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Book Giveaway Carnival ~ Win drey's "Culture" pack!!

March 1, 2009
*** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! ***
Bookroom Reviews

Tracy over at bookroomreviews.com is hosting a Book Giveaway Carnival, from March 2nd to 8th... I'm so thrilled to participate, & I hope you like what's in my "culture" pack. I am Asian (if you haven't guessed from my profile picture, lol!), and am still discovering Asian authors, in between reading all the fantasy tomes that are in my collection. Here are three books that are varied in setting, topic, and storytelling style. Enjoy!


Waiting, by Ha Jin

"In Waiting, Ha Jin portrays the life of Lin Kong, a dedicated doctor torn by his love for two women: one who belongs to the New China of the Cultural Revolution, the other to the ancient traditions of his family's village. Ha Jin profoundly understands the conflict between the individual and society, between the timeless universality of the human heart and constantly shifting politics of the moment. With wisdom, restraint, and empathy for all his characters, he vividly reveals the complexities and subtleties of a world and a people we desperately need to know."--Judges' Citation, National Book Award



Out, by Natsuo Kirino

This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot’s ringleader, but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.

At once a masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare, Out is also a moving evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds, and the friendships that bolster them in the aftermath.



The Tapestries, by Kien Nguyen

This epic tale of romance and revenge - widely acclaimed for its suspense, emotional complexity, colorful settings, and storytelling brio - immerses us in the world of Dan Nguyen, a spirited young boy in turn-of-the-century Vietnam. After being thrust into an arranged marriage at age seven, Dan secretly witnesses his father's beheading, escapes certain death by being sold into servitude, and ultimately is forced to choose between passion and family honor when he falls in love with the one woman he can never have.


The details:

ONE lucky entrant will win all three books, which will be shipped media mail as soon as I find a box to put 'em in!

This giveaway will run till 5:00pm on March 8th, and is open to US & Canada residents only.

How do you enter, you ask? Well, let me tell you all the ways!

For one entry, tell me who a favorite Asian author is, if you have one. And recommend a book of theirs (to add to my collection, of course!).

For another entry, follow my blog, or let me know you're already a follower (I heart my followers!).

For two more entries, blog about this giveaway. Let me know where. =)

For even more entries, check out my review posts from the month of February, and let me know which ones you thought were good, or which ones needed more. One entry for each post you refer to (whether good or not-so).

And don't forget to come back & find out if you've won. Winners will have 3 days to get me their mailing info, after which I'll draw a replacement. If I have an email address, I can follow up if I don't hear from you, but if not...

Good luck!!

148 comments:

bridget3420 said...

I'm not sure who my favorite asian author would be... No one is coming to mind.

bridget3420 said...

I'm a follower:)

Annie said...

Hmm the only Asian author that comes to mind is David Suzuki and he's a non fiction writer.

He is a mind before his time.

Thanks


nancyrobster@gmail.com

Annie said...
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Annie said...

I follow your blog!


Thanks


nancyrobster@gmail.com

Annie said...

I really enjoyed your review of Drood! It sounds like it would take me a while to read, but from what you said, it would be well worth the effort!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Teddy Rose said...

No need to sign me up. I blogged about it here:

http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/02/this-weeks-giveaways-galore_28.html

Michelle Kuo said...

Sadly I don't know about any Asian authors.. even though I'm Asian :/ But I'd still love to enter! :D

I'm already a follower.

Michelle Kuo said...

I just blogged about the contest here:
http://flyingsolooooo.blogspot.com/2009/03/book-giveaway-links-for-march.html

Lenore said...

I guess I would have to go with Murakami. I loved the Wind-up Bird Chronicle.

Sandie Kirkland said...

Nice blog; I just subscribed. My favorite Asian writer is probably Natsuo Kirino. In addition to Out, I've read Grotesque. If you liked Out, you'd also enjoy that one. My email is skirkland@triad.rr.com. Thanks.

MJ said...

I don't know any Asian writers either. Guess I need more diversity in my reading life!

MJ said...

I follow.

MJ said...

I loved the Kitty review. I've never read any of these but I've added them to my list.

bermudaonion said...

I guess my favorite Asian author is Amy Tan - I love The Joy Luck Club - but you probably have her in your collection. You're already in my Google Reader.

Melanie said...

I have a few favorite Asian authors: Lisa See, Amy Tan, Dai Sijie, Ishiguro Kazuo. I enjoy reading about the culture. I recommend Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner, who isn't Asian. The book is set in Japan and is lovely.

bermudaonion said...

I forgot to leave my email address. Yikes! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Bridget said...

