Calendar Girls – Best Book With an Active War


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Let’s get back to important bookish things! Like, Calendar Girls!

Calendar Girls is hosted by bloggers, Flavia the Bibliophile and Melanie Noell Bernard – both have amazing blogs full of fun, bookish posts. Calendar Girls is a brand new monthly blog event inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, we decided to use a specific them for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, is meant to help bloggers meet other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! Want to know more? Click on the links above! And it’s not too late to jump on the Calendar Girl train (and it’s not just for girls)! Join now!

So without further ado, here is my choice of an active war…


Oh, wait, sorry, book not epic Disney Princess. Another drumroll please?

Credits to Feiwel and Friends

That’s right, Winter by Marissa Meyer. Is anyone shocked?

The truth is I don’t read too many books with wars in them. It’s not by choice really, but usually it’s the sci-fi, dystopia, or high high fantasy books that have the wars and not really in the fluffy contemporaries I read. Therefore, this Book Princess usually avoids all major war books. Hence, her choice of Winter. Does a revolution count as a war? Please? Please? I don’t want to be kicked out of Calendar Girls. 😉

Anyway, I don’t want to give away any major spoilers since this is the fourth book in the series. However, there is a major uprising and revolution in this last book. There was never an official “war” since it didn’t get a cool name or anything. However, there were battles, loss, dramatics, and more strategic planning than I could ever do. If that doesn’t constitute an active war, I’m not sure what to do with this.

Overall, this series brought all of the insanity to a big point that ended up here. An uprising, many battles, and all of our characters learned invaluable lessons. It might not have been a war in the tradition sense, but these characters had war with themselves and the crazy Lunars. Check out the first book, Cinder, here!

What do you think? What book would you have chosen? Do you read a lot of books that have active wars? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

57 thoughts on “Calendar Girls – Best Book With an Active War

  1. I think this is a great choice! We often forget that many rebellions in books are a form of war. They’re a war on the government, on the system, on society. Not every war needs to have fighting, guns, bombs, whatever. Some wars are quiet and silent. The important part is believing in what you’re fighting for! Thanks for sharing! ^.^

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    1. I agree with you there Melanie, I think often times we don’t stop and think about the broader implications of the category that is wars. Revolutions are most definitely wars. I’m really loving that this suggestion wasn’t the usual type of war that we tend to think of when we say war!

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  2. I’m sure this is a great pick! I’m scared to really really read your post since I haven’t read from Cress onward yet (I will have to this year!). Thanks for participating, it’s so fun to have you join us! 😀

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    1. I tried not to give too many spoilers for that reason, but smart idea because I don’t know how well or bad I did, lol. And yay!! The last two books get so crazy and good, so I can’t wait to see your take on them! And thanks so much – it’s such a fun event!

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      1. Hehe don’t worry about it! It’s so easy to let things slip which wouldn’t even feel like a spoiler to someone who has read a specific book, but may be a considered one to someone who hasn’t read the book. I think that it should be appreciated that we TRY not to spoil anything 😉

        Thanks again for participating! 😀

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  3. Rebellion is absolutely a form of war, this was a great pick for the theme this month! I haven’t read this series yet, but Cinder is sitting on my shelf waiting to be added to my immediate TBR list. I haven’t read many books with active wars either which made this month’s choice a difficult one. I’m in the middle of about 3 series where talk of war is becoming a forward theme, but I haven’t gotten that far yet xD Thanks for sharing, this makes me want to read the Lunar Chronicles even more!

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    1. Okay, cool. Well, not cool, but good to know since I was a bit scared. And yes, this was a bit of a hard one! And yesssss, it’s really good!! The war isn’t a really big part since you don’t read too many with it, but it is just so good.

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  4. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! As soon as I saw the title of your post I was sure you were going to write about Winter and I was right! The war between Luna and Earth was definitely intense and I loved all the strategic planning and mini battles in between! The scene where they attack the palace still kind of guts me when I think about it! 😖 Great post!

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      1. Ahahahaha so true. It would be the best book binge ever, but…not for our TBRs. XD Ugh, I’m literally convincing myself as we speak. XD No, I have far too many books to read. Have you gotten to Caraval yet, Rendz?

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      2. I’m seriously considering it now! No I haven’t read Caraval yet! It is sitting on my shelf staring at me and I want to read it so badly! Perhaps next month….*she said for the millionth time!*

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      3. LOL. This was dangerous. Why did we do this? XD Ahahaha. Okay, good. I thought I saw you hadn’t, and I super want to read it right now, but I needed some convincing not to read it and throw away my TBR. But it’s good to know we can be together in the category of not having read it yet. XD


      4. Ahahahah. XD Oops. XD I’ve inadvertently caused some TBR shifiting. XD I keep trying to binge read the current book I’m reading to try and get to it sooner and it’s not working. So hopefully the rearranging goes well. XD

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      1. Hahaha. It’s so not happening. I just need to pick which ones to try to push down the list a bit. So I’m really excited for Blood Rose Rebellion to come out, even though I’ve already read that one. I’m probably most excited to read The Upside of Unrequited and Strange the Dreamer. What about you?

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      2. Ahahaha. I wish you luck. Sometimes it’s just too hard because they’re all pretty and sound amazing. So I hope it goes well. XD And lol, yes, I can’t wait to hear about your moderation of the panel for it!! And oooh, Upside does sound really good. And oh gosh, I can’t even remember what I put on my TBR. I really wanted to read Caraval and that was probably my top but I finished binge reading that last night and now I don’t know what to do, lol. XD

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      3. LOL, eventually I will be posting a review, but I seem to have a two week time lag on things nowadays, lol. XD BUT I super enjoyed it (like a solid day binge read), but I think I had too high expectations of it? Like, I got super nitpicky, but I think I’m slowly let the grouchy book hangover subside and I’m thinking it’s changing back to a five star read. XD She wrote some beautiful lines, and that whole world. :O Major heart eyes.

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      4. Thankies!! It really was so magical. I can’t wait to see Tella’s story, too. :O I was scared that it was going to end up like my experience with The Night Circus, but it was sooooo good.

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      5. Oh, you didn’t like The Night Circus? That’s one of my very favorites. Caraval is my very favorite book now though. I can’t believe how well-written it is.

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      6. I think the issue I had was it had too much description, and when I was reading it, I didn’t appreciate all the description. I super enjoy it now (super enjoyed it in Caraval), but I was in a weird reading place when I read it. Therefore, it took me four months to read it and ended up with a three star rating for me. XD But yes! I can’t wait to see what Garber does next. :O

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      7. Ahhhh, okay I can totally understand that. I think The Night Circus is definitely for a certain set of readers that REALLY like descriptive visuals. Which is not for everyone. I think Garber did a better job of including that with a really captivating plot.

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      8. I super agree about that. And honestly, I think you nailed it on why I perhaps had a better experience with Caraval and not Night Circus. Krysti is killing it with wisdom again.


    Ahem. Sorry for the fangirl moment but I have to agree with your choice of book. Vehemently so. Couldn’t have picked better.
    I kind of have to go and try to find a similar series to read now because you made me get the feels again. Great post! ❤

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