Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Haulidays! **updated 11/22/10 and MUCH longer**

Chronicle Books is generously giving away $500 worth of books to a lucky blogger. Not only that, but they are going to give an equal amount to ONE commenter on that blog post! What better way to kick off my new blog? For those who don't know me, I LOVE books, especially free ones, so I headed over to their website to see what I would choose. My list looks like this:

1. IDEO Eyes Open: London-A Field Guide for the Curious
By Fred Dust and IDEO
6 x 6 in; 160 pp ; 300 color photographs, concealed Wire-O binding
Published in February, 2008
ISBN 0811861732
ISBN13 9780811861731

2. Window Seat: Europe-Reading the Landscape from the Air
By Gregory Dicum
5-1/2 x 8 in; 176 pp ; 67 color aerial photographs and 18 line drawings, 4-page gatefold map
Published in August, 2006
ISBN 0811851516
ISBN13 9780811851510

3. The Kittens of Boxville
By Ryosuke Handa,Yoneo Morita, and Tracy Sunrize Johnson
7-1/2 x 10 in; 72 pp ; 100 color photographs
Published in April, 2009
ISBN 9780811866880
ISBN10 0811866882
4.Curious Cats
By Mitsuaki Iwago
7-1/8 x 6-5/8 in; 96 pp ; 100 color photographs
Published in April, 2010
ISBN 9780811870047
ISBN10 0811870049
5. Tea & Crumpets-Recipes and Rituals from Tearooms & Caf├ęs
By Margaret M. Johnson
Photographs by Leigh Beisch and Margaret M. Johnson

7 x 8 in; 168 pp ; 50 color photographs
Published in April, 2009
ISBN 9780811862141
ISBN10 0811862143
6. Deep Dark Chocolate-Decadent Recipes for the Serious Chocolate Lover
By Sara Perry
Photographs by France Ruffenach

6 x 8 in; 196 pp ; 40 color photographs
Published in August, 2008
ISBN 9780811860895
ISBN10 0811860892

7. Brittles, Barks & Bonbons-Delicious Recipes for Quick and Easy Candy
By Charity Ferreira
Photographs by Karen Steffans

7 x 8 in; 96 pp ; 26 color photographs
Published in August, 2008
ISBN 9780811855358
ISBN10 081185535X
9. Friend or Faux-A Guide to Fussy Vegans, Crazy Cat Ladies, Creepy Clingers, Undercover Sluts, and Other Girls Who Will Quietly Destroy Your Life
Quirk Books
By Heather Wagner

5 x 7 in; 128 pp ;
Published in March, 2009
ISBN 9781594743207
ISBN10 1594743207
10. Subversive Cross Stitch-33 Designs for Your Surly Side
By Julie Jackson

7 x 7 in; 96 pp ; color images throughout
Published in March, 2006
ISBN 0811853470
ISBN13 9780811853477
11. Large Ruled Moleskine Volant Notebook/ Purple-Set of 2
5 x 8 in; 96 pp ;
Published in June, 2010
ISBN 9788862933384
ISBN10 886293338X
12. Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal
5 x 8-1/4 in; 240 pp ;
Published in March, 2010
ISBN 9788862933155
ISBN10 8862933150
13. Witch's Brew: Good Spells for Peace of Mind
By Witch Bree
5 x 3-5/8 x 1-1/4 in; 96 pp ; Illustrations Throughout
Published in April, 2001
ISBN 0811828484
ISBN13 9780811828482

14. My Future Listography-All I Hope To Do In Lists
By Lisa Nola
Illustrations by Nathaniel Russell
7 x 9-1/2 in; 160 pp ; ribbon page marker, 4-color illustrations throughout, lay-flat binding
ISBN 9780811878364
ISBN10 0811878368

16. Books Are My Bag Tote Bag
Illustrated by Jason Munn
14-3/4 x 16-3/4 in; polypropylene tote bag, 8-1/2 x 8 folded, snap closure, 2-color silkscreen illustrations
Published in August, 2008
ISBN 9780811865197
ISBN10 0811865193

Mind you, that's just a start. I can easily do more damage, but it's getting late and I need to toddle off to bed. What's that? Yeah, I know the last item isn't actually a book, but I'd need something to carry all my new toys in now, wouldn't I?

