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Calendar Girls: Eleven (Strangest Book You’ve Ever Read)

Happy November!

It’s so strange too think that the end of the year is so near! And, speaking of strange, I am so excited to hear all about the strange books you’ve read! Strange can be good, strange can be bad, and strange can just be strange, haha! So, in celebration of something different, here’s to stranger things!

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~Eleven (Strangest Book You’ve Ever Read)~

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Runners Up:

My Choice:

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Synopsis: 

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

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My Reason:

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This one, and all the books to follow that I’ve read so far, is definitely strange in a good way. I love getting the historical fiction aspects mixed with steampunk AND the paranormal. Along with a hefty dose of comedy, this series rides the strange train for sure! But, it’s all the plot twists, and the way the characters react, along with the fact that the the whole series is about a finishing school that teaches young ladies how to become deadly assassins, that makes it strange and fascinating! The strange factor of this series is what drew me in and I love every strange detail! It is prim and proper fun full of mystery, danger, and cheeky laughs. Strange indeed!

Favorite Strange Quotes:

“Assess any damage to one’s attire. A lady is never disreputable in public, unless intended for manipulation of sympathies.”

“We are going to try to address first the best and most deadly application of wooden stakes, hatpins, and hair sticks.”

“‘Sister Mattie also covers medicinal cures and proper poisonings for every occasion.’ Preshea looked positively animated. ‘gatha explained futher. ‘Preshea can’t wait until she gets to poison her first husband…’”

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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 – Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Ashley @ Inside My Minds – Wink Poppy Midnight by April Tucholke
Teri @ Books and Such – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Deanna @ Deanna Writes About It – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Dani @ Mousai Books – Classroom Assassination by Yusei Matsui Liz @ Stellar Kitten Book Reviews – Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile – Snotgirl by O’Malley B, Hung, L. Brittany @ Perfectly Tolerable – City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte


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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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