Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Back to the Classics Challenge 2014

To sign up, click here...
The challenge will be very similar to the way Sarah created it.  Like last year, there will be six required categories that all participants must complete.  Everyone who reads and reviews six eligible books and writes a wrap-up post will automatically be entered into the drawing for an Amazon gift card for $30 (U.S) or a choice of book(s) from The Book Depository. 

There will also be five optional categories for additional entries.  Participants who three of those (with corresponding posts) will also get an additional entry into the prize drawing;  those completing posts in  all five categories will get two more entries, for a total of six.  To receive the maximum of six entries, you would need to post eleven times.  


I am making one slight change, other than varying the book categories.  I'm a little stricter than Sarah regarding the definition of a classic.  In my opinion, a classic is a book that has endured for some reason ; therefore, I am defining a classic as a book that was published at least 50 years ago.  Therefore, any book published after 1964 is ineligible. 


Here are the rest of the guidelines:

  • All books must be read in 2014.  Books started prior to January 1, 2014 are not eligible.  Reviews must be linked by December 31, 2014.
  • E-books and audiobooks are eligible!  Books can count for other challenges you may be working on.  However, books may NOT crossover categories within this challenge.  You may NOT count the same book twice for different categories in this challenge.  
  • If you do not have a blog, you may link your review from Goodreads or other publicly accessible online format.  
  • Please sign up for the challenge using the linky below BEFORE MARCH 1, 2014.  Please link to your sign-up announcement post (if possible/applicable).
  • You do not have to list your books prior to starting the challenge, but it is more fun that way :).  You can always change your list at any time.  You can read the books in any order (including mixing in the optional categories at any time).
  • You can decide to attempt the optional categories at any point (you can also bow out of the optional categories at any point as well).
  • Please identify the categories you've read in your wrap-up post so that I can easily add up your entries for the prize drawing! 
And finally. . . . The 2014 categories: 

Required:
  1. A 20th Century Classic
  2. A 19th Century Classic
  3. A Classic by a Woman Author
  4. A Classic in Translation  If English is not your primary language, then books originally published in English are acceptable.
  5. A Wartime Classic - 2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.  Any book relating to a war is fine -- WWI, WWII, the French Revolution, the War of the Worlds -- your choice.
  6. A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You This can be any author whose works you have not read before.  It doesn't necessarily have to be an author you've never heard of.  
Optional Categories:
  1. An American Classic
  2. A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller 
  3. A Historical Fiction Classic.  This is any classic set at least 50 years before the time when it was written.  For example, Margaret Mitchell published Gone with the Wind 70 years after the end of the Civil War; therefore, it is considered a historical novel.  A Tale of Two Cities and The Scarlet Letter are also historical novels.  However, older classics set during the period in which they were written are not considered historical; for example, the novels of Jane Austen.
  4. A Classic That's Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series.  Any period, any genre!  This is practically a free choice category.  However, it's a separate category than the required categories.
  5. Extra Fun Category:  Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4.  This should be some kind of posting reviewing the book read for the previous optional category above.  It can be any adaptation -- does not have to be adapted before 1964.  For example, if you chose Pride and Prejudice as your the optional classic above, you could review any adaptation -- 1940, 1980, 1995, 2005, etc. These two optional categories go together, but this must be a separate blog posting -- no fair just mentioning it in the book review!
And to clarify, you have to read different books for each category -- you can repeat authors or genres, but no fair using the same book multiple times within this challenge! The only book that you can repeat is in the movie/TV adaptation review.  

To sign up...go to Books and Chocolate.
I did this challenge in 2013.  I don't know what I will read.....research!!  #4 may be a tricky one, though!

My choices:
Required:
  1. A 20th Century Classic Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  2. A 19th Century Classic The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  3. A Classic by a Woman Author The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  4. A Classic in Translation  
  5. A Wartime Classic  
  6. A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Optional Categories:
  1. An American Classic
  2. A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan
  3. A Historical Fiction Classic.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  4. A Classic That's Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series.  From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
  5. Extra Fun Category:  Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4.  

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