Boxwalla Giveway : A Box of Books

I’m very excited about a project called Boxwalla, which was started by my friend Lavanya, and I wanted to share it with you. The name is a play on Hindi suffix walla, which means someone who provides a service. In this case, the service consists of handmade boxes filled with surprises, from beauty products and food to films and books. It’s a subscription service, and since I have always admired Lavanya’s taste, I’m sure the boxes will be full of interesting things.

BoxWalla

Mark the launch, Lavanya offered to give away the first box in her book series to one Bois de Jasmin reader (you’re, of course, under no obligation to subscribe). The box will include 3 books in English by contemporary writers from all over the world and a book-inspired goodie.

As Lavanya says, “Our main motivation for the book box was the fact that there are so many great writers writing in non-English languages who are not as widely-read as they should be. A large number of them don’t even get translated into English. So one of our hopes is, that by getting the works of some these writers to a greater segment of the public, it might motivate more translations of other lesser known but great writers, as well. But in the mean time we just want to read and share great literature.” If you want to read more about Boxwalla, please click here.

The giveaway is open to our readers worldwide. To enter, please answer the following questions: 1) may I share your email with Lavanya? 2) What books are on your to-be-read list? The giveaway is now closed. The winner is Yumi K.

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  • Karen: What a wonderful idea, and many thanks for arranging this giveaway! Interestingly enough, I am reading a book, “The World Between Two Covers, Reading the Globe” by Ann Morgan. She spent a year reading a book from each of the 195 UN recognized countries. The best part of the book for me is her reading list at the end, the book explores aspects of reading, censorship, culture etc.

    Yes, you can share my email and the books listed on Morgan’s reading list are on my to-read list (far too many to list). I’m happy for any reading suggestions-inspirations as I keep hitting dry patches with books that don’t work for me (same story, just different setting/time/names). Looking to have my world expanded! October 7, 2015 at 7:19am

    • Karen: In seeing your comment further down about specific books, I have the following books on order from the inter county lending part of our library system: The Patience Stone (Afghanistan), Cloudstreet (Austraila), Ali and Nino (Azerbaijan), How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Mission to Kala (Cameroon), and Delirium (Columbia). Although many of the books from Morgan’s reading list are not available, I was very happy to find many that are. And obviously, I’ve just started at the beginning of the alphabet and will keep working my way through! October 7, 2015 at 7:59pm

      • Victoria: If you read Ali and Nino, I highly recommend reading The Orientalist by Tom Reiss. It’s about the author of this novel and much more. October 8, 2015 at 9:41am

        • Karen: On my list! Also, I realized that since I have access to a wide variety of non-Western authors through our state-wide lending program (plus the Library of Congress is just a metro ride away and although you can’t borrow books, you can sit and read in quite inspiring reading rooms!), please remove me from the drawing as there are probably many people who do not have a wide variety easily available. October 8, 2015 at 11:42am

    • Mariann: Ooh that sounds like my kind of book, I have an mild obsession with lists 🙂 October 8, 2015 at 2:41am

      • Karen: Mariann, here is a link to Ann Morgan’s web site with her reading list:

        http://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/thelist/

        Honestly, I am just picking up the book somewhat randomly – reading about world literature is not *quite* as appealing to me as actually reading world literature! But hats off to her for this undertaking and broadening my horizons! October 8, 2015 at 11:46am

  • Connie: This is such a beautiful idea, and I’d love to be entered. You’re welcome to share my email. Unfortunately, my to-read list is about 1400 books long. I think it probably exceeds my life expectancy. October 7, 2015 at 7:55am

  • Alexandra: Lovely idea. Yes, you may share my email address. I would like to read some of Michael Ondaatje’s earlier works, as I love his haunting The Cat’s Table and The English Patient. I’d also like to discover authors with a similar feel/style to Ondaatje. October 7, 2015 at 8:03am

