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Calendar Girls: Pride (Favorite Book with LGBTQ+ Representation)

Summer is almost here! This year has been flying by! We had loads of fun celebrating Mother’s Day last month. We enjoyed celebrating Women’s History Month and Black History Month, but now it’s time to celebrate Pride!

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(Favorite Book with LGBTQ+ Representation)

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Runner Ups:


I didn’t want to go in to any detail with these because I feel like some of the LGBTQ+ characters are supposed to be surprises, but I think they were all done well and made each book so much better!


My Choice:


Chasing Nirvana by Ellyn Oaksmith


In 1993, Fran Worthy is a lesbian keeping a secret: she’s being bullied. Nominated for prom queen by a spiteful hater, Fran promises to get the worlds most popular band to play at prom. Nirvana.
Fran’s friends embark on a hilarious twenty-four-hour road trip, crashing a Nirvana concert. Fran’s girl crush Allison joins them, sneaking away from home. 
What could possibly go wrong? #everything
Will Allison’s controlling mother ruin everything, including Fran’s first kiss? Can Fran evade backstage security and meet Kurt Cobain?
Join Fran on the journey of a lifetime where friendship means everything, fame is a lie and love just might conquer all.

My Review


My Reason:

Chasing Nirvana was such a powerful, beautiful book! It combined a teenager fighting for her right to be herself and be out with her sexuality and her love for music, one band in particular. It was her coming of age story as she told us why Nirvana meant so much to her while fighting to be herself, and to possibly kiss her crush. It was a strong story about bullying and dealing with narrow minded people and hate. Fran was so strong, and so was this book!


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

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June Calendar Girls Participants:

Katie @ Never Not Reading – The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers Deanna @ Deanna Writes About It – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Sam @ Modern Witch’s Bookshelf – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Ashley @ Inside My Minds – History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Sophie @ Beware the Reader – Stop! by Alison G. Bailey Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading – Women by Chloe Caldwell
Dani @ Mousai Books – Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes Clarissa @ Clarissa Read It All – Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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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!

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28 thoughts on “Calendar Girls: Pride (Favorite Book with LGBTQ+ Representation)

  1. Oh wow Adrienne! Kudos to you for choosing one that I think won’t be well known but hey,, that’s also why I chose and underdog! It seems and excellent one!

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  2. I’ve never heard of your pick, but it sounds interesting. I think there are so many great choices for honorable mentions/runners up and winners. I’m definitely going to be adding a bunch of these to my TBR.

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