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 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.
For today’s post, the theme and my selection are:
Not Quite the End: Favorite Middle Book in a Series:
A Court of Mist and Fury by sarah J. Maas
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
Even though there were a lot of great possibilities for favorite middle books in a series (I’m thinking about Suzanne Collins’s Catching Fire, V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Darkness, Leigh Bardugo’s Siege and Storm (Nikolai <3) or Maggie Stiefvater’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue, amongst others), in the end it was still an easy and quick choice for me.
Because A Court of Mist and Fury, the middle book in the ACOTAR trilogy, owns my heart. Though this series is not perfect and I do have some issues with the first and final book in the trilogy, ACOMAF was pure perfection to me. I suffered from major book hangover after finishing it. I re-read it like 3-4 times and just couldn’t bring myself to start any other book for ages. I browsed fanart. I listened to the Spotify playlist. I ate, slept, and breathed only ACOMAF for weeks. It’s still one of the first books I think about when someone asks for my favorite books.
And it’s funny because most of the time I will love the first or final books the most in a series. But here my favorite is so very clearly the middle book and that’s why it’s my choice this month.