  • Caroline: What a great idea–yes, email address may be shared. Have tons on my to be read list, but 3 on my nightstand are My Paris Dream (Kate Betts), The Round House (Louise Erdrich) and Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee). October 7, 2015 at 8:17am

  • Iuliana: Beautiful project (and giveaway) – please feel free to share my email address. The next books on my to-read list are both French: Pierre Bordage’s “Les Guerriers du silence” (translated into English – “The Warriors of Silence”, a SF series which is supposed to be outstanding) and Muriel Barbery’s “La vie des Elfes” (translation to follow, but in the meantime do not miss her wonderful “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”). October 7, 2015 at 8:21am

    • Cheryl: I loved The Elegance of the Hedgehog! October 7, 2015 at 2:38pm

  • Judy: You certainly may share my email address. The only book currently on my “To Read” list is Harper Lee’s sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Go Set a Watchman.” I can’t wait to read it loving Mockingbird as I did. October 7, 2015 at 8:23am

  • Chris: I would not have found, loved, read and re-read Patrick Suskind’s “Perfume: A Story of a Murder” or Georges Perec’s “Life: A User’s Manual” if it had not been for good translation and distribution.

    My to read list is too long to share, but please do share my e-mail with Lavanya. October 7, 2015 at 8:48am

    • Victoria: You don’t have to share your entire list, of course, but it would be good to share a few items from it. That’s the condition to be entered into a giveaway. The idea is for all of us to learn something from each other’s comments and maybe become inspired to read books we wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. October 7, 2015 at 10:54am

  • Allison C.: Please feel free to share my email. I am looking forward to reading “Sisters In Law” about the lives and careers of Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Also on my list are “Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age,” “Wabi Sabi: Timeless Wisdom for a Stress Free Life,” and the latest Sue Grafton mystery “X.” October 7, 2015 at 9:13am

  • Ines: This is a wonderful idea! 🙂

    Of course you can share my email with Lavanya and my TBR pile includes at the moment The Maze:Scorch trials and soon to be released new book by Kresley Cole (and some astrology books too). October 7, 2015 at 9:14am

  • barbara di stefano: Please feel free to share my email and one ( out of many) book that is following me on my bag and bed table is Betty Halbreich “Secrets of a fashion therapist” October 7, 2015 at 9:21am

  • Julie: Yes, please feel free to share my email. What a wonderful idea. Bravo Lavanya!
    I am currently reading “Heirs and Graces” by Rhys Bowen. I have a very long and varied list… October 7, 2015 at 9:27am

  • Erin T: What a fabulous idea! I love that it’s about spreading literature from non-English languages, the design of the website and packaging, and that I got to think about Jelly Roll Morton this morning. And, of course, my to-read list. *sigh* Like most people here, I have a 200+ list and I actually keep it updated through Goodreads. I’ll pluck five at random from the list that are actually in my house, so I should get to them soon: “The tuner of silences” (Mia Couto), “The Last Mughal” (William Dalrymple), “The Moor’s Account” (Laila Lalami), “The Beauty: Poems” (Jane Hirshfield) and “The Wine-dark Sea” (Leonardo Sciascia). October 7, 2015 at 9:35am

    • Erin T: Oh, and please pass on my email should I win 🙂 October 7, 2015 at 9:35am

    • Lavanya: I love that you have Mia Couto on your list! He is on my list too and will probably make an appearance in a future box. (Shhhh – I am technically not supposed to give anything away :)) October 8, 2015 at 2:44am

  • Elena Wood: What a brilliant idea! You may share my email, and I am currently reading Station Eleven, which is great. Literary post-apocalyptic fiction. Next up is The Tragic Life of Robert Peace, non-fiction. Looking forward to this thread, I always get so many great recommendations from here! October 7, 2015 at 9:44am

  • Pamela: Of course you can share my email address with Lavanya. What a smart idea for a fulfilling business!

    I am an avid reader and certainly agree that there are outstanding writers worldwide who need to be translated into English.

