Chronicle Books Haul-idays

Chronicle Books has the best holiday giveaway I’ve ever seen going on — $500 in books for 1 blogger and $500 for 1 blogger’s reader for a total of $1,000.

As a blogger, you know I love books, but you also know I love to give away books.  Chronicle Books is giving these books away to a blogger or blog reader who lives in the United States and is 18 years or older.

All you have to do is check out the publisher’s Web site and make a list of books up to $500.  Check out their listWinners will be announced Dec. 13, 2010. Also check out this video:

Here’s my selections:

1. Fast, Fresh & Green by Susie Middleton which will help you make greens tasty; I’m always looking for new ways to make vegetables since I find them tough to eat.

2. Cupcake Kit by Elinor Klivans provides you with the tools necessary to make great cupcakes and decorate them like professionals.

3. Art of the Slow Cooker by Andrew Schloss is just the book for me because working early morning hours and waiting for a husband to come home from work, slow cookers save my life and allow me more time to read. While I have a number of soup recipes, this book can provide me with much more.

4. New Vegetarian by Robin Asbell would make a great gift for my vegetarian cousin and her girls. I’m sure she’s looking for new recipes. I’d love to get this one for her.

5. A Simple Plan by Gary Soto is a collection of poems by a poet I have not heard of before, but I’m always looking for new poets. I’m in luck because they have two other books by this author, though I’ll save those for after reading this one.

6. Werewolves by Paul Jessup for my husband who loves these illustrated comic-type books.

7. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Gross Junior Edition by David Borgenicht, Nathaniel Marunas, and Robin Epstein, which The Girl would adore!

8. The Ivy and Bean Secret Treasure Box by Annie Barrows for my niece.

9. Ivy and Bean Boxed Set 2 by Annie Barrows for my niece.

10. Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea? by Annie Barrows also for my niece.

11. Ivy and Bean Mini Notes by Annie Barrows for The Girl.

12. The Little Books Boxed Set by Amy Krouse Rosenthal for the young learners. I’ve got a nephew in mind for this one.

13. Creature: ABC by Andrew Zuckerman, another one for young learners.

14. Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls: How to Start a Band, Write Songs, Record an Album, and Rock Out! for The Girl.

15. Haikubes by Forrest-Pruzan Creative.

16. The Ultimate Metallica by Ross Halfin, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett.

17. Michael Jackson: Before He Was King by Todd Gray.

18. Wine Wars: A Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes by Joyce Lock for a friend’s husband who loves trivia.

19. Foodie Fight: A Trivia Game for Serious Food Lovers by Joyce Lock for that same friend’s husband.

20. Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition by Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant.

21. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Photopoetry.

Interested in winning the books (total of $499.34) I’ve selected, please leave a valid email address and let me know whether you would keep all of the books or give some away. You can read all the official rules here!


  1. Woo hoo! Please count me in!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com
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  2. Carol in Oregon says

    How much fun is THIS?

  3. You got a great list going! Lots of great cookbooks I would love to own. Good luck!

  4. Nice choice of books. Let’s wish us both alot of luck! And Thank You to Chronicle books!

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    love Ivy & Bean

  5. What a great list of books!

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  6. Wow please win! I seriously think I would cry if I won all these books!


  7. great list! best of luck!

  8. Nice picking! I’d keep about half the books and share the rest. Good luck to us both!

  9. I would keep some and share some. Good luck!

  10. I have been coveting the cupcake kit…
    Good luck!

  11. nice! good luck!
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  12. great list. hope we win!

  13. Teresa Thomas Bohannon says

    A wonderful list. Several are the same or similar to the ones I selected See My List Here Good luck.
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  14. Awesome list, Serena! I love them all! Good luck and please feel free to check out my list as well:
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  15. Terrific list of books! The Subway Art book looks great! There are so many great books & other items to choose from!
    What a wonderful contest Chronicle Books is hosting!

    My list post is up on my blog, too!
    Good luck!

    ~ Amy
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  16. I did the same… made half my list as gifts for friends and family. It was just so easy to come up with good ideas!
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  17. Amazing list- something for everyone:) Best of luck- please comment on my own list for another chance to win!
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  18. Great list!

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  19. Gaby @ Starting Fresh says

    Great list – I like the cookbooks and children’s books best of all. Thanks for the entry.

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  20. I love that you have a wide selection of things. Nice!!

  21. Great list…great contest.
    katklaw777 at yahoo dot com
    Good luck!

  22. Good luck! I had the same thought as you – I saw so many books for those on my gift list!

  23. I know you’re really excited about that photopoetry book. Good luck!
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  24. Great list! I would give some as gifts to my niece as well. Of course, I’d want to keep some for myself too!

  25. Wow – you found a lot of amazing books I didn’t even see! I’d love to win your haul!
    Gayle´s last blog post ..Chronicle Books Happy Haul-idays Contest

  26. OMG! gnarly dude! this is the best.
    like you i like to give as much as receive. so my list will be composed of books for myself and future blog giveaways.
    i’m gonna add the werewolves book to my list ;-D

  27. Great list of books! Good luck, Serena!

  28. A very eclectic list of books. Some I would certainly keep, and several I would share. The Ivy and Bean books need a home with a bright little girl, like my great niece, Leah. And my learning-to-cook granddaughter would enjoy the cup cake book. What fun it would be to look through and enjoy these books.

  29. Wow! I’m the first to comment? How cool is that?! I LOVED your list! Here’s hoping to a win! Good luck!

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