Win a Free Book in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

Leeswammes’ Blog is hosting another Literary Giveaway this weekend.  It was great fun last year (even though I didn’t actually win anything) so once again, I’m giving away three books:

First, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.  This was a really cool book and I’m told it’s an excellent introduction to the work of Murakami, who gets a little more complex and strange with his later books like 1Q84 (which I hope to read soon).  Norwegian Wood is a love story, although not a simple one.  It’s about a college-aged guy in Japan who falls deeply in love with the girlfriend of his best friend, who committed suicide while they were in high school.  Toru and Naoko build a friendship based on their mourning of Kizuki.  It becomes much more; but can a relationship that originates in trauma succeed?  Haruki explores so many important themes in this book: love, dependency, guilt, mental illness, and ultimately, what it means to find the right person in life.  If you’re one of the many people who are wondering “who is Murakami and why is everyone reading him?” this is a good place to start.  I can provide this one in paperback or electronic copy.

Second, Pump Six and Other Stories by Paulo Bacigalupi.  Bacigalupi is better known for his novel The Windup Girl and his young adult novel Ship Breakers.  This is an early collection of short stories set in a near future dystopian world.  His stories are dark, disturbing, and compelling.  This book reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s science fiction, or maybe even Ray Bradbury.  Paperback copy only.

I’m also giving away an electronic copy of The Qualities of Wood by Mary Vensel White.  This is a story about a young married couple who move to a very small Midwestern town to clean and pack up the house of the husband’s deceased grandmother.  While they’re adjusting to living in this very small town, a young woman is found dead in the woods behind their house.  This is a thoughtful first novel that is less a mystery than an exploration of family and marital relationships.  I’m excited to be posting an interview with this author next week.

You can enter to win one of these three books by telling me in a comment which one you’d like, or I can put you in the lottery for all three.  To enter you ALSO have to tell me the best book you’ve read lately and why.  Last year we got tons of great book recommendations!  The Giveaway will be open through Tuesday, February 21 and I’ll pick a winner for each book at random.  You don’t need to have a blog or to be a follower of my blog (but please consider signing up!).  International applicants are welcome — last year I sent one book to India and another to Canada, which was pretty cool.

These other blogs are also participating, so I hope you’ll take the time to visit and enter as many as you can:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  3. Lit Endeavors (US)
  4. The Book Whisperer
  5. Rikki’s Teleidoscope
  6. 2606 Books and Counting
  7. The Parrish Lantern
  8. Sam Still Reading
  9. Bookworm with a view
  10. Breieninpeking (Dutch readers)
  11. Seaside Book Nook
  12. Elle Lit (US)
  13. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  14. Tell Me A Story
  15. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US)
  16. Book’d Out
  17. Uniflame Creates
  18. Tiny Library (UK)
  19. An Armchair by the Sea (UK)
  20. bibliosue
  21. Lena Sledge’s Blog (US)
  22. Roof Beam Reader
  23. Misprinted Pages
  24. Mevrouw Kinderboek (Dutch readers)
  25. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  26. Indie Reader Houston
  27. Book Clutter
  28. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (US)
  29. Lizzy’s Literary Life
  30. Sweeping Me
  1. Caribousmom (US)
  2. Minding Spot (US)
  3. Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  4. The Book Diva’s Reads
  5. The Blue Bookcase
  6. Thinking About Loud!
  7. write meg! (US)
  8. Devouring Texts
  9. Thirty Creative Studio (US)
  10. The Book Stop
  11. Dolce Bellezza (US)
  12. Simple Clockwork
  13. Chocolate and Croissants
  14. The Scarlet Letter (US)
  15. Reflections from the Hinterland (N. America)
  16. De Boekblogger (Europe, Dutch readers)
  17. Readerbuzz (US)
  18. Must Read Faster (N. America)
  19. Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry
  20. carolinareti
  21. MaeGal
  22. Ephemeral Digest
  23. Scattered Figments (UK)
  24. Bibliophile By the Sea
  25. The Blog of Litwits (US)
  26. Kate Austin
  27. Alice Anderson (US)
  28. Always Cooking up Something

  67 comments for “Win a Free Book in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

  1. Mary Preston
    February 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Please enter me for NORWEGIAN WOOD. I’ve heard a bit about it & I’m intrigued.


  2. February 18, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Please enter me For the Qualities of Wood.thanks

  3. February 18, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I’d love to try Norwegian Wood I’ve heard about it so I’m all curious.

  4. reading mind
    February 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Pump six and other stories sounds great!

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  5. February 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Mmmm…what about Pump Six? It sounds very interesting.

  6. February 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d like to be entered for both Norwegian Wood (I need to read some Murakami) and Pump Six (I love dystopias).

