June 22, 2012

Literary Blog Hop: Give-aways!

Welcome to the Literary Blog Hop Give-Away hosted by Judith! This time around, I am giving away two books, each of which relate to the challenges I'm reading for this summer. Please consider joining them should you have the desire or the time.

The first is my own Japanese Literature Challenge 6, and the book I'm giving away is The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata:
"Set in the traditional city of Kyoto, The Old Capital tells the story of Chieko, the adopted daughter of a kimono designer and his wife. Since her youth, Chieko was told that the childless couple kidnapped her in a moment of profound desire. When Chieko learns unsettling truths about her past, her life of love and affection is thrown into disarray.

This delicate novel traces the legacy of beauty and tradition from one generation of artists to the next as they navigate, with an ambivalent mixture of regret and fascination, the complex world of postwar Japan. This simple story of change, art, and devotion resounds with deep spiritual and human understanding.

Yasunari Kawabata is widely recognized as one of the most significant figures in modern Japanese literature. The Old Capital was one of three novel specifically cited when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968."
The second novel I am giving away is for the Paris in July Challenge hosted by Tamara and Bookbath. It is an Europa edition of Muriel Barbery's Gourmet Rhapsody:
"In the heart of Paris, in the posh residence made famous in The Elegance of The Hedgehog, the world's greatest food critic is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Pierre Arthens has been lording over renowned chefs for years, deciding their fates with a stroke of his pen, destroying and building reputations on a whim. But now, during his final hours, his thoughts have turned to humbler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that divine something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence. Indeed, this flamboyant and self-absorbed man wishes for only one thing before he dies: one last taste.

Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars--relatives, lovers, a would-be protege, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about Arthens, a man who has only ever inspired extreme emotions in people. Here, as in the Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery's story celebrates life's simple pleasure and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power."
If you wish to be considered for one of these two books, simply tell me which one you'd like in your comment. I will pull two winners, and announce them here, on June 27, 2012.

Blogs to visit for the Literary Blog Hop Give-Away:
  1. Leeswammes
  2. Candle Beam Book Blog
  3. Musings of a Bookshop Girl
  4. The Book Whisperer
  5. Book Journey (US/CA)
  6. breieninpeking (Dutch readers)
  7. bibliosue
  8. heavenali
  9. I Read That Once...
  10. The Parrish Lantern
  11. The Bibliomouse (Europe)
  12. Tell Me A Story
  13. Seaside Book Nook
  14. Rikki's Teleidoscope
  15. Sam Still Reading
  16. Nishita's Rants and Raves
  17. Readerbuzz
  18. Books Thoughts Adventures (North America)
  19. 2,606 Books and Counting
  20. Laurie Here (US/CA)
  21. Literary Winner (US)
  22. Dolce Bellezza
  23. The House of the Seven Tails
  24. The Book Diva's Reads (US)
  25. Colorimetry
  26. Roof Beam Reader
  27. Kate's Library
  28. Minding Spot (US)
  29. Silver's Reviews (US)
  30. Book'd Out
  31. Fingers & Prose (US)
  32. Chocolate and Croissants
  33. Scattered Figments
  34. Lucybird's Book Blog
  35. The Book Club Blog
  1. Lizzy's Literary Life
  2. The Book Stop
  3. Reflections from the Hinterland (US)
  4. Lena Sledge's Blog
  5. Read in a Single Sitting
  6. The Little Reader Library (UK)
  7. The Blue Bookcase (US)
  8. 1morechapter (US)
  9. The Reading and Life of a Bookworm
  10. Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  11. My Sweepstakes City (US)
  12. De Boekblogger (Europe, Dutch readers)
  13. Exurbanis
  14. Sweeping Me (US/CA)
  15. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US)
  16. Beauty Balm
  17. Uniflame Creates
  18. Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book (US/CA)
  19. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  20. Nose in a book (Europe)
  21. Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews (US)
  22. Giraffe Days
  23. Page Plucker
  24. Based on a True Story
  25. Read, Write & Live
  26. Devin Berglund (N. America)
  27. Ephemeral Digest
  28. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  29. Annette Berglund (US)
  30. Book Nympho
  31. A Book Crazy, Jane Austen Lovin' Gal (US)
  32. Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity


  1. I'd love to win a copy of The Old Capital! I'm from Sri Lanka and have visited Kyoto once! Perhaps reading this will give me the opportunity to re-live those moments! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I have joined both challenges, so this is a difficult choice... Hmm, I would probably go with Barbery's book because I cried while reading The elegance of the hedgehog, so I am wondering if Gourmet Rhapsody is as good as the first one. Thank you for the giveaway, Bellezza!

