Calendar Girls (#10 / October 2017): Best Paranormal Novel

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It’s October! What?! How?! I cannot believe it’s been 9 whole months since Melanie and I launched Calendar Girls! We’re so happy to so many of you have stuck with us for so long, and how many awesome participants we’ve picked up along the way! There are so many books that we would not have heard of if you guys had not shared them with us. So thank you for sticking with us, thank you for sharing your faves, and thank you for discussing something we all love…books!

(Please note that there will be no readalong this month, as Melanie and myself are too busy to host one. We are very sorry about this, and will keep you posted about a possible readalong in November!)

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Calendar Girls Wrap-Up (September 2017)

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This month was a little more on the realistic side than in months past, because this month’s theme was ‘Best Contemporary Novel!’ And boy did we have quite a few books to pick from. I think… this might have been our best month for participation yet, but don’t take my word for it! Check out the picks yourself! (If this is your first time hearing about Calendar Girls and are interested in finding out more, you can read my info page about the blog event here!)

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Calendar Girls (#9 / September 2017): Best Contemporary Novel

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How is this the 9th monthly Calendar Girls?! And how is it already September?! It feels just like yesterday that Melanie and I were putting our heads together trying to figure out what we wanted our blog event to be. Before we know it, our baby will be turning 1 year old! *sniffle* Well, maybe not quite yet. But anyway! This month it’s all about that contemporary fiction, and I cannot wait to see what all of you will have picked / will pick!

Also, there will be no Calendar Girls themed readalong this month, because Melanie and I are both too busy (me partially because I had already planned to do another readalong this month for A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. If you’d like to join that, please sign up using the Google Form provided here, and also for the newsletter if you want reminders!)

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Calendar Girls Wrap-Up (August 2017)

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This month we kicked it old school with some historical fiction novels! And woman, is there a lot of history to choose from. We had books from a variety of different eras, countries, and cultures, but enough of my rambles! Check out the picks yourself! I would also like to personally apologize (Flavia here), for not having been as active on all of your posts this month! As some of you may know, I started a new job at the beginning of the month, and I was also hosting a readalong for Calendar Girls. With all of those things, and other stuff, going on, I’m sorry to say that I have not yet had the time to comment on everyone’s posts! I do promise that I have seen them all though! (If this is your first time hearing about Calendar Girls and are interested in finding out more, you can read my info page about the blog event here!)

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The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian (ARC Review)

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Author: Abdi Nazemian
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: August 8, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 299
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SynopsisThe Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create.
Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.

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#ARCstravaganza (#5): The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

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Happy Monday! (Or at least it’s as happy for all of you as it is for me). And I’m sorry that this post is going up so late! My weekend was kind of insane, and while I usually try to prep posts a few days in advance, or on the weekend if I can’t find time for the former option, things have been kind of nuts since last Monday anyway. However, here it (finally) is! I also had to do some debating on whether I should keep my original ARC choice for this week or not, since the review for it also went up on my blog today! Bad planning is bad. Flavia is a bad blogger. Haha. But, I decided that I really want to feature this book anyway, so I apologize if any of this feels / sounds repetitive. It is my belief that this book, and others like it, need recognition and also need to be discussed!

I also have a bit of news for you (in the case that you have no read my previous #ARCstravaganza post). While this meme was created by Krysti at YA and Wine, and hosted by her, and Sarah at The Clever Reader, due to personal circumstances they have had to let it go. For part of last Monday some of us were saying our goodbyes to #ARCstravaganza, and I for one was quite sad to no longer be able to participate in such a fun meme. But then Krysti came to its rescue when she asked me if I wanted to take over the meme! And here we are.

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Calendar Girls (#8 / August 2017): Best Historical Fiction Novel

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How is this the 8th monthly Calendar Girls?! And how is it already August! It feels just like yesterday that Melanie and I were putting our heads together trying to figure out what we wanted our blog event to be. Before we know it, our baby will be turning 1 year old! *sniffle* Well, maybe not quite yet. But anyway! This month it’s all about that historical fiction, and I cannot wait to see what all of you will have picked / will pick!

Also, for those of you who might have missed it, we have made some updates to Calendar Girls Books, specifically to when our monthly #CGBchat is happening on Twitter. I am also hosting a readalong this month, to go with our historical fiction theme, and the book I myself and other participants are reading is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Although we  have already started reading, I will continue to accept participants until the first discussion (August 9th). Or maybe longer. I will see how things go. For more info on the readalong and the sign up form, please go here. You can read more about these updates here! I also have an info page about the event now, which is all up to date and everything, and you can go here and bookmark it if you’d like!

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Love is Love edited by Phil Jimenez (+other contributors) (Review)

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Editor: Phil Jimenez (all other contributors listed later in this post)
Type: Comic / Graphic Novel
Genre: Sequential Art, GLBT
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Date published: December 28, 2016
Format: Digital
Page Count: 160
Source: Publisher

Summary: The comic book industry comes together to honor those killed in Orlando this year. From IDW Publishing, with assistance from DC Entertainment, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talents in comics – – mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world.

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The Sword of Jubokko by James L. Craigh [Review]

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Author: James L. Craig
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Date published: November 23, 2016
Format: E-book
Word Count: 13,000 (novelette)
Source: Publisher

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: After a raid goes awry and his father’s life proves to be the price of failure, petty thief Katsumi wants only to start over and live an honest life. But he finds himself in the village of Aratana, a beautiful village haunted by a monstrous past.

Forced right back to the thieving he wants desperately to leave behind, Katsumi crosses paths with Kaito, a monk determined to exact revenge on the demon who killed his sister…

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