Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bout of Books 13 -- Day 3 Progress Report and Day 4 Challenge

Hello, and welcome to Day 4 of the Bout of Books 13 read-a-thon! 

Day 3 Progress Report

Pages read -- 182
        Total pages read -- 334
Books finished -- 0
Currently reading -- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
        So far? STILL loving it. Even more! So fabulous. Can't wait to see how it ends today!
Next read -- Deadly Class Vol. 2: Kids of the Black Hole
Time spent reading -- 2.5 hours
        Total time spent reading -- 5.5 hours
Confidence level ?/10: Still a 10! I WILL do this!

Day 4 Challenge -- From Modern to Classic

Today's challenge is hosted by Ranty Runt of a Reader, so go check out her blog! The challenge is to choose a book that you believe will be considered a classic in 100 years, and provide two reasons for your choice. Also, the book must have been published in 2005 or later. (Which means Harry Potter is out. *cries*)

I'm telling you. If I thought the last couple of challenges were difficult, THIS one is a doozy! At first, all of my inclinations were towards books I haven't even read yet, such as Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. But I wanted to choose a book I had read, just so I could extra-special enthusiastic about my choice. So I turned to Goodreads and searched my "read" shelf, looking for books published in or after 2005. 

Let me tell you. 2005-2007 was a dark time for my reading habits. Going down this particular rabbit hole, I was bombarded with things like Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl and The A-List. I was a major teen drama junkie back then.

So I narrowed the search and looked for books that I given 5-star ratings. Let me tell you, this was still difficult. I could easily go with the obvious; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. These are books that have huge fanbases, including me, and I find extremely well-written. The Hunger Games really revolutionized the dystopian genre, kickstarting it into popularity again. And The Fault in Our Stars is the story of two broken individuals, (classics love broken people), and it's a very real snapshot of life in our time, told through teenagers with cancer. Both of these could easily be considered classics within a 100 year's time.

But for my answer, I decided to go with a book that was very recently released by an author I admire a great deal. A book that I find beautifully written, and heartbreaking, and very important. I think this could grow to become a classic in the future, and more importantly, I think it should become a classic. And that book is...

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

If you've read my review on this book, you should know exactly how I feel about this book. But for the sake of the challenge, here are my two (plus bonus) reasons I think this book could become a classic. 

1. It is beautifully written. It is often the books with the most beautiful prose that sticks in our mind for generations to come. It's easy to read an entertaining story that is told in a very straightforward manner and think it is a fantastic book. And it could be. But it might not be something that lingers. I think All the Rage will linger for a long time. I know I will be recommending it to anyone and everyone that I can. 

2. It is very indicative of our time. All the Rage is an eye-opening look into the rape culture that pervades our society right now. Hopefully, a hundred years from now, rape culture will be a thing of the past, or at least on its way out. But this book will continue to resonate as a part of our past, whether rape culture still persists or not. 

Bonus. It is not a huge phenomenon right now. Many books that become classics are not popular in their own time. It is only later, when rediscovered by scholars and other readers, that they become considered classic literature. All the Rage is getting very good reviews from those of us that read it, but it is not trending, it is not something you see all over the place. 

So that's it for today's update! Check back tomorrow for the Day 4 Progress Report and Day 5 Challenge! 

Tell me: how are YOU doing during the read-a-thon if you are participating? And what book do you think could become a classic in the future? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Sorry for the doozy of the challenge - I can be a little evil at times - it's my teacherly side. I love that you chose a book that isn't hugely popular but that is getting good reviews. I agree with you, I hope rape culture is a thing of the past in 100 years time, and people read All the Rage to get insight into what our culture was like. I haven't read it, but I did eye it off at amazon the other day, and I might go and buy it now. My ever expanding TBR thanks you, my wallet curses you! I hope the rest of your readathon goes well and that you enjoy the rest of A Court of Thorns and Roses. :)

    1. Thanks! It really is a VERY powerful book. I love Courtney Summers so much! And I finished ACOTAR yesterday. SO GOOD. Thanks for the comment!