Author: Gaston Leroux

June and July 2015 in Review

Posted August 10, 2015 in Faith, Reading / 4 Comments

June and July 2015 in Review

It has been a crazy month and a half! I will share some of my summer camp experience here but most will wait until it’s own post with pictures!

Things that Happened in June & July

  • As you may recall from a previous post, I spent the summer working at a great Catholic summer camp. I really want to talk a lot about that but I promise I will post more with pictures later.
  • I survived 6 weeks without much cell phone service or internet. It was really great for me.
  • I also read things that I wanted to read rather than what I needed to read based on review copies and such.

Books I Read in June

City of AshesBlue Lily, Lily BlueA Whole New World
The Winner's CrimeThe Ring and the CrownThe Phantom of the OperaThe Isle of the Lost
Dream A Little DreamAll Fall DownA Wicked Thing
A Thousand Pieces of YouDaughter of Deep SilenceThe Wrath and the DawnThe Darkest Part of the Forest
The Night DanceThe Rose BrideThrone of Glass
In the Forests of the NightDemon in My View

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Review: The Phantom of the Opera – The Opera Ghost, Christine, and Raoul

Posted July 20, 2015 in Reading, Review / 2 Comments

Review: The Phantom of the Opera – The Opera Ghost, Christine, and RaoulThe Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Publisher: Blackstone Audio (1909)
{7 hours and 35 minutes} (264 pages)
Reading Challenges: Read 2015


First published in French as a serial in 1909, “The Phantom of the Opera” is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine’s childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous ‘ghost’ of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster. Leroux’s work, with characters ranging from the spoiled prima donna Carlotta to the mysterious Persian from Erik’s past, has been immortalized by memorable adaptations. Despite this, it remains a remarkable piece of Gothic horror literature in and of itself, deeper and darker than any version that follows.

Find the book: Goodreads

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