Monday, May 13, 2013

Blogiversary and GIVEAWAY

Hey there!  It's been a long time.  Okay, well technically not, but all I've written in weeks has been Harry Potter posts, and while that's all well and good, this is not actually meant to be a Harry Potter blog.  I've been craaazy busy with finishing up grad school, preparing to move 1700 miles away, and life in general.  But I submitted my last paper on Sunday and actually began reading a book that isn't Harry Potter, school-related, or in audio form, so things are looking up!  I'm reading Kindred by Octavia Butler, which is kind of awesome and also on my Classics Club list, so double awesome.  At some point, I might even manage to get up reviews of the audiobooks I've finished recently.  Maybe.

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I am apparently now incapable of keeping HP out of my posts.

Today marks three years of Soy Chai Bookshelf!  I can't believe it's been that long already.  It's also my husband's birthday (no, I have no idea why I started a blog on his birthday), which makes it easy to remember.  To celebrate my blogiversary, I'm giving away two (gently used) books that I discovered I have doubles of while packing.

Interpreter of Maladies is Jhumpa Lahiri's Pulitzer Prize-winning debut collection of short stories, and The Namesake is her debut novel.  I have no idea why I have two copies of both but I love them so it doesn't really matter and I'm excited to share them with new people!  I met Jhumpa Lahiri at a reading and signing I went to once.  She was actually quite unpleasant, but I was the very last person in a very long line of people getting books signed, so I'm hoping that's the only reason.  Either way, I love her writing.

To enter, just leave me a comment saying which book you want.  You can enter for both, but I will be giving the books to separate people.  I'll announce and e-mail the winners later this week.  Oh, and the winners are required to eat Indian food at sometime while reading their book, if only because Lahiri's food descriptions make you hungry.


  1. Interpreter of Maladies :)

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  2. Yay, congratulations! And thanks for the awesome giveaway. I definitely wouldn't mind taking a look at either of those Lahiri's books, but if I had to choose then maybe The Namesake... Then again Interpreter looks intriguing too... Difficult are the choices of bookworms :)


  3. Interpreter of Maladies! It's the only Lahiri I haven't read yet!
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  4. HP gifs are welcome, regardless of post topic! And yay for reading Kindred. So good.

    Oh and thanks for the giveaway. I'd love either book because I'm like 90% sure I haven't read either. I know I don't own any of her stuff. I guess if I needed to pick one I'd go with the Namesake because I like that cover better.