Because you can never have too many books…

by Shannon on November 9, 2011

Chronicle (publisher of my book The Pillow Book, and one of my favorite publishers around, all things considered) is doing a contest called Happy Haul-idays. Here’s the scoop:

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.

I’ve chosen Project Learn, a local (Cleveland-based) charity whose mission is to promote adult literacy and education. So, without further ado…my books!

You may sense a bit of a theme here…when I’m not doing something crafty, chances are I am cooking!

What books would you order, if you could? What are you reading these days? Don’t forget to comment — you might win, too!

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

enidb November 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

There’s too many books to choose from, and I think I’ll overlap a bit with your list. I definitely like the Whole Grains cookbook, and will have some knitting and sewing books on my list. Right now I’m pouring over a stitchionary and a few other knitting books to get started designing a sweater pattern.

Jennifer November 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

What a wonderful idea! I’m looking forward to perusing their site tonight to see what they have! I have to admit a similar leaning toward cookbooks. I love reading them, and it seems like they are always useful to have on hand!

Megan November 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I would love to read ‘Pattern Making by Dennic Chunman Lo’. I think it would be a great creature outlet for someone in a very technical career.

Jess November 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I have been waaaay into ordering crafty books lately, particularly sewing and knitting and spinning (oh my!). I’m also into some spirituality types of books and for fiction I lean toward YA Lit. You can take the English teacher out of the classroom, and all that … 😉

deidre corbet November 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I would love to be able to donate books to my library and to the angel trees in our community. Thank you all for this chance.

JustVal November 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

My husband and I just purchased 13 acres, the gardening books would be at the top of my list and cook books most definitely would be next.
The organic garden loaded with lots of wonderful veges, I have to learn what to do with them and how to garden!

Carmen November 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Lately the books I’m reading are picture and board books LOL! I’d love to get a copy of Chicken and Egg, I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas, Penny Saving Household Helper – among others.

april yedinak November 10, 2011 at 7:55 am

I am currently burning my way through tons of YA Lit. Yes, I am too old for it, but it is such a wonderful, guilty pleasure.

Catie November 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I’ve been pretty obsessed with with cookbooks lately. I’m loving your list! Good luck!

Leslie November 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

I really need that gardening book! We had our first real attempt at a garden and it did all right, but I think we could do a lot better. Good luck on the contest!


Kelly November 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

I made my own list at my blog, so those are the ones I would pick, of course. If I can’t win my own list, I would love to win your amazing picks, though!

carolyn November 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I like your picks!

nfmgirl November 12, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Nice selection! I love cookbooks!

jeaneC November 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Okay, so I was surprised that you had so many cookbooks instead of craft books. I’m game! Love cookbooks too.

So, that being said, good luck to the two of us!

jeaneC from CA ;D

Rhianna November 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Love your charity choice! Literacy is so important at ALL AGES. I’m thrilled to see someone choose this as their charity. 🙂

Good luck!

Gretta November 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I love their selection of children’s books and their moleskin journals. Thanks for the chance to win with you!

bamagv at aol dot com

Kari M. November 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

I love Chronicle Books as well, and I’d love to own all of their books, but Pattern Making and Apartment Therapy are both on the top of my list!

Erin November 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

wow great organization to donate too!! I think it’s a great cause and would love to see you win! All your books look fantastic and I would love to have a chance to win. good luck!

heatherly November 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

what a great prize! there are soo many books that i would get.
i could complete my co=op press collection and fill a whole shelf besides.

Anna November 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Oh dear…so many! I love that so many of them are centered around being thrifty. That garden anywhere sounds real appetizing! We have a RubberMade garden on our porch, since we are in an apartment in Chicago and have no lawn to speak of.

And what am I reading? There seems to be a lot of Neil Gaiman going around these days. But my roomie and I have sort of been living off Clean Food by Terry Walters and Herbs for Health and Healing by Kathi Keville. (sounds like you would love these, if you haven’t discovered them already)

Good luck!

Tran Nguyen November 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Great list! Good luck!

Jennifer Miller November 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Love all the gardening/cooking books! Best of luck to everyone!

xxsquigglesxx November 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I love your list! Good luck! Right now I’m reading Flip This Zombie by Jesse Petersen. It’s the second book in a series (the first one is Married with Zombies). They are pretty funny books.

Check out my list here


Ella November 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Lately, I’ve mostly been reading blogs. I’m finishing a steampunk sci fi series of books.

Joanne November 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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

Homa November 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

The Ottolenghi book sounds great!

Vanessa November 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm

OK I totally love your list. The cooking books on your list look divine. Please pick me!

Arlee Bird November 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Cooking and crafts,
Sew that’s where it’s at.
Good luck to you
And luck for me too.

find my list at:
Tossing It Out

Throuthehaze November 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Lots of great books on your list. Good luck!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Kristy November 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Great list and perfect charity selection! Good luck!

Kat November 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

What great books! I really want the new edition of Craft Inc.

Theresa November 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Love your list! Good luck! I would love to win too. xx fingers crossed

Debbie November 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Love your list! It makes me want to get more crafty. Good luck!

ANN * November 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Labels Meat Bible sounds like one to learn from. A great selection of books.

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries November 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I almost chose Project Learn as my charity as well (as another Clevelander), but chose the Oglala Library at Pine Ridge Reservation instead. I didn’t include any craft books on my list this year (although I WAS mighty tempted!), but I couldn’t help including some of the lovely cookbooks that Chronicle carries! 🙂 Good luck!


Scott December 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

Little bits Quilting Bee looks great, and your Sunday Roasts has me salivating already…great list !! here’s to a Happy Hauliday!

Melinda December 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Good luck! Great list!

Jasmine @ the bookish mama December 2, 2011 at 12:47 am

You really can’t ever have too many books. (My hubby thinks otherwise.) hehe

Good luck and happy holidays!

JJ December 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Yummy! Great choices!!

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