    One of my favorite recent reads was Hope: A Tragedy. It’s dark but funny; my best friend and I now have a lot of inside jokes about it…

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  7. mimz
    February 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to be entered for Norwegian Wood. 🙂
    Recently I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and really loved it! 😀


  8. elliepotten
    February 18, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I’d love to (finally) read Norwegian Wood, so could you enter me for that one please? Hmmm, now, best book I’ve read recently… That’s going to be a hard one, I’ve had a real run of duff reads of late! I think the last really brilliant book I read was ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan. I was completely blown away, sobbed like a baby at the end, and was kicking myself for not reading it earlier!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ellie @ Musings of a Bookshop Girl
    emp501 (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk

  9. February 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    I really enjoyed reading THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern. I thought it was fresh, mysterious, and a unique read.


  10. February 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I’d like to win Norwegian Wood. The best book I’ve read lately is Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. The setting, characters and situation were intriguing and authentic, and it’s the last book that made me realize how much time I can find to read in a day when a book is that good.

  11. February 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    have read the Murakami, so please place me down for Pump Six, thanks, am read (re) The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell at the moment & enjoying it immensely

  12. February 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Please enter me for THE QUALITIES OF WOOD (that was a great review you wrote).

    The best book I’ve read lately was a middle-grade nonfiction account of the Halifax Explosion of 1917: BLIZZARD OF GLASS. I can’t stop thinking about the suffering.

  13. February 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson, kept me up reading late at night and the next day I was itching to get home to finish it 🙂

    I’d like to be entered for Pump Six, thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  14. February 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I’d love a chance to win Norweigian Wood ; great giveaway and great blog. Stop buy and enter my giveaway if you haven’t done so already. Great blog!

  15. February 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I would be interested in any of those books.

    I have, unfortunately, not been able to read a lot lately, but the best book I’ve read in the past month or so is Ghosting by Jennie Erdal. It was interesting to read about how her job as a ghostwriter affected the rest of her life.

  16. deanna_boocock
    February 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I read a very unsettling book – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. It seemed to be aimed at younger readers but the themes of death and its acceptance were quite mature. That being said, the novel moved and gave me much to think about. Definitely recommend as a YA or Adult, even though the main character is a pre-teen boy
    deanna_boocock (at)

  17. February 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Great, another giveaway! I’d like to get my hands on Norwegian Wood. I’ve never read anything by Murakami.

    I’m currently reading my best book so far this year but it’s in French : the second book of Les Marionnettistes trilogy. The setting is Anticosti. I have trouble putting it down!

  18. brolee
    February 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I’d love a copy of the Murakami!

    Best book I’ve read recently was hands down The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. It might have made me cry just a little bit. I cared about the characters SO MUCH.

  19. Cat
    February 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I keep telling myself to try Murakami so Norwegian Wood sounds good.
    I’ve just finished Lionheart by Sharon K Penman – wonderful historical fiction.
    Thanks for the giveaway .

  20. February 18, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I’d love Norwegian Wood. I’ve read one other by Murakami and really enjoyed it and would love to read more.

    I recently read The Night Circus and really enjoyed it. It’s the only book this year I’ve given a 5 on goodreads. It’s difficult to describe, but it’s dark and magical and it kind of sweeps you away. The imagination of the author astounds me.

    klmickelsen at gmail dot com

  21. February 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I’d love to win either Norwegian Wood or Pump Six. I’ve never read an Murakami, but I’ve only heard good things, so I’d love to give him a shot. I have The Windup Girl sitting on my To-Read pile right now, and Sci-fi short stories are some of my favorite things.

    The best book I read recently was The Other City by Michal Ajvaz. It was assigned for a class I’m taking. It’s a surrealist book, which is not usually my favorite thing, but the writing is so good that I was immediately swept up in it. Ajvaz is incredibly intelligent, and his writing shows it. It’s one smart book. It’s not very often that I find a book that combines beautiful prose, vibrant imagery, and in-depth discussion of philosophical topics all in one, but The Other City absolutely does all that and more. You should really check it out.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. February 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I’d love to try The Qualities of Wood. I read and loved Norwegian Wood, I hope the person who wins it loves it as much as I did.
    As for books I’ve enjoyed, well…1Q84 ranks pretty highly! I’ve also enjoyed the Brock and Kolla mysteries by Barry Maitland of late.
    Thanks for a great giveaway & sharing the Murakami love!

  23. February 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Wow…I’d love the Murakami or Bacigalupi. I’ve been meaning to become more well-acquainted with both writers.

    The best book that I’ve read recently is probably The Snow Child. I have a real weakness for stories about carving out a life in the wilderness, and the added vein of magic running through it was a very appealing touch.

  24. Rachel Shaffer
    February 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I would love Norwegian Wood.

    everynewday at hotmail dot com

    I just read juvenile fiction which I found quite refreshing, Ready Player One.

