Calendar Girls February Wrap-Up

It’s finally happening! The longest month ever is coming to an END!!!! Raise your hand if you’re counting the days til Spring Break!

We have had a fantastic month talking about Black History Month and books written by black authors. I think I can safely speak for a few others when I say this was eye-opening in terms of realizing how few books written by black authors that I actually read. A lot of us talked about how we tend to choose books based on synopsis, and we noticed how heavily our choices favor books by white women.

So thanks everyone for some great discussion this month, and for putting some more books on my radar.

Best Books by Black Author Picks

Children of Blood and Bone – Katie (that’s me!) @ Never Not Reading
Children of Blood and Bone – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About
The Belles – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
Lullaby – Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading
The Hate U Give – Teri Polen
The Hate U Give – Samantha @ Modern Witch’s Bookshelf
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – Dani @ Mousai Books
Becoming – Sophie @ Beware the Reader
The Color Purple – Clarissa @ Clarissa Reads it All
Dread Nation – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Dear Martin – Krista and Dawlyn @ Little Blind Book Finds
Let’s Talk About Love – Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
The Watsons Go to Birmingham – Ashley @ Inside My Minds

Our Favorite Pick is…

WOW! With a whopping 50% of the votes The Hate U Give was the clear winner this month! Is it really any surprise? It’s such an amazing book, has been well-recieved from every corner, and won the freaking Coretta Scott King Award. Congrats Teri and Samantha for picking the most popular book this month!

Calendar Girls Book Chat

This was our second month with the new chat format. We met every day for one week, talking about a different question every day. I’m personally still really enjoying this format, because it has allowed people from non-US time zones to participate. It also means that if you *gasp* FORGET you can still jump in later in the week! I’m looking forward to seeing even more participation next month. πŸ™‚

To catch up on the chat you can follow #CGBchat or click on the tweets below to see the whole thread.

Calendar Girls March

The March Theme is Women’s History Month: Favorite Book with a Strong Female Lead.

This one should be no problem-o, because there are SO STINKING MANY books to choose from! If you’re interested in participating in Calendar Girls, all you have to do is write a post sharing your favorite on the first Monday of the month, and link back to me and Adrienne so we can include you in the post! We would love to hear your voice. πŸ™‚

Our March schedule is:

  • Monday March 4th- Calendar Girls February Posts (don’t forget to link back to me and Adrienne!)
  • Sunday March 10th – Voting ends for the March theme (you can still vote HERE!)
  • Monday March 11th – Adrienne and I will announce the April theme
  • Monday March 18th – Friday March 22nd – #CGBChat
  • Monday March 25th β€“ March Wrap-Up

Thanks again to everyone who participated this month. Y’all are the You are what makes this so much fun!

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Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and is now be hosted by me (!), Katie, and Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl.

Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!

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10 thoughts on “Calendar Girls February Wrap-Up

  1. Firstly, hard agree that February has lasted forever. lol
    I Started listening to Dread Nation last week because of the talk about in Calendar Girls posts. It’s so good. I’m very into it. I love the chat format, I wish I was on twitter more, but I think the one question a day format is easier to follow. Looking Forward to next month!

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