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.
With Bad Moon Rising and other life stuff, it’s been months since I’ve participated in Calendar Girls, and I’ve missed it. But I’m back – yay!
This category nearly stumped me. I read mainly sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, so I’ve come across all kinds of strange things, but considering the genres, that kind of goes with the territory. So they’re not really that strange. To me, anyway. Nothing immediately came to mind, so I had to go back to my Goodreads lists for the past few years. When I finally came across it, I knew. My choice is Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.
Dark Matter wasn’t strange in a bad way, but it’s a book I gobbled up in less than a day. Over three years later, it’s stuck with me. It was mind-blowing, intense, and a stunning blend of of sci-fi, suspense, thriller and, believe it or not – romance. I can’t say much more about it without spoilers, but for sci-fi fans, it’s absolutely a must read. It’s been optioned for a movie by Sony, but who knows if it will ever get made. Below is the book description – but if you’re participating in NaNo, don’t even try reading it this month. You’ll never meet your goal!
Jason Dessen is walking home through the chilly Chicago streets one night, looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the fireplace with his wife, Daniela, and their son, Charlie—when his reality shatters.
It starts with a man in a mask kidnapping him at gunpoint, for reasons Jason can’t begin to fathom—what would anyone want with an ordinary physics professor?—and grows even more terrifying from there, as Jason’s abductor injects him with some unknown drug and watches while he loses consciousness.
When Jason awakes, he’s in a lab, strapped to a gurney—and a man he’s never seen before is cheerily telling him “welcome back!”
Jason soon learns that in this world he’s woken up to, his house is not his house. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born.
And someone is hunting him.