So, I've had a little more time to play on the Chronicle website, and here are some additional choices:

17. Two Cats and the Woman They Own or Lessons I Learned from My Cats
By Patti Davis
Illustrations by Ward Schumaker
5 x 7 in; 96 pp ; 26 color illustrations
Published in March, 2006
ISBN 0811851664
ISBN13 9780811851664
18. Let's Bring Back- An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious, and Otherwise Commendable Things from Times Gone By
By Lesley M. M. Blume
Illustrations by Grady McFerrin
5 x 8 in; 256 pp ; illustrations throughout, satin ribbon marker
Published in September, 2010
ISBN 9780811874137
ISBN10 0811874133

20. Field Guide to Meat- How to Identify, Select, and Prepare Virtually Every Meat, Poultry, and Game Cut
Quirk Books
By Aliza Green
4-1/2 x 5-7/8 in; 400 pp ;
Published in February, 2005
ISBN 1594740178
ISBN13 9781594740176
21. Field Guide to Produce: How to Identify, Select, and Prepare Virtually Every Fruit and Vegetable at the Market
By Aliza Green
4-1/2 x 5-7/8 in; 384 pp ;
Published in March, 2004
ISBN 1931686807
ISBN13 9781931686808
22. The Meaning of Flowers- Myth, Language and Lore
By Gretchen Scoble and Ann Field
6 x 8 in; 108 pp ; Over 50 color images
Published in April, 1998
ISBN 0811819310
ISBN13 9780811819312
23. The Meaning of Herbs- Myth, Language & Lore
By Gretchen Scoble and Ann Field
6 x 8 in; 108 pp ; 50 color images
Published in March, 2001
ISBN 0811830314
ISBN13 9780811830317

24. 52 Ways to Pamper Yourself
By Lynn Gordon
Illustrated by Karen Johnson
2-3/8 x 3.5 in; 52 pp ; Full color illustrations
Published in February, 2001
ISBN 0811827283
ISBN13 9780811827287
27.Luscious Creamy Desserts
By Lori Longbotham
Photographs by France Ruffenach
7 x 8 in; 156 pp ; 25 color photographs
Published in January, 2008
ISBN 0811855627
ISBN13 9780811855624
30. Dim Sum- A Pocket Guide
By Kit Shan Li
3-1/2 x 5 in; 80 pp ; color and B/W images throughout
Published in February, 2004
ISBN 0811841782
ISBN13 9780811841788
31. Marilyn Merlot and the Naked Grape- Odd Wines from Around the World
Quirk Books
By Peter F. May
5-1/4 x 6-1/4 in; 256 pp ;
Published in April, 2006
ISBN 1594740992
ISBN13 9781594740992
35. Around the World-The Grand Tour in Photo Albums
Princeton Architectural Press
By Barbara Levine and Kirsten Jensen
12 x 9 in; 208 pp ; 200 color images
Published in September, 2007
ISBN 1568987080
ISBN13 9781568987088
36. Hello, Please! Very Helpful Super Kawaii Characters from Japan
By Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
4-1/2 x 5-7/8 in; 240 pp ; 225 color images
Published in August, 2007
ISBN 0811856747
ISBN13 9780811856744
43. Catalog- The Illustrated History of Mail Order Shopping
Princeton Architectural Press
By Robin Cherry
7 x 9 in; 272 pp ; 375 color and 125 b/w
Published in October, 2008
ISBN 9781568987392
ISBN10 1568987390
44. Holidays on Display
Princeton Architectural Press
By William L. Bird, Jr.
7-4/5 x 8-3/4 in; 160 pp ; 150 color and 75 black and white images
Published in August, 2007
ISBN 1568986955
ISBN13 9781568986951
45. Moleskine City Notebook London
3-1/2 x 5-1/2 in; 228 pp ;
Published in January, 2008
ISBN 888370617X
ISBN13 9788883706172