    Since I have more books on my to-read list than I can expect to get to in my lifetime, I will just name a few, with an emphasis on cultural diversity:

    1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Translated Into English)

    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Marquez (Translated Into English)
    Already read Love in the Time of Cholera, one of the best books I have ever experienced.

    A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

    A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk (Translated Into English)

    The fishermen by Chigozie Obioma Here is a wonderful article about this up and coming talented artist: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/53572aca-670d-11e5-97d0-1456a776a4f5.html#axzz3ntEVSGCR

    My two favorite things: Books and Perfume!!!! October 7, 2015 at 9:53am

    • Lavanya: I can’t wait to read ” A strangeness in my mind” too – I loved Museum of Innocence. October 8, 2015 at 2:49am

  • Persia: Hi!what lovely giveaway! my email may be shared and the books on my reading list are to kill a mockingbird, ulysses and under the persimmon tree October 7, 2015 at 10:00am

  • Lisa B: 1) Please share my email with LaVanya! I’d like to learn more about Boxwalla! I love the idea of getting a box of goodies every month. I currently subscribe to Glossybox and Olfactif.
    2) Books on my to read list are: Cloud Atlas, Role Models by John Waters and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates October 7, 2015 at 10:07am

  • Cheryl: What a wonderful giveaway! Yes, you may share my email with Lavanya.
    I am currently reading Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed. It’s been on my reading list for a long time and I’m excited to begin the journey. My nightstand has a small stack of books at any given time- right now, waiting to be read, sit Amy Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic; Map:Collected and Last Poems by Wislawa Szymborska; Being Mortal by Atul Gawande; and lastly (and perennially) Herman Melville’s Moby Dick- I’ve yet to finish it, I’ve been reading it/rereading it for years- it’s deliciously dense in humor & wisdom and the writing so lavish that I find myself hanging on a sentence in no hurry to finish…it’s definitely my book-to-savor, a true treasure trove.
    Thank you! October 7, 2015 at 10:33am

    • Lavanya: I’ve been loving Szymborska too, Cheryl! October 8, 2015 at 3:28am

  • girasole: What a wonderful idea! I work with texts written in English by non-native speakers, so issues of translation and textual diversity are close to my heart. I also love the design on the box and website!

    Like others here, my to-read list is very long (and always growing – even just by reading the comments here!), but the one at the top is Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain which was a recent gift from a friend. Please feel free to share my email with Lavanya. October 7, 2015 at 10:38am

  • Scented Salon: Please share my address and one of my must reads is definitely All Quiet on the Western Front. Favorite book ever! October 7, 2015 at 10:42am

  • Ann: You know, I won a book in one of Bois de Jasmin’s giveaways, so I feel I should exclude myself from the drawing. But, if Lavanya does not mind, perhaps once the drawing is over and the box is won, we could learn what books are in the box? No worries, of course, if not.

    Next two books on my side-table are very very Anglo/English: “How to Be A Victorian,” by Ruth Goodman (she calls it a ‘dawn to dusk guide to Victorian life’), and CJ Sansom’s “Dissolution.” October 7, 2015 at 10:47am

  • cloudywings: such a great idea and wonderful website !! absolutely love the name too !! yes, please do share my email with lavanya. my “to-read” list is endless, there are so many books in different genres, from classics to biographies to crime to travel, cooking, perfume, beauty.. i have an especial interest in old books, because of the aesthetics of the era – totally true that they were mostly limited by the resources of that point in time, but still, give me a good book with hand-rendered illustrations within and hand illustrated covers – anytime. among the “must get books” are those by somerset maugham – as a resident in asia, it is always fascinating to visualise my surroundings from the perspective of a person living in another era. i have a serial habit, which means i tend to collect sets of what i like. thank you victoria for this lovely initiative ! October 7, 2015 at 10:53am

