happy haul-idays giveaway with chronicle books

Sunday, November 13, 2011 |
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are upon us – but they’re almost here! As I did my grocery shopping yesterday I saw store aisles wholly devoted to decorations in red and green. Luckily they haven’t put the Christmas trees out for sale yet (the fresh cut ones, anyway), so I don’t feel utterly behind.

To get you (and me) in the holiday spirit, and to help out with your shopping list, Chronicle Books is hosting its second annual Happy Haul-idays giveaway. It’s a pretty sweet deal. They’ll give one blog-posting winner $500 in books, one commenter $500 in books, and one charity $500 in books. That’s a lot of lovely printed matter to go around… so how can you win a piece of the prize?

Option number one: Enter directly by posting about the giveaway on your blog. Option number two: Comment on the post of the winner's entry. Also gain extra chances by tweeting daily with the #happyhaulidays hashtag. It’s that easy. Check out the instructions in more detail here.

One of the best bits about this giveaway is that the winner will pick a charity to receive $500 worth of books. In the unlikely event that I win, I'd like the prize to go to First Book, a DC-based charity that provides new books to underprivileged kids. My roommate Emily introduced me to First Book and its work, and it has been on my mind ever since. First Book connects with a network of educators and organizations to provide new books to low-income children. A worthy cause for any book-lover.

And now for the fun and frivolous part… what would I choose with my winnings?

For Christmas reading:

The Story of Christmas text based on the King James Version, illustrations by Pamela Dalton

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrations by Christopher Silas Neal

Very Merry Cookie Party by Barbara Grunes and Virginia Van Vynckt, photographs by France Ruffenach

For pastry and sweets recipes:

Miette by Meg Ray with Lesley Jonath, photographs by Frankie Frankeny

Flour by Joanne Chang with Christie Matheson, photographs by Keller + Keller

Tartine by Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, foreward by Alice Waters, photographs by France Ruffenach

Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson, photographs by Eric Wolfinger

Milk & Cookies by Tina Casaceli, foreward by Jacques Torres, photographs by Antonis Achilleos

For my savory cooking library:

Rustica by Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish, photographs by Alan Benson

The Country Cooking of Italy by Coleman Andrews, foreward by Mario Batali, photographs by Christopher Hirsheimer

Poulet by Cree LeFavour, photographs by France Ruffenach

For my sister (the writer and educator extraordinnaire):

Ready, Set, Novel! by Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant and Tavia Stewart-Streit

Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl

For fun and just-because:

How to Speak Zombie by Steve Mockus, illustrations by Travis Millard

Lincoln in 3-D by Bob Zeller and John J. Richter, prologue by Harold Holzer

Paper Blossoms by Ray Marshall (times TWO - one for me, and one for a friend!)

See's Famous Old Time Candies by Margaret Moos Pick

Total? $498.72. Just under the bar. Remember, you can enter here, or simply by commenting on my post.

Which of the books on my list would you be most eager to own?


Amy said...

I trekked out to the grocery yesterday too and did run across a few decorations. The stores in DC haven't gone crazy yet with the exception of Macy's which is fully decked out. Not ready for it yet! :-)

Lovely idea. I'm a big fan of First Books too.

Unknown said...

I would love to win Poulet! Good luck!!

M.A.D. said...

I'd never heard of Chronicle's Happy Haul-idays until this year! Can you imagine winning $500 worth of books? I'd think I'd died and gone to Bibliophile's Heaven lol :D

Anyhoo - Sweet book list you've got. My two favorites are Miette for that luscious cover & How to Speak Zombie cos you just never know ;D

Kristen M. said...

There's a Sees book?!? How did I miss that! I will definitely be buying that one for my mom for Christmas. And like I said on my post, if I don't win this year, I'm buying myself Milk & Cookies. :) Good luck to us!

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Julie @ Read Handed said...

This copy of the Story of Christmas looks beautiful. I have that one on my list, too!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

That is an amazing giveaway! I'm starting to get in the holiday spirit, but I won't let myself go crazy until after Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Good luck! Your list looks great, especially the cookbooks.

Ryan said...

I got my email on this one the other day, I need to get my post done.

I really like the books you chose, especially the Christmas ones.

Good luck!


Melinda said...

Great cookbooks! Good luck!

Craftinomicon said...

Yummy cookbooks! Lots of other great reads there too it seems, good luck to us both!


Ginny Larsen said...

oh, i feel so special to have some books on your list for ME !!! :D hehe, i guess i rank up there, eh?

this looks awesome.

and you should win just because you're awesome.

and your charity of choice sounds AMAZING as well. so they should pick you :D

Rhianna said...

:D so many great choices on your list! (and I could swear I commented to you aready!)

Good luck!

jcamp2020 said...

Very Merry Cookie Party would be on my wish list also.

Good and tasty list you have there! I wish us both good luck! ;D

Unknown said...

I chose First Book too! We also have some similar books in common. :)

Feel free to comment back on my post:
the bookish mama

Happy holidays!

Unknown said...

Great collection of books and your charity sounds terrific!

Good luck!

Mystica said...

The Country Cooking of Italy would be my pick.

Good luck with the competition.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

I have some of the same cookbooks on my list. Nice Christmas selection. Good luck!

throuthehaze said...

Nice variety! Milk & Cookies looks good :) Good luck
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

TRAN! (www.thinktran.com) said...

Great list! Good luck!

Julie said...

First Book has been a popular charity on the lists - great choice! I'm also loving all of the cookbooks on your list (I have Tartine Bread on my own list as well!)

Good luck to you!


Kelly Robinson said...

Super picks! I made my own list at Book dirt, but I love seeing how everyone's is different.

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