Best Fairytale Retelling!
Melanie – The Devil’s Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis
Katie – The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Shanah – City of Thieves by David Benioff
Adrienne – The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Lauren – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Mandy – Out of the Easy by Ruta Septeys
Dawlyn & Krista – The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
Sophie – Fall of Giants by Ken Follet
Deanna – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Daaaang! What a wide variety of time periods represented this month, which makes total sense. I mean, history isn’t just the last decade or just the renaissance. History is a long and diverse topic and these book choices are a perfect representation of that! And maybe these books are some good picks to find a new favorite time period to read about? *hint hint* *nudge nudge*
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!
Most Popular Pick
Holy woah! So many choices to pick from this month! 😃Thank you to everyone who voted in the August poll! While there were a couple of contenders, there was most definitely a unanimous winner for ‘Best Historical Fiction Novel!’ And without further ado, here is the winner by popular vote… *drum roll*
The Book Thief has been picked to fit a Calendar Girls theme time and time again. It’s been picked for historical fiction, romance, and war time. It would seem to be a ‘Jack of all Trades’ book with a unique story that has captured the hearts of many readers. I’ve also heard rumor that it’s quite sad and will wrench on those heartstrings of yours. So, if you haven’t taken the time to delve into The Book Thief and explore this magnificent story set in a very dark part of history, I highly recommend you find a copy and join Liesl on her adventure.
On Sunday, August 20th, some lovely ladies joined us on the hashtag to discuss history, historical eras, and fiction set in those time periods! We were a little late, but that didn’t keep us from having so much fun that Flavia and I couldn’t bear to cut you lovely bloggers off 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, September 17th at 8PM EST where we’ll be discussing contemporary novels,their unique aspects, and the realism behind them! 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!
Thank you to everyone who participated in July and August’s read-a-longs. Unfortunately, as many of you saw in our poll last week, there will not be a read-a-long in September. Flavia and I are both very busy at the moment (switching jobs/starting school/etc) and cannot guarantee we’ll have enough time to devote to reading and hosting discussions for another book on top of our current reading schedules. We are sorry for this inconvenience and plan to clear our schedules to host a read-a-long in October! 😃
Thank you so much!
That’s all for August! 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 September!
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!
Best Contemporary Novel