Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Carlton (Mainly) Men's Book Bundle Christmas Giveaway

Books are a brilliant gift. They can be precious for many different reasons, and true treasures that we can all hold and own. They can be epics with a real sense of achievement when you have read them, or a few paragraphs long. Books don't have to be expensive or huge to make you laugh, cry, or feel nostalgic, and there is something for everyone, whatever age.


I love to buy books as gifts, and I find they can be especially good for the older males in your family. I liked the sound of all of these books myself, but I've chosen them with 3 of my (not quite so) young men in mind, so this the Carlton (Mainly) Men's Book Bundle Giveaway...


For my partner I've chosen Peter And Dan Snow's Treasures Of British History (rrp £30, currently £21). This is a gorgeous large format, hardbacked book in slipcase which, over 112 pages, examines British History via 50 of our most important documents.


Included in the book are document wallets, and replicas of ten actual documents, bringing a tangible sense of history for the reader. From the Magna Carta to Tim Berners Lee's memo for a World Wide Web, Mary Quant's ideas for a mini skirt and Shakespeare's King Lear Folio, this is a really fascinating book for anyone, and especially people with an interest in history.



The Geek Guide To Life by Colin Stuart and Mun Keat Looi (rrp £16.99, currently £11.89) is a hardbacked book with 192 pages explaining the 'scientific solutions to life's little problems'. I chose this for my 19 year old University student son. I am pretty certain being in the Tabletop Gaming Society already identifies him as 100% geek.


Full of bar charts and infographics, you will learn the optimum angle for skimming a stone and how to win at Rock, Paper, Scissors, as well as plenty of other secrets to give you a smug grin while everyone else wonders why you look so cool.... probably.

Another fascinating book which really does get you thinking....



How To Poo Your Way To The Top by Mats and Enzo (rrp £6.99, currently £4.89) is a 144 page paperback perfect for taking to read on extended throne visits. This is ideal for my 22 year old apprentice mechanic son. He works hard for long hours, then relaxes playing FIFA, watching David Attenborough, or giggling like a schoolgirl at Buzzfeed.


Very tongue-in-cheek, this is the sort of book we all think we should write at 3am after 15 sherries. Full of common sense and complete pie-in-the-sky idiocy, it manages to perfectly capture the illogical logic of a drunken 22-35 year old brain. I have to admit that this book also made me think... and gave me lots of hints about passing wind unnoticed in company.

Carlton Books have 30% OFF ALL BOOKS (including the gorgeous Gloriumptious Worlds Of Roald Dahl) until 20th December. You can find them all on the Carlton Books Website...


Carlton Books will give one of my readers all 3 of these books, together worth over £40, as a prize in my Christmas Present Giveaways. 

Entry to the giveaway is by Gleam form below, open to UK entrants only, it will end at midnight Wednesday 14th December so that we can try to get your books to you in time for Christmas. Full terms and conditions are at the bottom of the Gleam form.


For help if you are new to Gleam, and to enter my other Christmas Present Giveaways, please go to my Giveaways Page...

Carlton (Mainly) Men's Book Bundle Christmas Giveaway


We were sent our book bundle for review.

58 comments:

  1. As a family, we always love to plat 'The Parson's cat' game that we learned about in an old A Christmas Carol movie. That game is special to us as we play it every year on Christmas afternoon and family member of all ages can join in. We also always watch A Christmas Carol every year too!

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  2. before christmas dinner my nan used to toast eat drink and be merry!

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  3. Is your house on fire, Clark? i love national lampoons xmas vacation

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  4. It has to be Bing's "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas"

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  5. Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel Gets His Wings...from It's a Wonderful Life , it always reminds me of watch tv with my parents growing up ... fond memories x

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  6. Merry Chirstmas Mr Lawrence - love the line, loved the film.

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  7. A beautiful sight we're happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland - it's a family favourite

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  8. I seriously don't have any or can think of any! When I googled I found this from Buddy the elf which I found very cute - "First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie-dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle." — Buddy the Elf

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  9. Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel Gets His Wings - from It's a Wonderful Life

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  10. The last line from Some Like it Hot - Nobody's perfect.

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  11. Everytime a bell rings an angel gets their wings, we have bells on our tree, and it has always been said when one rings, it started from my Nan watching a Wonderful Life and it has just continued through the family

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  12. When the oven timer would go off announcing the turkey was ready my Granny always said Ding dong merrily on high and then we would all start singing.

