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Chronicle Books Happy Haul-idays Drawing!

It takes a lot to get me really excited about this sort of thing but I actually spend a lot of money on crafting books from Chronicle Books already! Wouldn't it be uber cool to make off like a bandit this holiday season? Awww, seriously though I could use a nice treat and something tells me one of my readers would dig some of the stuff I found (some of this I already have on one of my Amazon wishlists, teehee!).

So here's how it works...

The Official Rules

for BLOGGERS: Post a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500 that you’d like to haul in, and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to WIN your list of books! And, one of your readers who comments on the post will win the list too!
Last day to submit entries is December 10th!

You just have to fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page here. I'm assuming that's so they'll know who to award the prize to. ;)

for EVERYONE ELSE: Visit these blogs for your chance to win a haul of Chronicle Books! Each of these blogs has posted a list of books valued up to $500! One blogger and one commenter on the winning post will each WIN the list!
Winners will be announced on December 13th!

Can we say kickass? Yes we can! And a big thanks to the awesome Velvet of vvb32reads for posting hers up which is where I saw this for the first time. Oh the woe if I hadn't caught this one. And without further ado... MY LIST!

World of Geekcraft Step-by-Step Instructions for 25 Super-Cool Craft Projects
Why did I pick it? I am 101% GEEK. I own about $10,000 worth of Star Wars action figures. I wear World of Warcraft tee shirts. One of my cats is named after a Final Fantasy VII character. I miss Firefly. They're called graphic novels, not comics. 'Nuff said.

Embroidered Effects Projects and Patterns to Inspire Your Stitching
Why did I pick it? Some of you readers may remember my big craftgasm posts last spring about learning embroidery. I shared links to Jenny Hart's website and her really fun patterns. I recently finished bib #4 and started #5. Unless there is another book coming I don't know about this is the only one I am still missing! Time to learn some advanced techniques.

The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex
Why did I pick it? *giggles* I'm going to blame Flight of the Conchords. And I love humor books! And sex books! And 'cause the title alone classifies this book as the perfect item to make sure my mother sees next time she visits to get her to go home sooner*. Did I mention Flight of the Conchords?
(*See October review slowness and weep)

Yum-Yum Bento Box Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches
Why did I pick it? Among the handful of things I have secretly obsessed about wanting to try bento is in the top five. This book is even on one of my Amazon wishlists. Even if I never get around to trying it how cute is this book anyway? So cute it belongs in my collection of cookbooks!

The Star Wars Cookbook II Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes
Why did I pick it? No joke—though I kind of wish it was!—I bought the first The Star Wars Cookbook the week it hit shelves. I still have it. I've even made a lot of the recipes in it. I had no children at the time but my kids love it now. I think we all secretly just adore the pictures. Yet I've never broken down to add this one to the collection. I think it might be time. ;)

Zombies A Record of the Year of Infection
Why did I pick it? It's called Zombies. Duh! After devoting a month of my blog life to the great debate of Steampunk versus Zombies I think there is little more that can be said. I ♥ Zombies!

The Writer's Toolbox Creative Games and Exercises for Inspiring the "Write" Side of Your Brain
Why did I pick it? I'm shy about it but as soon as I could write sentences I began my love affair with writing. I was first published at the age of 7. And unless blogging and collective fan-fic count I haven't been published again. But someday I want to remedy that and anything that can help me improve my beloved craft is worthy of being listed. :)

Porn for New Moms
From the Cambridge Women’s Pornography Cooperative

Why did I pick it? Foxy dudes + cute babies = *awwww* One of the sexiest things I've ever seen is my husband holding our newborn son and later our newborn daughter for the first time. There's just something about seeing that raw love and desire to protect your spawn that makes a man damn hot. Plus these are just some of the funniest books in general... which is why I think I'm gonna add another to the list. ;)

Mini Masters Boxed Set (The set includes: Dancing with Degas, A Picnic with Monet, A Magical Day with Matisse, and In the Garden with Van Gogh.)
Why did I pick it? Okie, so this pick is more for the baby than myself. My husband and I have a mutual passion for Van Gogh that kind of added to the courtship phase of our relationship. Though neither of us made it to AIS like we had both aspired to our love of art has yet to wane.

The Official High Times Pot Smoker's Handbook
Why did I pick it? Definitely a controversial choice. No, I'm not a pot smoker. I do happen to have a couple of relatives who, for medical reasons, are. My state has had soooo much debate and drama over Marijuana lately I just don't get it. Legalize the crap and let it be taxed, regulated and so on. I don't care if that offends anyone and I have no plans to use it if it's legal but it'd sure make my family's life easier. This is a way to show my support of legalization without being too out there.

Mom's Ultimate Family Organizer A One-Stop Planner for Busy Moms
Why did I pick it? As regular readers of my blog know... I am one busy momma. I can't even get to MY computer right now for all the junk piles around it. Paperwork, bills, ARCs, magazines, CDs, coupons, all kinds of STUFF. I want to be organized but have yet to find an organizer I like. This one might be a good place to start. Maybe I can finally get my desk back.

Bitten Dark Erotic Stories
Why did I pick it? Really tantalizing erotica is hard to find. Some is too fetishy, others too clinical. With this snakey cover it'd make an attractive and subtle bedside book no matter what.