  • Susan Minnicks: Of course you may share my email.
    After my husband died, almost a year ago, I didn’t know what do do with his hundreds of books in his “man cave” in Baja, about two hours from here in San Diego. Since I don’t drive, and had to sell his cars, I thought Why not turn the garage into a library? That way all our books can be together. SO that’s what I’m doing! We’re scraping the floor and measuring for shelves this week!
    Right now I’m reading Penelope Fitzgerald, what a unique voice, but next on the pile are: The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama, The Lazarus Project, by Aleksander Hemon, and Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies. October 7, 2015 at 11:02am

  • Panna: What a great idea! Happy to share my email. Some of the books on my to-read list are Gavin Weightman’s The Frozen Water Trade, Stephanie Lacava’s An Extraordinary Theory of Objects, and The Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik. I have a bookshelf full of books yet to be cracked open as often my reading is limited to reading to/reading with my little one. The precious time to read for my own pleasure is definitely something I cherish! October 7, 2015 at 11:33am

  • TheLunarWhale: What a fantastic subscription idea!

    You may share my email with Lavanya. My current reading list includes Don Quixote, the novels of Nabokov, and works by Chinghiz Aitmatov. I’d love to branch out and learn more about contemporary lit. October 7, 2015 at 11:34am

  • Yumi K: Hola Victoria!
    I absolutely love the Boxwalla concept and so happy that the giveaway is open to readers worldwide- YES! 🙂

    1. My email may be shared with Lavanya
    2. Books on my (more urgent) to-be-read list include Gregory David Roberts “The Mountain Shadow”, Elif Shafak’s, “The Architect’s Apprentice”, Orhan Pamuk’s, “A Strangeness in My Mind”. I’m looking forward to discover new authors to make me travel through pages. October 7, 2015 at 11:57am

    • Karen: The Architects Apprentice was a fun/interesting read – hope you enjoy it as much as I did! October 8, 2015 at 6:23am

  • Aurora: I think it’s a wonderful project Lavanya, I will look at the site again before Xmas, I thank you and Victoria for the giveaway. My email can be shared and on my night table to read I have: the six novels of the Barchester Chronicles by Anthony Trollope and Le Silence des Betes by Elisabeth de Fontenay. October 7, 2015 at 12:35pm

  • Payal: 1. Yes, please share my email.
    2. I’m a big fan of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work and have yet to read The Lowland. I have a growing list of books to read since having 2 little ones but I’m determined to try and get some reading time in!

    Thanks for the giveaway! October 7, 2015 at 1:04pm

  • Vishishta: What a great idea! I am a tremendous lover of books–probably read at least one a week and sometimes two. Of course you can share my email, and my to read list presently sites: The Small Time Operator by Kameroff. Thanks for managing this Victoria! October 7, 2015 at 1:43pm

  • Caroline: This is a lovely idea. Of course you may share my email address with Lavanya. My current reading list includes The Race for Paris by Meg Clayton and The Goddess Pose by Michelle Goldberg. October 7, 2015 at 2:35pm

  • Jodi: Yes! You can share my email. On my book list right now I have, “Far from the Madding Crowd”by Thomas Hardy as well as most of Jane Austin and Emily Bronte’s books. 🙂 October 7, 2015 at 2:43pm

  • tilda shalof: Yes, please share my email address with lavanya. My current reading list: So, Anyway by John Cleese, and Delicious! by Ruth Reichl. October 7, 2015 at 3:22pm

  • solanace: This is a beautiful idea. Yes, you can share my email. My list is huge, but right from the top of my head I´d mention E. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Work Class; G. Simondon, Du mode d´existence des objets techniques and, on a more leisurely note, I´m always on the look for a cool sci-fi, mystery or horror book for reading on the subway. Noting many suggestions here… October 7, 2015 at 4:03pm

  • Neva: Oh my God, this is an amazing idea and I love it! Good luck to Lavanya with her boxes!!!
    1. Of course you can share my email with Lavanya.
    2. I usually read books in 3 languages, but I will write the titles of all the books I want to read in near future in English (although I don’t know if they were translated):
    Herman Koch – Dinner
    Pema Chödrön – The Places that Scare You
    Orhan Pamuk – Istanbul
    Paolo Sorrentino – Everyone is Right
    and some more books by Irene Nemirovsky. I’ve read only Suite Francaise so far…oh, and then there’s the German Tanja Kinkel. I love her novels, but since she’s a very prolific writer I haven’t managed to read all of them of course. October 7, 2015 at 4:03pm

  • Domestic Goblin: 1) Yes you may share my email with Lavanya.

