Modern Classics Challenge 2018

I am hosting a Modern Classics Challenge again on my blog to help balance out all of the lovely classics I will be reading for the Back to the Classics Challenge at Karen’s Books and Chocolate! During the first week in January of 2019, I will announce a winner for $20 to Amazon or The Book Depository (if they don’t deliver to your country then the prize goes to second place). To keep it simple (because I like simple), the guidelines are:

  • To enter comment to this post with a link to your blog or goodreads.
  • Read anywhere between 4 and 12 books published in the last 50 years (1968) so long as there is only one for each category. I am going strictly by publication date, not when it was written! For every 4 books you read and review up to 12, you will receive one entry (so 4 books=1 entry, 8 books =2 entries, and 12 books=3 entries).
  • All books used in the challenge must be read during 2018 (ALL of the book, not part of it)!
  • All books must be chapter books (generally these are about 100 pages at least).
  • Write a review of each book (either on your blog or on goodreads) in English and place the link in the comments on the corresponding post for that category that I will create January 1, 2018.
  • In your review you must include a link to the challenge and whether or not you think this book will go on to become a classic and why! (“Because I liked it” is not an acceptable answer!)
  • You must post a wrap-up post with links to all of your reviews (and a link to the challenge) no later than December 31, 2018 and comment with a link on my wrap-up post (which will also be posted January 1, 2018).
  • There will be no deadlines for entering the challenge; however, I may close the challenge to new entries if there are too many entries for my blog to handle efficiently.
  • If you have any questions or need the rules clarified, please ask!

* Also, I reserve the right to cancel the challenge at any time in the event of my untimely demise, an unconscious state, or a complete mental breakdown. Personally I have a good feeling about 2019, so I think the challenge will be safe!

The categories are:

1) Book from the 1970s
2) Book from the 1980s
3) Book from the 1990s
4) Book from the 21st Century
5) Nonfiction
6) Biography or Historical Account
7) Fiction
8) Children’s Book
9) A Banned Book (As long as you can make a case for someone banning it, I will not be picky.)
10) An Award Winning Book
11) A Book in Translation
12) A Book Made into a Movie

Feel free to post your list to your blog! You can change it at anytime, but I think the planning part is fun!


12 responses to “Modern Classics Challenge 2018

  1. I would like to try to read 4 books for your modern classics challenge:
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami – 1990’s
    Napoleon’s Buttons – non-fiction
    Atonement by Ian McEwan – 21st Century
    Laurus – in translation
    I will have a category in my goodreads account for these books called Modern Classics Challenge

  2. Here my choices for this challenge:
    i’m very excited about this challenge. It’s perfect next to the Back to the Classics challenge.

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  4. Here’s my line-up! Now to see if I can manage to actually read all 12. I fear this year will only give me time for 8 or maybe even only 4!

  5. In case you haven’t discovered it yet, the site is a compilation of respected book lists. The books are ranked according to number of book lists they are on and the “weight” of those book lists. It includes fiction, non-fiction and you can view lists by decade published.

  6. I’m in! Still working on the book list though! 🙂

  7. I’m going to play along but don’t have my list just yet!

  8. Can you put up the category posts? 🙂

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