Friday, December 9, 2011

Happy Haulidays from Chronicle Books

As most of my fellow readers, followers, peeps, and friends know -- I am a book hoarder. I have stacks and stacks of books in my "To Be Read" pile. I have books I want to give to my friends. I attend book signings of favorite authors and celebrities. My house is virtually becoming a library; much to my family disgust.

Well...when I received this email from Chronicle Books, how could I say no: It's been a tough year for non-profits, libraries, reading rooms, and literacy programs. But you can make your favorite charity's holiday season bright by entering the 2nd Annual Happy Haul-idays Giveaway!

This year, we're not only giving away up to $500 worth of Chronicle books to one lucky blogger and one commenter on the winning blog post—we're also asking the winning blogger to choose one charity to receive up to $500 of books from us. It's just our way of spreading holiday cheer and sharing the gift of reading.

So if I had $500 to spend on books, what books would I get? Such a tough question...let me tackle this.

Here is my list:
1: The Lifeboard: Follow Your Vision. Realize Your Dreams. ($14.95)
2: Brain Boot Camp: Work Out Your Mind and Boost Brainpower with Your Very Own Electronic Coach ($29.95)
3: Curious Lists: A Creative Journal for List-Lovers ($12.95)
4: 1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment ($9.95)
5: Smut: Volume 2 ($14.95)
6: Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor: An Interactive Mystery ($24.95)
7: Dante's Divine Comedy: Boxed Set ($100.00)
8: Christopher Walken A to Z: The Man • The Movies • The Legend ($16.95)
9: Obsessed With Football: Test Your Knowledge on and off the Gridiron($29.95)
10: Women Know Everything!: 3,241 Quips, Quotes, and Brilliant Remarks ($16.95)
11: Simple Steps Toward a Healthier Earth ($12.99)
12: DC Superheroes: A How-to-Draw Kit ($16.95)
13: Other Goose: Re-Nurseried and Re-Rhymed Children's Classics ($19.99)
14: In the Garden with Van Gogh ($6.99)
15: Sylvia Long's Mother Goose ($22.99)
16: Atlanta ($29.95)
17: One Line a Day ($16.95)
18: The Ultimate Metallica ($35.00)
19: All My Friends Are Dead ($9.95)
20: Sexy Truth or Dare: Pick-A-Stick ($14.95)

The charity I would like to choose to receive $500 dollars worth of books (if I win) is Read Alliance which works to improve the educational trajectory of at-risk kindergarten and first grade students through one-to-one tutoring in basic reading skills. For typical students who come from a low-income home in New York City’s most disadvantaged communities—the learning unfornuately stops when the school day ends. The tragic result? 60% of children in inner city school districts nationwide, including a large proportion of New York City’s public school population and 100% of Read Alliance students, read below grade level. Without intervention, the achievement gap between these at-risk students and their peers will continue to grow, with detrimental effects on achievements later in life. In fact, studies show that struggling readers from low-income communities are 13 times less likely to complete high school than their peers who read proficiently. I simply do not like this data and studies and as a teacher, this charity is close to my heart.

Now remember, if I win, I will choose one lucky commenter on this entry to win the same haul of books that I chose. So comment comment comment!

UPDATE: I did not win this year. But it was fun entering! I crossed off the books I either ordered/put on my Amazon wish list. Thanks to everyone who posted a comment!


  1. Oooh! The Ultimate Metallica sounds interesting! Good luck!

  2. You've got some fun, fun picks! If I don't win my own blog list, I'd be happy to win yours.

  3. I discovered All My Friends Are Dead a few weeks ago, and it's absolutely hilarious! Good luck!

  4. Dante's Divine Comedy: Boxed Set would be on my list, for sure!

    good luck to both of us! ;D

  5. Lovely charity choice! Everyone's charity picks are making me wish everyone would win. :)

    Good luck!

  6. How did I not see the book about Batman?! The fancy Dante set would be wonderful to have as well!

    workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com

  7. Brain Boot Camp sounds really useful. Thanks for the chance to win with you!

    bamagv at aol dot com

  8. Great choices! Good luck!

    mybookbarn at hotmail dot com

  9. I love your choices! Good luck!

    Check out my list <a href=">here</a>


  10. What a great list, I like the Sexy Truth or Dare you snuck in at the end! Best of luck to you. Here is my list:

  11. That Christopher Walken book looks interesting!

    Feel free to comment on my post:
    the bookish mama

  12. Great list! I'd love to win these, if I don't win my own. Good luck!

  13. Christopher Walken has scared me ever since I saw Sarah, Plain and Tall...don't know why though!

  14. Your house sounds like mine--books, books, books.
    I like your list and I like mine.

    find my list at:
    Tossing It Out

  15. What an excellent cause! It is SO important for the little ones at that age.

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

    Happy holidays!

  16. In the Garden with Van Gogh sounds lovely. Fingers crossed for you to win!

  17. Nice picks! Good luck :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  18. My son would be all over drawing superheros. Cool list!

  19. oooh! I would love to win your list! Good luck to you (and if you win, good luck to me!)


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