Hosted by Katie @ Never Not Reading and Darque Reader Reads, “Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and will now be hosted by Katie. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list 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!” — Katie
That is right, my peeps! It’s time for me to discuss my pick. Our theme this month is a Favorite Book With Twists/Surprises. I have to tell you guys…I hate surprises. With a burning passion. I loathe not knowing things or when they literally (or figuratively) sneak up and smack me in the face. I have always been like this, much to the chagrin of my parents. So, picking a title I could say that I feel the twists and surprises were good in was hard.
However, I chose…
If you want to read my review, it’s here. I loved how the story seemed to be leading one way and would suddenly turn another. Or how you would just trust/dislike someone, and they’d be someone totally different than you imagined. All of it blends together to make a novel, that is already intriguing by title alone, into a sumptuous, nail biting, edge of your seat delight. I seem to find myself reading slower these days; perhaps to savor it longer? (Or to give my eyes a break? Lol) This was one of the rare ones that had me finishing in one of two sessions. (It would have been one but I was tired.) Regardless, I was filled with such awe that a story had that touched me and wanting more. It is experiences like this that truly makes books such wonderful things. I am also glad to have taken a chance on something slightly different than what I’m used to.
When we reach for a book (or an e-reader), we go in with a certain expectation. Whether it’s the usual genre that you like or as out there as Tom Cruise jumping on a couch, it’s there. Waiting to welcome us home. Even if we don’t quite know what we want. I didn’t expect to go into this and be so drawn into this intricate world and be caught up in Lei’s life. I didn’t expect a lot of what happened, especially at the end! It is hell waiting for this next book, let me tell you!
As I said in my review, I found it impossible to not fall in love with the vibrancy of this book. The characters were all well developed, which is why I thoroughly enjoyed when they did something I thought as being out of character. It makes the betrayal or turn to good that much more poignant and surprising.
Anyway. If you like surprises, you’ll find them here. ❤
And now I am going to read. (Or sleep. It is near 5 am…) Thus, I bid you adieu and I will make this concession. I suppose I don’t actually hate surprises that much. That in itself is a surprise–one I just chuckle at–that I can live with.
Cause I sure didn’t Just don’t tell my parents. ❤
Until next month…😉