The Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile. It was inspired by the 1961 classic song by Neil Sedaka and created to ignite fun bookish discussions among readers and bloggers.
Each month we get a new theme and choose our favorite book for the theme. The participants get to vote for their favorite.
I voted for this theme, but narrowing it down to one book will be a difficult choice. To make this decision, I visited my reading challenge on Goodreads and reviewed what I’ve read this year so far. According to that site, I’ve read 49 books (I’m 4 behind), but I came up with a few choices.
Early in the year, I read To Best the Boys by Mary Weber. Rhen was an intelligent, compassionate, and driven protagonist. She knew what she wanted and refused to compromise her dreams to fit society’s expectations. The challenges she met while navigating the dangerous labyrinth kept me glued to this book.
I didn’t know what to expect from Killing November by Adriana Mather. The cover didn’t appeal to me, but the description was crazy good, and the book hooked me immediately. With fabulous character development, political intrigue, a complex, thrilling plot, and a main character whose life was in jeopardy on nearly every page, it was one of my best reads this year.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee was such a pleasure to read – humor, adventure, tons of quotable lines. Despite Monty being narcissistic, oblivious, and generally a danger to himself and others with his actions, he was so freaking charming, I became a confirmed fan of his.
It was a tough decision, but I’ll have to go with Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. It’s rare, but in the first several pages, I knew this was a 5 star read – seven diverse characters I fell in love with, humorous banter between them that kept me laughing, action, death-defying moments, and a tension-filled heist. The story leans heavily on themes of family, friendship, faith, and finding your crew. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two.