Wow! Somehow a year has gone by since Melanie and I started Calendar Girls…and I cannot believe it! Thank you so much for all of you who have stuck with us for so long, and welcome to all of our new participants! We will be continuing Calendar Girls on into 2018, and will have some exciting updates for all of you soon! This has been a great year with all of you, and we really hope to share and talk about more books with you in 2018! 💖
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!
– Updates –
Keep an eye out for updates (going up sometime in December) about the improvements
we’ll be making to Calendar Girls going forward into 2018!
I loved so many of the books that I read this year, and I can’t help but mentioning them as runner ups / honourable mentions for this last Calendar Girls post of 2017!
– Honourable Mentions –
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Warcross by Marie Lu
Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
when dimple met rishi by sandhya menon
defy the stars by claudia gray
hunting prince dracula by kerri maniscalco
geekerella by ashley poston
– Favourite Book Published in 2017 –
The gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by mackenzi lee
Synopsis: Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
I know that I’ve already picked this book before, for Best Historical Fiction Novel back in August, but I’d be lying if I didn’t pick this one as my favourite book that was published (and that I read) in 2017! It was truly quite good, and I will likely re-read it multiple times over the years (especially once I get it in hardcover, yaaaaas!) I rambled about this book on my blog (while reading it, and since reading it), as well as all of my social media…and I will ramble just a little bit more now: If you love the setting of Europe 19th century, adventure, and romance…please read this book!
– Posts by OUR Participants –
|Melanie – Nyxia by Scott Reintgen||Alex – Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley|
|Adrienne – Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman||Katie – The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden|
|Deanna – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee||Samantha – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas|
|Sophie – A Charm of Finches by Suanne Laqueur||Lauren – Bring the Heat by G.A. Aiken|
|Dawlyn & Krista – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas||Milana – A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan|
And now for the JANUARY 2018 theme, which
you picked through the use of the poll!
non-north american setting
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!