Welcome to a brand new month, and therefore a new round of Calendar girls!
This month, in honor of National Turtle day, we are celebrating those slow books that leave you screaming “just kiss!” at the pages since it so obvious to you they belong together and yet the characters can’t see it. Slow burn Romances.
I have said many times on this blog that I strongly dislike unnecessary romance subplots, but I do love me a good romance story. I have a couple runners up to this month’s winner so let’s dig in, shall we.
Alex and Eliza a Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz. Is this the greatest of books? No. Did I love it deeply anyway, yes I did because it’s about an idiot falling in love. Even though it’s a story that I think most people who pick up this book would be familiar with, it manages build some classic romance story suspense around the title couple as they figure out how to fall in love. It’s cute. It’s decently written and if you like slightly cheesy romance and Alexander Hamilton, you may enjoy this one.
Maggie Stiefavter’s Raven Cycle series. So listen, we know from the first chapterish that two characters are supposed to each other’s true love. And I think the books do a really amazing job growing that story. But there’s a secondary love story that as soon as I figured out that was going on Ronan wasn’t a fan of lamps I couldn’t wait to see that happen. It’s beautiful and I’m going drive my car off a bridge if they don’t kiss palpable. A+
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Is this just a list of Deanna’s favorite books? I don’t know what could have possibly given you that idea.
This love story!!! The pining! The awkwardness! How dumb both of these characters are about their feelings! I love how these characters are built, I love the rhythm of this story so much. Monty is just the perfect little disaster human and he grows so much from the start of the book. He grows until he “deserves” this love.
HOWEVER my choice for best slow burn romance story is going to
My friends talk about this book all the time, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like because I had built it up so much because of how much my friends love it, but as usual my friends were correct and this book is beautiful. I loved it. I’m planning to re-read it soon because I loved it so much and the story of these two boys figuring it all out is so specific to them and universal at the same time. It’s just a great book. It’s funny and pulls on every one of your heart strings as you’re guided through these boys lives. After reading this last year I finally understood why people have been talking about it since 2012, it holds up, and it’s good enough to stay in the conversation of amazing romance stories years later.
This was my favorite read last year. I’m sure most people reading this post have read this book but if you haven’t get your hands on a copy.
** Lin Manuel Miranda reads the audiobook and it’s worth the price of admission to hear him say the phrase “I don’t want to spend the rest of my life studying Alexander Hamilton.” So, keep that in mind.
Currently hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile and Dani at mousaibooks Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books and Flavia the Bibliophile. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song Calendar Girl.
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Until next time Internet,