Checking in with the Million Book Donation Project

Since we’re well into 2020 now (where does the time go?!), let’s check in on our 2020 Million Book Donation Project!


In case you’ve forgotten, the Million Book Donation Project is exactly what it sounds like – Half Price Books makes a pledge to donate at least one million books to great non-profit organizations and schools across the country. Since we officially launched the program in 2012, we’ve donated more than 11 million books!

As of today, we’ve already donated 100,490 books across the country in 2020, including some to our friends at Eastside Elementary in Cleveland, TX.


Need some books for your organization or school? Make a donation request and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

2019 Million Book Donation Project Wrap-Up

At Half Price Books, we know the importance of reading in everyone’s lives. That’s why we’ve always made book donations a priority since we were founded back in 1972. As our co-founder Ken Gjemre once said, “Books should fill our lives, not our land.”

So we’ve taken great pleasure in continuing our Million Book Donation Project in 2019 – we are pleased to announce we’ve donated… Continue reading

2018 Mad Dash Reading List

You were prepped and ready pre-New Year’s Eve 2017. Your HPB Gift Cards were locked and loaded and you had a slightly uninterested, yet supportive group of friends waiting in the wings to hold you accountable. The resolution? Read more in 2018. The result? HA!

We get it. Work got in the way, sports happened, your cousin’s wedding, tricks and treats, Thanksgiving eats and before you could crack the cover on your first New York Times Bestseller, it was December. No worries, you’ve still got plenty of time…not War And Peace time, mind you. But you can do this, and we can help.

Books are kind of our thing, so we’ve curated a list for slackers, not unlike yourself, who’ve found themselves worse for wear with that whole bibliophile resolution thing. Read on (see what we did there?) to check out our top 5 picks to help you make it to the end of the year without becoming a repeat resolution maker.

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1.What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky: Stories – Lesley Nneka Arimah
Author Lesley Nneka Arimah tasks readers with tapping into the root of their familial dysfunction in her debut collection of short stories. The majority of the pieces are set in post-apocalyptic times, often causing the characters to grapple with the very foundation of their being as their behavior plays out in desperate circumstances. As each story unfolds, Arimah touches on the taboo topics woven into the fabric of both Nigerian and American households. Against a weary, yet at times fanciful backdrop, she brings much-needed attention to the ways we deal with class, gender and death. Continue reading

Give the Gift of Reading this Booksgiving Day!

Booksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, as it involves many of my favorite hobbies – spending time with family, watching football and wearing stretchy pants while eating lots of delicious food. ☺️

But reading is another way I love to spend time and Half Price Books has its own special holiday to celebrate reading on Saturday, Nov. 18 – Booksgiving Day!

2017 is the fifth year we’ve celebrated Booksgiving Day at Half Price Books with a special storytime at 2 p.m. local time. Every child who attends will receive a FREE children’s book to take home with them, while supplies last.


Booksgiving Day: Independence, MO

In addition to the books we give away in store, we’ll also donate a book for every book sold on on November 18  to rebuild libraries in schools and non-profit organizations in Hurricane Harvey-affected areas of Texas. All books given away are part of our Million Book Donation Project.

So whether it’s in store or online, we hope you’ll celebrate Booksgiving Day with us on Saturday, Nov. 18!

Booksgiving Day: Giving the Gift of Reading with FREE Children’s Book and Storytime!

Kids, it’s time to gather ‘round for your favorite Half Price Books holiday. It’s our second annual celebration of BOOKSGIVING DAY!

Supporting literacy and providing books to families is key to our Half Price Books mission! Join us at your neighborhood Half Price Books location on Booksgiving Day, Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. Every child who attends will receive a free book to take home and add to their library, or start a new one! *Limit one preselected book per child while supplies last.

If you aren’t a kid but want to participate, how about picking up a copy of your favorite kid’s book and sharing it with a special child in your life?

Let’s get a book to every child, in every home! BW, the Half Price Books Bookworm, and I will see you there!

The books donated on Booksgiving Day are part of Half Price Books Million Book Donation Project, which has donated more than 1.3 million books to non-profit organizations and schools in 2014.

Becky is Marketing Communications Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow her on Twitter at @bexican75.

Meet our #MeMyShelfandI Winner, Natalie!


Thank you to all our booklovers who entered our #MeMyShelfandI Giveaway. We asked and you delivered! There were thousands of entries filled with amazing shelves and we truly enjoyed hearing all of the great stories behind your collections. Alas, there could only be one randomly selected winner of this giveaway. Without further ado, please meet and join us in congratulating the winner, Natalie! – Sam

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 18 years old and I’ll be going to Cornell University next year, most likely majoring in English. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been dancing ballet and reading books. I’m also a Disney fanatic—I wrote my admissions essay about Disneyland!

