick up a few books:

    Not that kind of Girl – Loooove Lena Dunham!
    The Woman I Wanted to Be – Diane von Furstenberg
    I am Malala (such an inspiration!)
    Oh She Glows – Vegan cookbook (I’m not vegan, however, the recipes look amazing!!)

    I just realized, there seems to be a theme in my choices :)

  • Danielle November 28, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I don’t generally ask for books because I find you’ll get the same book a few times! But here’s my own lust-list so far.

    Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (GILLER PRIZE!)
    Yes Please by Amy Pohler
    Saga Volume #4

    and that’s it so far!

  • Jennifer November 28, 2014 at 7:34 am

    What book? Every book! Bookstores are potential minefields for me.

  • Katie November 28, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I am hoping for a lot of books! I am really into Jojo Moyes right now.

  • Mariah Phillips November 28, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I never thought I wanted a Kobo e-reader but everyone recently has pushed me to get one and is convinced I’d love it. While I love reading physical books and turning pages, I want to venture out and see what all the rage is about!

  • Susan November 28, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I have made a request to Santa for more books for my two-year-old including a bubble guppies coloring story book. I’m so glad she likes story time

  • Shannon November 28, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I recently visited SE Asia for the first time and fell in love with it. I have asked Santa for a few books to learn more about the culture!

  • Coralee November 28, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Cookbooks are my kryptonite so on my list is Skinnytaste and the Kitchn cookbook.
    As for other books I still haven’t read the Goldfinch so that would be nice to recieve as well.
    Happy Holidays Cait! I hope you take time to sit back and reflect on everything that you have accomplished this year, it has been very inspiring to follow along through your blog.

  • Stephanie November 28, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Great giveaway! My kobo is also completely broken – far too much use, they are great! The books that I’m asking for for Christmas are Skinny Taste, Oh She Glows (some delish and healthy cookbooks), It’s your Money by Gail Vaz-Oxlade, and the Wealthy Barber :-). Thanks for the chance!

  • Katie November 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I love the feel of real books, but I think an e-reader would great for travel!

  • Amanda @ My Life, I Guess November 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I’ve tried reading in bed a few times since we moved in February but because our bed is in a little alcove, the lighting is horrible and I always give up. This might do the trick :)
    I’d love to read The Fault in Our Stars and anything by Mindy Kaling.

  • Stephanie November 28, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I really want to read Creativity Inc. and also Sapiens: A brief history of humankind. My book collection is slowly taking over my house and it would be nice to have something that puts them all together!

  • Tanya November 28, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Because I will be doing a lot of traveling this month (hopefully with only a carry-on!) this would be pretty great. Books tend to take up a lot of room in my luggage all the time.

    A few books that are on my list include:
    All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
    Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
    The Girl who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill

    And because I want to bake more bread…
    Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish

  • Nature Tracker November 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

    The Little Prince – I have read this book when I was in High School but never had a chance to read it again. It would like to get a copy that I could share with my sons.

  • Heidi November 28, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I have a first generation Kobo that’s well loved and used, but slow, so would LOVE to have a new one! I love the fact that I can borrow ebooks from the library…I read a lot during my long commute to/from work on transit every day. My current favorites are memoirs/biographies.

  • L November 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

    This would be awesome!!! My reading list is long!! At the top are The Great Gatsby and the Bridget Jones series!

  • Sarah C November 28, 2014 at 10:15 am

    I’ll be asking for the Oh She Glows cookbook and Creativity, Inc.! :)

  • Alisha November 28, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Books for Christmas:
    You Can Buy Happiness (and it’s cheap).

  • Vanessa Raponi November 28, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Hey Cait!

    First of all, I absolutely adore your blog. I love getting them straight to my email so I don’t miss em! You’ve priovded me endless great advice, and I love being more and more financially literate every week!

    I could use a new Kobo so badly, since my boyfriend leant me his and I accidentally broke it! Yikes! Replacement cost isn’t in my budget for a few more months and I feel terrible!

    The books I’m asking for for Christmas are definitely Game of Thrones, anything and everything J.K. Rowling, and something financial literacy related! Already adored Well Heeled by Lesley Scorgey… maybe I’ll get Rich by Thirty next!

    Happy holidays!
    Vanessa Raponi

  • Sarah November 28, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I feel your pain, re. the broken e-reader. Mine died a few months back, but I just don’t have the money to replace it. Life keeps on getting in the way. But they are so much more convenient!! No carrying a bunch of books around. No more going to the library… I just download the electronic version from the library. I have saved a bunch of money since I got mine. I get so many library books now that I haven’t bought a book in a long time. One day, I’ll have my e-reader back again!!