  25. Kara D
    February 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I’d love to win any of them!

    I read and enjoyed A Fault In Our Stars by John Green. It’s a YA book technically but Ithink it crosses over because of the content of the book. It focuses on a terminal cancer patient and her relationship with another one.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. February 18, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I’d love to read any of these!!

  27. February 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    UGH…I hit post/enter way too fast!

    The latest and greatest I’ve read was 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Why? Because he’s a freaking genius. The story is based on historical events, but with a normal King-like spin (lots of spins actually). He writes GREAT stories and creates amazing characters that he develops right through the end – if you haven’t read this book, you must…MUST!

  28. February 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I’d love to read Norwegian Wood, because I like Murakami and I enjoyed the movie adaptation of the book. If you like Japanese writers I recommend Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen or Tsugumi. I loved those 2 books very much.

    Thank you for the international giveaway!
    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

  29. February 19, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I’d like Norwegian Wood or the Qualities of Wood – hmmm.. a woody theme going on here 🙂 Recently re-read Geek Love – I really enjoy a quirky tale and this most certainly is one.

  30. February 19, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I would like The Qualities of Wood. I finally read The Lovely Bones – beautifully written and very sad

  31. February 19, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I would love to win a copy of Norwegian Wood! The best book I’ve read lately was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It was like nothing I had ever read before – enchanting and beautifully written. I highly recommend it!!


  32. February 19, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I would like to enter for The Qualities of Wood.

    The best book I read lately was The Cat’s Table by Ondaatje. I had been a little disappointed with this author (nothing compared to Running in the Family and the English Patient) and I thought his latest work may well be his best – tightly constructed, beautiful writing, and timeless themes – a potent combination.

  33. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
    February 19, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d choose Norwegian Wood please.

    Of the most recent books I have read my recommendation would be The Fine Colour of Rust by Paddy O’Reilly. A great Australian novel

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out
    bookd.out at gmail dot com

  34. Malvina Beatrice
    February 19, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Please count me in for Norwegian Wood, I’m fan of Murakami’s writings but I have yet to read this title. The best book I’ve read recently was Paolo Coelho’s Like The Flowing River, an inspiring series of stories of life that we can all relate. Such a brilliant book.

  35. February 19, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for joining this giveaway! I would like to read all three of these books but would ask for Pump Six if I could only have one. I’m currently in the process of reading the Fabelhaven series – for middle-grade kids. I find them fascinating because, like Harry Potter, the author has to dream up an almost separate universe in order to write the books. I wonder how their minds work?

  36. February 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I’d love a chance at Norwegian Wood! Been meaning to try Murakami’s stuff. The best thing I’ve read lately would have to be An Abundance of Katherines. Love Green’s work, and this one was surprisingly good for being such a light read.

  37. February 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I’d love to read Norwegian Wood! The best book I’ve read recently is The Great Lenore by J.M. Tohline — it’s an absolutely stunning book, beautifully written and hauntingly existential without being in the least bit pretentious.

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  38. scottsgal
    February 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Qualities of Wood sounds wonderful. I enjoyed a book called Fireworks Over Toccoa – just a wonderful love story.
    msboatgal at

  39. Sheila K.
    February 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Please enter me for The Qualities of Wood! The best book I’ve read of late is Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran. It is a brilliantly written novel about the French Revolution and the life of the woman who was the driving force behind the development and growth of Tussaud’s Wax Museum—I love this book!

  40. February 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I would like to win Pump Six and Other Stories, sounds like the kind of thing I would like. The best book I’ve read lately was Stranger in a Strange Land, because it was entertaining and thought provoking. Thanks!

  41. breieninpeking
    February 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I would love to win Norwegian wood! Thanks you for the bloghop!

  42. Evie T.
    February 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I’d like to read Norwegian Wood. And the best book that I’ve read lately is Fall of Giants. I really like the characters and it’s really great to keep reading and discover more about them and their stories.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  43. Marjorie
    February 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Norwegian Wood would be my choice.
    The best book I read was Dreams of Joy By Lisa See.
    Absolutely the best ever, I learned so much about China in the
    1950’s that was very enlightening. Wow, it was great.

  44. oriana
    February 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    i would choose Norwegian Wood
    thanks for making this international!!

  45. February 20, 2012 at 3:44 am

    I like Paulo Bacigalupi and I would be interested to read his stories so ‘Pump Six and Other Stories’ sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for hosting this and i am following you now, so many literary blogs ~ so little time!

    margueritecore [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com

  46. February 20, 2012 at 4:23 am

    I’d like to be entered for Pump Six and other stories and this time you can send to Sri Lanka!!! Thank you for offering a choice.

