Calendar Girls October: Best Paranormal

IT’S ALMOST HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

I love October. It’s the only month of the year we really get nice weather here in Texas, I love Halloween decorations, I love costumes, and I love candy. Plus, college football. October is just the best.

It’s pretty fitting that our October theme is paranormal novels. Paranormal and Halloween go together like milk and cookies.

For me, personally, I like my paranormal creatures best when they’re monsters. I’m not a big fan of wishy-washy vampires with feelings, or werewolves who are “good guys”, or cutsie friendly witches. Except Harry Potter, obviously. I prefer creepy, scary, or at the very least evil. So that was something to keep in mind when choosing the best. Continue reading

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Calendar Girls September: Best Contemporary

The Calendar Girls theme for this month is “Best Contemporary Novel.” I don’t really understand what people mean when they say Contemporary, so I did a tiny smidge of research. (Seriously, tiny.) I’m going with the boring definition of “set in modern times”. Hope that’s what we’re going for. Otherwise, I’m going to be a VERY odd-duck out.

In fact, maybe I’ll ask twitter. Hang on, be right back.

Since nobody responded within 15 seconds (what are their PROBLEMS????) I’m just going with that definition.

Okay. I’m ready. You ready? I’m ready.

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Calendar Girls August: Best Historical Fiction

What are Flavia and Melanie trying to do to me?!?!?! How am I supposed to pick just ONE best historical fiction????????

Historical fiction. A fictional novel written in the actual past, containing real events, places, and people. The main character might be an actual person, or might be a made up person. It’s a cool genre because there is a lot of flexibility, but you still have to do your research and know your stuff.

I adore historical fiction. This love goes all the way back to my childhood and Laura Ingles Wilder. There’s just something so magical about reading a great novel where you also learn a little bit. Plus, and I’m just being honest here, the clothes! *swoon* I can’t even begin to count the number of historical fictions I’ve read just about Henry VIII, his wives, and his children. It’s probably my favorite genre, if I had to pick a favorite, because I’m a terrible person who picks favorites, get over it.

I’ve been thinking for weeks trying to decide between three of my favorites, which are all VERY different. In the end I am picking the one that I personally enjoy the most, even if it’s not necessarily the most representative of the genre.

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Calendar Girls July: Best Fairy Tale Retelling

I don’t think it’s a secret that I love fairy tales and magical stories of all sorts. I have a special place in my heart for retellings, especially movies. Really, any sort of retelling is good by me. 10 Things I Hate About You, anyone? I’ve read a couple of interesting ones, mostly YA or middle-grade, but it isn’t in anyway difficult to pick a favorite. Continue reading