Classic Reads Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Classic Reads Blog Hop, sponsored by Rachel Thompson, Christine Nolfi , Terri Giuliano Long, and Molly Greene.

During this hop, bloggers post about what we think makes a book a classic.

For me, a "classic" can have more than one meaning. I remember reading somewhere a humourous definition of a classic: a book that everyone praises but nobody reads. I don't think this is necessarily true.

Often I find that books I read in school were called classics and while I agree with some, I do not agree with others. I think books can be classics to some but not to others. To give an example, I read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee in high school and I do believe that one is a classic. While it is not entirely timeless because times have indeed changed since then, I think the characters and their struggles and lessons are something that all generations can benefit and learn from. To contrast, I also read Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden in high school and while I didn't dislike the book, I don't consider it a classic because I think it lack the same widespread appeal and lesson-teaching aspect that TKAM has.

I don't believe that a book has to be old to be a classic. While recent books might not yet be considered classics, I think that if they have the potential to appeal to wide audiences and to truly teach them something, they very well could become classics. You never know; one day we may see the widely praised and well-loved Divergent by Veronica Roth  or The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins one day praised as classics because they each have something important to say and don't restrict themselves to one age group.

I think the idea of a classic can be different to different people. This is simply my perspective. If you visit the other blogs on this hop, I'm sure you'll find many other perspectives of what makes a classic.
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Broken Pieces - Rachel Thompson
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In Leah's Wake - Terri Giuliano Long
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Mark of the Loon - Molly Greene
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Second Chance Grill - Christine Nolfi
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Synopsis: Dr. Mary Chance needs a sabbatical from medicine to grieve the loss of her closest friend. But when she inherits a struggling restaurant in Liberty, Ohio she isn’t prepared for Blossom Perini. Mary can’t resist falling for the precocious preteen—or the girl’s father. The bond they forge will transform all their lives and set in motion an outpouring of love that spreads across America.

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  1. Jess, I love your explanation of a classic! I agree, I don't think the lessons change, and that's why we love these stories so much. Even if the times change as in TKaM. I admit, I have difficulties reading classics now. Maybe it's because there are just too many books to read, lol. But I do think someday, some of OUR beloved books will be read in high schools and revered as timeless and wonderful.

    P.S. So I've been off the blogger for a long Christmas break, and just getting back. And look at you growin'that following! Rock on!!

    1. Thanks Megan, so nice to have you back :) Hope your holidays were wonderful!
      I find I have difficulty with some of them as well; it really depends. I do hope that some of the new books of today are one day treated with the same importance as those "literary classics" that everyone loves to talk about.

    2. Completely agree. They've earned it!

  2. As long as a book speaks to you, it will be a classic to you. I agree that if the themes are relevant to the reader one hundred years later, it's a claccis. Whether it was published a hundred years ago or last week, if there is something that resonates with the reader, it's gonna be a classic to them. Java With Jambor

    1. I completely agree that if a book speaks to you, it will be memorable to you. The relevance to any reader is such an important element of being considered a classic, in my opinion.

  3. Thanks for a great post, Jessica.

    I agree that we all have our own ideas of what a classic really is. I've read many of the traditional classics, some I enjoyed, others I hated but it's far more interesting if readers can disagree on what are the best books.

    To Kill a Mockingbird is a good choice and is proving popular in this hop so far. Think this is the third time it has been mentioned now.

    1. Thank you, David.
      I agree that some classics are loved, while others I love to hate. It doesn't surprise me that TKaM is a popular choice because first off, I think so many of us were forced to read it in school, but secondly because I've known people who rarely read but really enjoyed TKaM because something in it spoke to them. That, I think, is what really makes the impact. Having that quality that can apply to readers during the decade it was written as well as readers many decades later.

  4. Perspective is everything. Nice post Jessica.

  5. This is a wonderful post, Jessica. To Kill a Mockingbird has been mentioned several times and truly is a wonderful read. Thank you for joining us for the hop!

    My best,

    1. Thank you very much, Terri! I think TKaM has such a widespread appeal and strong message that it's easy for so many people to love it. Thanks for a great hop idea!


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