Welcome to Orange July – an annual event celebrating the Orange Prize for Fiction. This blog post will tell you all about the Orange July event, but if you have any questions, please drop me an e-mail at jillceleste AT hotmail. I hope you will participate!
What is Orange July?
Orange July is a personal reading challenge. You make the rules. The only requirement is to read at least one book that has won or been nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Some participants read just one book; others devote the whole month to reading Orange books. Some people write reviews; others do not. It’s up to you on how you want to celebrate Orange July.
Is there a list of Orange Prize books?
Rest assured, if you’ve never focused on the Orange Prize before, you’re in for a treat. There are hundreds of books to choose from by many great female authors, including Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Zadie Smith, Amy Tan and Anne Tyler. Here are some links to help you out:
You can also learn more about Orange books on the Orange Prize Project. This blog contains readers’ reviews of Orange Prize winners and nominees. And while you’re there, consider posting your own reviews to this blog!
Orange July prizes!
Throughout July, I will be hosting book giveaways. A complete list of books will be posted as we get closer to July, but here are a few titles to whet your appetite:
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
UPDATE! The list of book giveaways has now been posted!
How do I enter to win prizes?
Entering is easy! On days when a book is up for grabs, I will announce the book title and a short activity you’ll need to complete to be entered into the random drawing. The announcement will appear on my blog* between 6-8am EST, and participants have until 10pm EST to complete the activity. Once you finish the activity, mention it in that day’s blog comments so I know who to enter into the random drawing.
The activities are quick – usually answering a question – and won’t take more than a few minutes of your time. Additionally, if you still want to participate in the question – but don’t want to be entered into the book drawing – just let me know in your comment.
Prizes will be shipped worldwide, and the giveaways are open to everyone!
*For those of you who participated in Orange January, you might remember the prizes were given away through the Orange January/July Facebook page. Unfortunately, Facebook has become strict about contests, which means I won’t be using Facebook as the contest hub. I will, however, use Facebook to announce the day’s giveaway and link to the corresponding blog post.
Facebook and LibraryThing
Enhance your Orange July experience by participating on our Facebook page and LibraryThing group. While this is not a requirement for Orange July, most participants have fun discussing books and getting to know each other through these sites.
I want to participate in Orange July!
Great! If you’re on Facebook, RSVP on our Orange July event page or let me know in the comment section below. Also, please spread the word to your friends about Orange July. The more, the merrier!