    2) The following books are on my to-be-read list:

    A walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

    Shooting From The Lip by Katie Puckrik

    The Margaret Thatcher School of Beauty by Marsha Mehran

    Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

    The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

    Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie October 7, 2015 at 5:26pm

  • Tourmaline: Hi Victoria,

    What a wonderful project! Yes, you may share my email address with Lavanya. Like so many others, I have hundreds of books on my reading list. The ones at the top of the list are:

    – Grimoire (1999) and The Resurrectionists (2000), which are speculative fiction novels (in this instance fantasy/horror) by Kim Wilkins, who is an Australian author who lives in my home city of Brisbane. According to Wikipedia, Kim has been published in Australia, the United States, the UK, France, Russia, Greece, Italy and Germany, so no doubt her work has been translated into several other languages.

    – A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar (2005) by Huddleston and Pullum. I am very finicky about my grammar and punctuation, and I wish to improve it, so I am reading a book co-authored by one of my old lecturers from Linguistics classes at university in 1979, Professor Rodney Huddleston.

    – Compacts & Cosmetics: Beauty from Victorian Times to the Present Day (2009) by Madeleine Marsh. This has wonderful colour and black and white photos of cosmetics and accessories from the last 200 or so years.

    – The Little Book Room (1955) by Eleanor Farjeon. I love good children’s fiction (as that’s what I like to write) so this classic collection of 27 children’s stories that won the Carnegie Medal is on my list.

    – Perfume: A Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom, due to be released on 22 October in a Kindle edition. Apparently it tells the stories behind 100 perfumes. October 7, 2015 at 7:34pm

  • Pam: This sounds like a wonderful idea. And a box of books sounds like the best! My to-read list includes anything Murakami and I noticed a new one lately that is at least recently translated. Funds are low so I will have to save. His books are soooo good.

    Yes, you can share my email. Thanks. October 7, 2015 at 8:36pm

  • Maria: Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this exciting give away, and of course, you can share my email.

    The books at the top of my pile are: “Bend, not Break” by Ping Fu. It is an inspiring story of a Chinese woman who lived through the cultural revolution and then came to the USA…

    I also plan to read “Poor Economics, a Radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty”, by Abhijit Banerjee.

    “Dance, Dance, Dance”, by Murakami, intrigues me, and it is next in line.

    I would also like to catch up with my beloved Spanish literature, by reading some of the last Planeta prize winners.

    Thanks and good luck to everyone! October 7, 2015 at 9:32pm

  • Cheryl: Yes, you may share my email.

    Books currently on my to-read list (just the top five, or we’ll be here forever): 1) Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird; 2) Madeleine L’engle, A Circle of Quiet; 3) Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust; 4) Norah Vincent, Adeline; 5) Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway! October 8, 2015 at 12:01am

  • Pejcharat Harvey: Yes you are welcome to share my email. Among my stack of books to be read are a natural history of the senses by Diane Ackerman, how to cook a wolf by MFK Fisher, Columbine by Dave Cullen, and let’s explore diabetes with owls by David Sedaris October 8, 2015 at 12:54am

    • Pejcharat Harvey: Oh and I forgot! the life changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo October 8, 2015 at 12:56am

    • Karen: How to Cook a Wolf had a huge impact on my kitchen habits – to saving vegetable peels and scraps for soup stocks to using the small amount of butter left on the wrapper for my hands. October 8, 2015 at 6:21am

  • Mariann: Yes you max share my email.