Got you posted on Win A Book. No need to enter, though

Ms Mazzola said...

Ooh- Please enter me in this contest. I would love to win those books. I love Lisa See, in fact I just snagged an ARC of Shanghai Girls, which I can't wait to read. I know Pearl Buck wasn't Asian, but I loved The Good Earth. I am adding you to my google reader.

mindy said...

i would say amy tan thanks for the giveaway

Rue said...

I'm not sure who my favorite Asian author is. I don't do a lot of research into the authors I enjoy and I'm not sure of their heritage. I'd just be guessing based on last name and that seems like a bad idea.
But I'd still like to win these books.

ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

kalea_kane said...

I do not have a lot of Asian favorites which is a shame. I need to get out more. I have enjoyed Amy Tan. I really liked The Bonesetter's Daughter. I also like Camy Tang.

Thank you for the giveaway!

I am not sure if you need this but here is my email.

enroutetolife(at)gmail(dot)com

kalea_kane said...

I am a follower also! :)

Thanks again!

Kelly B

Wendy aka Misswendiki said...

My favorite Asian author is Amy Tan, but I'd love to add more to the list.

Kaye said...

Hi, I just became a follower
florida982002[at]yahoo[dot]com

Kaye said...

My absolute favorite Asian author is Gail Tsukiyama ~ The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, Women of Silk, The language of Threads all fabulous reads
florida982002[at]yahoo[dot]com

Erika Lynn said...

I really like the woman warrior by maxine hong kingston and i think you would probably like it too

Erika Lynn said...

i am a follower

carolsnotebook said...

This is sad, but the only Asian author I can think of that I've read is Amy Tan - Joy Luck Club and Sagwa. I would love to win this contest to broaden my reading list.

I already follow your blog.

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

Erika Lynn said...

i blogged about it
http://kissmybook.blogspot.com/2009/02/contests-galore.html

Aerin said...

Cindy Pon is my absolute favorite. FAVORITE. I'll be giving away her "Silver Phoenix" in a couple of months~

Erin said...

I don't have a favorite Asian author but would love to be introduced to some. (this is sad since my Grandma is japanese)

I've heard good things about these books and would love for a chance to read them.


Thanks for such a great giveaway!
ellybean (at) connected2christ.com
http://www.connected2christ.com/theblog

Steph said...

I dont know of any asian authors that I would consider my favorite; however, I'm a follower :)

smilkovits AT gmail DOT com

SunShine said...

One of my favorite Asian authors is Lisa See-Peony in Love almost made me cry...

I just became a follower. ;)

I read your review of Twilight-that's one of my favorite books, so it's interesting to me to see what other people think of it.

sentas_cry516@hotmail.com

livingmyhappilyeverafter said...

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan My fave.

livingmyhappilyeverafter at yahoo.

Enter me!

livingmyhappilyeverafter said...

Im following!

Sara said...

I'm embarrassed to say I haven't read many Asian author's (so I NEED to win this contest ;). In my defense I have a couple on my wish list, so I'll bump a few. If Amy Tan counts (Asian-American?), read the KITCHEN GODS WIFE. Thanks!

Sararush (at) hotmail (dot) com

Deborah said...

I can't claim to have a favorite Asian author - not because I haven't read any, but because I don't remember their names. I pass my books along to the library for their annual sale so I don't even have any here to check. My favorite books by Asian authors are usually at least semi-biographical and deal with the lives of women in pre WWII Asia. asthenight at gmail dot com

sweetsue said...

Amy Tan is my favorite Asian author. Her books the Joy Luck Club and the Kitchen God's Wife are wonderful!
smchester at gmail dot com

sweetsue said...

I'm following you!
smchester at gmail dot com

Ronnica said...

The author that comes to mind is Julie Otsuka, but she's Asian-American, and I'm not sure that counts. I'd be interested in winning this!

darbyscloset said...

I'm going to suggest Camy Tang's books even thou I'm not sure if she is Asian. Yet she is from I would think Asian decent....Camy don't get all mad at me if I bloched this all up!!!
Love the giveaway!!!
Thanks
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

darbyscloset said...

2 things...
1. I am a follower and
2. I forgot to post a book by Camy Tang "Sushi for One".
Thanks again!
Thanks
Darby
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Mia J. said...

I have really enjoyed reading Lisa See's books and also Amy Tan is wonderful.

Melissa said...

These books look wonderful! I don't really have a favorite Asian author, but I love books about other cultures.

Melissa said...

I also follow.

Mishel said...

Hot Dog! I really want to win this one (= I've had Natsuo Kirino on my TBR list for a while but just haven't gotten to one of the books yet.

