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How could I resist this challenge? It ties into my plans for the year so well.
Rules as outlined by the host: Books and Chocolate.
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 two more entries, for a total of six. To receive the maximum of six entries, you would need to post eleven times.
I am defining a classic as a book that was published at least 50 years ago. Therefore, any book published after 1964 is ineligible.
Few more 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.
- 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).
And finally. . . . The 2014 categories:
- A 20th Century Classic
- A 19th Century Classic - Hunger by Knut Hamsun (5/30/14)
- A Classic by a Woman Author
- A Classic in Translation - The Trial by Franz Kafka (5/3/14)
- A Wartime Classic: 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI, but you may choose any war related book.
- A Classic by an Author Who is New to You: This can by any author whose works you have not read before. - Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola (4/12/14)
- An American Classic - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1/10/14)
- A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller
- 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.
- 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. - The Wonderful WIzard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1/26/14)
- 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!
[Notice: Original posting 2013-12-20 at Plethora of Books Blog: http://bookchallenges.weebly.com]
Tags: 2014 Reads, Challenges, Dearly Departed, Classics