Happy Monday June Bugs!
Another month has snuck up on us! Soon it will be Summer, and something exciting has been revived in a lot of cities that goes along with our theme this month!
But, before we get in to our fun theme for the month, we are excited to announce that Katie chose our July theme…
Drum roll please!
Our theme for July is…
Embrace Your Geekness Day: Favorite Book With Geeky Characters
~Drive-In Movie Day (Favorite Book Adaptation)~
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
Dumplin’ touched something deep inside of me that I have never found any other story to relate to. I’ve always been the fat girl. I’ve always had insecurities. I’ve always hated my body, but, at the same time, I’ve always tried to project confidence and that “I don’t give a shit what you think,” attitude in the way I dressed in high school. I related to this story, and to Willowdean, so freaking much!
This book boasted on the importance of friendship, self-confidence, and the fact that each and every one of us may look different, but we all deserve happiness. I loved it! I absolutely couldn’t get enough of it, or Willowdean and her crew!
Willowdean was a boss! I loved her spirit. I loved her confidence, and her insecurities, because I was her in high school. I loved that she was an amazing person and an amazing friend, but that she still managed to learn things about herself and her flaws. I loved that she learned to embrace her beauty, and I loved that she embraced life lessons she had learned from both her aunt Lucy, and her mother, while also learning new lessons from her friends.
Dumplin’ wasn’t just a story highlighting all that’s wrong with fat shaming. It was a story showing us that we are all beautiful despite our body shapes, sizes, and flaws. It was a coming of age story of self-discovery, high school romance, and lessons on friendship and paying attention to how we treat others. It taught us that we should always love ourselves, and we should always embrace those that love us for our perfect imperfections!
PLUS, the Netflix movie was SOOO FREAKING GOOD!! We always know we have to expect changes in book to screen adaptations, and though there were many changes, the movie still captured the essence of the book. It made me feel and touched on everything I related to in the book!
(All images found on google, pinterest, and Good Reads.)
June Calendar Girls Participants:
|Ashley @ Inside My Minds – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas||Katie @ Never Not Reading – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien|
|Dani @ Mousai Books – The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline||Deanna @ Deanna Writes About It – The Shawshank Redemption by Rita Hayworth|
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 my, and Dani’s posts so we can add your name and choice to the list of participants for all to enjoy!
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