The Classics Bribe Challenge

I know, I know.  I’m involved in a lot of reading challenges this year.  But I couldn’t pass this one up.  It fits in with many of my other challenges and there is a chance to win an Amazon gift card.  Seriously, how can I not join?  Not only do I love challenges but a chance to win books…ummm hello I’m in!

This challenge is hosted by Quirky Girls Read.  Due to laziness I am copying and pasting the rules:

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

If you want to join in on the fun and read at least one classic this summer please hop on over to their blog.  Come on people, classics can be beach reads.  And there is a bribe.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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31 Responses to The Classics Bribe Challenge

  1. paulaacton says:

    i too was tempted by this but if I set anymore reading challenges i might not get my writing done lol

  2. letizia says:

    tempting challenge! I wonder what classic you’ll read.
    By the way, I love your blog idea- all the best for your travels and reading!

    • TBM says:

      Thanks for the encouragement…I’m hoping to read Bleak House, Hard Times, and Gulliver’s Travels. We’ll see how far I get.

  3. Colline says:

    A perfect tie-i with your other reading challenge. Am I correct in assuming this is open only to US residents?

    • TBM says:

      I don’t know if it is open to non-US residents. I think the gift card will be American dollars, but you raise a good point. More than likely I won’t win. I never do…but I like the challenge of trying 🙂

      • thebumbles says:

        Challenge is open to anyone in any country – bit yes, the gift card will be in American $.

        Thanks for taking part and sharing our giveaway/challenge. Can’t wait to read you reviews!

        -Molly @ Quirky Girls Read

      • TBM says:

        Thanks for hosting the challenge…I’m a sucker for classics and challenges!

  4. wildnightin says:

    This one looks exciting, I don’t think there are enough hours in the day for me to start a new reading challenge. o.O Good luck with it. 🙂 The three books you’re hoping to read are brilliant. Are you a big fan of the classics?

    • TBM says:

      I do love classics and I’ve been reading a lot of them lately. I need to fit in more recent works. But like you said, time is an issue.

  5. How do you do it, TBM?! I don’t know how you keep up with all of these challenges–I can barely keep up with your posts! 😉
    Still—I’m tempted to sign up for this one, too…

  6. Grace says:

    This looks like a neat challenge! I’m tempted to sign up, but I’ve already signed up for a lot and have an ever expanding TBR pile… 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I bet some of the stuff you read this summer will be a classic…I don’t really stick to a strict definition of classics though so hopefully I’m not leading you astray.

  7. IsobelandCat says:

    Not about this at all, though I got Bring Up the Bodies from the library, so shall soon have my nose in that, but it is te last day in May and 8 know your birthday was this month, so I am sending you a belated happy birthday message and hoping you have many happy returns of the day.

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Isobel. You aren’t too far off from my birthday actually. The family was in town on my birthday which was nice. It gave me an excuse to do some day trips that I’ve been wanting to do. And I know your bday is in May as well. Hopefully we can find a time to get together this summer and I would be more than willing to buy a round. I think you like wine and a good pub. Better late than never.

      I googled Bring Up the Bodies and that sounds good. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction. That was one of the genres that really got me into reading when I was younger. And crime fiction. Enjoy!

      • IsobelandCat says:

        Read Wolf Hall first. Your local library should have several copies. A walk in he country with a pub sop at midday would be nice. In warm weather I revert to water. It is more thirst quenching. 🙂

  8. Gilly Gee says:

    So many wonderful things to do and not enough time to so it all! I can never understand people who are bored 🙂

  9. Fergiemoto says:

    You are busy, busy, busy with these challenges! It’s all good though!

  10. rossanaf says:

    Loved to but can’t .. Good luck, wishing you’re the winner 🙂

  11. Myra GB says:

    Sounds like an ingenious way of doing a reading challenge. I should probably team up with Amazon as well. Very nice!

  12. patricia says:

    I think I may have to do this. Might be a good time to read Out of Africa

  13. Carl V. says:

    It is a really fun idea, and I like their contest rules. I can’t join right now with so much else going on, but I do hope to participate in spirit as I’m wanting to try to re-read a few of the Anne of Green Gables books this summer.

    Any ideas on what you’ll read?

    • TBM says:

      I still haven’t read Anne of Green Gables. I really should put that higher on my list. I loved the TV series when I was little.

      I’m hoping to read Bleak House and Hard Times. And I’m currently reading Gulliver’s Travels for Once Upon a Time.

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