The Estella Project – Season Two


Hello! And welcome to Season 2 of The Estella Project! Last summer, we hosted The Estella Project, Season 1, asking followers to submit the one book, THE ONE BOOK; that they would put into everyone’s hands if given the chance. Then we challenged them to pick three from the list to read and report back on. So much great reading came from it; that we decided to do it again!

In the form below, submit your book for consideration. We don’t care of there are duplicates from last year. That ONE BOOK may still BE YOUR ONE BOOK. And maybe we didn’t read it last year.

Reads will be posted on June 1st, the day we plan to start reading and will run through the end of August. We hope to have a couple of Twitter chats and who knows what other kind of fun. Hope you will join in!

The Estella Project: Summer Readalong

So. Andi and I were thinking. It’s time we had another readalong! And, we thought we’d let you guys pick one from the books for The Estella Project. We’ll read it together starting about midway through June and into July. Sound good? Good! So vote below! Poll closes in about a week!project

The Estella Project: Summer Readalong

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (32%, 10 Votes)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (26%, 8 Votes)
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (16%, 5 Votes)
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (6%, 2 Votes)
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler (3%, 1 Votes)
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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Introducing…The Estella Project

projectIn my and Andi’s attempts to come up with some community-based projects, one thing stuck out in my mind. A reading challenge! One of the first community-based projects I ever saw, almost 8 years ago (!), reading challenges have done more to bring our little community together than anything I can think of.

But, then, what reading challenge hasn’t been done before? There are genre challenges, there are TBR challenges, there are classics, and summer, and fall, and winter, and spring, and weekend, and even one-day challenges (Readathon! Holla!). What could we possibly do?

Then, like a bolt of lightning, it hit me. We could get YOU to challenge everyone else!

So, basically, what we’re asking for is this: tell us The Book. THE BOOK you would (if you could) put into the hands of every reader, every non-reader, every man, woman, and child on this planet, in this universe, to read. Hopefully, we’ll get hundreds. Actually, hopefully, we’ll get at least 10, since for 2013, we will run this challenge from March to December. For every book you read and review (and it DOES NOT have to be one per month..some months you might knock out none, and other times you might tackle three!), you will be put into the drawing for… well… we don’t actually KNOW yet, but something pretty damn cool. Sometime in December, we’ll draw out a couple of names. And then we’ll start all over again.

Just link your post to the Page we’re going to make here. Soon. Ish.

So, please, fill out this form. Tell us The Book. And WHY. Make a good case for it, because if we pick your book, we’re going to say why they need to read it. Keep it short, like a Twitter Tweet, though, please.

Look for the list on or around March 1st!

Heather & Andi