Calendar Girls #5: Best Paranormal Novel.

Calendar Girls is a blog event hosted by the bloggers Melanie Noell Bernard and Flavia the Bibliophile, inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, they decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, to help bloggers interact with other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! If you’d like to know more you can check here and here.

October’s theme is Best Paranormal Novel

This genre used to be a huge no for me, although I didn’t really have a reason for disliking it, I just didn’t want to be like everyone else and love vampires and werewolves and omg angels. Oh my younger self, so stupid and naive. Fast forward a few years and I’m almost the poster child for this genre… okay, not really. But I love it so much *whispers* especially the paranormal romance, I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I say?

This month I’m going to try and not make a list of books that I love from this genre because it must be really annoying for you guys, so I’ll contain myself this time around. Without further ado, my top pick is…

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Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Okay, in all fairness, this isn’t exactly my favorite paranormal novel, but I just had to give it to Obsidian, if nothing else, because of how surprising it was that I loved it as much as I did.

When I saw this series here and there I always rolled my eyes, I mean, seriously? aliens? *scoff* but boy did I eat my words. Truthfully, this was so entertaining and the plot is actually fantastic! Plus, this was the book that finally made me own up to my love for paranormal romance and stop referring to it as a guilty pleasure and being low-key embarrassed of liking it.

So here are some reasons for reading this series asap:

Haters to lovers trope !!!!!!!!!
✓ Katie is so freaking relatable, I mean, she’s a book blogger you guys.
✓ Aliens vs humans.
✓ Jennifer L. Armentrout can do no wrong, I love her stories so much!

How proud are you that I managed to only mention one book? This is a miracle, people! But there you have it! Let me know what you think of Paranormal Novels/Romance!

What about you guys? What’s your favorite Paranormal Novel?

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Calendar Girls #4: Best Contemporary Novel.

*comes out of a rock* Hey guys, how are you? Please don’t hate me! I know missed last month’s Calendar Girls, and I feel so bad, my life was pretty chaotic and I’am slowly coming back into blogging and reading (I haven’t read a new book in a month, I AM DYING SEND HELP). So here’s the girls’ picks for Best Historical Romance, they’re all pretty amazing!

Flavia – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue  by Mackenzi Lee
Melanie – The Devil’s Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis
Katie – The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Adrienne – The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Shanah – City of Thieves by David Benioff
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

Calendar Girls is a blog event hosted by the bloggers Melanie Noell Bernard and Flavia the Bibliophile, inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, they decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, to help bloggers interact with other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! If you’d like to know more you can check here and here.

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Calendar Girls #3: Best Fairytale Retelling.

Calendar Girls is a blog event hosted by the bloggers Melanie Noell Bernard and Flavia the Bibliophile, inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, they decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, to help bloggers interact with other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! If you’d like to know more you can check here and here.

July’s theme is Best Fairytale Retelling, and my pick is:

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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer.
Oh my goodness! It was so hard to pick just one book this month. One might argue that I’m a little too into fairytale retelling for an “adult”, but frankly I don’t give a damn because they have so many incredible books, I swear to God.

So after a lot, and I mean A LOT, of back and forward between books, I’ve finally settled on Cress. This isn’t particularly best book from this category, because let’s face it there are some breathtaking books out there — I’m looking at you The Forbidden Wish —, but it is a favorite to me for the following reasons:

• Cress is probably one of my favorite characters of all time;
• This book is so much fun, I laughed nonstop;
• THORN IS MY BABY DON’T TOUCH ME;
• I loved seeing the dynamics and how it developed;

Still, I get it that it all feels very generic to be considered the best. But for some reason, inexplicably to me really, I hold this book close to my heart, I find it so beautifully written and developed, with relatable characters, even though I could never relate to their awesomeness!

Okay, now I feel like I should at least mention some of my other favorites that could totally have been my pick:

The Forbidden Wish — I already mentioned this one before, but let’s do it again because honestly, just go pick up this masterpiece guys! + review
Peter Darling — SO SO LOVELY! + playlist
A Court of Mist and Fury — Yep, I’m totally not bringing up the first or last book because we all know this one was the best out of the trilogy. Except for the Elriel scenes in ACOWAR because babies!!!!
Walking On Knives — This one isn’t out yet but I’m putting it here anyways since I’m super excited about it because 1) THE LITTLE MERMAID and 2) f/f romance.

So this is it! What about you guys? Do you love fairytale retelling as much as I do? What are your favorites?

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Calendar Girls #2: Best Shakespeare Play.

Calendar Girls is a blog event hosted by the bloggers Melanie Noell Bernard and Flavia the Bibliophile, inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, they decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, to help bloggers interact with other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! If you’d like to know more you can check here and here.

June’s theme is Best Shakespeare Play, and my pick is:

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
I was a little unsure about this month’s theme because I might just be the only person in the world who isn’t that big of a Shakespeare fan. Although, when I was in high school I did read quite a few of his stories, and not only for school.

I’m being very cliche and just going with one of the most popular ones, but it truly is the one book that held my attention the most. Not only that, but this one I actually enjoyed reading, and didn’t make me roll my eyes every few minutes so yay! Whenever I read books that old I get a little frustrated from a feminist standpoint, so ignoring all of those problematic situations – in not only this particular book but pretty much every book around the 16th century – it’s actually very nice to read it.

I’m also a big fan of Macbeth, which I know I know, is another extremely well known from Shakespeare. But I was so young when I read it and it had strong language and situations that kind of marked me in all of mine twelve years old. I’m not sure if I’d feel the same way about it now, but as it stands, I’m very fond of this story.

What about you guys? Are you a fan of Shakespeare? What is your favorite play? 

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Calendar Girls #1: Best Sequel.

Calendar Girls is a blog event hosted by the bloggers Melanie Noell Bernard and Flavia the Bibliophile, inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, they decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, to help bloggers interact with other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! If you’d like to know more you can check here and here.

This month’s theme is Best Sequel, and my pick is:

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Unleashed by Sophie Jordan.
When I heard this month’s theme, this is the first book that came to mind. I think mostly because it’s not very popular and I love this duology so much. Also, this is so much better than the first one, and it’s on an completely different atmosphere; new characters, places, situations, plot. I mean, the overall idea is still the same, of course, but it’s like the author took the story and totally rebuilt it. Not only that, but it actually worked. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first book, but this one is just a thousand times better and I enjoyed it immensely.

Now, I still have other sequels that I considered picking, but the only one that really made me rethink my decision was A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Look, I know this series is very problematic, the author sucks and all that, but honestly? I love it so much that I don’t care how problematic it is, it agrees with the story and so far it (this trilogy) hasn’t disappointed me.

So this is the best sequels novels that I’ve read so far. What about you guys? What are the sequels that made you love the series that much more?