Orange July Giveaway #1: The Tiger’s Wife

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Stay tuned for the winner!

Up for grabs: The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

Your activity: We have more than 130 people participating in Orange July. In the comments section below, please introduce yourself. Feel free to divulge as much info as you like, and don’t hesitate to link to your blog if you have one.

Giveaway ends at 9pm EST. Winner will be chosen randomly from those who comment on this blog only (Facebook comments will not count). I will announce the winner on this blog, so be sure to check back or subscribe (look for black “Sign Me Up!” button on top left).

Remember, you can still play along even if you don’t want to be entered into the drawing. Just note that in your response.

Good luck!


36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mrstreme
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 19:11:38

    Hello! My name is Jill, and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you all! Thanks for participating in Orange July. I live near Tampa, Florida (USA) with my husband, two boys, two cats and my basset hound, Emma. I own my a social media marketing agency called Hound Dog Social Media (named after Emma, of course). =)

    I hope you all have a great Orange July!

    (Note: I am not entered into the drawing!)


  2. Linda
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 19:15:02

    Hi! I’m Linda. I’ve been reading Orange books for a couple years now, having been introduced to the prize on our favorite website, Library Thing. I just picked up my first book for Orange July—Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler. I’ve just started a blog where I may post a book review from time to time, although that isn’t my primary purpose. Feel free to visit me at

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Jill!


  3. Katie Gilley
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 19:17:41

    Yay! Happy Orange July πŸ™‚


  4. Ally
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 19:19:33

    Hi! My name is Ally, I am 31, working as a teacher and I am definitely an avid reader. I mostly read books by women, but I make exceptions from time to time πŸ™‚ Right now, I am rediscovering Haruki Murakami. My blog might say more about me…
    I haven’t read Tea Obreht’s book so I would love to take a shot at it and see if it’s better than “Grace Williams says it loud” which I am about to finish πŸ™‚


  5. Jayme@Beachreader
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 19:37:02

    Good Morning,
    My name is Jayme, I am a 7th grade history teacher and I am so happy it’s summer vacation time. I mostly read literary fiction and memoirs, but during the summer I like to read light no-brainer books. I have read several Orange Prize books, but by default because I didn’t know about the Oange Prize. I am starting Beyond Black by Hillary Mantel – creepy little book. You can swing by and check out my blog.
    Happy Orange July everyone and thank you for the giveaway, Jill.


  6. wutheringwillow
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 19:46:11

    Hello! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

    I have been an avid reader all my life. I’m mainly a fan of mystery/detective stories, plays, short stories and classics. I also love discovering forgotten classics and bringing them to everyone’s attention.

    I have started my blog only a few months ago but it has been a wonderful experience so far. Feel free to drop in on my blog, A Paperback Life.

    Usually I tend to avoid reading books written after the first half of the 20th century. Nevertheless I am always open to new bookish experiences. For this reason, I am participating in the Orange July Giveaway.

    Wising everyone good luck! Happy reading! πŸ™‚


  7. Laurie Rose
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 19:50:21

    My name is Laurie….and I’ve been dying to read this…so to win it would be awesome!! πŸ™‚


  8. Misha
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 20:07:05

    I am Misha, 21 years old and currently doing a post-grad in Psychology. I am an eclectic reader. My favorite genres are literary fiction, mystery/suspense and historical fiction. Orange Prize is my favorite literary award and the best Orange prize nominated novel I’ve read is Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

    I blog along with my younger sister at My Love Affair With Books .

    I have been dying to read The Tiger’s Wife!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. Eva
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 20:49:10

    I’m Eva, I’ve been blogging since 2007 at A Striped Armchair and I’m excited to be joining in my first Orange July! πŸ™‚ I’m drawn to it because I love reading women authors and international ones; the Orange Prize list has so many tempting titles to choose from! I plan to start White Teeth by Zadie Smith today; I also have Anita Desai’s The Zigzag Way out from the library and The Little Friend by Donna Tartt waiting to be picked up. I’ve read three of the winners: Half of a Yellow Sun was my favourite (I love Adichie), Small Island runs a close second, and I didn’t really care for Bel Canto.


  10. Rhonda Lomazow
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 20:50:04

    hi,i amRhonda,Avid reader &bookbuyer .Would love to read the book.


