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It's the HAUL-iday Season

Hey guys! Chronicle Books is doing a really awesome thing for this holiday season.  Pretty much they are inviting bloggers to go on the Chronicle website and pick $500 worth of books that they'd love to have.  And not only does the blogger get all of the books if they win, a lucky commenter gets a set of the books as well.  PLUS, this year, in the face of the hard economical times, Chronicle is also donating $500 worth of books to the blogger's choice of charity.  Definitely a GREAT way to spread the holiday joy!

I've picked some awesome books, running the gamut of art books to humor books.  A little something that I think incorporates all my interests! You should all check out the list, leave a comment if you like the books, and enter to win!!!

The HAUL: $499

The Art of Pixar By Amid Amidi  $50.00 
Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets By Caitlin Keegan 18.95
Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide By Chris Keeney $16.95
Open Studios with Lotta Jansdotter: Twenty-Four Artists' Spaces By Lotta Jansdotter $24.95
Roadstrips: A Graphic Journey Across America Edited by Pete Friedrich $22.95 
The Small Object Labels and Stickers By Sarah Neuburger $10.95
Labels & Stickers By Lotta Jansdotter $10.95

All My Friends are Dead By Avery Monsen & Jory John $9.95
F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers By Richard Benson $9.95

1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment By Barbara Kipfer $9.95
52 Things to Try Once in Your Life
 By Lynn Gordon  $6.95
52 Ways to Celebrate Life By Lynn Gordon $6.95

Polaroid Notes: 20 Different Notecards and Envelopes $14.95
This Book Belongs To: 30 Pages of Bookplates and Stickers for the Book Lover $10.95
Pocket Plain Moleskine Cahier $8.95
See the World with Chronicle Books Tote Bag $2.99

Fanzines By Teal Triggs $40.00
A Simple Plan: Poems By Gary Soto $14.95
Bitten: Dark Erotic Stories Edited by Susie Bright $16.95 
Wanderlust By Troy M. Litten $14.95 
Window Seat: Reading the Landscape from the Air By Gregory Dicum $14.95
A Year in Japan By Kate T. Williamson $19.95
Dante's Divine Comedy Boxed Set By Sandow Birk and Marcus Sanders $100.00
The Doorbells of Florence: Fictional Stories and Photographs By Andrew Losowsky $18.95
Swimming With Strangers: Stories By Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum $22.95
Everyday Matters: A New York Diary By Danny Gregory $14.95
The Little Book of Saints $19.95

You can check out the specifics of each book at the Chronicle Books website.

For my charity, I am picking The Book Bus, which is an organization based out of the UK that  provides a mobile library service for children from disadvantaged communities and families in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador.  Not only does the organization maintain 3 book buses, they also work to replenish and refurbish local and school libraries.  I think this is a really great cause, and very appropriate charity since I love books and children!

And remember,


  1. Wow! What a great list! Can we pick something else apart from books? (i.e. Journals)

  2. Yeah Aik, if you write up your own you can pick any of the Chronicle products. It's really cool!

  3. Awesome! You did a good job at using up nearly every bit of that $500 limit (it's fun choosing, isn't it??) Good luck!

  4. I came close to picking the Dante set. If I don't win my own haul, I would love to win yours and snag that Dante!

  5. Great list! That Pixar book looks awesome.

  6. The Lynn Gordon books sound great. Good luck to you!

  7. Oh, you do want to go to the big chair by the fireplace with a very soft afgan and readwritereadwrite, don't you? Is it also raining outside? A cat in the room? :D

    enjoy every day..and good luck to us both

  8. Lots of great choices from the humor shelf! And some books I left off my list that I wanted last year. CB just makes too many great books eh?

    Good luck!

  9. Love your list - I've found Chronicle has so many great books!

  10. F in Exams is on my list too :) Good luck!

  11. I didn't see some of those books when I was compiling my list. I'd be really curious to see that Fanzines book. Good luck!

    workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com

  12. All My Friends Are Dead looks hilarious! Thanks for the chance to win with you

    bamagv at aol dot com

  13. Great picks! Good luck!

  14. I love how you divided your list up into categories, very smart! Best of luck!

  15. Great list, good luck!


  16. Dante, interesting choice! I remember it vaguely from high school. :) Good luck!

  17. Great list! Good luck :)

    love for you to stop by & comment on mine :-) amyreneonline.com

  18. Nice collection. Good luck!

    find my list at:
    Tossing It Out

  19. Wonderful list! Isn't it awesome to make the list and dream about winning?! Good luck!

    Stop by and check out my list. =O)


  20. Great collection og books. I'd be very happy with this haul :o)

    Good luck!

  21. Good choice of books. Good luck with the competition. Great charity.

  22. A nice selection of Art and Poetry books
    amhengst at verizon dot net

  23. I like that you picked a lot of fiction books.

  24. What a wonderful list! I have the tote and All My Friends Are Dead on my own list (even though I just put in an order this AM that includes them!) I love the charity you chose as well - very worthy! Good luck!


  25. The Book Bus sounds like a great organization!

    Good luck and happy holidays!


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