Monday, March 31, 2008

BAFAB Week Giveaway

It's Buy a Friend a Book Week again and I'm going with a Japanese author theme this time.

Courtesy of the lovely and generous Bellezza I have a copy of Haruki Murakami's Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman to share. Along with my once-read copies of All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe and Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara, winner of the Akutagawa Prize. (click on the book covers below to read about them at Amazon)

To enter, just leave a comment saying which one(s) you're interested in. You may put your name in for all 3 but you can only win once. You have until Saturday, April 5th and the draw will take place sometime on Sunday, April 6th. There are no postal restrictions, anyone can enter.
Not required but I'd also love to hear about your favourite Japanese reads.

UPDATE: My giveaway is now closed. You can see the winners here.

And if none of these interest you there are plenty of other giveaways happening:
Nymeth is giving away 5 books to celebrate her first year of blogging.
Literary Feline is giving away 2 books this week with the promise of more to come during the month of April.
Dewey is also celebrating her first year of blogging with a giveaway of two books.
Jaimie is celebrating BAFAB Week by giving away 3 books.
chartroose is also in the spirit offering up 5 books.
Debra had a really fun idea for her giveaway!
Eva has a 'Name That Book' quiz for her BAFAB giveaway.
Park Avenue Princess is offering a brand new book of your choice to celebrate starting up her new book blog.
Heather is giving away 3 favourite YA books.
Valentina is offering new copies of three of her favourite books.
Katrina is letting you choose any book from her giveaway shelf.
Trish is giving away two books- Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis and a book of your choice.
C.B. is giving away a copy of The Master by Colm Toibin.
Chris is giving away a copy of 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom.
verbatim is giving away a paperback of your choice.
Madeleine has two books by Banana Yoshimoto to give away- Hardboiled and Hard Luck and Goodbye Tsugumi.
A Reader from India has 3 books to giveaway.
3M is giving away 4 books on her new site, Novels Now.
danica is offering one winner a choice of one of three books.
Chris is giving away a copy of Blackness Tower by Lillian Stewart Carl.


  1. Thanks for this give away. You are offering some good books here. I am interested in Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman and Snakes and Earrings. I have been intending to read a Haruki Murakami book but haven't done it yet. I even pulled one of his books off my shelf but I haven't opened it yet, just look at it and wonder if I should.

  2. Oh, I would totally be interested in the Murakami book!!!

  3. Snakes and earrings! I have never heard of it but would love to check it out! Please put my name in the hat (or random number generator thingy!) hehe...

    My favouite Japanese books are probably the two I have read by banana yoshimoto, and Norweighn Wood!
    Oh and without a doubt the Makioka Sisters is probably the top!

  4. I would looove to read another Murakami, so put me in for that one!

    Happy BaFaBW!

  5. Any one of the Japanese books would be very appreciated, Blind woman by Haruki Murakami of course my favorite.

    I'll be putting 3-4 books up today

  6. Oh, I think I'm interestd in the Kanehara. That's one wicked looking cover!!

    I had so much fun giving away a book last time, I may just join you. I'll have to think on a prize...

  7. And, oops, that was me, Heather. I forgot I was logged in as Estella. Doh!

  8. Ok I put up 4 books 3 Japanese 1 Chinese. I offered Janet NORWEGIAN WOODS by Murakami, her picture of the Beatles on the crossing is so appropriate to this book. Waiting for her to get back to me in case she already read it, this still leaves 3.

  9. I'd be interested in the Murakami book - I can't think of any Japanese books that I've read.

  10. As almost everyone wishes for the Murakami book, put my name for All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe!

  11. Tanabata, thank you for mentioning my giveaway! I would like a chance to win any of the three. They all sound so good.

  12. I'd love to be entered in all three! I'm a big fan of Ishiguro, although I haven't read any of his books set in Japan, and I really enjoyed Norwegian Wood. And I read Naomi, I can't remember the author, but it was an earlier twentieth century Japanese book, and I really liked its style.

  13. Put my name in for the Murakami please!

    I have read very little Japanese literature besides Murakami and one book by Banana Yoshimoto. My favourite Murakami is Norwegian Wood, so I guess that's my favourite Japanese read. I really ought to read more, though.

    Thanks for doing this!

  14. I'm interested in the Murakami.

    Murakami's "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" is my favorite Japanese read, so far.