Jade Lee is definitely a great asian author. Her romances are pretty steamy and filled with Chinese culture (well historically speaking). I'd definitely recommend her first book in the Tigress series White Tigress.

Bingo said...

Lisa See....loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love. These books look like some of the best I've seen posted. I hope I win this one! Thanks and I follow.

Valorie said...

My favorite is Ishiguo Kazuo. The best book by him is Never Let Me Go.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Valorie said...

I am a follower.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Valorie said...

Blogged your contest here:
http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/03/02/book-giveaways-0302-0308/

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Mishel said...

P.S. I'm already a follower <3

&& I posted this on my blog here:

http://creativitygone.blogspot.com/2009/03/day-88-dreys-culture-pack-contest.html

Meg89 said...

My experience with Asian lit is a bit limited, but if I win I'll have a favorite! :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

meh471 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Lady Roxi said...

Amy Tan is my favorite.

Thanks

Angela C said...

I can't think of my favorite Asian author.

Thanks for the giveaway:)

ikkinlala said...

I'm terrible at picking favourites, and I haven't read a lot by Asian authors (although I do read quite a bit by Asian-Canadian authors - if you like fantasy you might like Larissa Lai's books - because my library seems to have a wider selection of Canadian books), so I guess I don't really have one. I'd love a chance to read these books, though.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Boo Bear's Place said...

I don't have an asian author thats my fave but by a few books I see here I would love to get maybe some recommendations from you! I love reading asian history and would love for you to recommend me some fiction,romance and maybe some historical fiction in the asian genre I'd appreciate it you can email me at ezziriah (at) gmail (dot) com

Boo Bear's Place said...

I'm following your blog

sharon54220 said...

To be honest, I'm not familiar with any Asain authors. Please enter me in this contest.

sharon54220@gmail.com

sharon54220 said...

I am also a subscriber.

sharon54220@gmail.com

toohotforturtle said...

I liked Gish Jen "The Love Wife"

toohotforturtle said...

following

bettyd said...

Most books are checked out of new book section at library after a brief scan of the flyleaf. I wouldn't know which author was asian as opposed to asian-american just that the books intrigued me.

bettyd said...

I'm a follower

Marie said...

I actually don't know any Asian authors so it would be great to read these books and expand my horizons -- I obviously am not reading widely enough!

vmlay@artsci.wustl.edu

Bev said...

I haven't ever read any Asian authors so this would be my first. The book Out really looks like fun.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

BevE
merrweatherbookblog@gmail.com

velocibadgergirl said...

My favorite Asian author is Amy Tan, and though I love all of her books, I think The Bonesetter's Daughter is my favorite.

I also sidebar-blogged this giveaway at http://badgerbooks.blogspot.com

Thanks! :)
velocibadgergirl at gmail dot com

Alyce said...

I haven't read very many Asian authors (off the top of my head I can only think of Ishiguro and Amy Tan). I really liked The Joy Luck Club.

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Qwill said...

I haven't really read any Asian authors except Amy Tan and the JoyLuck Club.

Ginny said...

I don't think I have read any Asian authors. I'd love a chance to win though & read one of your favorites!

demmi said...

I remember reading the geisha and it was very good but I do not know if it was written my a asian writer con5459(at)gmail(dot)

A said...

While I was teaching English in Korea I read some Asian lit. My favorite was An Appointment with My Brother by Yi Mun-Yol. Great book

eyeslikesugar said...

I've loved Amy Tan since I had to do a biography report on her in english class; she's so interesting. Thank you for offering this giveaway! eyeslikesugar [at] gmail [dot] com.

Mari said...

What a great pack! Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things). This is a wonderful book.

I am a follower. :)

techyone said...

I haven't read any Asian writers that I know of. I don't pay a lot of attention to the authors mainly what the book is about.

Bcteagirl said...

I am ashamed to say I do not yet have a favourite Asian author. Not time like the present to start eh? I am especially drawn to the first book in this contest :)

Kristi said...

I just finished a book by Kim Sunee called Trail of Crumbs - It was great!

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Kristi said...

I also follow your blog.

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Shannon said...

I don't have a favorite Asian author.

Estela said...

The only Asian author I can recall reading is Amy Tan. I's like to change that...by winning these great books! ;-)

Estela said...

Follower here!

Angela said...

Considering that my husband and I really enjoy Asian themed things, I'm surprised to say that I don't think we have a single Asian author in our book collection. I'd love to be introduced to some though!

I follow your blog :-)

Indigo said...

