Welcome back to Calendar Girls! It’s a monthly blog event created by Flavia and Melaine now hosted by Katie at Never not Reading and Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads This event was designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers. Calendar Girls was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song all of us participating reveals their pick that fits this month’s theme. This month it’s the best book set in summer.
After a brief hiatus, The Calendar Girls are BACK and I’m very excited to get back into this group. It’s a fun group of blogging people.
Best Book Set in Summer
For me, summer books are about adventure and love. So my pick for this topic is a book that I think embodies both of these concepts brilliantly.
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know that I am a hardcore Maureen Johnson fan. I love her writing, I love her personality, I love her twitter feed, I love Maureen.
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes is the first book of her’s that I read because it was the very first book in the Nerdfighter book club in, like 2008. It’s the story of a teenage girl, Ginny, the summer after her favorite aunt dies, leaving her with 13 little blue envelopes telling her to do things that Ginny would never normally do. Aunt Peg finances Ginny’s trip to Europe where Ginny has a bunch of fun adventures.
What I love about this book is it’s not all about the romance in the way that you think about romance, especially in a YA novel published in 2005. It’s about loving yourself and the romance of travel, seeing new places and experiencing new things. There is a love interest, and he’s cute in his own way, but this book is about Ginny and her grief and discovering herself.
To me, summer is about adventure and doing new things. Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes embodies all of that and it’s packaged in the quick-witted, brilliant writing of Maureen Johnson.
Be sure to check out the other Calendar Girls posts to see what everyone’s top book set in summer is!
Until Next time Internet,