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Calendar Girls July Wrap-Up!


This month we decided to follow the publishing trend by immersing ourselves in Fairytale Retellings! Unfortunately, because this is such a popular choice right now among publishers and readers, there are a LOT of retellings to choose from, but you lovely ladies didn’t disappoint with your choices. Speaking of choices, let’s get into the nominees! 😃

Best Fairytale Retelling!

Flavia – Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Melanie Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D Hammons
Darque  – Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Thai  – Cress by Marissa Meyer
Lauren  – Fables vol.1-22 by Bill Willingham
Deanna  – Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Sophie – Cinder(no post) by Marissa Meyer
Katie  – Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Mandy – Cress by Marissa Meyer
Dawlyn & Krista – Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Woah! So many choices, both well-known and those needing a little love from some amazing book bloggers. *hint hint* This is such an awesome list and Flavia and I loved how many different fairytales were represented this month and how so many different genres were represented! It goes to show fairytale retellings can be fun reads for every reader, wouldn’t you agree?

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

Holy woah! So many choices to choose from this month! 😃 Thank you to everyone who voted in the poll this month! It was a pretty close pick, but there was still a unanimous winner for ‘Best Fairytale Retelling!’ And without further ado, here is the winner by popular vote… *drum roll*

Fairytale retellings have been taking the world by storm in the last few years. So  much so that they’ve become the trend in YA fiction, which means there is no shortage of books to choose from. However, there is one that I do believe every reader has heard of and that’s Cinder by Marissa Meyer. No wonder it was the most popular choice for Best Fairytale Retelling!If you haven’t heard about it yet, though, Cinder is a fantastic take on the age-old fairytale of Cinderella. But the best part is: leave what you know about a glass slipper and magical fairy godmothers behind. This is a brand new take that thrusts us squarely into the realm of scifi! Complete with androids, robots, and a dash of space opera, it’s a unique story that still stays true to the original and has swept up the hearts and minds of many YA readers. Perhaps it’s time you give it a shot, too? 😉


On Sunday, July 16th, some lovely ladies joined us on the hashtag to discuss fairytales, their retellings, potentially making book-specific chat groups, and Dr. Who. Wait! What was that last one? Hahahaha! It was so much that Flavia and I couldn’t bear to cut you lovely bloggers it after just one hour. 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, August 20th at 8PM EST where we’ll be discussing historical fiction novels, their basis in actual history, and why they’re so unique! 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!


Say what?! That’s right! You voted and we are answering with our second Calendar Girls read-a-long. Last month, a couple of you lovely bloggers joined me in reading and discussing Roseblood by A. G. Howard. While not the best book, perhaps, it did offer up lots of options for debate! Personally, I thought it was a great time, but sadly, I’m not hosting August’s read-a-long. Flavia is! 😃

That being said, the second Calendar Girls read-a-long is in August! And Flavia will be hosting while we read My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows! But… how’s it gonna work?

We’ll be reading the selected book you all voted for (My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows) over the course of the month. Every week, Flavia will host a discussion on her blog regarding the chapters that were scheduled to read, and I invite everyone to share their thoughts and chat with the other read-a-longers… (That’s totally a word. 0.0)

You are welcome to comment and chat whenever is best for you! Even if that’s not on the day the post goes live. 😊 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 on Twitter. Use the hashtag #CGBReadalong so other readers can see what you think and chime in. 😄

August 1, 2017 : Start reading!
August 9, 2017 : Chap 1 – 8
August 16, 2017 : Chap 9 – 15
August 23, 2017 : Chap 16 – 23
August 30, 2017 : Chap 24 – 30

Host: Flavia

Thank you so much!

That’s all for July! 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 August!

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!

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August’s Theme

Best Historical Fiction Novel


22 thoughts on “Calendar Girls July Wrap-Up!”

  1. I’m LOVE calendar girls ladies! Sorry I haven’t been able to do the book club though – I really want to buy I can’t fit the books in given how many I need to read for my challenges! In 2017 I will though! No challenges in 2017 except plowing through my massive TBR list.

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    1. Hey, I feel you, Lauren. I’m actually sitting out August’s read-a-long, too, because I have too many books I need to get done on my own and I, too, can’t buy any more. (I’m REALLY trying to stick to this book buying ban. o.o)

      Haha! 2017 is totally my TBR year. So, I completely understand that sentiment. No challenges for me (besides Goodreads, obviously. 😉 )

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          1. Yes, I am! I wrote a post about it yesterday. I’m about half done all of them, which means to finish them all I have to read about 53 more books before December. Which is one more than what I pledged for Goodreads, which I’m already at 87/52 on hahaha.

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