Sunday, December 29, 2013

Back to the Classics Challenge 2014 Sign Up
This is my sign up for the Back to the Classics - the rules, categories and some of my possible reads are listed below.  My selections may change over the year, especially given school related reading.
"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 complete 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 another entry, for a total of three. To receive the maximum of three 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! Adding links within the post would also be greatly appreciated."
And finally. . . . The 2014 categories:

  1. A 20th Century Classic: The Wrath of Dionysus by Evdokia Nagrodskaia
  2. A 19th Century Classic:
  3. A Classic by a Woman Author: Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  4. A Classic in Translation: The Prince by Machiavelli
  5. A Classic About War  Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott (Jacobite Rebellion)
  6. A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius 
Optional Categories:
  1. An American Classic: The Last of the Mohicans or Invisible Man
  2. A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller:  The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  3. A Historical Fiction Classic.  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  4. A Classic That's Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series.  The Romance of Tristan by Beroul
  5. Extra Fun Category: Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4. 

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