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[Closed] Classics Sweepstakes October 2017

I've done some counting, and although this sweepstakes is sometimes not easy to get people enlisted, so far we've gone through at least 9 rounds and it has lasted for more than two and a half years!!! That's pretty impressive don't you think? And there's always some die-hard participants :)

A teacher of mine who studies Shakespeare once said something along the lines of, "People still study Shakespeare because his works have a kind of universality so you can always apply it any time and any place." That's basically what a classic is. Classics are classics because they convey certain ideas that are never outdated with time passing.

So, why not join the fun?! Even if you've read all classics (which is quite unlikely considering the thousands of years human civilization has been here for), with each re-reading, you can get something new out of them. Come, avid readers!

The rules, copied from the previous rounds, with some editing:

This sweeps is INTERNATIONAL!

As the title mentioned, I've tweaked the definition of classics a bit, in the hope of attracting more participants and accommodating wider range of works, without losing the essence of this sweeps. Of course, this sweepstakes is for classic stories such as any of the Charles Dickens, Austin, Bronte, F Scott Fitzgerald and so on, within which modern classics and children classics are also included.

However, I have sent and received a fantasy and a sci-fi classic respectively before, too. Non-western classics are also immensely welcome, so, take Chinese classics as an example, Dream of the Red Chamber, Journey to the West or Romance of the Three Kingdoms are absolutely fine here. I'm sure it will be interesting to compare how the same universal ideas are conveyed in different cultures.

I'm not sure if you guys are happy about these changes. If you have any thoughts or doubts, please do put it forward. Let's make this sweepstakes strive :)

~~IF YOU THINK YOU CANNOT SEND A PARCEL, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS SWEEP, IT WILL BE UNFAIR FOR THE REST~~

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Closing date: October, 31st, 2017
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1) Post here if you wish to enter!
2) PM me with your name and your address. Please be sure to put CLASSICS SWEEPSTAKE in the header. (No PM = No entry).
3) You may also enter as 'send only', just note it here.
4) Winner will be drawn shortly after closing date and everyone will get a PM with the address and name of the winner.
5) Decoy will also be drawn, so that the winner will not know they have won till their acts of kindness start to arrive.
6) Please keep the winner a secret, it is more fun that way!
7) The winner of this contest must agree to hold the next round of this sweep again in a couple of months’ time.
8) If you are the winner, please post here the goodies that you received, so that we all share your joy!

Participants:
Bookworm-lady
mcsar
bluezwuzl
Cassandra2020
Trojanhorse

Send only:
Olivia_Lo
Lubiette
rainbow3

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I've done some counting, and although this sweepstakes is sometimes not easy to get people enlisted, so far we've gone through at least 9 rounds and it has lasted for more than two and a half years!!! That's pretty impressive don't you think? And there's always some die-hard participants :)

A teacher of mine who studies Shakespeare once said something along the lines of, "People still study Shakespeare because his works have a kind of universality so you can always apply it any time and any place." That's basically what a classic is. Classics are classics because they convey certain ideas that are never outdated with time passing.

So, why not join the fun?! Even if you've read all classics (which is quite unlikely considering the thousands of years human civilization has been here for), with each re-reading, you can get something new out of them. Come, avid readers!

The rules, copied from the previous rounds, with some editing:

This sweeps is INTERNATIONAL!

As the title mentioned, I've tweaked the definition of classics a bit, in the hope of attracting more participants and accommodating wider range of works, without losing the essence of this sweeps. Of course, this sweepstakes is for classic stories such as any of the Charles Dickens, Austin, Bronte, F Scott Fitzgerald and so on, within which modern classics and children classics are also included.

However, I have sent and received a fantasy and a sci-fi classic respectively before, too. Non-western classics are also immensely welcome, so, take Chinese classics as an example, Dream of the Red Chamber, Journey to the West or Romance of the Three Kingdoms are absolutely fine here. I'm sure it will be interesting to compare how the same universal ideas are conveyed in different cultures.

I'm not sure if you guys are happy about these changes. If you have any thoughts or doubts, please do put it forward. Let's make this sweepstakes strive :)

~~IF YOU THINK YOU CANNOT SEND A PARCEL, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS SWEEP, IT WILL BE UNFAIR FOR THE REST~~

**********
Closing date: October, 31st, 2017
**********

1) Post here if you wish to enter!
2) PM me with your name and your address. Please be sure to put CLASSICS SWEEPSTAKE in the header. (No PM = No entry).
3) You may also enter as 'send only', just note it here.
4) Winner will be drawn shortly after closing date and everyone will get a PM with the address and name of the winner.
5) Decoy will also be drawn, so that the winner will not know they have won till their acts of kindness start to arrive.
6) Please keep the winner a secret, it is more fun that way!
7) The winner of this contest must agree to hold the next round of this sweep again in a couple of months’ time.
8) If you are the winner, please post here the goodies that you received, so that we all share your joy!