  11. Deborah F
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 21:31:55

    Hi! I am Deborah -and this is the first year that I’ve been aware of the Orange Prize!! How embarressing! To rememedy that – I read 4 out of the 6 short listed 2011 Oranges – Room, Annabel, Memory of Love and Grace Says it Loudly . Of course I failed to read the winner as luck would have it! πŸ˜‰ I’m currently reading a long listed Orange – Case Hisories by Kate Atkinson.
    Thanks so much for all of your work, Jill!

    Happy Orange July everybody!


  12. Helen
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 21:50:19

    Hi! My name is Helen and I live in the south west of Western Australia on a 10 acre property. I’ve been aware of the Orange Prize for a number of years and read quite a few, but have even more sitting on my shelves still to be read. I’m on LibraryThing and have been luking about the Orange January/July group. No blog I’m afraid. Currently I’m reading Bel Canto.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Jill! πŸ™‚


  13. nomadreader
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 22:00:59

    Thanks, Jill! I’m so excited to share my Orange Prize reading with everyone this month. I’m an academic librarian and book blogger who is rather obsessed with the Orange Prize (among other literary prizes). I’ve discovered some of my favorite books through prize lists, and I love the diversity and breadth of the Orange Prize best.

    (Note: No need to enter me, I already have it!)


    • Peggy McLean
      Jul 01, 2011 @ 22:21:07

      I’ve been waiting for Orange July since Orange January!! I’m Peggy, retired at home in N.C. and reading the Orange lists since I discovered the prize in 2008. I’m starting *A Visit from the Goon Squad* today and hope to get at least one more Orange in before August.


  14. Layen
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 22:32:53

    Hi, I’m Layen. I’ve been blogging on and off for a while, but only recently turned to blogging about books I read. I read mostly fantasy and thriller/mystery novels, but am open to any suggestions. I don’t know much about Orange Prize and only realised that I have some of them at home when I stumbled upon Orange July. So thanks, Jill, for exposing me to the Orange Prize!


  15. SqueakyChu
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 22:41:58

    Hello. I’m Madeline. I’m an avid reader and an active member of both BookCrossing and LibraryThing. I’m very sceptical of Orange January and Orange July because many of the books on that list didn’t appeal to me. I’m always game to be proven wrong, though, so I’ve opted into this challenge in the past to actually find some women writers I enjoy. The last memorable Orange read for me was The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews. Thanks, Jill, for this awesome challenge. You’re really trying to s-t-r-e-t-c-h my reading!


  16. Regina Motarjeme
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 22:45:13

    Hi Jill,
    I love your blogs and your reviews are my guidance in my next book choice! I am very excited to read the The Tiger’s Wife. Thanks!



  17. Genny Tunbridge
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 22:55:49

    Hello, I’m Genny, from the UK. I’ve been reading Orange books for years without consciously setting out to do so, as some of my favourite women authors have been winners or short/longlisted, but Orange January and July are making me aware of many more that I have to look forward to reading!


  18. Terri
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 23:58:19

    Hi all! I’m Terri, I live in sunny (ha!) Portland Oregon and have been hanging out with Jill and the Oranges (good band name, huh??) since the beginning. I love this event, even though I haven’t been reading much this year. I am planning to read The White Family by Maggie Gee this month – looking forward to it.

    The blog address I included is a new blog I’ve started about being a person with disabilities. All the ups and downs (ouch) – a good dose of humor and some good explanations for people who might not “get it.” Mostly it’s therapeutic for me! But I hope you enjoy it.


  19. Terri
    Jul 01, 2011 @ 23:59:38

    Hm, I thought the blog address would show up automatically but it didn’t. So here it is: Meanderings.


  20. Wendy
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 00:15:07

    I’m Wendy – I co-host The Orange Prize Project and love that Jill has taken it to a new level with Orange July and January!! I love literary fiction (and the Orange Prize), but you can also find me reading women’s lit, suspense-thrillers, and historical fiction. I blog over at

    Some personal stuff: I am married, live in Northern California, work as a licensed Physical Therapist, and love my fur babies (two cats – Gizmo and Maia – and a rowdy, totally loveable German Shepherd, Raven!)


