The Classic Bribe 2012 Challenge & Giveaway – Get Paid To Read A Classic This Summer, People!

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I have a passion for the Classics. Classic movies. Classic Cars. Classic Rock. Pretty much anything old school totally rocks my boat. So of course I am a fan of Classic books. I think more readers should be too. But time and again I run into The Three Classic Excuses. Too much work. Too boring. Too long. Baloney. Not all Classics fit these stereotypes. I try to dispel these myths through my posts here on Quirky Girls Read on a regular basis. Many kind visitors leave comments stating that they will add a Classic to their To Be Read pile. But you and I both know all that means is that it will be used to prop up the pile rather than being picked up and actually read any time soon. So out of desperation I am resorting to bribery to show readers that Classics can be fun, entertaining and even accomplished in a short period of time! Take a gander at the challenge and giveaway below. Then fit a Classic into your summer reading and have a chance to go shopping for whatever book you like to get you ready for the Fall.

The Classic Bribe – Challenge & Giveaway:

  • Read at least 1 Classic over the summer – between Memorial Day and the end of Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd
  • You can have begun the Classic prior to Memorial Day, but it needs to have been completed between the challenge dates above
  • Post a review on your blog of each Classic that you read during the challenge period and reference a link to this “The Classic Bribe” challenge page
  • Link to each of your reviews separately by clicking on Mr. Linky below
  • Each linked review counts as 1 entry – no entry limit per blogger – read and review as many as you like
  • Each entry builds up $1 toward an Amazon gift card – the more entries the higher the balance can grow – capped at $35
  • Random winner selected Labor Day weekend from all entries- no restrictions on region
  • Winner receives the full Amazon gift card balance accumulated based on entries received

Sixteen different bloggers entered the inaugural challenge/giveaway last year, linking up to reviews of 65 different Classics! The variety of titles and eras represented proved that Classics are found in all genres. If you need help finding one to match your style preferences, peruse last year’s link list, ask your librarian or leave a comment below – I’m happy to make suggestions! And gather some inspiration from fellow Quirky Girl, Margot, who joined another worthy long-term Classic reading challenge – I couldn’t be more proud!



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In addition to online Freelance Writing, Molly blogs about books on Quirky Girls Read and about everything else on The Bumbles Blog. Visit her often and let her know what you think! Unless you are a Yankee fan - then there might be a problem ;0)
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75 Responses to The Classic Bribe 2012 Challenge & Giveaway – Get Paid To Read A Classic This Summer, People!

  1. Susanna P says:

    I’m so glad you’re hosting the event again this year! Conveniently, I just finished reading Gulliver’s Travels on Memorial Day…

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  3. Fun! I have no trouble reading classics, but BLOGGING is where I get lazy. I’m at work so I won’t do much about this right now, but I plan to come back to this link later, and I accept the challenge. 🙂

    • thebumbles says:

      Yes, fitting in blogging around reading is always a challenge itself! I hope you do have the time to post a review or several and link up to be eligible for the giveaway. Looking forward to your selection(s).

  4. Fanda says:

    Hi Molly..thanks for hosting this event! I’m from Jillian’s The Classics Club, and am very enthusiastic to join your challenge..

  5. Amy says:

    This comes at the perfect time! I’m currently reading Gone With the Wind and have plans this summer to read Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. Are audio books okay? Thanks for a fun event!

  6. TBM says:

    What a cool challenge…I’m in. I’m from the Classics Club so I am looking forward to event. Thanks for hosting!

  7. melmarian says:

    I’m in! My first entry for the Classics Bribe is The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Thanks for hosting this wonderful challenge + giveaway!

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  9. Hey there, quirky girls! I’m visiting via TBM’s site, where he posted your Classics Challenge. Brilliant idea! I’d love to participate, but I do need to think on this…(hmmm…maybe something by Jane Austin?)

  10. Well I’m torn between To Kill a Mockingbird and East of Eden. Later I may try to read Their Eyes were Watching God.

  11. stacybuckeye says:

    Yay! Let me see if I can find a classic written by an Ohio author…

  12. kaye says:

    I just finished Vanity Fair (A big hunkin classic) so I have to confess I’m not currently in the mood to read a classic. But I will try to read one during the summer and link it in here. I’m glad to see you are hosting again this summer. Which classic is Sammy reading?

  13. Darjeeling says:

    I’m going to read Silas Marner, Vanity Fair, and some Jane Austen or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle works. Glad your hosting this event for summer.^^ wait for my review

    • thebumbles says:

      That sounds like an ambitious yet entertaining list of Classics! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

  14. B.Zee says:

    I’m in… Nice challenge, I’d like to read as many classics as I can 🙂

  15. bzee says:

    I’m joining… Nice challenge, I’ll start reading and reviewing very soon

  16. Lisa says:

    Hmm. Reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which I think is considered a modern classic. perhaps I’ll do this.

  17. Becky says:

    I’m definitely joining in! This was so much fun last year!!!

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  19. Totally gonna do this! Will be back to get Mr. Linky when I finish my 1st one!

  20. Had a great time with this last year! So….I’m back! Here’s my Sign Up Page.

    Question: Do rereads count? I just finished rereading Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde today….

  21. Yay! I’m stoked you’re hosting the Classic Bribe again this year. I’ll be sure to post about my participation sometime in the next week.

    My daughter and I are reading Jane Eyre for this month’s “classic” selection, so this fits in perfectly 🙂 And I already had Rebecca on my to-read list for June as well.

  22. Margot says:

    Count me in for at least one classic this summer. I give you credit for pushing me toward the Classics a couple of years ago. Now I’m reading them on a regular basis. They are so enjoyable.

  23. I’m in again this year, though I will try to read more than two classics this time around. Increase my odds of winning! 😉

  24. FBT says:

    Oh, this challenge is right up my street, so I think I’ll join in the fun. I’ve got 100 Classics list by Penguin that I’m working my way through – slowly, mind you. Just one question though, modern classics – how are they defined?

    • thebumbles says:

      However you like – I wrote a bit about it here.

      • FBT says:

        I just added a review on the Mr Linky thingy; and since it only said Name – I just wrote my name. So it doesn’t say what book I reviewed. Now I know better for the next review, but let me know if you need me to resubmit it.

  25. I’m a new book blogger and was so glad to find you. I just submitted a review of The Great Gatsby. It had been about 20 years since I last read it. What a great experience. Thanks.

    • thebumbles says:

      Awww – we’re so glad you found us too! Don’t you just love it when you re-read something from a different point in your life and are blown away by the experience?

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  28. boardinginmyforties says:

    This makes me smile Molly! You will have us all reading Classics yet!

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  34. stacybuckeye says:

    Finally!! Thanks for the great challenge, Molly! I loved Beloved 🙂

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  39. Thanks for hosting again! Here’s my Wrap-up Post.

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