Participants:
Bookworm-lady
mcsar
bluezwuzl
Cassandra2020
Trojanhorse

Send only:
Olivia_Lo
Lubiette
rainbow3
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PMing you now; thanks for setting this up.
I love the text you have added to the instructions, by the way; I hope you'll get many participants, because the more, the merrier.
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And one more!

I love classics.
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I've revised the content a bit.
Please take a look.
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As send only.
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Thank you :D
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Bump!

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Bump

Let's keep it in first page. Join in readers, such a nice sweeps !
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Send only thanks. I'll PM you.
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O.K.

There should be something around... ;-)
Please count me in.
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Thank you very much for joining!
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....please can I join in?
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You know what my answer will be... of course you can!
I don't seem to have your address, can you please send a PM to me?
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Bump!

I'll close it for further entry tomorrow.
Don't hesitate anymore. Just join the fun :)
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Ok sign me up. I love a good classic and I have just the book to send.
PMing you now.
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This is great! Thank you for joining.
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PMs sent.
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Thanks, I've received my PM. I'll try and get something in the post on the weekend.
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Book in the mail to the lucky winner :)
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Will get my book posted asap
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I can't believe it! I have won again! (Jumping up and down!)

Thanks for introducing me to a mystery writer I'd never heard about:

"Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm", by Gil North
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14181241/

A murder in Yorkshire... wow! Just what I like!
Thanks for the lovely postcard too.
I've won! I've won!! :)
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Mine is in the mail. As usual, it will be take some time to reach you. Enjoy all your classics.
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Thanks for one of my all-time favourite books:

"Death on the Nile", by Agatha Christie
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14790139/

Thanks for the lovely postcard and bookmark as well... Well worth re-reading!
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Thanks for sending:

"Around the World in Eighty Days"
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14613235/

I love the Wallace and Gromit cover!
Thanks for the most adequate hot-air balloon bookmark, and for the lovely Stratford-upon-Avon postcard and your nice note... this brings back some happy memories of my time in England! :)
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Finally...

my book is in the mail. Sorry for the delay!
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Congrats... and enjoy! :)
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received today, thank you!
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Phew!

I am the decoy. I've just won the tea and mystery sweep and had a brief moment of confusion when Hard Times by Charles Dickens landed on the mat today along with my 6th mystery book. Thank you Bookworm-lady. I've been meaning to read more Dickens and this one looks very apt for me as I was born in Manchester "a typical red-brick industrial city of the north".
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I'm getting worried about my book... Have sent it for quite a long time.

Still, congratulations to both the winner and the decoy :)
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Your parcel has arrived... and I really liked the creative envelope, including the photo of a literary critic... and fellow-translator!

Thanks for a most intriguing book, right from its cover:

"The Last Word", by Christoph Ransmayr
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14810045/

Thanks for the postcards; but most of all, thanks for sitting down to write a friendly letter, I really appreciate it! :)
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I have received your lovely parcel, with a classic I am looking forward to read:

"Why I live at the P.O.", by Eudora Welty
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6983302/

And a WishList book:
"The Couple Next Door", by Shari Lapena
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14793765/

What a treat! Thanks for the lovely plastic bag full of BC labels; but most of all, thanks for taking the time and write a lovely letter. And I LOVE the tiny delicate bookmarks, have you done them yourself?

I have also received your Pirate parcel, so no worries there...

You have been a star! :)
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Yes, it definitely took a long time reaching Spain, but here it is:

"The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories", by O. Henry
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11993637/

This brings back the memories... "The Last Leaf" was a classic in most collections of short stories for foreign readers when I was a child.
Thank you!! :)
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Very happy to know it arrived safely :)
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Your book has finally arrived; thank you very much!
And it really brings back fond memories, so I will be happy to re-read it.

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", by Mark Twain.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14668951/

Thanks... and Merry Christmas!! :)
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Thank you all for your generosity... you have been most kind and creative...
I will be hosting the new round next year... that is to say, next month.
I hope you'll all be there again...
In the meantime, let me take this chance to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018! :)

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