Classic Reads 2013: What Makes a Classic?

In advance of the Classic Reads 2013 event Christine Nolfi, Molly Greene and Rachel Thompson will all be sharing their views about what makes a classic read on their own blogs, and I’ll be posting here in a few weeks.

Molly Greene, author of Mark of the Loon continued the series of posts wonderfully with her piece this week:

I buy mostly ebooks or borrow from the library and tend to forget a story soon after ‘The End. Because of this I own few novels, and only hang on to my dog-eared print copies about positive thoughts and writing craft. So the fact that I was compelled to own a hardback is noteworthy. I’ll try to explain why.

People are drawn to a story for personal reasons, and what appeals to one reader’s sensibilities often make another wonder why the heck the author ever thought to write that particular piece of fiction. Everyone who opens the cover of a book does so with their own goals and experiences resonating just offstage. Our life events color what we feel and see in the plot that currently holds our attention – or doesn’t hold it, in which case we discard the book and reach for another.

Read Molly’s full piece here.

What Makes a Classic?

We’d love to know what you think makes a ‘classic’ read and what you see as the ‘new classics.’ Old, new, controversial, heartwarming – what are the things that catapult a book from a great read to a must read? Join us on any date from 3-7 January to take part in the Classic Reads blog hop.

Why take part?

This is a great opportunity to share your favorite reads, and find some more! Everyone taking part will be entered into a draw to win a $200 Amazon/B&N gift card, plus there will be a ‘Spread the word’ contests with two $50 Amazon/B&N gift card prizes on offer.

How to take part

  1. Submit your details via the linky
  2. A few days before the event you will receive an email with all the information you’ll need, including graphics and the final linky code
  3. Schedule your post to go live at 12:01 EST on any date between 3rd-7th January and respond to our email with your direct post URL (we will add this to the new linky upon receipt and this will also validate your Rafflecopter entry)
  4. If you’re willing to promote one or more of the sponsoring hosts’ books at the bottom of your post (cover & synopsis), you’ll receive extra entries. All information will be sent to you by 24th December.

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