Monday, July 29, 2013

Ep #17 The Phantom of the Opera

Even though they were short a Tator this week, Jeane and Karena delve into what most know as a Broadway masterpiece, Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. They snoop the shadows and discuss the mystery of Erik (don't know who that is? Read the book! Then listen to this!). Also the ladies share the joy which will be the California Bookstore Day that is being featured on Indiegogo. Support your local indie bookstores! 

Where's My Bookmark? and other books we mention:

Websites We Mention:


Welcome to another installment of LitStarter! This is a regular look at some of my favorite projects I discovered through two popular crowd funding websites: Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The featured projects will be related to literature and comics, but not limited to publishing or writing projects.

Book lovers: this project was made for us -- we need this.

California Bookstore Day
is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014. It will be similar to 
Record Store Day in the sense that it will be centered around independent stores selling limited-edition items in an effort to support local businesses and artists. California Bookstore Day will start with over 100 independent book sellers in the state offering more than just signed books. They're planning to sell collector's items, t-shirts, bookish art, and more -- items only available on California Bookstore Day.
"But I don't live in California -- why do I care?"
While this project will begin in California, the creators hope to expand Bookstore Day to include all 50 states by 2015. By helping to fund their first effort, you're helping to set the project up for success when it comes to a city near you. You're also bringing the spotlight to independent bookstores that desperately need your support.
California Bookstore Day is asking for $30,00 so they can hire a coordinator to bring the project to life. The coordinator will be responsible for creating a website, handling publisher submissions, and managing the marketing campaign.
All perks include a "thank you" on the website. Rewards begin at $25 with a bumper sticker. Higher tiers include gift cards to the indie bookstore of your choice, a book bag, and books!
Let's show our love of all things bookish and our support of independent book sellers and back California Bookstore Day!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

This Week in Literature

August is CWAtC's "Quick Read" Month!

July 28th - August 3rd

Jul 28th
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin elope to France, 1814
  • Beatrix Potter is born, 1866
  • Natalie Babbit, author of Tuck Everlasting, is born, 1932
Jul 29th
  • The Fellowship of the Rings is published in the UK, 1954
Jul 30th
  • Emily Bronte is born, 1818
  • Paperbacks are first introduced, 1935
Jul 31st
  • J.K. Rowling, born in 1965, and Harry Potter share their birthday!
Aug 1st
  • Herman Melville is born, 1819
  • "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost is first published in the Atlantic Monthly, 1915
Aug 2nd
  • George Eliot starts Middlemarch, 1869
Aug 3rd
  • The last installment of Great Expectations is published, 1861
  • Joseph Conrad dies at age 66, 1924

Required Reading

Our Tators are always reading. Here are some of their favorite books for the month of July.
July's Required Reading

More of All's books »

Book recommendations, book reviews, quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: Probably one of the strangest stories I've read lately. I was looking for a quick read, and this was perfect. I was hooked on the very first page. A very dark, but perceptive, look at what it means to become a grownup and understanding too much of a good thing can be very, very bad.

Jennifer Miller's The Year of the Gadfly. Despite being categorized as young adult fiction, Gadfly is an engaging read for older fiction lovers as well. Miller has worked diligently to bring attention to her debut novel from creating a Novelade Stand (complete with homemade cookies) to setting a world record. Her efforts are paying off as she's receiving high praise from a broad swath of readers.

I liked The Phantom of the Opera for a few different reasons. The first is how he actually wrote the story. I like that it came across as a true story and he wrote it like a crime novel of which I don't usually read, but it's pretty good. It's also depending on how true it is, it shed some light into the old days and theater life. I would now love to read a book that truly depicts the life in the opera during those times.

 Juliet Dove Queen of Love by Bruce Coville. (one reason I chose this book as Required Reading is because I read some really crappy books in the month of July, except this book). Even though it is for ages 7-12, Bruce Coville is a great author (I got a chance to meet him and he signed a bunch of books for my daughter!) and this is a great book. It is heavily seeped in Greek mythology so kids will even learn things! Don't really recommend for adults unless they like reading children's books like me :) This is also the 5th book in the Magic Shop series, but you can read it stand alone. 

The Light in the Ruins was a phenomenal book. If you like Italy, WW2, murder mysteries, family, etc. this is your book.

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a fantastic mix of adventure, spy action, and romance with the Scarlet Pimpernel as the superhero. At times, it reminded me of Superman with the dual identity factor...meanwhile taking place during one of the most bloody and pivotal points in history, the French Reign of Terror, where the guillotine worked over time. I wrote a paper on the French Revolution in High School, explaining why the Reign of Terror was a "necessary evil."  I had nightmares for weeks while writing this paper, so it was cool to revisit this topic. But this time, I saw it from the aristocrat point of view and felt sympathy for the nobility. 

What was your favorite read this month?