I have a blog that I started to document my freshman year, and one of my recent posts covered the books I brought home from the HPB clearance sale (14 books for $20?! AWESOME).

2. Tell us about your collection.

My books range from my pre-teen years to today, so there’s a huge variety. I’ve sold plenty back to Half Price, but have still kept many books I read years ago.

3. What’s your favorite Half Price Books location?

Definitely the HPB by White Rock Lake in Dallas (The Flagship). It’s HUGE! The first time I went, I panicked because I wouldn’t have enough time to go through the entire fiction section before closing (definitely a daylong affair). Kind of far from my house, but well worth the drive.

4. What’s your favorite book, author, or genre? Why?

I don’t have one single favorite book, but The Joy Luck Club, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Jane Eyreand These Things Hidden are among my favorites. I like books that have a little bit of mystery, succinct and powerful writing, and the ability to change the way you think about other people. As far as authors go, I also don’t have a favorite but I tend to read a lot of Barbara Kingsolver and Bill Bryson. In general, I read a variety of realistic fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and biography, but I’m always looking to expand my horizons.

5. What book are you currently reading?

I just started reading The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan.

6. What are the next 3 books on your reading list?

My current to-read tally is 121 and the list isn’t prioritized, but I think I’ll read Slaughterhouse Five, The Big Sleep, and either Illumination Night or Room next.

7. What’s the best part about your shelf?

I like how I’ve organized my shelf. My main shelf is general/miscellaneous, my end table is school-assigned reading (so my younger siblings can find required books easily), and my floor/dresser is for books I have yet to read.

8. What’s the last thing you bought at Half Price Books?

My last haul consisted of Slaughterhouse Five, The Age of Innocence, Pride and Prejudice, The Imperfectionists, and On the Road.

9. Where is your favorite place to read?

I like reading on my balcony and basically anywhere I can, but when given the chance, I love reading on the beach (as long as I’m in the shade).

10. Do you have any books recommendations?

I just finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and I absolutely loved it! I’d definitely recommend that one as well as Me Before You, Quiet, and Atonement.

11. Anything else you would like to add about….anything?

Half Price Books is great. It gives me hope that printed books will be here for a long time and I’m so glad that there are others committed to keeping them around. Also, I post about books and movies on my blog, Natalie in Collegeland, including books I’ve bought at HPB. I have a Goodreads account too, if anybody’s interested in reading some of the many reviews I’ve written.


Ode to Sidekicks, plus a Gift Card Giveaway!

March Madness is sweeping the nation, and here at Half Price Books we are celebrating by holding a TOURNAMENT OF SIDEKICKS!  “Why sidekicks?” you ask. Because they are the comic relief. They bolster the hero’s (or villain’s) backbone. They are the only ones that the heroes can trust. Everybody loves a good sidekick. So, here is an Ode to Sidekicks.

Download a Tournament of Sidekicks bracket today! Which sidekick do you think will come out on top? Remember, you can enter to win a $50 Half Price Books Gift Card if you can correctly predict the winner.


  • Visit and download the 2014 Tournament of Sidekicks bracket PDF.
  • Fill in your choices for each match-up of sidekicks and identify who you think will be the ultimate winner.
  • Visit and retweet (RT) the giveaway message tweeted by Half Price Books (will be tweeted the morning of March 17), then click to “Follow” @halfpricebooks if you’re not already one of our fantastic followers.
  • Then, tweet a message stating your own prediction. Who do you think will be the champion of the 2014 Tournament of Sidekicks? Be sure to include @halfpricebooks and #tournamentofsidekicks in your tweet so that we can find your tweet out in cyberspace. Here’s an example tweet: “I predict that Dwight Schrute from The Office will be the final winner of @halfpricebooks #tournamentofsidekicks!”
  • Predictions are due by the end of Round One, 01:59pm CT on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Limit one entry per person.

Go here for the giveaway rules and details.


Julie is Traffic Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.

Enter to Win a $100 Gift Card for your School Library!


Attention, parents and educators! HPB wants to help your children’s school libraries! Now through Sunday, February 16, 2014, register at and tell us how your school would use a $100 HPB gift card to enhance your school library. We’ll randomly select one winner from each of our 36 markets on March 4, 2014.

