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Calendar Girls: Women’s History Month (Favorite Book With a Strong Female Lead)

Happy March Calendar Girls Participants! I really feel like this year is just flying by! Spring is coming soon, and then it will be Summer time! Which means it will be time for lazy days and reading! But, until then, it’s time to celebrate Women’s History Month!

Katie @ Never Not Reading and I were so excited for this theme! We just got done celebrating Black History Month, so what better to follow up with than another important theme to celebrate?

~Women’s History Month:
(Favorite Book With a Strong Female Lead)
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This was really tough you guys! Strong female leads are my FAVORITE trope, so I read a lot of YA with kick ass female MC’s. And, I’m not just talking about females that kick ass in fantasy and sci-fi, I’m talking about both physically and mentally strong females; females that can handle the emotional obstacles, females that grow and change during the story, and females who are loyal friends and treat others with respect. So, I have A LOT of books to choose from! I’ll just list the character names under the book covers, otherwise we may be here all day!

Top Contendors:

Audrey Rose

Pity Jones
Veronica Speedwell

Lyra
Lady Helen
Ellie
Amy Cole

Mila Flores

                             

Poppy 
Sally Webber

Amari and Zelie
Celaena/Aelin

Bri
All of K.M. Shea’s female MC’s

                             

Erica Lindell

Kate Thompson

                             

Inej and Nina
Millie Michalchuk

Whew! Finally done with that list! Now it’s time to talk about my pick for this month’s theme!

My Top Choice:

Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Synopsis: 

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

My Reason:

Xiomara was fierce! She was strong, and she fought. She fought through her questioning her faith, she fought for her independence, she fought for her freedom of expression, and she fought for herself! She was brave and intelligent, and she was beautiful!

I could post my review here talking about all the reasons why I loved Xiomara, and this book, but this book was so damn good it deserves it’s own review post. So, I’ll just tell you a little about Xiomara. Xiomara was inspirational. I loved how she viewed life. I loved how she turned to writing her poetry to express herself, and most importantly, I loved that she went for what she wanted, despite her obstacles and set backs.

Xiomara was strong. She was strong with her fists in constantly defending someone she loved. She was strong in her mind for always trying to use her intelligence and common sense, and she was strong at heart for loving so fiercely and learning to grow, change, forgive, and fight for herself.

Xiomara was passionate. She was passionate about writing. She was passionate about standing up for those she loved, and what’s right, and she was passionate about life.

Xiomara touched me. She showed me what it meant to love yourself while questioning yourself. She showed me what it meant to be brave, and she showed me what it meant to fierce and flawed at the same time!

(Theme image created by Katie @ Never Not Reading.)
(All other images found on google, pinterest, and Good Reads.)

March Calendar Girls Participants:

Katie @ Never Not Reading – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Teri Polen @ Books and Such – To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
Deanna @ Deanna Writes About It – Dread Nation by Justine Ireland Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson Sam @ Modern Witch’s Bookshelf – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Sophie @ Beware the Reader – A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer & The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros Dani @ Mousai Books – Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
Ashley @ Inside My Minds – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai Lizzie @ Stellar Kitten Book Reviews – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Clarissa @ Clarissa Reads It All – Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


For those who are new to Calendar Girls, it is a monthly blog event, created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, that was inspired by the Neil Sedaka song Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a specific theme, voted on by the participants, where we get to talk about a particular book we love or think fits the theme the best. The blog event was created to incite fun bookish discussions and to spread the blogger love by introducing us to new bloggers and/or books that we have not come across before.

If this sounds like something you would enjoy, make sure to head to my Calendar Girls info page! Drop a comment and let me know if you are interested in joining us, and sign up for the newsletter if you would like monthly updates on the chosen themes and blogger picks! We’d love to have you join us!

If you are joining on the fun today, make sure to link back to this post AND Katie’s post so we can add your name and choice to the list of participants for all to enjoy!


Darque Dreamer

Blogger/ Punk Rocker / Quirky Housewife