Welcome to Calendar Girls! It’s a monthly blog event co-hosted by Melanie and myself, and designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers. Calendar Girls was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl, (because we’re an oldies fanatics!)
– About –
Just like the song, each month has a different, participant-chosen theme, and each blogger picks a book they think best matches that theme (and keep it secret). On the first Monday of the month, every Calendar Girl (and boy), posts reveals their pick, makes a post about it (see the archives below for examples) and links back to the hostess’s posts.
With the link backs, Melanie and I each make a master list of all the book picks for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends! We’ve made so many already!
– Stay Up To Date –
We have a newsletter which you can sign up for just to keep you up to date on everything. We only send out emails 1-3 times a month, so we wouldn’t clog up your inbox! The newsletters contain updates regarding the Twitter chat, when posts will be going up (if we ever have to change the date), and will also contain important polls for the months to come! You will be able to pick the favourite pick of the month, as well as the theme for the month to come.
– Let’s Chat! –
Not only that, but we also started up a monthly twitter chat using the hashtag: #CGBChat! Every third Sunday of the month at 8PM EST, Melanie and I will start off the chat with a discussion question or two to get the ball rolling. From there, just use the hashtag in all your tweets and let the 140 characters fly!
– Read-A-Longs –
We will now also be hosting read-a-longs with books based on the monthly theme! Our first read-a-long is taking place in July! See more below.
July – Fairytale Retelling
|Roseblood by A.G. Howard||Jan 10, 2017||Melanie||Announcement Post||In Progress|
August – Historical
|My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows||May 9. 2017 (paperback) / June 7, 2016 (hardcover)||Flavia||Announcement Post||Not Started|
September – TBA
|TBA||TBA||TBA||Announcement Post||Not Started|
– 2017 Archives –
“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 Novel 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.”
“October, Romeo and Juliet on Halloween.”
“November, I’ll give thanks that you belong to me.”
“December, You’re the present ‘neath my Christmas tree.”
“I love, I love, I love my little Calendar Girl”