  21. Wendy
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 00:15:54

    Oh, I should mention, Jill – no need to enter me in the giveaway – I already have a copy of the book and it will be the first book I read for this event πŸ™‚


  22. Kathy
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 00:34:20

    Happy Orange July! I’m Kathy and I’m new to Orange January/July. I live in Chicago and enjoy women’s literature; in fact, looking at my list on LibraryThing, a large percentage of the authors I’ve read are women, including some on the Orange List….so I guess I’ve been reading Orange Prize authors all along, without realizing it. I think the activities and prizes are a great way to get us thinking about books.


  23. Alpa
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 00:37:14

    I am Alpa and i live in London. I enjoy reading speculative fiction a lot.But i do indulge in other genres as well.Orange July is new to me and i think its fun. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  24. tanabata
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 00:39:08

    I’m Canadian but am currently living in Japan. I’ve been blogging since 2006 at I love literary fiction, and lit in translation. I’ve read a few Orange Prize winners and shortlisted books, although regrettably not so many the last couple years. But I’m planning to read Room this month and will go from there. Thanks for the giveaway, and hosting this event!


  25. Andi (Estella's Revenge)
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 00:40:03

    I’m soooo looking forward to my Orange July reading! I just posted about it on my blog, as a matter of fact.

    I’m Andi from Estella’s Revenge. I’ve been blogging for about seven years, formerly edited the e-zine, Estella’s Revenge, and I was also a columnist for

    I’m a professor of English (literature) at a career college in Dallas where I also head up the General Education department. I have two wonderful stepkiddos and a 15-month-old son. Lots of dogs. Lots of books. Lots of fun. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for hosting this superfantastic event!


  26. Kathy Dolan
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 01:03:57

    Hi, I’m Kathy (another one) and I live in Berkshire, UK. Up until 3 months ago I worked in public libraries and was always excited and passionate about the Orange Prize, not so much by other prizes to be honest – the Orange has given me some lovely surprises over the years.
    Over the last year I’ve almost stopped reading altogether – but now that books are no longer my day job, I’m rediscovering them and am excited to join in Orange July to get me reading some challenging books again.
    I do write a blog, it’s not about books but about my attempts at a career change and you can find it at
    I’d love to read the Tiger’s Wife – I heard a snippet on the radio and it got me curious. It seems to be one of the most talked about books on this year’s list.


  27. aloi
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 02:08:23

    I love Orange! I’ve not read many Orange Prize winners, honestly, and this little challenge is the perfect little push.

    I’ve been blogging on and off for years now. I find that I keep coming back to book blogging – where would we be without books? Come over and visit:


  28. Dee
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 02:30:58

    Hi, I’m Dee from East Yorkshire, England. I am a compulsive reader and most of my favourite authors are women. I’ve been interested in the Orange prize since the year when Half Of a Yellow Sun won ( whenever that was) and I got a free bookmark from my library featuring all the short-listers. I read them all, loved most of them and have looked out for Orange nominees ever since. I love that I can now read them with my LibraryThing friends and all you wonderful bloggers. Thank you Jill, for organising it all!


  29. Vasilly
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 06:00:08

    Hey guys! I’m Vasilly. I’ve been blogging over at 1330v for the past four years now. I love reading books by and about women so this is a great event to join. I’m looking forward to reading some new-to-me authors.


  30. DVal
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 07:13:58

    hi! My name is Debra and I live in Kingston, Jamaica. I have been an avid reader all my life. I currently belong to 2 book clubs. I participated in Orange January and had so much fun! I even won a book! I will be starting off with The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, but there are several more orange books on my shelves. My family and I are going to the beach this weekend which will give me a chance to get started. Woo hoo!


  31. Kim
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 07:27:29

    Hello! I have been a voracious reader since a very early age, riding my bike up to the library several times a week. This is my second season of participating in Orange January/July, and have to admit, I did not ready any of the selections for Orange January. Will definately do so for Orange July. Not sure which one, but am going to the beach for the third week of July, so will have at least one conquered then!


  32. Sally from Oz
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 08:17:31

    I have just finished my first orange read – blood in the flowers and am now half way through Small Wars. Going away before July finishes so off to an early start


  33. mrstreme
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 09:11:37

    Thank you to everyone for participating today. And congratulations to Debra, who won our first giveaway! =) ~Jill


  34. cscott02
    Jul 02, 2011 @ 10:09:35

    I’m a little late for the first giveaway, but I wanted to introduce myself! I’m Cat Scott, my blog is, and my goal for the month of July is to read all the Orange Prize winners that I haven’t read yet. Can’t wait to get started!



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