Calendar Girls September Theme

Alright ladies and gents! School is starting, it’s still 100 degrees outside, marching band is in full swing, and I don’t know about anyone else but I am ready to start thinking about FALL. I’m so ready for football and sweaters.

So with exactly zero ado, our September theme is…

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Calendar Girls August: Best Book You’ve Read This Year

Well, today I go back to work. Summer is officially over. *cries* On the bright side, today is also my favorite day of the month, Calendar Girls! *cheers* This month we are celebrating Book Lovers Day by sharing our favorite book we’ve read so far this year.

Rather than doing what many of my fellow Calendar Girls participants do and give a list of runners up, I’m going to link to my Top 10 of the year page. I keep a running tally of my favorite books of the year, and boy has it been a good year so far! So if you’re interested, that’s there. Now, my favorite book of the year is…

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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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