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chronicle books happy haul-idays giveaway!


Okay, this is probably the coolest holiday book giveaway ever!

And it's sponsored by one of my favorite publishers, Chronicle Books, whom I've loved since the days of Griffin & Sabine (1991). They're asking bloggers to post a wish list of books they'd most like to win, up to a value of $500. And, *wait for it* --if alphabet soup wins the giveaway, one commenter on this post will also win the entire list!!

Can you imagine?! Awesome overload and then some! You can get a lot of books for $500!

Anyway, I had a fabulous time going through Chronicle's quirky catalog of artfully designed titles (drooling over most of them), and came up with a delectable buffet of children's books, cookbooks, art and pop culture books, and a couple of notecard sets. Think whoopie pies, macarons, crumpets, the fab four, Jane, soup, even paper dolls. It was so much fun being a kid in a candy store, dreaming of winning the big prize.

Check out my hopeful haul:

The Beatles Anthology (2000)

Noonie's Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback, illustrated by Sarajo Frieden (2010)

Tea & Crumpets: Recipes and Rituals from Tearooms and Cafés by Margaret M. Johnson and Leigh Beisch (2009)

Delicious: The Art and Life of Wayne Thiebaud by Susan Goldman Rubin (2007)

Whoopie Pies by Sarah Billingsley and Amy Treadwell (2010)


I ♥ Macarons by Hisako Ogita (2009)


The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan (2007)


Don't Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table by Vanessa Brantley Newton (2010)


Around the World with Mouk by Mark Boutavant (2009)


Sticky, Gooey, Messy, Chewy by Jill O'Connor (2007)


Southern Pies by Nancie McDermott (2010)

Soup's On! by Leslie Jonath and Frankie Frankeny (2007)

Alphabet Boxed Notecards (2007)


Rosie Flo's Kitchen Coloring Book by Roz Streeten (2010)


My Lunch Box: 50 Recipes to Take to School by Hilary Shevlin Karmilowicz, illustrated by Rebecca Bradley (2009)


Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl (2010)

Lists by Liza Kirwin (2010)

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long (2006)

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long (2007)

Eye Candy Notecards, illustrated by Helen Dardik (2010)


Grandma's Wedding Album by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Karla Gudeon (2011)


Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier (2010)


Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Elisa Kleven (2008)


Shadow by Suzy Lee (2010)


Pretty amazing stuff, no? Such a brilliant marketing idea! I like how each blogger comes up with a different list, reflecting his/her personality and interests. The generous prize is great incentive for bloggers to learn more about and share their favorites from Chronicle's catalog, and offering to provide a second haul to a blog commenter is the perfect way to extend the holiday cheer.

♥ If you click here, you can see the entire list of bloggers participating in this giveaway. Comment on any of their posts by December 10th for a chance to win their dream hauls! Contest is open to U.S. residents only, and the winner will be announced December 13th.

Don't forget to leave a comment here if you'd like to win my list! Make sure your rabbit's foot or lucky horseshoes are close by. Rub a bald man's head for luck if you have to. Cross your fingers, toes, maybe even your eyes. Wish wish wish! :)

Come on, chant with me: Win! Win! Win! Win!


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( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 1st, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
You and I have very similar tastes - no surprise! Good luck to both of us! LOL What a great idea! (And I've always loved Chronicle Books!)
Dec. 1st, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Here's to good taste and a genius promo idea.
Yes good luck to us!
Dec. 1st, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Haul-idays giveaway
you picked out lots of great books`Thanks!
Dec. 1st, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Haul-idays giveaway
*fingers crossed*

Thanks for stopping by today, Kelly.
Dec. 1st, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
I've tried to think of an unselfish reason to comment here, but just can't! So, let's just say, I'm in...and I'm going to do my own post later, so you should stop in and comment there, too! :)

Very cool!
Dec. 1st, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
oops--just saw all the choices. Let's say later THIS WEEK! :)
Dec. 1st, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Good! I'm looking forward to seeing your list. Regarding unselfish: think of these as possible gifts or donations :). And there's no crime in indulging yourself once in awhile, especially during the holidays. :)
Dec. 1st, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Those are some beautiful books! I especially like the seed one.
Dec. 1st, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Me too. Sylvia Long's illos are breathtakingly beautiful.
Dec. 1st, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Whoopie Pies and Macaroons? I'm IN!!!

Thanks for this great post - I'll have to check out the others! :)
Dec. 1st, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
A girl after my own heart! ♥
Dec. 2nd, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Gorgeous choices, Jama! Here's hoping Santa sees fit to bring you everything on this wish list!
Dec. 2nd, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, Melodye :)!
Dec. 2nd, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Go, Jama! I really want you to win because I know that you'll write lovely posts about each and every book on the dream list, and we'll all get to celebrate with you.

And now I'm hungry. I don't have any macarons or pie handy, but I do have soup!
Dec. 2nd, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yay for soup! I'm still hooked on Wolfgang Puck's Hearty Vegetable, as per your recommendation :). Now I need to order some macarons from MadMac to carry out some comparison testing. No, I'm not afraid of all this hard work.
Dec. 2nd, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
Chewy and Gooey ... yum! Can't wait to see what you think of Noonie and Princess Victoria!!
Dec. 3rd, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
I'm anxious to read both of those :). Heard good things about Noonie, especially.
Dec. 3rd, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
So glad you are doing this. Chronicle has a lot of books that make me think of you. Good luck!
Dec. 3rd, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
Good luck to us both! Happy to hear you approve :).
Dec. 5th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Here's hoping for a win! Good luck!

Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com
Dec. 5th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Molly!
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Dec. 8th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Good luck, Jama!
Dec. 8th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Chronicle Books Contest
I love your list and hope to win too!
You can also comment on my blog jaxiejax.com for a chance to win.
Dec. 9th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Wow please win! I seriously think I would cry if I won all these books!

Dec. 9th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Chronicle Books
Love your list! Thank you Chronicle Books for this giveaway!

Good luck to both of us!

jcamp2020 at aol dot com
Dec. 9th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Chronicle Books Haul-iday
What a great list of books!

Unus Sed Leona
Dec. 11th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Great List
You got a great list going! Love all the cookbooks. Good luck!
Dec. 6th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Books and Moon Pies!
Jama I hope you win! And then cook and bake and post and we can all drool. I love these books! (I haven't made my Christmas cookies yet and seeing these make me want to!)
Win! Win! Win! I'm chanting!!

Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Dec. 6th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Books and Moon Pies!
Well Moon Pies, Whoopie Pies, ANY kind of pies.

Rebecca Kai Dotlich
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