Calendar Girls!!

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

It seems like this year is flying by, doesn’t it? It’s wild. August already. That means birthday number 33 is next month. Holy Moses.

So as you can see, the theme this month is the Best Book I’ve read this year. How can I pick just one? There are so many good reads this year. Some are awaiting me to read them, others I hope to add to my ever suffering bookcases.

So..my choice is…. American Princess by Stephanie Thornton!

I love historical fiction. I can say with confidence that this is readily apparent to anyone who has read this blog with some regularity. For me,there are always going to be new, imaginative worlds to explore in fiction but I like to be brought back in our history (that of a human being) and to periods of time and places I haven’t yet gotten to. To read about people I never got, or will ever get, to meet. Those authors who look at history and/or a figure and say, “I can turn that into a novel…” I love and respect them.


I love Stephanie’s unique voice. Alice Roosevelt has long been a figure in history whom I love because of her dedication to being herself, to pushing the limits, to breaking barriers, and for her wicked senses of style and humor. She was quite the figure and was unafraid to speak her mind. Truly, she was the Bull Moose’s daughter. I mean, Theodore Roosevelt–her father–remarked that he “couldn’t be both President and Alice’s father.” He “could not do both.” Alice was a rabble-rouser and I admire her for it. She will always be a figure whom I adore and I am glad that Stephanie was the one to take her on.

I wrote a review here but here is the synopsis, for those interested.


american princess final cover

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Publish Date: March 12, 2019


Alice may be the president’s daughter, but she’s nobody’s darling. As bold as her signature color Alice Blue, the gum-chewing, cigarette-smoking, poker-playing First Daughter discovers that the only way for a woman to stand out in Washington is to make waves–oceans of them. With the canny sophistication of the savviest politician on the Hill, Alice uses her celebrity to her advantage, testing the limits of her power and the seductive thrill of political entanglements.

But Washington, DC is rife with heartaches and betrayals, and when Alice falls hard for a smooth-talking congressman it will take everything this rebel has to emerge triumphantly and claim her place as an American icon. As Alice soldiers through the devastation of two world wars and brazens out a cutting feud with her famous Roosevelt cousins, it’s no wonder everyone in the capital refers to her as the Other Washington Monument–and Alice intends to outlast them all.


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