Lisa See is a wonderful Asian author with her books, "Peony in Love" and "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan". I would love the opportunity to be entered in this drawing. Thanks! Indigo

Indigo said...

I follow you on Google Reader. Thanks! Indigo

Indigo said...

Favorite review was #37 The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano. I can appreciate just wanting to be yourself around the people you know, finding someone your comfortable with that get's you. The whole Mafia edge fits the thrill seeker in me to. You did such a wonderful job with the review, it's on my list for the next time I'm at the bookstore. Thanks! Indigo

Vera said...

I loved 'Grotesque' by Natsuo Kirino! Fingers crossed I win these books!

vvperesk(at)gmail(dot)com

Vera said...

I'm a follower as well!

PopinFresh said...

Please enter me in this giveaway. Natsuo Kirino is actually my favourite Asian author. I heard that What Remains is out Stateside, but can't find it anywhere. Other than that, I've read all of her english novels, but I don't own a single copy. Since you know about her already, another Asian book that you might like is I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Young-ha Kim. It's a South Korean novel and if you haven't read it, definitely check it out. It's fairly short, but a very interesting read nonetheless.

I've also left a link of your giveaway at my blog, it's off to the side under the header, Giveaway List.

Thanks

~ Popin
proudbookworm[@]gmail[dot]com

oona. said...

My favorite Asian author is Banana Yoshimoto!

Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

shopannies said...

sorry do not know an asian artist that I can think of that writes adult books there was a childs authour named Lee that is a childs author and has wrote several good stories

shopannies@Yahoo.com

shopannies said...

following
shopannies@yahoo.com

flip said...

I also must admit that I don't have a favorite asian writer.

flip (at) tetonvalley (dot) net

samsakara said...

I currently don't have or know of an Asian author to list.

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

samsakara said...

I follow your blog

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

Debbie said...

Amy Tan is my favorite although I like several others almost as well.

jessica.marie said...

My favorite Asian author of all time would have to be Murasaki Shikibu.

I adore The Tale of Genji and think that she is an amazing author considering the time that the book was written and the fact that it still hold relevance in the modern world.

I am in the process of learning Japanese and plan to study abroad in Japan sometime soon, so I am really interested in learning about more modern Asian authors.

Where beauty meets brains said...

oh sorry i forgot to say that i am a follower

deltay said...

This is pretty awesome!

Hmm, last year I read Peony in Love, by Lisa See, which I enjoyed greatly and you should check it out. Definitely some interesting concepts explored there.

lucidconspiracy[at]gmail[dot]com

Valerie said...

I don't have a asian fav author, but these books sound great!
Have you ever read the in death series by jd robb? They are wonderful
The first one is 'naked in death'
KawaiiNeko2008 (at) aol (dot) com

drey said...

Wow, you guys! I guess just about everyone's read Amy Tan, huh? I LOVED The Joy Luck Club and the Kitchen God's Wife. Unfortunately, I can't find either copy ANYWHERE!! I have to stop loaning out books! Some other fav authors are Lisa See (Shanghai Girls just came, wheee!) and Gail Tsukiyama. Loved Out, but (shame!) didn't go looking for more books... Like I've said, I've been on a fantasy kick for quite a while!

Thanks for the recommendations! Keep 'em coming!

Anita Yancey said...

The only one I can remember right now is, I read The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. I liked it very much, and plan to read more of her books. I would like to futher my interests by reading these books. So please enter me.

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Anita Yancey said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for having this giveaway.

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

windycindy said...

Hello! Amy Tan is my favorite Asian Author to this point! Please enter my name in your fabulous giveaway prize package drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am a follower and email subscriber to your site.
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

bohemiangypsy said...

I do not have a favorite Asian author at this time. Thanks for the giveaway.

misadventures.of.me (at) gmail (dot) com

bohemiangypsy said...

I am a follower.

kalea_kane said...

I blogged about your giveaway here:

http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/2009/03/books-and-such-giveaways.html

This would be such a cool win!

Thanks again!

Kelly B

The Specialist said...

My most favorite Asian author is Amy Tan with the Joy Luck Club.

My email address is literarychica at gmail dot com.

I would love to win this!

Nicole

caseykelp said...

I don't have a fave Asian author, as of yet, but these books sound like good reads. Would love to chance to broaden my reading horizons. Thank you for the giveaway.

Liviania said...

My favorite Asian author is Justina Chen Headly, who wrote Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies) among others.

I would love to win this! I'm fascinated by East Asian culture. I must also admit I like Ochiai Emiko's work, but she is a sociologist rather than an author.

Carolyn said...

