Sunday, November 28, 2010

Celebrate the Haul-idays with Chronicle Books!

Chronicle Books is not just the independent publisher of distinctive books and gifts, it is the host of Happy Haul-idays, a downright delightful and drool-worthy contest that I just could not resist participating in. What must WE do to win loads and loads of books? Below I am posting a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500 that I'd like to haul in, which enters me into a drawing to WIN my list of books! If my post is chosen as the winner, one of the commenters on my post will win the list too! Are you drooling yet? Because just browsing through their catalog made me feel like a kid in a candy store.

Books I would give to family and friends:

SURFER Magazine: 50 Years caught my eye because my younger brother has been a subscriber for many years, and loves to surf.

Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads & Kids by Todd Davis would be absolutely great for my hubby! He loves finding fun things to do with our kids on his days off!

For my mom, Embroidered Effects by Jenny Hart. She is really into quilting right now, and has started embroidering her quilts. I think this book would give her some great inspiration.

For my dad, The Beatles Anthology in hardcover. One of the many things my dad has taught his only daughter is a love for The Beatles.

For both of my parents, Ultimate Book of Card Games by Scott McNeely. My parents love playing cards, and I think they'd enjoy browsing through the book for new games to play with their friends on camping trips. 

These two books featuring Frank Paul's Julius character, High Five and Only in Dreams would be perfect for my newest nephew! I'll See You In the Morning by Mike Jolley is a board book that looks too sweet for words and would also be perfect.
Andrew Zimmerman's Creature ABC and Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld would be for my 4-year-old nephew. They look fabulous!
For my Sister-In-Law, who just had a baby (my newest nephew), Porn For New Moms. This series makes me laugh out loud and I think she'd really enjoy it.

For my kids, The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino, Eric Carle's Dream Snow Pop-up Advent Calendar, The Castaway Pirates by Ray Marshall, Olive, The Other Reindeer by J.otto Seibold, and The Lonesome Puppy by Yoshitomo Nara. My kids love to read, and I think these would all be up their alley. I picked the Advent Calendar because we all love Eric Carle and it would make the season so fun!

Books I would add to my own bookshelves:

 The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks by Bethany Keeley looks awesome! It always makes me laugh/drives me crazy when people use quotation marks when they're not needed!

Hubby and I are definitely tree lovers, and I think The Life and Love of Trees would be a fantastic coffee table book at our house.

Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel looks like something totally out of my usual reading, but I'm intrigued by the cover art and the idea of reading "one of Hindu mythology's best-loved and most enduring tales."

My kids are always saying things that I chuckle over and I wish I had been keeping track before now. I'd love the My Quotable Kid journal to keep track of what they've been saying.

Blind Trust by Barbara Boxer and Mary-Rose Hayes looks like an intriguing and current thriller.

I can always use reminders to enjoy life in this moment, rather than stress out about the things I need to have done at some point in the future. 1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment by Barbara Kipfer looks great.

Finally, I'd need one of Chronicle's super-cool "Books are My Bag" totes to carry my books around.

Phew, that was exhausting. Almost more exhausting than Black Friday shopping, except that I got to do it from the comfort of my computer chair. Be sure to leave a comment here if you'd like a chance to win a boatload of books from Chronicle Books (make sure you leave your email address in the comment if it's not available in your profile)!


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