  15. I like all three books.


  16. ooh, I'm interested in any of these books so please throw my name in the hat :)
    Happy BAFAB.... There are so many wonderful giveaways!

  17. It tickles me to death that you are giving away this book; I'm so happy that people who haven't read it will now have the chance! Thanks for keeping us all updated on Japanese Literature; now I can only hope the library has a few copies of what you posted about.

    Plus, I am so glad you won Carl's first prize in the Once Upon a Year II Challenge. Good for you!

  18. All She Was Worth sounds interesting.

  19. Can you count me in the Murakami book? Thanks for giving a chance to the international readers as well. :-)

    pristinechristmas [at] yahoo dot com

  20. I always seem to be a day late and a dollar short for BAFAB Week!! For some reason, I never get around to having a giveaway myself. Of course, I have done a few other giveaways, so I don't feel quite so bad!!

    All your books sound fantastic! I'd love to be entered for any of them!

  21. The only Japanese author I can think of that I have read is Kazuo Ishiguro. I'd love to explore more!

  22. I would love to be included for the Murakami book. I found his 'The Elephant vanishes' a compelling read, but did not quite get the meaning of some of the stories.

    Haven't read many Japanese authors, my favourite would be 'The Makioka Sisters' - Great characterization (I still remember how much I liked the charming couple Teniozuke and Sachiko) and beautiful descriptions of Japanese culture and way of life.

    Also like the travelogue by Pico Iyer 'The lady and the monk'.

    BAFAB sounds like fun, I too feel inspired to do a book giveaway!

  23. WOW!!! I love Japanese authors! I've read Ryu Murakami's In the Miso Soup, Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood and Natsuo Kirino's Out. LOVED EM! I wanna get Natsuo Kirino's Grotesque and Ryu Murakami's Piercing. Love Love Love!!!

    Your book giveaways are too cool! I'd love to be entered in all, but the ones I'd love to win the most would be Blind Willow and All She Was Worth.

    Arigato gozaimasu!!!!

  24. Hi Tanabata!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and entering my contest. Also, thank you for the LINK on your site! That was very nice of you and now you are in for TWO entries to my contest.

    I LOVE your blog and I will be back when I do my daily rounds LOL
    I guess I'm going to have to say that I would like to win

    "Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara"

    Thank you for entering me in your contest. I will link you up to my page as well : ) Best of luck

    Your new friend,

  25. Tanbata, I'm just stopping back to let you know that I linked you in with my contests post : )

    Your new friend,

    I did post something longer to you before this but I don't see it. I hope that you just monitor and that blogger didn't eat it up on me!

  26. This is such a brilliant idea! I'd never heard of it before but you've given me something to think about - maybe I'll be in time for July's give away so I can participate myself!

  27. Ooh, I'd be interested in a chance to win the Murakami!

    Thanks for mentioning my giveaway! But I'm not giving away gift certificates. Each winner just gets to pick one book under $20.

  28. All three books look great but I think I would like to win 'All she was worth' most. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway :)

  29. These might be my favorite giveaways yet Tanabata! I'd love to be entered for all 3. I love Japanese lit...there's something so wonderful about it. I really enjoyed all of the books I read for Bellezza's challenge, but especially enjoyed Mishima's The Sound of Waves and Murakami's Norwegian Wood. Both of those were absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for offering these!

  30. Megan- You're welcome. :)
    Your name is in for those 2. I've read a few Murakami's books now and enjoyed them.

    Janet- You got it, you're down for the Murakami.

    Lulu- I think I may go for the hat this time around but regardless your name's in for S&E.
    I loved 'The Makioka Sisters' too! Great book, I really need to read something else by Tanizaki.

    Andi- OK, got your name in for the Murakami book.

    Debra- Just joining in the fun! :)

    Madeleine- I'll put your name in for 'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman'. Or should I put it down for all 3?

    Heather (aka Estella)- I figured it was you since Andi had already posted and didn't think she'd be that forgetful! ;P
    Got you down for 'Snakes and Earrings'.

    ikkinlala- OK, got you down for the Murakami book.

    gautami tripathy- You're the first to choose 'All She Was Worth', your name is in.

  31. Literary Feline- You're welcome. And thanks from me for mentioning mine! And I've got you down for all 3.

    Eva- Got you down for all three.
    I think I've only read 'Remains of the Day' by Ishiguro which is anything but Japanese! I really should read something else by him and in fact, I'm sure I have another one or two on the shelves.
    'Naomi' is by Junichiro Tanizaki. I loved his 'The Makioka Sisters' so maybe I should try this one next, thanks.

