AND THE WINNER IS: Lindsey from Literary Lindsey, who believed that the following books were likely to still be classics in 100 years:
- Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
- The Hours by Michael Cunningham
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Thank you ALL so very much for participating! It’s been so much fun to see all your answers, and I will create a post in the next couple of days to show you the results and maybe start a little discussion. Hope you all had a great read-a-thon! See you in October 🙂
Welcome, read-a-thoners! I’m so happy to welcome you to my little corner of the internet and to host a challenge for you 🙂
In 100 years…
When the opportunity to host a mini-challenge at this year’s first Dewey’s read-a-thon came along, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. For quite some time, after reading several posts and articles about the topic, I’ve been wondering about classics. What makes a classic and who decides which books are made into classics? Or rather, what is that something special in a book that makes it stand the test of time and be as (or even more) beloved as the day it was published?
In 1936, a magazine asked its readers which authors that were popular at the time they believed would still be read in the year 2000. While the list contained several authors that Wikipedia will tell us today were quite established, including Nobel Prize winners, I doubt whether even the most well-read bibliophiles today would recognise very many names. And almost none of the authors that we today consider the most prominent of that time including Ernest Hemingway or Virginia Woolf appear on the list.
The test of time and the books we love is indeed not straight-forward!
Whether you feel like answering with a comment below or a special post on your blog, on Twitter, Instagram, or with a sky-written signal, just link in the comments.
And then, in about 3 hours (at the beginning of Hour 14) I will pick a winner, who will have a choice of receiving either:
- One of your selected books (since you already know it’s going to be a classic)*
- A secret parcel with a couple of my favourite books
- Any book with a value of up to USD 15 from the Book Depository
*assuming it’s reasonably available for purchase.