Calendar Girls June Wrap-Up!

Welcome!

We kicked it a little old school this month with some picks from the master himself: Shakespeare! And quite a few ladies shared their favorite plays, which Flavia and I are so grateful to each and every one of you for. Without you, there is no Calendar Girls! So, thank you so much for participating this month and for spreading the word. We love the returned interest each month and had so much fun seeing your picks for ‘Best Shakespeare Play,’ but enough of my rambles. Let’s get to the nominees!! 😀

Best Shakespeare Play!

Flavia – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Melanie A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Darque Dreamer – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shanah – The Merchant of Venice
Mandy – Much Ado About Nothing
Thai – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sophie – Romeo & Juliet
Lauren – Twelfth Night
Deanna – Hamlet
Hahahaha! Flavia and I were quite sure there would be duplicates this month. However, we presumed they would be Romeo & Juliet or perhaps Macbeth (which wasn’t even chosen, by the way! ) Still, there was a range from comedy to tragedy and a wide spectrum of versatility among the choices! So, if you haven’t read much Shakespeare, this list might be a good place to start.
By the way, if you haven’t had the chance to comment and discuss with other Calendar Girls about their pick, you can go and do so now. Just click a book cover or link above and it will take you right to that blogger’s post where you can leave a comment!
Remember: It’s never too late to discuss books! ^.^


Most Popular Pick

Thank you to everyone who voted in the poll this month! We didn’t have nearly as many choices as last month because there were a couple of repeats. But that must just mean that those books are amazing! Still, there was a unanimous winner for ‘Best Shakespeare Play!’ And without further ado, here is the winner by popular vote… *drum roll*

It’s little surprise that A Midsummer Night’s Dream was chosen as the most popular pick because it was the most popular choice in the reveal posts!
It would seem that Shakespeare really outdid himself with this comedy. But who doesn’t love fairies, mischief, lovers, and an inevitable dose of laughter? Because that’s surely provided by this play.
Even with it’s excessively old language, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy through and through. If you haven’t checked it out already, many of us Calendar Girls recommend you do so right away!

#CGBChat

Flavia was back for our June Calendar Girls chat on Twitter and man was it a blast! On Monday, June 19th, some lovely ladies joined us on the hashtag to discuss Shakespeare’s plays… and a bunch of other things.  It actually got quite a bit tangenty, but hey! That’s what makes it fun, right? But don’t take my word for it, check out the chat through storify here.

Miss this month’s #CGBChat? No worries! There’s another one coming up on Sunday, July 16th at 8PM EST where we’ll be discussing fairytales, their transition into modern society, and a few of their retellings! We really hope to see you there.

P.s. We have a Calendar Girls Twitter Group Chat and would love for you to join us! If you are not part of it already, tweet @FlavBibliophile or @NoellBernard to be added! 😀 Hope to see you there!

Updates
Speaking of #CGBChat, it seems many of you have been unable to join us. This is such a shame! We want everyone to be able to chat, but some suggestions about possible changes were offered up this time.  After some consideration, Flavia and I threw it back to you with a couple of polls. Thank you for all the votes and here are the changes we’ll be making to future #CGBChats!

From now on #CGBChats will be held on the 3rd Sunday of the month, as it seems Mondays are just horrible days for most people to chat.  Secondly, we have changed the chat time from 7PM to 8PM as was voted by all of you! So, July’s #CGBChat will take place on Sunday, July 16th @ 8PM EST! (5PM PST/1AM GMT)


Read-A-Long!

Say what?! That’s right! It was suggested during one of the monthly polls that we do a little more to engage with each other. This is a great idea! Flavia and I are ecstatic because interaction between readers and bloggers is what Calendar Girls is all about!

That being said, the very first Calendar Girls read-a-long is in July! And I’ll be hosting while we read Roseblood by A. G. Howard! But… how’s it gonna work?

Details
We’ll be reading the selected book you all voted for (Roseblood by A. G. Howard) over the course of one week. Every two days, I’ll host a discussion on my blog regarding the chapters we were scheduled to read (around 100 pages), and I invite everyone to share their thoughts and chat with the other read-a-longers… (That’s totally a word. 0.0)

Each discussion post will be pubbed on my blog no later than 10AM EST. However, you are welcome to comment and chat whenever is best for you!  Below is a list of the discussion dates.

Oh! And while you’re reading, feel free to share your progress and/or non-spoilered thoughts (because Roseblood just pubbed in January) on Twitter. Use the hashtag #CGBReadalong so other readers can see what you think and chime in.

Schedule
July 10th: Discuss chapters 1-7
July 12th: Discuss chapters 8-13
July 14th: Discuss chapters 14-19
July 16th: Discuss chapters 20-24 (The End!)

Host: Melanie


Thank you so much!

That’s all for June! Thank you so much for participating again this month. Calendar Girls wouldn’t be here without you and we hope you’ll join us again for July!

We also hope you had so much fun that you can’t help but wrangle up a few more friends to join because I think we can all agree that bookish discussions are way more fun with more people, right?  To help spread the word, please use the hashtag #CalendarGirlsBooks on Twitter & Instagram, and feel free to use the Calendar Girls logo. Click here for the url.

P.s. Just because it’s called Calendar ‘Girls’ doesn’t mean only girls can join! Invite everyone you know, whatever gender they may be!


July’s Theme

Best Fairytale Retelling

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13 thoughts on “Calendar Girls June Wrap-Up!

    1. Hee hee! I’m so happy you’re enjoying Calendar Girls, Adrienne! 😉 Can’t wait to have you part of the readalong in July! (was it your idea, by the way?? I feel like you’d be the one to suggest it, but the poll is anonymous.)

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    1. Hahaha! It’s okay, Tanjaa. I, too, am thoroughly under-educated when it comes to Mr. Shakespeare’s works, but my Brit Lit class covered a wide variety of writers instead of just the man who created half his vocabulary. So, I got exposure to a lot of authors and read Shakespeare in my free time. (Not that I had any idea what was going on. :p )

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