  3. I would enjoy reading Gourmet Rhapsody. Thank you for the opportunity to win it. =)


  4. I'd love to enter to win The Old Capital.
    My email is samstillreading[at]gmail[dot]com
    Thank you for offering a great giveaway :)

  5. The Old Capital sounds amazing! I'd love to win it.
    Thank you so much!

  6. I would love to read the Old Capital. Please put my name down for it! I read The Gourmet a couple of years ago and thought it was wonderful. Barbery is such a lovely, sharp writer.

  7. I would love to read The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata. Great giveaway!


  8. Both of them seem amzing soI can't really decide. I think the Old Capital would be the one I'd like more :) Thank you!


  9. I already have The Elegance of the Hedgehog awaiting me on the shelf, so I'd very much like Gourmet Rhapsody if I win!
    Thank you for another fantastic giveaway, and hope you're enjoying a little hopping of your own!

    Ellie @ Musings of a Bookshop Girl

  10. I would love to read Gourmet Rhapsody.

    Thank you!



  11. I'd love to be counted for the Muriel Barbery book please.


  12. Lovely books. I would enjoy Gourmet Rhapsory. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. These books look fascinating. Thanks for this opportunity. Gourmet Rhapsody is my choice, lovely title. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  14. I would love to win The Old Capital. Fingers crossed!


  15. What a nice giveaway, Merdith! I'd love to be considered for THE OLD CAPITAL. And thanks so much!!!

    janezfan at yahoo dot com

  16. I most definitely want to win The Old Capital to read as part of the Japanese Literature Challenge (which I'm loving by the way). Thanks for giving away a wonderful title!

    Beth :-)

  17. I'd love to read The Old Capital. Thank you! :)


  18. Great giveaway! I had never heard of The Old Capital before but it sounds like an interesting read, so I'm signing up for that one.
    My email is readwriteandlive[at]hotmail[dot]come
    Please check out my giveaway as well!

  19. I'd love to read The Old Capital, sounds interesting

  20. OOh, I would love a copy of The Old Capital, I have read the Gourmet Rhapsoday.
    Thanks for the give away!

  21. As a lover of J-Lit & its associated challenge it will have to be Yasunari Kawabata, whose writing I love. All that is left is to wish you a wonderful bloghop

    CHAIR - Toshio Nakae

    You sit in the chair
    with Silence yielding to you
    but you stand up right away
    Silence sits back down in it

    Utter no words —
    your words vanish
    into the darkness you have left behind

  22. AnonymousJune 23, 2012

    Andreea L
    Gourmet Rhapsody, because I loved The elegance of the hedgehog, it was just my type of book, smart, original and so sad!

  23. I would love to win The Old Capital!!

    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. I would select Gourmet Rhapsody
    meiklesurvey (at)gmail (dot) com

  25. I'd love the Kawabata of course! Thanks for hosting.

  26. Thanks!
    I enjoyed very much Gourmet Rhapsody and would enjoy having it to offer to a friend
    ehc16e at yahoo dot com

  27. Gourmet Rhapsody looks great. Thanks!

  28. I'd love to win The Old Capital. Thank you for the giveaway!

  29. The Old Capital please. pattyweiser@comcast.net

  30. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I would love to win The Old Capital.