46. Extra Small Ruled Moleskine Volant Notebook/ Purple Set of 2

2 x 4 in; 56 pp ;
Published in June, 2010
ISBN 9788862933308
ISBN10 8862933304
I'll have to sit down again with the calculator- I may have managed to go over the $500 limit and it's going to be a booger to trim the list after I had so much fun generating it, but que sera, sera. Sorry none of the pictures have come through. I'll work on that later!


Wow. I sat down and added everything up and it totalled $823.37!!! So I had to sit down and make some VERY hard descisions about what to cut. Then I wound up $5.98 UNDER, so I added the last item on. My new total is $499.97, which is pretty damn good. I didn't go back and renumber things as I am lazy. The cut items will appear as another blog post so that I can remember what they are and possibly order them someday after I win the lottery. I mean, it's a given that I'll win the contest, so the rest of this list is a gimme, right? LOL
Seriously though, good luck to all the bloggers/commenters involved and MANY, MANY thanks to Chronicle for this awesome giveaway!



  1. The Listography books are the best! I'm giving one to my Mom for Christmas. BEst of luck in the contest!

  2. Really nice selection! Cookbooks, Friend or Faux, Witch's Brew -- fun!

  3. Subversive Cross Stitch never fails to make me laugh! Nice list! Good luck!
    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

  4. Love your choices! This is such a fantastic giveaway.
    Good luck!

  5. Great choices! Good luck!

    Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

  6. Good better max out your list. :-) Good luck!

  7. Great list - I have a few of the same books and wish that I could add some of yours to my list. I particularly like the books on herbs and flowers, travel, and cookbooks and journals.

    I love Chronicle. This is such a generous giveaway. Thanks for the entry.

    gaby317nyc at

  8. wonderful list, any list that has "cats" in it is going to be good for me.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

  9. Excellent choices! I see some great gift potential here too! Good luck!

  10. I love your list! I hope you win!!! Stop by my blog to check out my list too!

    jamie.l.torres at gmail dot com

  11. Great list...great giveaway.
    katklaw777 at yahoo dot com
    Good luck!

  12. I wish you luck!

  13. A wonderful list--mine came out to $497.33 so you did better than I there. Very different--for the most part--from the ones I selected See My List Here but a really delightful list nevertheless. I would absolutely love to win either one.
    Teresa [AT] LadySilk [DOT] Net

  14. This is a great list of books!

  15. LOL I could have probably had $800+ on my list too. I got a little hung up in the humor section. I could have gone way crazy with the cookbooks. Happy Haul-idays and good luck! :) You can comment on my list here.

  16. Always love food books and journals! You can check out the list I made HERE and comment for a chance to win mine!

    munchiema (at) yahoo (dot)com

  17. amazing list! good luck to you!

  18. OHHHH I love this contest. Thanks so much for the chance to win too! :)

    The curious cats books looks sooo cute.

  19. Um please please PLEASE win. Wow I seriously think I would cry if I won all these books!


  20. What fun! Isn't this the coolest contest?

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  21. Good selection of titles. Good luck to both of us. And Thank You to Chronicle Books.

    jcamp2020 at aol dot com


  22. Fabulous choices, especially the moleskin books!
    Lilyhoot at gmail dot com

  23. It would be SO easy to go way over $500 on Chronicle's site .. there's books for every taste. It's awesome! I love your list, as it's so eclectic. Oh! And I ordered that Books are my Bag tote with my last order - it's cute AND huge! Good luck!


  24. What fun! Count me in!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com