Summer Reading

2021 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge

May 21st to September 15th, 2021

  • Sign up for the challenge 
  • Read a classic film book
  • Write a review and post it on your Blog, Podcast, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, LibraryThing or Goodreads profile (must be public).
  • Use hashtag #classicfilmreading
  • Submit your review link (see form at the very bottom)
  • Repeat until you have read and reviewed 6 books!
  • Review 6 and be automatically entered to win a prize.

Challenge runs from June 1st until September 15th, 2021. Sign-up before July 15th.



What counts as a classic film book?
  • Biographical book about some from the classic film era. Biography, autobiography, memoir or a collection of interviews or letters all count. Can be about an actor, actress, director or other cast or crew member.
  • Book about films – specific film(s), genre, film-making process, etc.
  • A photography or art book related to classic films, fashion, style or a particular person.
  • Film criticism or analysis
  • 20th century novel that was adapted into a classic film
  • Novel fictionalizing a classic film or an actor/actress from old Hollywood.

How many books should you read?

You can read one book in each category, 6 books in one category or mix it up. Read a book you’ve never read before or re-read an old favorite. The book can be brand new or long out-of-print. I'm flexible about what constitutes "classic film" and I'll accept anything up until the 1970s. Beyond that, please check with me before submitting your review.

What else can you post?

Feel free to share more than just your reviews. Be creative! Share your TBR stack of books, your shelfie (a selfie of your book collection), favorite place to read, favorite classic film books you've read in the past, etc. Keep the hashtag #ClassicFilmReading going all summer long with classic film book posts!

If you complete all 6 reviews by September 15th you’ll be eligible to win one single disc DVD or Blu-ray from Kino Lorber, film of your choosing (price limit may apply). # of winners to be determined.

Open internationally.


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  2. Can I write a review on any 20th century novel that was adapted into a movie before 1970, or does it have to be considered a classic?


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