  31. Both books look amazing. I'd be very happy with either. My first choice would be GOURMET RHAPSODY.


  32. I agree with marybelle. Both look wonderful, but I think I would prefer the barbery for PIJ. Thanks!

  33. What great choices. I would love Gourmet Rhapsody, please! Thank you so much for hosting the giveaway!

    kimie142002 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  34. Those covers look gorgeous. I'm a sucker for Jap lit so I would love to read The Old Capital. Thanks for the giveaway.

    tiensblurb (at) gmail (dot) com

  35. I'd like Gourmet Rhapsody. Thanks!

    akreese at hotmail dot com

  36. I'd love to win The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

  37. Gourmet Rhapsody is what I would like to win. Thank you for the opportunity.
    bookloon at gmail dot com

  38. I'd love to win The Old Capital.
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

    cristeaanamaria (at) yahoo (dot) com

  39. The Old Capital would be fantastic, love the storyline, thanks for the chance to win.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  40. I'd love to win The Old Capital.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  41. Thanks for joining the hop! I can hardly choose, both are very interesting options - I hadn't heard of either. I recently read The Elegance of the Hedgehog and I would like to read another Barberry book, so please enter me for that one.

  42. ElisabethJune 24, 2012

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Gourmet Rhapsody for me!

  43. Please enter me for The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata, I always love some good Asian literature!

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  44. OMG! Bothe these books sound so interesting that I simply can't make up my end. If it is possible enter me for both, rest I leave to fate.

  45. I think both of these books sound good, but I'd love to win The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata.

    Thanks for providing me with a list of other literary book bloggers, too!

  46. The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata sounds really good. Thanks!


  47. I would be delighted to win either of these books! Thank you for the giveaway.

    debnance at gmail dot com

    Here's my
    Literary Blog Hop Giveaway.
    I hope you will stop by!

  48. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to win The Old Capital - it looks like such an interesting read!

    bookwormsusanna AT gmail DOT com

  49. Suz ReadsJune 24, 2012

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway! Both of these books look fantastic so please enter me for both of them! I would love to win either one!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  50. I'd love to read Gourmet Rhapsody.
    Theresa N

  51. Gourmet Rhapsody please! Sara_Johnson@baylor.edu

  52. I'd love to win: The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  53. Enter me for the chance to win The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata. Hope the giveaway is international! Thanks for the chance.


  54. Although both these novels sound ABSOLUTELY amazing, I'd love for the chance to win "Gourmet Rhapsody" by Muriel Barbery - for it combines my two loves, literature and food! Haha :D

    Thank you for your generosity, and for being part of the Literary Giveaway Hop.

    Name: Hira Hasnain
    Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com

  55. Hello!
    Should I win, I would love to get the book by Yasunari Kawabata.
    I love Japan...and books about Japan.
    Thanks for entering my name and greetings from France

  56. Thanks for sharing!

    seanly93[at] hotmail dot com

  57. I'd love to win The Old Capital! Thanks for the chance!

  58. I love books about Japan, so I'd like The Old Capital. Thanks!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  59. The Old Captital sounds really good to me. I've become really fascinated by reading about Japan lately.


  60. I would love to read gourmet rhapsody, it sounds really good.

  61. Thanks for this opportunity! I'd prefer to win Gourmet Rhapsody. maevalentine39 [at] gmail [dot] com

  62. Hi! I'd love to win Gourmet Rhapsody. I have The Elegance of the Hedgehog but haven't read it yet, so I'd like to read the two of them together. Thanks for the chance!


  63. Loved your blog! thank you for the amazing giveaway!
    I'd like The Old Capital if I win, as I loved your review of it.

    Thank you!

  64. Thanks so much for sharing! My choice would be Gourmet Rhapsody.

  65. I'd love to be entered for the Muriel Barbery! Europa editions are always so gorgeous!

    irisonbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

    Now I'm going to take a look at your blog, because I feel like I haven't been here in forever!

  66. I'd love to read The Old Capital. Thank you :)

    lincalc at gmail dot com

  67. I'd love to win a copy of The Old Capital.

  68. I'd like The Old Capital.



  69. I'd like The Old Capital.
    tanjavrljic AT gmail DOT com

  70. Either book would be wonderful as they are both a departure from my norm.
    Thanks for the chance!!
    Lisa Hackney
    yankssssrule08 at yahoo dot com