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Calendar Girls: Pumpkin Lanterns (Book That Lit Your Way Out of a Reading Slump)

Hello CGB Fam!

Happy October! It’s time for tricks, treats, and pumpkin eats! This is one of my favorite months, and I hope it’s one of yours! I’m excited to see your picks for the month because I’m sure many of you have noticed that I have not been reading lately. With my weight loss journey, and staying active during the day, I just haven’t felt the urge to read, like, at all…I know! What witchcraft is this?! I’m hoping to get some great recs to pull myself out of this slump because it’s a doozy! I’ve been in reading slumps before, but never this bad. So, I do have a choice for the month, thank goodness. Maybe I just need to reread it and see if it does the job! Until then, let’s hear all about your pumpkin lanterns!

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~Pumpkin Lanterns (Book That Lit Your Way Out of a Reading Slump)~

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My Choice:

Everything I Do by M.C. Frank

Synopsis: 

Robin Hood is about to steal your heart.

A robber and a princess.
A girl disguised as a boy.
A medieval reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood packed with adventure, sacrifice and romance.

Robin Hood, hidden deep in the Sherwood Forest, is fighting to restore the crown to its rightful king, surrounded by faithful friends, green leaves and clear skies. Burdened with secrets, betrayal and an incredible responsibility, he struggles to stay alive and keep the starving people fed. One day, a boy saves him from the Sheriff’s poisoned arrows. Robin, impressed by the slender youth’s courage and skill, takes the boy with him to the forest.

Only, the boy is not a boy.

In the castle of Nottingham, a maid who used to be a princess is forced to obey the wishes of a tyrannical Sheriff. She dons on male clothes and trains to become a fierce assassin, vowing to catch the greatest criminal in the kingdom. But when she saves Robin Hood’s life nearly losing her own, she is rescued by the outlaws.
When Robin and the “boy” meet, two worlds collide, resulting in unimaginable danger and intense romance. Who will survive when they learn each other’s secrets? What happens when the assassin falls in love with her victim?

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My Reason:

This one pulled me out of my second to last reading slump. I had started to get the way I am now with not wanting to read because I just keep myself too busy with exercise and staying active during the day and housework, and this beauty managed to get me reading again, enough to finish a read-athon! So, here’es my review:

Everything I Do was captivating and emotional. It was vivid and detailed, and highly entertaining. For fans of Robin Hood, dynamic characters, comic relief, and poignant story lines, you will adore this one!

When I found out that M.C was writing a retelling of Robin Hood I was ecstatic! Everything I Do was filled with Robin Hoody (yep, I’m making it a word) goodness. But, though it had a strong air of the Prince of Thieves, it flowed with its own originality and uniqueness.

I know I say this with every book of hers I read, but this one was by far the best! It captured my attention from page one. It pulled on my heartstrings and wound itself around my mind with spiraling beauty. I was overcome with the emotion and multi-faceted elements that were packed in to this story.

But, it wasn’t just the story line that made me love this book. It was the beautiful, flawed, unique characters that pulled me in and really kept me going. Each one had a story to tell, and each one added a layer of depth and intrigue unlike any other.

This book was just so good! I couldn’t put it down. It was enchanting, heartbreaking, and comedic all at the same time! There are few things that have been able to make me laugh and cry in the same sitting, and this beauty was one of them! It was so incredibly memorable too. I have still found myself thinking about the story and the characters almost a month after having read it. I’d highly recommend it, and I’m DYING for the next book!

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

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October Calendar Girls Participants:

Katie @ Never Not Reading – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Deanna @ Deanna Writes About It – Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston 
Clarissa @ Clarissa Reads It All – A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Dani @ Mousai Books – Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Ashely @ Inside My Minds – The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Rebels: City of Indra by Kendall and Kylie Jenner
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile – Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Liz @ Stellar Kitten Book Reviews – Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand


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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.

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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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