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 Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and Dani at Mousai Books. 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:
National Library Week:
Favorite Book You Discovered at the Library
Free Fall by JOyce Sweeney
When the four boys enter the cave, they’re armed with some food and supplies and their innermost secrets and fears. Once they realize they’re lost, each moment is precious as they band together facing a cave that takes no prisoners.
This month’s theme was pretty tough since I honestly have not been to a library since my high school days. Over 15 years ago. The reason for that is mostly because I prefer reading in English, and most libraries in Belgium only have a limited English selection.
When I was a kid and in high school however, I LOVED the library. (Those were also the days when the internet was very new and I didn’t have it at home yet, so I also loved the library because I could use the internet for 30 minutes and look up pictures of Oz on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ahem. Back to the point.) I discovered a lot of fun books, but most of those were Dutch books by Belgian/Dutch authors and which I can’t use for this post or they were the classics which were mandatory reading for school and I did not enjoy as much, hence are also not suited for this post.
But there is one library book I loved so much that I bought a copy for myself afterwards and still have that copy in my possession. I did read it in Dutch, but it was a translation from English. And that book is Free Fall by Joyce Sweeney. It’s a story about 4 boys entering a cave, thinking it’ll be a fun adventure for a day, but then they end up lost and can’t find their way out anymore. So it becomes a story of survival and in doing so, the boys talk and share secrets and there are lots of emotions. Basically, they grow closer together though their ordeal and I think it may be the first book that made me realize I’m a sucker for stories about friendship.