And stay tuned, because all registered schools will be invited to a Half Pint Library giveaway in their area later this spring. Last year, with the help of our generous customers’ donations, HPB gave away nearly 300,000 children’s books nationwide to local schools and nonprofit organizations during our 15th annual Half Pint Library Book Drive. Here are just a few ways the donated books helped build Half Pint Libraries across the country in 2013:

  • Used to start a Young Adult reading nook in Houston, Texas
  • Supporting a Read Around the World program in Seattle, Washington
  • Summer reading rewards in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Resources for youth art therapy groups in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Operation Santa gifts in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Therapy for special needs children in Chicago, Illinois
  • Literacy instruction in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • ESL programs in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Book exchanges in Columbus, Ohio

In 2014, we’re excited to partner with our customers to get even more books into the hands of children who need them the most. This year’s Half Pint Library Book Drive runs February 16-March 31, 2014. During that time, drop off your new or gently used children’s book at any Half Price Books location.

After the drive is complete, Half Price Books will match each book donated as part of our Million Book Donation Project and will distribute the books at special giveaway events in each of our markets in the spring. Stay tuned to for a giveaway event near you!

P.S. Educators, don’t forget to sign-up for our Educator Discount Card at for 10% off your purchases year-round! — Kate

Mission Accomplished: I Read 100 Books in 2013

Like many of you (50K of you, in fact), I resolved to read more in 2013. I challenged myself to read 100 books before the year’s end. And I can proudly say I did it!

Since I work for a bookstore and mingle with publishers year-round, I’m lucky enough to always have a good book on hand, including some advanced reader copies. Here’s a look at my 15 favorites among the 100 books I read in 2013, along with my ratings of each. The first 13 on my list earned themselves a 5-star rating. Keep reading to learn how you can enter to win a $100 HPB Gift Card.

1. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert,
2. The Son by Philipp Meyer,
3. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand,
4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey,
5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer,
6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple,
7. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard,
8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell,
9. The Dinner by Herman Koch,
10. Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley,
11. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini,
12. On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee (January 7, 2014 release date),
13. Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan,
14. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (January 7, 2014 release date),
15. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain


So now it’s your turn, booklovers. Join me! I’m making a resolution again for 2014 to keep on reading more! Tell us about your resolution (here) and enter for a chance to score a $100 HPB Gift Card.

HOW TO ENTER: Go to and complete the entry form, including how many books you resolve to read in 2014. You must provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. Limit one entry per person. Deadline to enter is Friday, January 31, 2014.* Just for kicks, tell us what books you’ll be reading this year in the comments below. Need some recommendations? Stop in your local store today and ask for help. Happy New Year!

*One randomly selected winner will be notified via email after January 31, 2014.

Kristen B. is Procurement Specialist at Half Price Books Distribution Center.
You can follow her on Twitter at @kbev302.

#Bookbeard — Let’s make it a thing (also, a giveaway!)

We’ve all seen Catbearding — admit it, many of you have done it. In fact, we know you’ve done it, because otherwise the Internet wouldn’t be full of people using their cats to make beards

Well, we think it’s time for a new spin, so without further ado, may we introduce:


Fun, right? It’s a “here’s what I’m reading” + a selfie in one. What’s better than that? Nothing, that’s what. So let’s do, this, booklovers. #Bookbeard. Let’s make it a thing. (Oh, and also, there’s a giveaway associated, so that’s a bonus reason to participate.) 

Giveaway Details:

1) The #BookBeard giveaway will take place on Instagram. To enter the giveaway, you must: 

  • Follow Half Price Books on Instagram
  •  Upload a picture of yourself Book Bearding* to your personal Instagram using the hashtags             #bookbeard #giveaway, and tag @halfpricebooks in the picture.
  • If you tweet your Instagram picture mentioning @halfpricebooks and #bookbeard, you will be entered twice

(*Book Bearding is defined as someone who holds a book (cover art facing out) over his or her mouth, but below the nose (like a beard)). 

2) We will do one giveaway (for a $10 HPB gift card) a week for four weeks in August. Each week will have a different theme and a winner will be announced by 4 pm CST on August 9, 16, 23, and 30.

  • Week One (August 2-9): Book of Your Choosing, and/or Favorite Childhood Book 
  • Week Two (August 9-16): Required Reading You Didn’t Hate
  • Week Three (August 16-23): Favorite Book of All Time
  • Week Four: (August 23-30) What You’re Reading Now 

Giveaway entry periods will be:

  • Week One: 3:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 — 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 9 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)
  • Week Two: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 — 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 16 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)
  • Week Three: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 – 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 23 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)
  • Week Four: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23- 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 30 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)

UPDATE: Week Four Deadline has been extended to Tuesday, September 3 at 3:00 p.m. CST. Winner will be announced at 4 p.m. CST. 

