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:
Let It Snow: Best Book Set in Winter:
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Truthfully, I had a lot of trouble thinking of a book for this month’s post, because while I can think of a ton of books set in summer, I pulled a blank having to think of one set in winter. I don’t read a ton of books that make me think of winter. Not sure why, maybe because I dislike everything about winter. No snow for me, pretty please 😉
When I do think of winter reading, I think of cozy reads. It’s a time where I grab a lot of fantasy, to get out of my own wintery reality and escape to a magical fantasy land. It’s also a time where I love re-reading old favorites and binge-read entire trilogies or series.
Thinking about all this, my favorite winter book suddenly came to me, because it fits all of the above. It’s a magical fantasy, it’s an old favorite and I binge-read the whole trilogy one winter. Plus, it’s set in a cold wintery setting, so it’s a perfect fit: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, book one in the Grisha trilogy.
Plus, with King of Scars being released next year, it’s the perfect time for me to re-read this entire trilogy once again 🙂