For many people, the beginning of a new year means whipping out a new diary to write in. One of these people is Greg Heffley, the fictional hero of the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, whose first and titular installment is the featured “gift” for day eight of Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts.

The basis for the 2010 comedy film of the same name, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is the first book in the popular illustrated series of satirical teen fiction books by Jeff Kinney:

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

I’ve read the book myself, and I highly recommend it if you want a breezy yet hilarious read to start the new year with.

Normally available for $7.99, the iBooks edition of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney is free to download through the 12 Days of Gifts app. It can also be downloaded for free directly from the iBooks Store in the iBooks app.

Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts is available in the App Store for free. It’s compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 7.0 or later.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is the second iBooks title to be offered for free by Apple in 12 Days of Gifts. The first was “Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014,” which was featured for day three of the holiday giveaway app.

Apple also previously offered the following “gifts” through 12 Days of Gifts: Justin Timberlake’s iTunes Festival EP for day one, the “Once Upon a Time” pilot and Tiny Thief for day two, Toca House for day four, Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” for day five, Avicii’s “New Year’s Eve Mix” for day six, and Rayman Jungle Run for day seven.