Announcing The Estella Project!

projectAndi and I, now that the Readathon is over until October,  are ready to get back to The Estella Society and a few of the projects we have lined up over there. One we are especially excited about this very moment is The Estella Project. You might remember that awhile back, we asked our readers to submit the title of one NOT TO BE MISSED book.

You guys were a little shy. Performance anxiety??? But we still came up with a pool of 10 books on which to base our little experiment.

Bestest of the Bestest According to Estella Readers:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  • Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Now, the challenge, should you choose to accept it….

Read any three of the books from the list between May 6th and September 1st. That’s four full months.  

Yeah, that’s it. We want you to tell us about them, of course! As you finish, link up below so we can enjoy your reviews. For those who manage to finish three books by September 1st, there’s a $20 Amazon gift card in it for you. Woot!

Head on over to The Estella Society as you read, please?

I think I’m going to be reading the last three. I have several respected friends who list The Sparrow as a favorite, Debi highly recommends Bad Science, and I have such a love/hate relationship with John Irving that I’m curious what I’ll think of one of his more beloved books.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 4

Welcome to Day 4! Today’s Topic?

One of the best parts about book blogging is the exposure to books and authors you might never have heard of before. Pimp the book you think needs more recognition on this day. Get creative! Maybe share snippets from other bloggers who have reviewed it or make some fun art to get your message across.

I’m all about pimpin’ the books. Heck, Andi and I started a whole ‘nother blog just for pimpin’ books that we think need more recognition!

So far we’ve brought you posts on Daphne du Maurier, Edith Wharton, Jonathan Carroll’s Land of Laughs, Thomas Trofimuk’s Waiting for Columbus, and more. We’ve brought some Stuff We’ve Learned (about blogging), some Cage Matching, and a Read-along!

In the months to come, we’ll be hosting a more read-alongs, the seriously dangerous looking Dueling Monsters, and something else that I can’t quite announce yet, but I promise, it will be exciting. Plus more, always more. So stop on by, join us, we would love to have you! And any time you want to make a suggestion or submit a post, you can find us here: The Estella Society. We are always looking for book reviews, publisher profiles, stuff you’ve learned, and more. Come on over to the playground.

Come to the Society

It took almost a year of planning, but we finally brought it back to the world yesterday. The Estella Society went live and I know I can speak for both of us; Andi and I couldn’t be happier with the response. It has been so great to see people just as excited as we are by our new venture! So go, check it out, enter the international audiobook giveaway (!) and, most importantly, get involved! Mwah!