Calendar Girls August Theme

I will not think about August. No no no no no no no.

It will be summer vacation FOREVER.

Except, I’m ready for this absolutely horrible class I’m taking with the world’s worst professor to be over… AUGUST IS COMING!!!!! So let’s talk about Calendar Girls, shall we?

I have to say, that as the former three-time winner of Biggest Band Nerd AND a former band director, I’m a little disappointed that “This one time at band camp” didn’t win. I don’t know what it is, but when August comes I suddenly get the weird desire to go outside in the heat for extended periods of time… But let’s not talk about what didn’t win, let’s talk about what did. Our choice for the August theme is…

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Calendar Girls July: Bookish OTP

Good gracious, 2019 is halfway over?!?! Summer vacation is halfway over. *cries* This is getting a little too intense. Cue the Grease music please.

Ah, much better.

This month we’re talking about our bookish OTP. For those of you unfamiliar, OTP means “one-true-pairing”. This is your favorite romance in a book, the one you were holding your breath waiting for it to happen, the one that makes your heart stop just a little. For once I had absolutely no difficulty making a decision, because my one-true-pairing is the couple that I have been shipping (putting into a relationship) since I was eleven years old. I’m sure you won’t have any trouble guessing.

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Calendar Girls June Wrap-Up

So June is almost over. Can it not be? June is like, the best. We’ve had a great month celebrating Pride! It’s been a real joy talking to you all about representation and why it matters. ❤

Pride: Favorite Book with LGBTQ+ Representation

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Katie (that’s me!) @ Never Not Reading
Chasing Nirvana – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Deanna@ Deanna Writes About
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Samantha @ Modern Witch’s Bookshelf
Women – Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading
History is All You Left Me – Ashley @ Inside My Minds
Stop! – Sophie @ Beware of the Reader
Seven Blades in Black – Dani @ Mousai Books
Girls of Paper and Fire – Clarissa @ Clarissa Reads it All

Our Favorite Pick Is…

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Calendar Girls July Theme

Do we have to talk about July? I don’t even want to think about July. I have so many assignments/projects due between now and July… *faints*

Possibly I should be working on those projects now instead of blogging… *shrugs* OH WELL! Here we go!

Even though I am not looking forward to July, I am quite looking forward to our July theme! The votes are in, and since apparently I don’t want to think about any of this at all, let’s skip the intros and get right to it.

Drumroll please…

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Calendar Girls June: Favorite Book with LGBTQ+ Representation

Happy Pride everyone! However you celebrate/commemorate/acknowledge Pride Month, I hope it is a great June for you!

On a personal note, I am now *officially* on Summer Vacation, but my summer semester for Grad School also starts today. I signed up for three classes, so hopefully THAT isn’t a complete and utter disaster. If you stop seeing blog posts from me, you know why.

Was anyone surprised that Pride was the theme for June? No, I think not! I can’t wait to hear what you all are going to pick!

Before I move on to my pick, I want to give a brief Honorable Mention to The Priory of the Orange Tree. There are several LBTQ love stories at the front and center of Priory, but I think what impressed me even more was how Shannon built a culture that had no expectation for straight relationships. They didn’t even have the word “husband” or “wife”, you simply married a partner. There was some expectation for royalty to produce heirs, which obviously implies a hetero-relationship, but there was no stigma surrounding homosexuality. Shannon also wrote a monarchy that was not in any way patriarchal, which considering the founder was a literal patriarch is pretty cool! The book is a massive 840-pager, so if you haven’t gotten to it yet, no judgement. But if you like fantasy (especially queer fantasy) you really should make time for it. It’s SO GOOD.

On to my pick. At first I was debating, but shortly realized that was ridiculous because there was absolutely no question as to my favorite LGBTQ+ book. Forget favorite LGBTQ+ book, it’s hands down one of my favorite books PERIOD. So without any further ado, my pick for June is…

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Calendar Girls May Wrap-Up

Oh my word, I can’t believe that May is finally over! I don’t know about anyone else, but I am completely jazzed for summer. I can’t wait to spend some time with my kids, hopefully get some extra reading done, and of course, another month of Calendar Girls!


Best Book with a Mother/Daughter Relationship

The Fault in Our Stars – Katie (that’s me!) @ Never Not Reading
Snow White – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
Certain Girls – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About
Little Women – Clarissa @ Clarissa Reads it All
Little Women – Ashley @ Inside of My Minds
American Panda – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Vampire Academy – Dani @ Mousai Books
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading

Our Favorite Pick Is…

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Calendar Girls May: Best Book with a Mother/Daughter Relationship

Happy May Calendar Girls!

Full disclosure, we don’t celebrate Mother’s Day at my house. I mean, it’s nice to have a day where everyone remembers to say “I love you Mom!”, but I kind of hate random gift giving. Sorry, tangent.

This week we’re celebrating books with great mother/daughter relationships! Family dynamics are one of my favorite things in a book, especially when they’re done right. Unfortunately parents are absent in a lot of books, and that’s one of the reasons I’ve been gravitating towards more adult fiction lately.

Before I go on to my pick I want to give a quick shout-out to The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan! I read this book last summer and just fell in love. I felt like it really captured the complexities of the mother/daughter relationship in a way nothing I’ve ever read before has. And it also made me feel like I understood my own mom better. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend.

Now on to my pick! My favorite mother/daughter relationship in a book is…

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Calendar Girls April Wrap-Up

Well, I’m sorry, I don’t have much to say today. I am still a little (a lot) hung over from End Game. Buuuuut imma keep it all in, because I know not everyone has seen it yet. DM me on Twitter or Insta if you want to talk, because I might EXPLODE if I have to keep it in much longer.

Calendar Girls? Books? *hums absent-mindedly* I guess April is over or something.

Favorite Book with a Surprise Ending or Twist

Ender’s Game – Katie (that’s me!) @ Never Not Reading
Odd & True – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
The Empress – Teri Polen
We Were Liars – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About
Behind Her Eyes – Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading
Behind Her Eyes – Sam @ Modern’s Witch’s Bookshelf
Illuminae – Dani @ Mousai Books
Father Figure – Sophie @ Beware the Reader
Nerve Damage – Sophie @ Beware the Reader
Girls of Paper and Fire – Clarissa @ Clarissa Reads it All
Our Dark Duet – Ashley @ Inside My Minds
The Wicked Deep – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
The Cruel Prince – Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads

Our Favorite Pick Is…

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Calendar Girls May Theme

Haha, I got your FIIIIRST, nanny-nanny boo-boo!

If I’m being honest, I completely hate that meme. But I am sooooooo psyched for May! Time to share some personal news: I quit my job. I’m just so miserable, I hate my job, I hate my commute, I hate not spending time with my kids. PLUS, working on a library degree I need to be at a school that, you know, HAS A LIBRARY. So I quit. And it feels SOOOOOO GOOD. So yeah, I’m totally psyched for May. Counting the days, even.

Except, it’s also terrifying because I don’t have a job for next year yet. So pray for me friends!

Anyway, Calendar Girls May promises to be super exciting as well! The votes are in, and our theme is ready to go! Drumroll please…

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