At the official sign-up post (which you should read and join), Karen says:
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. Participants who finish three of those will also get an additional entry into the prize drawing; those completing all five categories will get two more entries, for a total of six.
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.
- 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!
- A 20th Century Classic -- The Makioka Sisters. Then I'll have to read it!
- A 19th Century Classic -- Mill on the Floss? Little Dorrit? Small House at Allington? So many choices...
- A Classic by a Woman Author -- Hm, I'm thinking The Custom of the Country, by Edith Wharton.
- A Classic in Translation If English is not your primary language, then books originally published in English are acceptable. -- Russian challenge = no problem. Dead Souls, for choice.
- 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. -- August 1914, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, maybe? Scary...
- A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You -- How about Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh? I've never read Waugh.
- An American Classic -- Maybe a play! Our Town, or Glass Menagerie, something like that.
- A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller -- I'm sure I'll come up with something...
- 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. Goodness, that will take some thinking.
- A Classic That's Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series. Any period, any genre! This is practically a free choice category. Yes indeed! That will be easy.
- Extra Fun Category: Write a Review of the Movie or TV Series adapted from Optional Category #4. This can be any adaptation -- does not have to be adapted before 1964. For example, if you chose Pride and Prejudice, you could review any adaptation -- 1940, 1980, 1995, 2005, etc. However, this must be a separate blog posting -- no fair just mentioning it in the book review! Sounds fun!
I plan to do all the categories and have listed my possible books (or puzzlement about what to read) in black. Don't hold me to it, though!