Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Haulidays (take two)

One of my favourite gifts to get for Christmas (well, anytime really) is new books. I especially like books that teach me about quirky things I didn't know before. Chronicle Books publishes a lot of books like this - I love perusing their site and checking out their new fun books. There are so many of their books that speak to my passions and interests, I could EASILY spend $500 in one-go.

Speaking of spending $500 in one-go: Last year I entered the Happy Haulidays contest to try and win $500 of books - alas, I was not successful but it was still fun to shop around and write the post, so I thought why not do it again?!

The cool thing about the contest this year is that they are not only awarding one lucky blogger AND one lucky commenter $500 in books, but they will also donate $500 worth of books to the winner's chosen charity! Cool, huh?

If I were to win, choosing a charity to receive the donation would be tough because there are so many organizations that I think are deserving. But if I had to choose, I would probably split the $500 donation prize between my two best friends, who both teach elementary school. One works as a resource teacher in a school in my city, and the other teaches a kindergarten class in Cold Lake, Alberta. They both work so hard at their jobs, and they are always spending their own money on much-needed supplies for their classroom (I'm sorry, but whoever says teachers make too much money and get too much time off have NO idea what their job actually entails) so I would love to help them buy some educational and fun books for their kids (like perhaps this one, or this).

I feel that fostering a love of reading and learning at a young age is so important, and it makes me proud that my friends are helping so many students do this. A few hundred dollars worth of books would be a great help for them. I'm not sure if this technically counts as a "charity" but I think they are deserving.

Behold my list of chosen books (I think it's safe to say I would have no problem spending $500 on this site. No sir). If you like what you see, don't forget to comment below for your chance to win too! And stay tuned  in case we win! Happy Haulidays, y'all :)


Peter said...

What an awesome contest!

My first time hearing about Chronicle Books.

Jay said...

Wow.. I would donate to my GF's school. It is an inner city school that could use the resources

jcamp2020 said...

YOu got me at Moleskine! I like a number of your titles..this shash would be fun to win.

good luck to both of us ;D

jeaneC from CA
jcamp2020 at aol

Kim Humes said...

Peter: I know, right?! I was not familiar with Chronicle until last year's contest, but I am so glad I discovered them - they have some awesome books!

Jay: That's a great idea for a place to donate! I can imagine and inner-city school would be in great need of new books

jcamp: I love my Moleskin! I have had one all this year and it's great. I'd love to get another red one :)

hsw said...

My mom would love that Coffee book! Good luck!

Vintage Love and Photographs said...

You have a lot of fun stuff on your list.

fishgirl182 said...

nice list. that coffee book looks tasty. good luck!

nfmgirl said...

Lots of "how to" types. Good choices! Good luck!

This Confetti Life said...

Great list! Good luck!

Amy Powell said...

Great list! Good luck :)

You can check mine out too:

Kelly Robinson said...

Some of your choices are books that just missed making my cut, so if I can't win my own haul, I'd be quite pleased to win yours!

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