  47. mamabunny13
    February 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I would like to win a copy of The Qualities of Wood. The best book I’ve read in the past month is To Be Queen. I like historical fiction because it’s a fun way to learn a few interesting facts and the fiction part of this book was well written.

    • mamabunny13
      February 20, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Oops! forgot to leave my email

      mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  48. February 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I’d love to be entered for all three books as I haven’t read any of them. My recent favourite read was Dark Life by Kat Falls.

  49. February 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I thought I had all of Paolo Bacigalupi marked as to-read, but I hadn’t yet heard of Pump Six and Other Stories. Which I’d love to read of course 🙂

    The best book I’ve read lately was Zoo City by Lauren Beukes.

  50. Lilian
    February 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I would love Norwegian Wood, but any of the three would definitely make my day!

    The best book I’ve read recently was Chuck Palanuik’s (I am almost certain I spelled his last name wrong) Survivor, though Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers comes close.

    lilianxcheng AT

  51. February 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    My favorite book is the huge masterpiece by
    my fav. writer Stephen King. JFK Nov 23.63.
    Totally, agree with Marla comments.
    The book transports one back in time, that
    is so believable Love it so much that I did
    not want it to end. Would love to snag any
    one of the amazing sounding books for this
    great Literary hop giveaways.
    Thanks, for the reviews. follow by email
    as dayleb at telus dot net
    Great, that you could send prizes to Canada, eh.
    as I am a Canuck. eh.

  52. zaraalexis
    February 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I’d love a copy of “Norwegian Wood” because I’m also looking forward to reading “1Q84” and I don’t yet own any copies by Murakami.

    But, if you really ask me, I’m a bibliophile, which means I’m greedy when it comes to books. Because of that, throw me in for the whole lot! I’m here with open arms and ready to open my mailbox with joy should I win.

    What’s the “best” book I’ve read recently? Mmm…I really loved “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman. It moved me. Okay, so it’s not exactly literary, but I loved the lyrical language, the historical fiction, and the strength of its female characters, especially Shirah in her rebellion, sensuality, and giftedness in occult arts,.

    P.S. PICK ME!!!!

    Thanks for participating in this. It’s always great to see new book blogs on my hop.

    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    Email: zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

  53. Virginie Menzildjian
    February 21, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Hello from France ! I’d love to win “The Qualities of Wood “if I get picked up, thanks for entering my name in this nice giveaway.
    I have recently read “Florence and Giles” by John Harding and loved it because of its gothic atmosphere and tense developing.
    I recommend it !
    Best wishes, Virginie

  54. Katrina Page
    February 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I am up for any of those. 🙂 Ummm. I suggest reading The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. I’ll admit the first few chapter can seem a bit slow, but it’s AMAZING. Read it. You’ll see. I’m addicted to him now.

  55. February 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

    How exciting…I would love to read The Qualities of Wood…sounds like its right up my alley! So far this year, I have loved reading The Snow Child, written by Eowyn Ivey as well as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. 😉

  56. February 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    i would like a print copy of the Norwegian Wood to discover this author

    thanks you a lot for opening this giveaway to international

    all the best


  57. February 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Please count me in to win The Qualities of Wood, it looks like my kind of read 🙂 The best book I’ve read lately is Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick. It was awesomely intense and my stomach was cramped with anticipation the entire read. It was soooo good! Thank you for the giveaway!


  58. February 22, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I’d love to read The Qualities of Wood. My favorite book lately has been Heidi Julavits’s The Vanishers. Psychic attack, regressions, lost reels of porn star political activists: it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before.

  59. February 22, 2012 at 4:03 am

    They all look good but I’d like to read Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.

    I just finished reading The Technologists by Matthew Pearl and if you like historical fiction I would recommend that one. My favorite so far this year.

  60. February 22, 2012 at 4:18 am

    All the books are interesting. I would love to read Pump Six and Other Stories. I’ve read some good books lately :). I recommend Fly Away Peter by David Malouf.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. February 22, 2012 at 7:10 am

    All books sound interesting! Could I be entered for all three?

    It is hard to pick a favourite book from the last few I have read. I would have to say “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness.

  62. neer
    February 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Hi. I’d love to have Norwegian Wood.

    Best book read recently is Belloc Lowndes’ The Story of Ivy because it felt like I was sitting on the edge of a precipice while reading it.


  63. February 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    All sound interesting! Please enter me in the draw for all three!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    If you haven’t yet read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, get the audiobook. The performance is phenomenal!

  64. February 23, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for the giveaway !!!
    Please enter me for all three. The best book I’ve read recently is Crossed by Ally Condie.

  65. Jesse
    June 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Please enter me for for Pump Six. Luckily I just picked up Norwegian Wood two days ago. Ship Breaker was an excellent introduction into Paulo Bacigalupi’s writing.
    The book that I recently loved reading was Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa. A interesting look into one of Japans best known samurai.

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