  • Carly D November 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

    This is fantastic! I am an avid reader and yesterday removed many books from my collection in part because of you and your recent de-cluttering. I have quite a few books on my list, I tend to buy one each moth if it fits in my budget. Here are so e highlights: Wealthing like rabbits, the Outlander series, millionaire teacher, free+style (Carl Paola), Is everyone having fun without me(mindy kaling), Sarah style, the son (Jo Nesbo-awesome author!)., lonely planet the world. Phew, long list! I like to be surprised at Christmas, the rule is I get one book on Christmas Eve, so I’m excited to see which one. Merry Christmas!

  • bekki November 28, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I need to round out my Stephen king collection

  • Financial Underdog November 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    How The Trade Shaped The World

    A bit deep, but I need to expand my horizons :)

  • Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom November 28, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    My husband has been hinting at an e-reader for reading his technical books in bed.

  • Lisa November 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Great giveaway! What a wonderful treat for someone to enjoy. Love your blog & all the great & helpful info! The only books I’ve hinted for – for Christmas would be something to do with bettering my digital photography and “Is Everyone Having Fun Without Me”. Thanks for the chance!

  • Tazmin l November 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I want more Philippa Gregory books “The Cousins War” series. Her historical fiction is amazing !! I want a kid friendly mythology book for the wee ones too !!

  • Sheena November 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I would like to get all the game of thrones books. have refued to watch the series until that is completed.

  • Erin November 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I’d love to get the new Stephen King book Revival!

  • Dawn November 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Must Have Been Something I Ate by Peggy Kotsopoulos.

  • Kate November 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I want the new Sarah Waters novel, The Paying Guest, as well as the latest Ian Hamilton.

  • Bev November 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I’d actually love to get Curious George books for my son!

  • Potato November 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I’ve got an older Kobo Touch and love it. The backlight on the Aura is sweet, as is the screen, but it’s a bit heavier so upgrading is tough… free would make it an easy decision ;)

    As for books, I heard Jim Hines had the third libromancer book out soon…

  • Erica November 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Hmm a really good Jamie Oliver cookbook with easy and healthy recipes.

  • Elana November 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I admire that you were able to donate your book collection- I’m sentimental about my books and can’t imagine letting them go, although storage is a serious issue for me….I buy books like most girls buy shoes. This Christmas I’m asking for cookbooks instead of fiction. I haven’t treated myself to cookbooks in a while, I have a hard time justifying them as a purchase when so many great recipes are available at my fingertips online, hello Pinterest! But I really want the Oh She Glows and Thug Kitchen cookbooks to grace my kitchen counters this year- so many tasty recipes!

  • JD November 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I have Clara’s Kitchen on my list and planning on more Curious George books for my grandson.

  • Debbie November 29, 2014 at 6:08 am

    I love to read and love holding the actual books in my hands. I am hesitant to make the jump to an e-reader because I’m afraid I would miss the actual book. It would be great to have more than one book with me at all times though!

    For Christmas I am hoping for two books in particular – The Rosie Effect and The King of Shanghai (which actually gets released Dec 31). I would also love copies of the books by Terry Fallis. I recently discovered his books (The Best Laid Plans and The High Road) through the library and find them quite entertaining!

  • Katherine November 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Hi Cait,

    I’ve been following your blog for a while and you have really inspired me to finally notice what I’m doing with my money and create a budget. This year has been pretty big for me – I finished my doctorate and got married. All of this has been pretty darn great, but it has had implications for the amount of stuff I have and expenditures.

    Since my wedding in September I have been focusing on paying off my wedding debt (ugh, I know – it crept up) and finally purging my apartment of all that extra stuff, including, surprise surprise, books! Fiction, academic texts, childhood favourites, you name it. Like you, I have a stack of unread books that I am planning to read, then donate. An e-reader would really help me keep up with my renewed love of reading fiction, while minimizing the influx of books!

  • Marieke November 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I just discovered a few of my favorite writers have new books coming out in January, so I am holding out for those: The new Cecelia Ahern and Sarah Allan Addison. A bit of magic during the dark winter days.

  • Elizabeth November 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Would love this and would load the entire GoT series to read first :)

  • A November 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    The new Ken Follett book, Edge of Eternity!

  • Brent Bowker November 30, 2014 at 9:12 am

    chris hadfield – an astronauts guide to life on earth is my pick!

  • Daniel November 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Anything Disney enterprises related, like “Be our guest” or ” creativity inc”.

  • Matt November 30, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I’m asking for the following books for Christmas:
    – Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
    – The Bone Clocks by James Mitchell
    – The Universe in an Atom by the Dalai Lama

  • Emilie November 30, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Plenty the cookbook
    The next book from “the 100 year old man who stepped out of the window”
    The bullet proof diet