Mar 2, 2015

What I'm Reading Monday: Pay It Forward

"Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how."
~Author Unknown

The other day I went to Starbucks before work and ordered my usual: a giant steaming cup of tea with lemon and found it had been paid by the car in front of me. It made me smile. I have often done this same act of kindness throughout the year. 

Sure, I'm out a few dollars but it's the thrill of doing something completely unexpected for another unsuspecting person in hopes that they will continue the act. 

That act of kindness spurred me to find books about kindness and I found this one: 

The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days

Michele Heler Hurwitz 

Wendy Lamb Books


It's summertime, and thirteen-year-old Nina Ross is feeling kind of lost. Her beloved grandma died last year; her parents work all the time; her brother's busy; and her best friend is into clothes, makeup, and boys. While Nina doesn't know what "her thing" is yet, it's definitely not shopping and makeup. And it's not boys, either. Though . . . has Eli, the boy next door, always been so cute?
   This summer, Nina decides to change things. She hatches a plan. There are sixty-five days of summer. Every day, she'll anonymously do one small but remarkable good thing for someone in her neighborhood, and find out: does doing good actually make a difference? Along the way, she discovers that her neighborhood, and her family, are full of surprises and secrets.
   In this bighearted, sweetly romantic novel, things may not turn out exactly as Nina expects. They might be better.


  1. I love the pay it forward, random act of kindness idea. You've warmed my slightly hardened heart tonight - thank you :-)

  2. That sounds like a really good book. I'll check it out.

  3. Aren't random acts of kindness the best? What a nice surprise.

  4. Sounds good. I recently read one with random acts of kindness too - The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. This sounds really sweet! In the spirit of this post, I will do something nice today :)

    Happy reading!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My It's Monday! post.

  6. That's a lovely thing to have happen. Happy reading :)

  7. Hooray for books (and real life events) where people are genuinely kind! I think I will make a note of that book for a day when I'm feeling like the world is a scary, hopeless place.

  8. What a cute idea for a book and I love that it plays out in real life too. :)


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