I am not sure who my favorite Asian author would be, so I cannot give you any recommendations as far as they are concerned, but I would love a chance to read these books. thanks so much for sharing.

ceashark at aol dot com

Carolyn said...

I am a follower.

thanks again

ceashark at aol dot com

rottawa said...

I really like Tess Gerritsen. I like all of her books..The Sinner is one I really like.

rhondastruthers at yahoo dot ca

Anonymous said...

Please include me in your giveaway. Favorite Asian author is Amy Tan, love Joy Luck Club.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9@verizon.net

gahome2mom said...

Yes, please include me in this contest. Thanks.
gahome2mom(at)gmail(dot)com

Jinxy and Me said...

I enjoyed The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm a follower.

Book Bird Dog said...

I recommend AFTER DARK by Haruki Murakami, a well known Japanese writer. I recommend any and all of his books! Some are easier to read than others and After Dark is one of his shorter novels.

I am also subscribed to your blog by e-mail! Thanks for the chances to win this package!

Book Bird Dog said...

By the way, my email is harvee44@yahoo.com

JamericanSpice said...

I like Gail Tsukiyama and check out her book: Women of the Silk

Nickolay said...

I can't say that I have one yet, but I would like to

jason@allworldautomotive.com

Jennifer said...

Murikami is the only Asian author that I've read. His writing is very surreal. I've recently discovered manga though and I can recommend the Vampire Knight series by Matsuri Hino.

kairilily at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

Oh I love this giveaway! I've recently read a few Haruki Murakami books and have been blown away. Norwegian Wood is my favorite so far. He's really gotten me interested in reading other Japanese novels. I love your recommendations in this giveaway and look forward to more reviews. I am a newbie subscriber to your blog and am loving it. I am DYING to read The Drood since I loved The Terror. Your review was great! Thanks for the giveaway!

masonsgranny59 said...

ty 4 the awesome giveaway and 4 the entry:)masonsgranny59@yahoo.com

Karen in TN said...

No asian authors, that I know of, on my fave list (then again, I don't make it a point to check ethnicity when picking books).

I follow your blog via googlreader.

kolists at gmail dot com

Nicole said...

I like Amy Tan - Joy Luck Club is my favorite.

Nicole said...

I follow you.

Cheryl S. said...

The one that comes to mind is Lisa See - I enjoyed "Peony In Love".

Please count me in - Thanks!
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

Molly C. said...

I actually don't have a fave asian author, but I would love to be introduced to one, or several.

Sheri S. said...

My all-time favorite Asian author is Amy Tan but a new favorite has emerged since reading The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford!

Sheri S. said...

I'm already a follower of you blog :)

the oxford comma said...

These three books sound intriguing! What an awesome giveaway. I'm a big fan of Haruki Murakami and recommend, particularly, NORWEGIAN WOOD.

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9@verizon.net

silverhartgirl said...

I dont think i have read any Asian authors but i would love to

nhertel85 said...

I don't have a favorite Asian author

nhertel85 AT yahoo DOT com

nhertel85 said...

I'm a follower
nhertel85 AT yahoo DOT com

Marta said...

Hey drey,

I don't have a favorite Asian author...I'll be able to change that when I win your books and read them :)

tbbycatt@gmail.com

http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com/2009/03/blog-tour-for-free-yourself-to-love.html

Marta said...

oh and I'm a follower ;)

http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com/2009/03/blog-tour-for-free-yourself-to-love.html

tbbycatt@gmail.com

Diana Dang said...

Is it okay if they draw graphic novels? If so, my favourite at the moment is Katakura Masanori.

Diana Dang said...
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Diana Dang said...

I have linked it to the sidebar of my blog www.orientaldesires.blogspot.com

Homemaker said...

My favorite Asian author is Peter Ho Davies and I recommend his Equal Love book.
sallylynnsara@hotmail.com

Homemaker said...

I am now a follower :o)
Congratulations, Homemaker
You are now following drey's library
sallylynnsara@hotmail.com

Amber said...

I know it's too late to enter but I wanted to thank you for holding the giveaway. These three books caught my eye and I'm sure I'll be reading them soon. :)

Donna M. Clark said...

I do not know if any of the books I have read are by Asian authors. I just go by what books catch my eye. Thank you for having this giveaway.

Donna M. Clark said...

I am a follower. litefoot873 (@) hotmail dot com

barbara said...

I loved The Joy Luck Club, so it would have to be Amy Tan.

barbara529 at juno dot com

Sharon said...

My fave asian author is Soyung Pak I have book I use in my classroom. thanks for the giveaway

sharr122 at yahoo dot com

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