    Nymeth- OK, you've been entered for the Murakami. I read 'Norwegian Wood' a few years ago before I really appreciated Murakami's style so I'd like to go back and read it again sometime.

    Teresa- I've got your name in for the Murakami draw. 'Hard-boiled..' is such a fun book. I think it was you who encouraged me to read it so thank you for that. :)

    dolls123- OK, I put your name down for all 3.

  32. Iliana- Your name has been entered for all 3. :)

    Bellezza- Well thank you for sending it to me in the first place. I'm glad to share it and with all the comments so far I wish I had about 20 copies of it to give away!
    And thanks, I'm very excited to have won the book from Carl.

    Chris- Ok, I've got you down for 'All She Was Worth'.

    Grace- I have your name in for the Murakami book. And you're welcome. I understand why shipping is restricted to US or N. America sometimes but I do always feel a little left out when it is.

    Stephanie- I've put your name down for all 3. You shouldn't feel bad at all! I don't always join in. I missed January and would've forgotten this one too if so many other bloggers hadn't posted giveaways to remind me! :P

    raych- OK, got your name down for all three.

    Marg- You didn't specify so I put your name down for all three, hope that's ok.

    A Reader from India- Ok, your name is in for the Murakami book. I never fully 'get' his stuff either but the fun is simply enjoying the ride.
    'The Makioka Sisters' was my favourite book I read last year. I still have fond memories of it and the characters.
    I'll have to check out the Pico Iyer book, thanks for the recommendation.

  33. Bunny B- I could just say ditto to the books you listed as read and wanting to get! I noticed that 'Grotesque' is out in paperback now so I think it won't be long before that ends up in my hot little hands.
    I think you might like 'Snakes and Earrings' if you liked 'In the Miso Soup' and 'Out' since it's also a bit dark and violent. I'll put your name down for all three, does that sound ok?

    Park Avenue Princess- Ok, I've got you down for 'Snakes and Earrings'. (I keep wanting to call it 'Snakes and Ladders'! :P) And thanks for the link back here on your contest post. I'll be back to visit your blog again too.
    And yes, I do have the comment moderation on so there is always a delay. Sorry about that.

    Amy- It's a fun idea and with so many participating this time around makes it even more so. :)

    Dewey- I put your name in for the Murakami. And sorry about the confusion, I've corrected the information for your link.

    ihchicky- OK, I've got you down for 'All She Was Worth'. :)

    Chris- You're welcome. I've put your name down for all three. I haven't read the Murakami yet but the other two, I'm not sure I'd consider them beautiful in the same way as other classic titles like 'Snow Country' or what I imagine 'The Sound of Waves' is like (still need to read that one!), but they do give a look at a bit of the darker side of modern Japan.

  34. All three sounds great to me! Please include me in your giveaway drawing. Thanks very much.....Cindi

  35. I am still giving away

    Goodby Tsugumi

    Harboiled & Hard Luck

    Both by Banana Yoshimoto

  36. windycindy- OK, I've got you down for all three.

    Madeleine- I added you into the links. Hopefully you'll have some takers. :)

  37. Is it ok to host a bookaway after April 1st? I have just linked to your post


  38. A Reader from India- Why not? Any time is a good time for a book giveaway! :P
    I just added yours into the list of giveaways.

  39. I'd love to be entered for all 3!

  40. genki desu ka? (studied a little nihonggo in a japanese language school for a while). :)

    i haven't (i think) really read a book penned by a japanese author except those written by americans/british writers.

    i would love to participate in this giveaway and any of the 3 books will be just fine. :)

    Murakami is quite popular, though. :)



  41. Ooh! So neat! I would like to be entered into the running for all three! These are incredible giveaways!

    So far my fave Japanese author is Banana Yoshimoto...I really liked Lizard.

  42. 3M- Sure thing. I've got your name down for all 3.

    Ivan Girl- Your name is down for all 3. Thanks for stopping by. I've actually got a cold right now but I hope you're feeling 'genki'! :P

    Bethany- I've only read a couple books by Banana Yoshimoto but not 'Lizard'. Another one for the someday list. And I've put your name in for all three books.

  43. Oh I have one too! I'm giving away one of three books about abuse, addiction, recovery, and having an awesome life.

  44. Danica- Thanks for letting me know. I've added a link to your giveaway.


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