It’s October! What?! How?! I cannot believe it’s been 9 whole months since Melanie and I launched Calendar Girls! We’re so happy to so many of you have stuck with us for so long, and how many awesome participants we’ve picked up along the way! There are so many books that we would not have heard of if you guys had not shared them with us. So thank you for sticking with us, thank you for sharing your faves, and thank you for discussing something we all love…books!
(Please note that there will be no readalong this month, as Melanie and myself are too busy to host one. We are very sorry about this, and will keep you posted about a possible readalong in November!)
For those of you new to Calendar Girls, it’s a blog event which I am co-hosting with my friend Melanie, and is inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, we decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, is meant to help bloggers meet other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs and books which they normally may not have come across!
If this sounds like your cup of tea, please check out my info page for more details, and sign up for the newsletter, and/or let us know that you will be participating if you are still interested after reading everything. You can also find examples of what my posts looked like from January to August! We’d love to have you join in the fun!
And now…without further ado, here is my choice for October’s theme…
– Best Paranormal Novel-
Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite
Synopsis: Escaping from his North Carolina home after his father murders their family and commits suicide, Trevor McGee returns to confront the past, and finds himself haunted by the same demons that drove his father to insanity.
I don’t even know where to begin telling you about this book! But maybe the beginning is a good place. I read this book twice or thrice while I was in high school, and then again while I was attending uni. I loved it more and more every time! Brite writes like no author I have yet come across, and it’s quite addictive (at least for me). The mood is dark and psychedelic most of the time, and the cast is also quite diverse when it comes to sexuality! The couple in this book is still one of my all time faves, and I have not forgotten their names after all of these years (yes, even before I re-read the synopsis, haha). I also devoured all of the small fics that Brite wrote on their website about those two, and yeah. I’m so happy to have been able to pick a spooky read for the October version of Calendar Girls! Ah! Just a heads up, there is murder in this book, gore, very explicit descriptions, and also sex. Okay…I think I covered all my bases! If this sounds like something you’d enjoy….please read it! And then fangirl about it with meee!
And because it was tough to pick just one paranormal book for this month, here are my honourable mentions:
|Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite||Bitten by Kelley Armstrong|
|The Crow: The Lazarus Heart
by Poppy Z. Brite
|Interview with the Vampire
by Anne Rice
|Amaryllis by Jayne Castle||Pandora by Anne Rice|
|After Dark by Jayne Castle||The Diviners by Libba Bray|
|Melanie –> Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl||Alex @ Coffeeloving Bookaholic –> Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab|
|Katie @ Never Not Reading –> Dracula by Bram Stoker||Milana @ A Couple Reads –> Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire|
|Deanna Writes About –> The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson||Shanah @ Bionic Bookwork –> A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay|
|Lauren @ Two Birds One Blog –> Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero||Dawlyn & Krista @ Little Blind Book Finds –> The Host by Stephanie Meyer|
|Darque Dreamer Reads –> The Missing by Jerico Lenk||Thai @ Read Breathe Repeat –> Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout|
And now for the November theme which
you picked through the use of the poll!
BEST END OF A SERIES!!!
THANK YOU FOR READING MY CALENDAR GIRLS POST! HAVE YOU EVER READ ANY OF THE BOOKS OTHER PARTICIPANTS AND MYSELF HAVE MENTIONED? IF SO, WHAT DID YOU THINK? AND IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THEM YET, DO YOU WANT TO, OR NOT? HOWCOME? FEEL FREE TO COMMENT, WHETHER YOU’RE A CALENDAR GIRL OR NOT! ALSO, WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT ALTHOUGH THE EVENT HAS THE WORD “GIRLS” IN THE TITLE, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT ALL GENDERS, SEXUALITIES, ETC. ARE NOT WELCOME! ALL ARE WELCOME! I LOOK FORWARD TO READING ALL OF YOUR COMMENTS!