The Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and is now hosted by myself, Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads, and Katie at Never Not Reading. It was inspired by the 1961 classic song by Neil Sedaka and created to ignite fun bookish discussions among readers and bloggers.
So, just like the song, each month a new theme is chosen (participants will get to vote between two choices), and participating bloggers get to choose their favorite book within the theme, or the book they think best fits the theme, to talk about in a blog post on the first Monday of each month. The posts will be linked back to Katie and myself so we can make a master list of all participants so everyone can blog hop if they choose and find new books to discuss and add to their TBR’s. It is a great way to make new blog friends, as I have made several when Melanie and Flavia were hosting.
The other fun piece to The Calendar Girls group is the Twitter chat. On the 3rd Sunday of each month, at 8 p.m. EST, we will host a chat with hashtag #CGBChat, where everyone can participate and gif away. Katie and I will get the ball rolling by asking a question or two about the theme or the picks of the month to get everyone chatting. The hashtag will be used in all tweets, so you can see all the fun!
If this sounds like something you would love to participate in (and fyi, The Calendar Girls is just a title and is open to anyone) then let Katie or I know with a blog comment, Twitter DM, or email, and we will make sure you stay in the loop with everything!
The first Monday of each month is book choice day for that month’s theme. This is where you can rant and rave about your favorite pick for the current month, as well as see what everyone else chose.
The second Monday of each month Katie and Adrienne will be announcing the theme for the upcoming month, the chat reminder, and the voting form for both the next month’s theme, and the current month’s popular choice.
The last Monday of each month will be recap day! Katie and Adrienne will make sure to update you on the current month’s popular choice, the chat recap, and the upcoming month’s theme.
“January, you start the year off fine!”
Best Debut Novel of 2016
“February, you’re my little valentine.”
Best YA Romance
“March, I’m gonna march you down the aisle.”
Best Book with an Active War
“April, you’re the Easter Bunny when you smile.”
Best High Fantasy Novel
“May, maybe if I ask your dad and mom.”
“June, they’ll let me take you to the Junior Prom.”
Best Shakespeare Play
“July, Like a firecracker all aglow.”
Best Fairytale Retelling
“August, When you’re on the beach you steal the show.”
Best Historical Fiction Novel
“September, I light the candles at your sweet sixteen.”
Best Contemporary Novel
“October, Romeo and Juliet on Halloween.”
Best Paranormal Novel
“November, I’ll give thanks that you belong to me.”
Best End of a Series
“December, You’re the present ‘neath my Christmas tree.”
Your Favourite Book of 2017