Calendar Girls January: Best First Book in a New Series

SURPRISE! We’re still here!!! I was over the moon when Flavia, one of the original creators of Calendar Girls, offered to take over when Adrienne and I were needing to take a step back. Long-time Calendar Girls participant Dani will also be taking over hostess duties for now. It is with the utmost excitement that I leave you in their very capable hands.

Our theme this month is New Beginnings: First Book in a New Series. That means, it’s a FANTASTIC book in a series, but none of the sequels have been published yet. This … isn’t easy for me. I much prefer standalones, and I rarely read the rest of a series. However, I read several great first books in a series in 2019!

Quick honorable mentions. These two books I technically liked better and rated higher on my list last year, but in both cases I felt like they don’t quite fit the prompt. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey was my favorite rom-com OF ALL TIME, and has a new book in the series coming out in 2020. However, romance series are typically loosely connected, so I just didn’t like it for the prompt. Enchanteé by Gita Trelease was also a favorite, however it felt like a standalone novel to me, and I understand Trelease originally intended it to not be a series. Anyway, I highly recommend both!

So, here it is! My favorite first book in a new series. A series that I (and I can’t stress this enough) actually plan on reading.

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Calendar Girls December Wrap-Up

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope every had some time off, enjoyed time with family, and ate plenty of delicious food. The haul posts on Bookstagram have been fun! As the month is wrapping up, it’s time to look back at our Calendar Girls posts.

Christmahanakwanza: Best Diverse Cast

Our Picks

Beauty Queens – Katie (that’s me!) @ Never Not Reading
Six of Crows – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
Six of Crows – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Aurora Rising – Teri Polen
Beauty Queens – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About

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Calendar Girls December: Best Diverse Cast

Christmas time is here!

Alright, now that the Snoopy gifs are out of the way, happy December Calendar Girls! I don’t know about anyone else, but I am ready for a break from my semesters, some hot chocolate, and some holiday cheer. Also, a little good news on the job front wouldn’t hurt, so please keep keeping your fingers crossed for me!

This month we’re talking all about books with diversity. I’m very much looking forward to talking about this, partly because I have literally no idea what I’m about to pick, and partly because I’m ready for some great recommendations! I know that I don’t read enough books with diversity (my penchant for picking up older novels really bites me here), and my tbr is currently hanging out *whispers* below 85. So! Hit me with em!

I think what makes this theme tricky is the wording of diverse “cast”. I read plenty of books by and about people of color, and the number of LGBTQ books has definitely gone up since I started blogging. But it’s tricky to find a book where the characters are black, white, gay, latina, east-asian, lesbian, blue, green, orange, and everything in between. Also, I feel like picking a Sci-Fi book where we’re past the point of segregating ourselves is cheating. (Plus, I already picked The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, so…)

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Calendar Girls November Wrap-Up

Happy Turkey Week America! For those of you who aren’t American, enjoy puzzling over the bizarre traditions we have surrounding a quite unique holiday. One of my favorite that I suggest looking up is the President pardoning a turkey. Like, what?

So, here we are in the last week of November. We’ve had a couple of new faces to Calendar Girls this month, welcome! I hope you all have enjoyed the opportunity to talk about some SUUUUUUUPER strange books! I didn’t think any of you would be able to come up with anything more bizarre than my pick, but boy was I wrong! Congrats to everyone for being so widely read in weird stories!

Eleven: Strangest Book You’ve Ever Read

Our Picks

Middlesex – Katie (that’s me!) @ Never Not Reading
Etiquette and Espionage – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
Wink Poppy Midnight – Ashley @ Inside My Minds
Dark Matter – Teri Polen
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About
Assassination Classroom – Dani @ Mousai Books
Reincarnation Blues – Liz @ Stellar Kitten Reviews
Snotgirl – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
City of Dark Magic – Brittany @ Perfectly Tolerable

Our Favorite Pick Is…

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Calendar Girls December Theme

Is anyone else’s family starting to ask about Christmas lists? Like, I haven’t even started thinking about Thanksgiving yet, and all of the sudden people want to know what I (and my kids) want for Christmas. What if my kid suddenly discovers he’s obsessed with something new 1 month out like he did with Halloween?!

Anyway, it’s almost December! So we’re here ready to go with our December theme. Y’all, this was no contest. Which, when you consider the current book blogging climate, was really no surprise. So, here it is! The December theme!

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Calendar Girls November: Strangest Book You’ve Ever Read

Is it November already? Where did October go? Alternatively, when will winter break be here? November always seems to get stuck in the middle, doesn’t it? Poor November, no love.

Not this month! Guys, I am SO PSYCHED that we are finally having a Stranger Things theme, and that we’re talking about weird books. I don’t know which direction all y’all are going to take this, with weird books you loved or weird books you hated, but I freaking love unusual books. More than I love reading them, I love talking about unusual books. The weirder a book is, the more there is to discuss! Am I right?!

I’ve been soul-searching all month trying to decide how I wanted to interpret this prompt. Because I’ve read some oddball books. Yet some of the strangest have become very mainstream, like American Gods or The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. On the other hand, some of my favorites that are “strange” in a nobody-else-in-the-world-has-read-this-book way are actual fairly normal books. Mrs. Queen Takes the Train comes to mind. I also love odd-ball books that aren’t weird per se, but fit a really niche genre, like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter or Hope Never Dies.

But when I look at the books on my bookshelf, two stand out as being particularly strange. The first, Wicked, I didn’t want to write about because *whispers* I don’t actually like it. But the second … man, buckle up. Because this book is WEIRD.

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Calendar Girls October Wrap-Up

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Pumpkin Lanterns
Book that Lit Your Way Out of a Reading Slump

Our Picks:

Fangirl – Katie (that’s me!) @ Never Not Reading
Everything I Do – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
Red, White, & Royal Blue – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About
A Discovery of Witches – Clarissa @ Clarissa Reads it All
Again, But Better – Dani @ Mousai Books
Wicked Saints – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Sawkill Girls – Liz @ Stellar Kitten Reviews

Our Favorite Pick is…

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