The Toddler Café Fast Recipes and Fun Ways to Feed Even the Pickiest Eater
Why did I pick it? If my Amazon reviews of baby food cookbooks are any indication I loooove cookbooks geared toward feeding little people. So far my big kids are the more picky of the bunch but if she's anything like her father the baby may end up hating a lot of foods too. Some surprising things she loves include artichokes, hummus and cranberries. I'd love to see what the Toddler Cafe has to offer. :)

Everything Tastes Better with Bacon 70 Fabulous Recipes for Every Meal of the Day
Why did I pick it? As if this one needs explaining? It's BACON! No, I don't eat it often. But if there was one food you could feed me as a kid to get me to shut up... it was bacon. My favorite guilty pleasure snack is my peanut butter and bacon sandwich. It's all about the crunchiness, toasted wheat bread, chunky Adam's peanut butter and crispy bacon strips. Mmmmmm. Give me the bacon porn!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Why did I pick it? As much as I have avoided this one for the trendy factor I can't lie... I have wanted to read it. I've never actually read a Jane Austen novel (trend factor again) but I love mash-ups and this is pretty much the one that started it all. So why not eh?

Subversive Cross Stitch 33 Designs for Your Surly Side
Why did I pick it? I've actually eyeballed this one for ages. I don't do cross-stitch. But I'm notorious for my potty mouth which my husband blames on my Irish heritage. Maybe this would motivate me to try it. Can I get a #@!! yeah?

Lickshot A Photo Scrapbook
Why did I pick it? Ben Watts, brother of actress Naomi Watts, has a style I've always liked. Some of my favorite photos of the late Heath Ledger were taken by Watts. Since some of those are in this book I think this book—while being the most expensive on this list—is priceless. I was such a huge fan of Ledger that I still have a hard time watching his films without feeling an embarrassing level of grief. His talent was unfathomable for someone our age (we were the same age at the time of his death) and I feel like we didn't even get to see all he was capable of. But enough rambling... on to other picks...

Wonder Woman: The Complete History The Life and Times of the Amazon Princess
Why did I pick it? When I was four my mom put my Wonder Woman underoos on over thermal underwear so I could be the Amazon Princess for Halloween. I wish I had a pair of those underoos in my size still. Yay for girl power!

Fuck the World
Why did I pick it? It's utterly devious but all in good fun. I enjoy this sort of humor though I'm too scared of getting in trouble to "deface" a sign or something. I'll live vicariously through the author.

XXX Porn for Women
Why did I pick it? If you saw the Porn for New Moms book above you'll understand why the other thing I love is a handsome man taking part in some choreplay. My husband shoveling the snow so I can safely get to the car while carrying baby and 20lbs of baby gear? Hot. Hubby picking up his own laundry from the bathroom floor? Steamy. Any man doing the dishes? SMOLDERING!

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better A Girl's Guide to Guy Stuff
Why did I pick it? In my circle of friends I'm generally that girl who is "one of the guys" but on the same token I manage to also be the one who feeds them, remembers which kind of beer they like (and make sure it's stocked) and when our guy friends come to visit for a weekend of gaming or the holidays will wash their clothes. Basically, I can do it all and I'm proud of it. But there's still some stuff I don't get. I am completely baffled by tools, how to build a fire and all things sports and gambling related. Yep, I would so love to show I don't need them for those things either.

The Villain's Guide to Better Living
Why did I pick it? Why is it that the bad guys always seem to be having way more fun? I love a good villain and I have often thought I would enjoy writing one more than good guys. This would not only be a fun conversation starter book but might inspire some villainy in real life. >:)

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Paranormal
Why did I pick it? I read enough paranormal related fiction to likely know everything in this book already but wouldn't this be an easier manual to pick up in case of a werewolf bite or alien abduction?

How Not to Write An Office Primer for the Gramatically Perplexed
Why did I pick it? Not gonna lie... grammar is so not my strong suit. I feel more comfortable with a conversational writing style but we all know that's not the proper way to be writing. I seriously should be sent back to elementary school. Maybe this book could help me improve my writing for the blog? Make me seem a little more professional?

Use This Book! The Only Book You'll Ever Need
Why did I pick it? It says it's the only book I'll ever need. Shouldn't I get this one then? lol

Fairy Parties Recipes, Crafts, and Games for Enchanting Celebrations
Why did I pick it? Having a baby girl I'm slowly reconnecting with my inner girly-girl who once lived for unicorns, tea parties and playing dress-up. I adore fairy stuff and this book is as cute as it gets. I can't wait to do some of the fun girly things I once loved with my daughter when she's big enough to enjoy them. :)

And there my Haul-iday choices are coming in at a grand total of $498.79 just shy of the $500 mark. Not a bad way to spend that kind of cash. Don't forget to visit the other blogs and leave your comment for a chance to win!


Hanging Off The Wire said...

Ha! I love your list. I've written down some to mt "to-read" list! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Wouldn't it be awesome to win?

Anonymous said...

I didn't see the Toddler Cafe book! That looks pretty cool.

Good luck!

Offbeat Follies said...

I would definitely love to have a lot of these books! Good luck and thanks for commenting on my list, too! <3

Barb Smith said...

Girl, anyone who chooses a book about bacon has got be a friend of mine! (I'm from the south, we love us some bacon.) Great list and thanks for stopping by.
Peace & Love,

Lexie said...

The Yum Yum Bento book is awesome looking (how did I miss that!?) Here's hoping we win!


Rhianna said...

I'm so with y'all! As I checked out other people's lists I was finding other books I missed and wishin' I could go back and prioritize. :P But thanks for stopping by and good luck to all!

Jennifer said...

Great list. We have similar taste. Good luck to us both.

throuthehaze said...

Awesome list!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Your picks are definitely a little spicier than mine! :) It's fun to dream, isn't it?

vvb32 reads said...

ooo, i like your picks too. the bento box one looks like a cute and yummy one.

Anonymous said...

your list is similar to mine! Good luck!!^^

moonsword said...

great list! best of luck!

Haylee said...

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


jcamp2020 said...

What a nice list. Good luck to both of us! And thank you
Chronicle Books.

jcamp2020 at aol dot com

Joanne said...

What a great list of books!



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