The #EstellaProject, Season Two Linky!

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That’s right, kids. It’s time for the big reveal! THESE are the books you nominated for the Summer 2014 #EstellaProject! Now all you have to do is:

  • Read one, two, or three of these babies between June 1 and September 1
  • Link your review(s) up right here as you finish
  • For each book you read, review and link up, you will gain one entry toward the prize drawing.
  • These can be first-time reads or re-reads with newly-written reviews, but please don’t pull old reviews for books you’ve already read. That’s cheating!

Prize? What prize?

A $20 book of your choice from the BookDepository (or a $20 egift card of your choice from an online book retailer). 

Now….THE books! These are the titles you’ve chosen for the #EstellaProject Season Two reading pool:

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
  • The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Doll Maker by Harriette Simpson Arnow
  • The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
  • Bitter in the Mouth of Monique Truong
  • Solomon the Peacemaker by Hunter Welles
  • The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand
  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  • Complete by Lindy Zart
  • 60 Postcards by Rachael Chadwick
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Shades by Brian Schwarz
  • 11-22-63 by Stephen King
  • Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Lust for Life by Irving Stone
  • Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  • Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh

We’ll see you back here as you progress! Have fun!

100 Chapter Books Project: A Long Way from Chicago

A_Long_Way_from_ChicagoA few months ago, I was looking for a historical fiction book for Z and one of the suggestions I got was A Long Way from Chicago (1998) by Richard Peck. I didn’t end up choosing it for him but I did move it up in my own reading queue since it was #67 on the Top 100 list. It would have been a great choice though because it’s funny and crazy and yet still an educational glimpse at rural America’s past. It’s also a Newbery Honor book.

What it’s about: Joey and his younger sister Mary Alice spend summers in rural Illinois with their Grandma Dowdel, a larger-than-life woman who makes some questionable (but entertaining) decisions. This is a book of stories, one for each summer from 1929 to 1935.

Age level: Grade 4-6

Best part: The adventures. From feeding the elderly and the homeless during the Great Depression to dishing out a bit of revenge to some local hooligans, the adventures that Joey and his sister had with their grandma were certainly memorable but also taught some fantastic life lessons.

Worst part (not really): The ending. It wasn’t actually bad in anyway. It was very touching and a perfect punctuation to all of the crazy stories about Grandma. It just made me cry (and still makes me tear up even thinking about it).

Verdict: Buy

This was the perfect book to get me through the end of the school year. It was a hectic time but I would just stick in my headphones, call up the audiobook and start walking around the neighborhood. By the time I got back home, I was fully distracted and also able to put my own stresses in perspective. This is definitely what a good book should do, right?

Next is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, a fantasy-adventure that seems perfect for summer reading. Feel free to join me!

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Schedule – July through September

note: dates are not necessarily set in stone – posts may go up a day or two before or after

July 15 – #72 Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (2009)

July 31 – #6 Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)

August 15 – #74 Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (1970)

August 30 – #66 The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (2009)

September 15 – #14 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1938)

September 30 – Project Update – Two Years In!