    Like many here life would be poorer wthout a good book or three. I have several haphazard list, but usually its more or less whatever strikes my fancy in the bookstore. I always have several going at once. Right now it’s Elena Ferrante (the first one), Fragrant (Mandy Aftel) and Better Than (Gretchen Rubin) plus any sci-fi/fantasy that I like the look of. I would love to read more non-English authors and really should read some Swiss/German ones too. October 8, 2015 at 2:47am

  • Orl: Hello and thank you for the giveaway. Purity by Jonathan Franzen is in my reading list, also Just Kids by Patti Smith. October 8, 2015 at 2:58am

  • Orl: And yes you may share my e-mail! October 8, 2015 at 2:59am

  • Nora Szekely: Hi,
    Such a great giveaway again!
    Victoria, please feel free to share my e-mail address with Lavanya. I’m also happy to participate in sending off the next box of books in English.

    My to-read list is also pretty long, here are some highlights:

    Toni Morrison: Beloved – set in 19th century, it’s about an Afro-American family and their past that haunts them, I loved the movie by the way

    Melinda Taub : Still star-crossed – YA book about what happens in Verona right after the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

    Herodotus; Histories – I might not read it all but I’ve been intrigued ever since I’ve seen The English patient

    Jude Morgan: Passion : The biography of 3 iconic romantic poets, Shelley, Byron and Keats through the eyes of the women who loved them

    I’m Hungarian so I’d like to recommend a Hungarian book translated to English:

    Magda Szabo : The door – it’s a book about the notion of privacy and dignity explored via the relationship of a writer couple and their domestic help, the enigmatic Emerenc October 8, 2015 at 6:50am

  • Nora Szekely: One more thing: I’d be glad to give away a couple of Hungarian books translated to English. I could select those I think might appeal most to non-Hungarian readers and I’d be glad if the other “book-donors” would do the same with their country’s litterature. October 8, 2015 at 7:06am

  • Karima: Please do share my email with Lavanya.

    Books are on my to-be-read list?

    Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire
    The Wings of the Dove
    Bangkok Haunts

    Thank you for this exciting giveaway! October 8, 2015 at 7:45am

  • Austenfan: I love this idea, and I rather covet one of those boxes. My reading list predictably and boringly contains only French novels. The Moustache by Emmanuel Carrère, Le Port des Brumes, Maigret, Simenon, and HhhH by Laurent Binet. (Which I have been wanting to read for a long time.)
    You are free to share my mail address with Lavanya. October 8, 2015 at 8:03am

  • frugalscholar: Sharing is fine
    Works by Clarice Lispector (have only read the single story available in my library. Will order her collected stories recently released in English) October 8, 2015 at 8:04am

  • TravelBooksCoffee: THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY!!! <3

    1) may I share your email with Lavanya?
    – YES definitely!

    2) What books are on your to-be-read list?
    – Sooooo many books! My Goodreads TBR list but for now I want to read

    *All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven,
    *Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore,
    *Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas October 8, 2015 at 11:59am

  • Aisha: What a generous giveaway! Yes, my email can be shared.

    As for my TBR list … It gets longer every day. That’s what happens when you get caught up in the “Bookstagram” community. 🙂

    I just finished a couple of Agatha Christie novels, but I’m also reading a Neil Gaiman book, the first in the Miss Peregrine series, and Middlemarch. Also on my list (for just this month) are re-reading Frankenstein and Dracula. Next month, I hope to focus on more classics like Wuthering Heights and (I hope) some Dickens classics. Dostoevsky is also on the horizon. October 8, 2015 at 7:16pm

  • Iva: What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing this brilliant giveaway with us.

    1) Yes of course, I am happy to share my email with Lavanya via you.

    2) On my to-read list: Markings by Dag Hammarskjold, Alice Hoffman’s Survival Lessons (I enjoy all her books so am looking forward to reading her memoir), Curly Girl: The Handbook by Lorraine Massey, as I have led a lifelong battle with my curly hair and have just recently started “going back to my (curly) roots” and found this book. October 9, 2015 at 6:29am

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