2020 Reading Challenges – Three-Quarters Update

Welcome to another reading update from the very weird 2020!  I hope you are staying safe and well, and enjoying many great books.  I’m still staying home and reading a lot.  That’s good for my overarching goal of the year, to read more, aiming for 125 books.  I’m at 104 books so far, putting me well on target.

Here’s my monthly totals:

January: 14 books
February: 11 books
March: 7 books
April: 12 books
May: 9 books
June: 9 books
July: 11 books
August: 14 books
September: 10 books
October: 7 books (so far)

Now onto the specific challenges…

The Phantom of the Opera Reading & Viewing Challenge
Host: Tales of the Marvelous
Goal: Lon Chaney Level

I posted the update for this challenge last week (share your updates if you have them!) and I’m on track for my goal.  Just to need to watch a Phantom movie still…

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The Phantom of the Opera Reading and Viewing Challenge – 3rd Update

Fall is in the air, shadows are getting longer (better for lurking Opera Ghosts), and it’s time to check in about our Phantom of the Opera experiences so far this year!

I started the year off with rereading Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera.  I more recently watched Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to his Phantom play.  It stirred up a lot of feelings, so I posted a video review if you’d like to check it out (spoiler: I’m not a fan).

I’m still aiming for the Lon Chaney Level of the challenge, by reading one book, watching one filmed play and, still to be done, watching one movie.  Haven’t decided which movie yet!

My main Phantom focus lately has been on putting my own Guardian of the Opera series out – Books 1 and 2 are already available, and Book 3 just went up for pre-order last week.  Any of them, of course, qualify for this challenge. 🙂

That covers my recent Phantom adventures – now I want to hear about yours! If you’d like a refresher on the challenge, check out the launch post here.  And please share in a comment below.  I look forward to seeing what you’ve been exploring this year!

2020 Reading Challenges – Half-way Point (ish)

In a year this weird, I suppose it’s only fitting that my reading challenge update is running a few weeks late!  I forgot entirely at the end of June, and I’ve been meaning to get this up ever since I remembered.

Closing the libraries in March really messed with my ability to go through my To Be Read list…but the libraries have gone to curbside pick-up for a while now, getting me back on track there.  And staying home has given me more time to read – though never as much as I expect!

My big goal of the year was to read more, setting my total goal for 125 books.  I’m pretty much on track for that, at 67 books total.

Here’s my monthly totals:
January: 14 books
February: 11 books
March: 7 books
April: 12 books
May: 9 books
June: 9 books
July: 5 books (so far)

Now onto the specific challenges…

The Phantom of the Opera Reading & Viewing Challenge
Host: Tales of the Marvelous
Goal: Lon Chaney Level

I did remember to post the check-in post for this one on time!

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The Phantom of the Opera Reading and Viewing Challenge – 2nd Update

It’s (somehow) July 1st, meaning we are halfway through 2020 already!  It has been a strange and unusual several months, and I hope you all are staying safe and well.  If you’ve been escaping from the weirdness of the present moment by visiting below the Opera Garnier, this post is for you!  At the halfway point of the year, it’s time to share about our Phantom of the Opera reading and viewing so far.

I started the year off with rereading Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera.  In the last few months, my Phantom focus has shifted to getting my own retelling out.  I published Nocturne (Guardian of the Opera Book 1) on June 5th, which was of course very exciting!  I’ve also recently reread Book 2 (which will be out in September!) and am currently midway through Book 3.

I’ve posted quite a few videos on Phantom topics, including a review of the 2004 Phantom of the Opera movie, starring Gerard Butler.  Check out my Phantom videos here.

Lately I also bought a Phantom-themed coloring book, and have been having a lot of fun with that.  Here’s a few photos, just because.

         

That covers my recent Phantom adventures – now I want to hear about yours! If you’d like a refresher on the challenge, check out the launch post here.  And please share in a comment below.  I look forward to seeing what you’ve been exploring this year!

The Many Versions of the Phantom of the Opera (Part Two)

I posted last week about different versions of the Phantom of the Opera, from Gaston Leroux to Andrew Lloyd Webber – which only brought us up to the late 1980s.  Today I’m sharing Part Two of a trip through my Phantom collection, exploring just some of the many versions that came after Webber’s play.  It really changed things in the Phantom world – and there are far more versions after it than before!

Click here if you missed Part One, and see below for Part Two with a stack of more recent Phantom of the Opera stories, including Susan Kay, Terry Pratchett, and not one but two novels where the Phantom meets Sherlock Holmes.