Welcome to Orange January- an annual event celebrating the Orange Prize for Fiction. This blog post will tell you all about the Orange January 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 January?
Orange January 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 January.
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 Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel, Kate Atkinson and many more. 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 the blog!
Orange January prizes!
Throughout January, I will be hosting book giveaways. A complete list of books will be posted tomorrow*, but here are a few titles to whet your appetite:
The Observations by Jane Harris
Great House by Nicole Krauss
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Homestead by Rosina Lippi
A Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber
*UPDATE: 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 eastern, and participants have until 9pm eastern 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!
Facebook and LibraryThing
Enhance your Orange January experience by participating on our Facebook page and LibraryThing group. While this is not a requirement for Orange January, most participants have fun discussing books and getting to know each other through these sites.
I want to participate in Orange January!
Great! If you’re on Facebook, RSVP on our Orange January Event page or let me know in the comment section below. Also, please spread the word to your friends about Orange January. The more, the merrier!
Edited to add: We now have Orange Prize graphics! Check out this blog post for more info.