Fine print: 

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Entrants must follow HPB on Instagram, and pictures must be uploaded to Instagram tagging @halfpricebooks and using the hashtags #bookbeard and #giveaway to enter. If Instagram pictures are tweeted mentioning @halfpricebooks and #bookbeard, entrants will be entered into giveaway twice. No limit on number of entries per week (i.e. people can submit 5 book beard pics and be entered to win 5 times). Employees and family of employees may participate but will not be eligible to win giveaway. Gift card prizes are only valid in-store and may not be used online at or at the HPB Outlet.

What are you waiting for? Go #BookBeard!


Becky is Marketing Communications Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @Bexican75.



ELIGIBILITY: The Half Price Books, Records and Magazines, Incorporated (Half Price Books) $10 Gift Card Giveaway for the 2013 Book Beard Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Half Price Books and their respective parent companies, affiliates, promotion and other vendor agencies involved in this Giveaway, as well as the immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to win the gift card. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. 

GIVEAWAY TIMING: The Giveaway entry period begins Friday, August 2 at 3:01 p.m. CDT and ends Friday, August 30 at 3:00 p.m. CDT (the “Promotional Period”). Four (4) winners will be chosen during that time (one per week). 

Week One: 3:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 — 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 9 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)

Week Two: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 — 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 16 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)

Week Three: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 – 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 23 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)

Week Four: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23- 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 30 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)

DESCRIPTION OF GIVEAWAY: Via online method only, entrants will have the opportunity to win four (4) Half Price Books Gift Cards for use at Half Price Books retail locations (not valid online at HPB Marketplace or at Half Price Books Outlet locations). Entries will be accepted starting at 12:01 AM CDT on Monday, July 15, 2013 until 11:59 PM CDT on Monday, July 29, 2013. Gift Card Giveaway winner will be randomly selected and announced after Monday, July 29, 2013.

HOW TO ENTER: The Book Beard giveaway will take place on Instagram. To enter the giveaway, entrants must: 1) Follow Half Price Books on Instagram 2) Upload a picture of themselves “Book Bearding” to their personal Instagram using the hashtags #bookbeard and #giveaway, and tag @halfpricebooks in the picture. Book Bearding is defined as someone who holds a book (cover art facing out) over his or her mouth, but below the nose (like a beard)). If entrants tweet their Instagram picture mentioning @halfpricebooks and #bookbeard, they will be entered twice. All entries must be received by 3:00 PM CST on the last day of Giveaway. No limit on number of entries per week. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

WINNER PRIZE SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: This is a game of chance. Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries. Winners will be selected at random using a.n independent auto-generated selection process available at Prize notification will be announced on Instagram and will be completed by 4 p.m. on August 9, 16, 23 and 30 (after the entry period for the prior week has ended). The prize is not transferable; no prize substitutions or cash alternatives are allowed except as may be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entrants who live outside of the United States or fail to complete all required entry rules will be disqualified. One randomly selected winner will be chosen among the entrants.

PRIZE AND RETAIL VALUE: Four (4) winners will receive one (1) $10 Half Price Books Gift Card (the “Prize”) valid for purchases at Half Price Books retail locations. Gift cards are not valid as a payment method online, nor at Half Price Books Outlet locations. Prize is valued at $10 (US). Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen gift cards. All federal, state, and local taxes and fees are the sole responsibility of the winner. Sponsor will comply with all income tax reporting obligations.

AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: Participation in the Giveaway constitutes full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent on fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

BY ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY, participants release and hold harmless Sponsor, and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Giveaway or any prize won, including any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in the Giveaway. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of this offer, administration of the Giveaway or in the announcement of prizes. In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with this Giveaway, or the integrity and/or feasibility of the Giveaway is undermined by any event including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, hacking, or any federal, state or local government law, order or regulation, order of any court, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the Giveaway without further obligation and, if so, Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation, to award the prize from among all valid and eligible entries received up to the time of such Force Majeure event. All entries are the property of Sponsor and are not returnable. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION: This Giveaway is intended for viewing in the United States only and shall be construed and interpreted according to U.S. law. Do not enter this Giveaway if you are not a resident of the United States. Repetitive automated electronic submission of entries is specifically prohibited, and any such entries will be disqualified. Entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. In the event of a dispute, the potential winner may be required to provide proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the identified Instagram account, and Sponsor’s decision will be final. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, including any error that may result in an erroneous appearance of qualification for a prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction of any computer equipment or software that results in loss of entry. WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY COMPUTERIZED SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

USE OF ENTRANT’S PERSONAL INFORMATION: Information collected from entrants is subject to the HPB privacy policy.

WINNERS LIST: The name of the Prize winner may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope postmarked by August 30, 2013 to: Half Price Books Corporate Office, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas TX 75231, Attention: 2013 Book Beard $10 Gift Card Giveaway. SPONSOR: The Half Price Books, Records and Magazines, Incorporated, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas TX 75231