We’re kicking off the new year with an amazing blog hop event on the wonderful topic of what makes a book a classic read! It’s a pleasure to be involved with a hop like this, organized by talented authors Terri Giuliano Long, Rachel Thompson, Molly Greene and Christine Nolfi. You can read more about each of their books below.
What comes to mind when you think of “Classic Reads“? I admit, the first thing that popped into my head was Little Women. I still remember the smell of those well-loved pages in the book my mother handed down to me. And it was a book I picked up often during the summers I spent with my grandparents.
Other ‘classics’ came to mind as well, like The Chronicles of Narnia and, since we just did the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy for New Year’s Eve, Tolkien’s sweeping, world-building genius.
But not all of what I consider classics are fantasy – or even written in an earlier age. J.K. Rowling wrote books that were tagged ‘instant classics’, because of their appeal to such a wide audience and the overarching message hidden within the hearts and journeys of her beloved characters.
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino is a classic in my opinion – again because of the message that speaks to readers willing to hear it.
To me a classic has that elusive element (defined differently for each individual reader) that reaches beyond the words on the page and into the spirit. Creating questions, or offering up answers in a way we hadn’t previously considered. A classic read, in my opinion, reaches an emotional depth that increases our self awareness.
So what makes a book a classic for you? Leave a comment here for a chance to win a kindle edition – your choice of one of my books AND your choice of one of the four books featured below.
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And, as promised, here is more from the organizing authors:
Don’t miss any of the stops on the Classic Reads hop: