The Estella Project

The cool peeps over at The Estella Society asked their readers to…

…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.

They compiled a list of 10 books from those submissions and challenged us to read 3 of the books between May 6th and September 1st. I jumped on that bandwagon immediately. I’ve read a few of the books on the list but there were some I’d never heard of. I’ve highlighted the books I chose to read.

  • 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 (Currently reading!)
*Already Read

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

I read both of these books right after the announcement of The Estella Project. In May.

Did I start crafting reviews as soon as I read them? Nope. Did I at least take notes on my thoughts as I read them? Nope.

Aren’t I brilliant? Ha!

I had a feeling I would like The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. It’s a nonfiction book and they are my ultimate favorite. I wasn’t sure what I would think of Kindred. Time travel? Usually that’s not my thing. (I’ve been proven wrongΒ a time or two now.)

Here’s what I can tell you about both of these books. I liked them. A LOT.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the in-depth analysis I’ve provided you.

Bah dum tsssh!

42 thoughts on “The Estella Project

  1. Ha – see, I'm never sure I should write my reviews before I've had time to really let the book sink in and gather my thoughts. But if I don't, this is exactly what happens!


  2. What a neat project. I agree wholeheartedly with getting The Book Thief in the hands of everyone we know. I am not so sure about Wicked, it seems people either love or hate it and while it ended well, it was hard for me to get through entirely. Yea, I'm like you, horrible about taking notes on paper books as I read them, so much easier to highlight as I go on the Kindle! Thanks for sharing other books on the list, lot of them are on my to-read list already!


  3. I didn't know about the project, but I think it's a good idea!And I liked your very deep thoughts about the books :)))I didn't know Kindred, but it looks great; I think I'm going to put it in my list.


  4. LOL, I'm glad you liked them. A LOT. I loved The Glass Castle, and I still need to finish up with Owen and The Sparrow. I will conquer!


  5. What a fun challenge! I would have to steer clear of The Book Thief because I can't get into it no matter how many times I try. But A Prayer for Owen is (I believe) on the 1001 Books to Read list, so maybe i'll get around to it πŸ™‚


  6. I've heard lots of things about The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down … my old, old book club was going to read it, but we never did get around to it. I look forward to seeing what you think of it! The Glass Castle is really good … one of my favourites!


  7. Kindred is such a great book! I should re-read it, it's been almost a whole decade. I'll look forward to a review should you so choose to do one πŸ˜‰


  8. Great list of books, terrific challenge. . . oh, if only I had time! But I've over-committed for now through Sept. 1 as it is, especially with being away visiting family and taking our daughter to college for three and a half weeks.I'm glad you enjoyed these two books. Would love to hear more specifics someday, particularly about Kindred.


  9. I understand being over-committed. Why do we do this to ourselves?? ;)I sure wish I had written my thoughts down when I first read these books!! Kindred surprised me in a very good way. It was wonderfully written and took me to places I never thought I'd see πŸ™‚


  10. Chuckle! I like your quick thoughts! I saw this project and wanted to participate, but with my routine reading gone to hell, I didn't expect to be able to read any.


  11. What a fun idea! I'm not sure I have a book that I think everyone should read, but it seems like asking this question would be a good way to get recommendations πŸ™‚


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