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  13. 'God bless us, everyone.' Scrooge

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  14. Bing Crosby im dreaming of a white Christmas just like the ones we used to ...... my mums favourite

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  15. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas xx

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  16. I always remember the words of Greg Lake's song 'I Believe in Father Christmas' but particularly the last line which says 'Hallelujah, Noel be it heaven or hell..the Christmas we get we deserve'...which I think is very true in a lot of ways in terms of Xmas is what you make it. x

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  17. For myself it has to be a quote from the a christmas carol which is There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.

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  18. Christmas is a time when people say memorable things. What line(s) from a book, song, movie, or any other written or spoken words, are special for you at Christmas? . . . . . let's not forget the real meaning of Christmas . . . . . Matthew 1 v 18-25

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  19. Not sure we really have any traditions, my grandpa was a CofE ordained minister, but I'm not religious.
    We do like films though so Welcome to the party! (Die Hard)

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  20. Happy Christmas now lets tuck in I'm starvin!

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  21. Driving home for Christmas - makes me feel so happy x

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  22. I burnt the bread sauce! (every year)

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  23. Santa! I know him! (Elf) Hehehe!

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  24. Christmas is a time for giving

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  25. Your heart might still be broken, but it isn't gone. If it was gone, you wouldn't be so nice. ... home alone 2

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  26. My Dad singing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"

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  27. 'Don't worry about finding room for me at the table, I'll be fine with a tray' - my Granny used to say it every year when we were trying to get everyone around the dinner table!

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  28. I wish it could be Christmas every day

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  29. there is nothing in the world so irresistably contagious as laughter and good hunor - a christmas carol

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  30. Merry Christmas you filthy animals! We always Watcheck home alone together and it signals Christmas beginning in our household.

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  31. The Grinch: All right, you're a reindeer. Here's your motivation: Your name is Rudolph, you're a freak with a red nose, and no one likes you. Then, one day, Santa picks you and you save Christmas. No, forget that part. We'll improvise... just keep it kind of loosey-goosey. You HATE Christmas! You're gonna steal it. Saving Christmas is a lousy ending, way too commercial. ACTION!
    [Max knocks the red nose off]
    The Grinch: BRILLIANT! You reject your own nose because it represents the glitter of commercialism. Why didn't I think of that? Cut, print, check the gate, moving on.

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  32. The Grinch's Heart Grew 3 Sizes That Day!

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  33. The Grinch: The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there - and on such short notice. Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn't allow it. Four o'clock, wallow in self pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one. 5:30, jazzercize. 6:30, dinner with me. I can't cancel that again. 7:00, wrestle with my self-loathing; I'm booked. Of course, if I bump the loathing to 9 I could still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear?

    The Grinch makes me laugh time and time again x

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  34. For me it's the lyrics of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - I tried to pick out a couple of lines that were particularly special, but I can't as it really is the whole song, so I hope that's acceptable!

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  35. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas...".

    Rachel Craig

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  36. We love The Snowman. It reminds both me and my OH of our childhoods and we took our little girl to see the play in London so she can also share our special memories

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  37. "Don't forget the parsnips" - I once left them in the oven and found them after we had eaten our turkey!

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  38. Well here it is Merry Christmas Everybody's having fun - reminds me of my teenage christmases in the 70's - happy and carefree x

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  39. We always say merry Christmas and "god bless us, everyone" from a Christmas carol. it's kind of a tradition now 😊😊

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  40. When the boy in The Polar Express says, " At one time most of my friends could hear the bell."

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  41. I love Charles Dickens quote "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year".

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  42. Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father.

    I love this book, i try to read it every christmas

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  43. Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!

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  44. I love the 'we believe' that features in a lot of Christmas movies - it's a time for believing a little bit more! Hannah

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  45. Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel Gets His Wings...from It's a Wonderful Life. That film makes me cry every Xmas.

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  46. "I believe in Father Christmas and I look to the skies with expectant eyes" always gets the kids excited

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  47. Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see - The Conductor from the Polar Express :-)

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  48. When I hear the lyrics - all of them - of Fairytale of New York and Kirsty MacColl's magnificent voice I get goosebumps. When the bells ring out .. is particularly touching.

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  49. Merry Christmas you filthy animal

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  50. merry christmas you filthy animal

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  51. Fairy is born when baby laughs for the first time.

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  52. "Night night, sleep tight" said to my son and daughter when they are home - it's what I always used to say to them when they were tiny.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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