Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Happy Haul-idays! 2KoP First-ever Giveaway

There are two kinds of people in the world — those lamenting the decline of publishing as we know it and those who believe that books are just too important to fade away. I love books. I love the Internet, too, but it's not the same as reading a book. I think e-Readers play an increasing and interesting role in the world of writing and reading, but they aren't books.

This holiday season (like every holiday season in my past) — I will be celebrating with books — giving some and, if I'm lucky, receiving some as gifts. Imagine my joy when I learned that Chronicle Books is offering bloggers the opportunity to win $500 worth of books. Even better, if you comment on this post, we could both win. Simple as that. This is my first-ever giveaway post here on Two Kinds of People. I hope it makes you as happy as it has made me. Here's my Chronicle Books wish list, in order of discovery:

Lotta Jansdotter Seedlings Journal $9.95
L is for Lollygag — Quirky Words for the Clever Tongue $12.99
Show and Tell — Exploring the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration by Dilys Evans $24.99
This is NPR — by Cokie Roberts, Susan Stamberg, Noah Adams, John Ydstie, Renee Montagne, Ari Shapiro, and David Folkenflik $29.95
You're a Genius All the Time: Belief and Technique for Modern Prose, by Jack Kerouac $12.95
Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights — by Robert Schnakenberg $16.95
You Know You're a Writer When … — by Adair Lara $9.95
Writer's Workshop in a Book — The Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction — edited by Alan Cheuse and Lisa Alvarez $14.95
No Plot? No Problem! A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days — by Chris Baty $14.95
Art of McSweeney's — by the Editors of McSweeney $45.00
Creature ABC — by Andrew Zuckerman $19.99
Creature Floor Puzzles — by Andrew Zuckerman $24.95
Duck! Rabbit! – by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld $16.99
Eric Carle Decorative Prints — by Eric Carle $24.95
The Lonesome Puppy — by Yoshitomo Nara $17.99
Creature — by Andrew Zuckerman $60.00
Eric Carle Animal Lacing Cards — by Eric Carle $14.95
Eric Carle Animal Flash Cards — by Eric Carle $14.95
The Doorbells of Florence: Fictional Stories and Photographs — by Andrew Losowsky $18.95
This is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Works — edited by Kathy Kiernan and Retha Powers $16.95
Walk the Dog: A Parade of Pooches from A-Z — by Bob Barner $9.99
Amazing Animals: Snakes $5.99
Amazing Animals: Parrots $5.99
Animals Nobody Loves — by Seymour Simon $7.99
Simms Taback's City Animals — by Simms Taback $12.99
Happy Hamster — by Mathijs van der Paauw $9.95
Hope Valley Mix & Match Stationery — by Denyse Schmidt $8.95
Animal Greetings Mix & Match Stationery — by $8.95

That's a whole lot of book love (with a few peripherals thrown in for fun). Some I'd like for me, some I'd like for gifts, some I want for other, secret reasons. I know the list is a bit … eclectic … but, hey, I'm hard to pin down when it comes to books. If you would like the chance to win these books, comment here. If you think you might like someone else's list better (to each his or her own), you can check out other bloggers participating in this contest or write your own post with your own list. Be sure to leave a comment here and let me know if you do, but be quick about it: last day for entries is 12/10 and winners will be announced on 12/13. Good luck to us all.

Update 12/13/10: Sad to say we did not win. Congratulations to cakespy.com (sort of. I guess. I'm really happy for them. Really.) Happy Holidays, all. I guess we'll have to go to the book store.


Christine Marie said...

What a fantastic giveaway! SOOO many books! I'm thrilled with the "eclectic" list...I'm hard to pin down, as well.

Good luck!!

@ChristineMarie_ on Twitter

Linda Gartz said...

Excellent idea, Susan! And all the books are intriguing!

Amanda Hoving said...

What a great contest...you're right, there's nothing like giving and receiving books.

Computer Clarity © 2004 said...

Ok Susan - I'm clearing off a book shelf for the big win. Good luck to all of us!


greg said...

There are three kinds of people of people who read your posts. Those who read them faithfully but never comment,those who read them and comment and those who only comment when they can win something-like me. Nice job Sue-Love Uncle Greg

Unknown said...

i think this would be a dream come true--a bookstore is a dangerous, dangerous place for our family! (and me in particular!)


Susan Bearman said...

Ah, Greg — It's nice to know exactly when I can count on you.

Helen — good luck to us and happy holidays to you and yours.

Melanie — I keep my head down and walk right past the book stores unless I'm going in to buy a specific gift for a specific person.

Thanks to everyone for your comments.

FYI, my husband gave me the NPR book tonight for Hanukkah. It's fabulous and comes with a bonus CD.

Victoria said...

Oh my, I'd be happy with the NPR book. Yummo.

Julie said...

Amazing list. Many I would like for myself, several I would give as gifts and since I don't have small kids or grandkids I would share with my friends who do. What fun. I like eclectic.

Anonymous said...

Chronicle publishes beautiful books! Terrific idea, thank you! And thanks to Victoria for posting this on Facebook! :o)

karenmed409 said...

Wowzer, that is a big list of books, these will keep me busy with the winter months.

Life In A Skillet said...

Eric Carle has always been a particular favorite of mine, too! I miss those days when I got to read them out loud to the boys and then go and try to do our own collage art. Nice choice with Adair Lara, too - I've enjoyed her SF Chronicle column for years. I will take the rest as suggestions, then as books I will most probably be interested in!
Good luck with the contest,

Christi Craig said...

Susan, What a fun list! I hope you win :)

Tania Pryputniewicz said...

Imagine...a stack of books to rival the stack waiting to go back to the library or stacking up fines at 25 cents a pop as we speak. To take as long as one wants to read them alllll....

jcamp2020 said...

Oh, love your list. Good luck to the both of us!

And thank you to Chronicle Books.

jcamp2020 at aol dot com

Joanne said...

What a great list of books!


christa @ mental foodie said...

Love your choices! Good luck!


Molly said...

Lovin' your list! Here's hoping for a win!

Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

Susan Bearman said...

12/13/10 — Just because we didn't win doesn't make us losers (at least that's what my mom said). Sorry, we tried. Congrats to the winners cakespy.com.