As I’m a sucker for calendar girls, pin ups and retro I headed over their blog and now I’m hooked on this event.
Again this is a perfect event/tag/meme call it like you want as it’s simple and does not ask lots of time to build!
Guidelines are easy: each month there is a theme voted on. Bloggers then write posts about a book fitting that theme. The best part are the discussions on our picks as we’ll visit the other bloggers and comment their choices 😀 To make it even more interactive we have a Twitter chat once a month on the 3rd Monday using #CGBChat
The choices are meant to be posted the first Monday of each month on our individual blogs.
We also get to vote for the next month’s theme starting on the 3rd Monday of the month (same day as #CGBChat) and for our favorite book pick of the month!
June’s theme is Best Shakespeare Play!
As Shakespeare is not part of my original culture, I’ve never studied his plays at school. Of course I know of his most famous and I’ll choose the easy path. I’m choosing Romeo and Juliet!
I’m a true romantic and I love the starcrossed lovers idea.
If you think about it you have the right elements to make this play a success: family hate, the weight of duty (you had to marry who your family chose for you); love at first sight and dramatic ending! By the end of the play everyone is crying on the poor lovers by the end of the play.
This is considered as the utmost romantic story and has been inspiration for many books and plays.
Now you could also consider this utterly unrealistic if you can’t stand love at first sight of course 😉
To give this month theme a twist I’ve been looking into books I’ve read that reminded me of Romeo and Juliet.
I could have chosen some prefect contemporary book like By Any Other Name by J.M. Darhower
But as many of you like YA books I’d like to feature a story I reviewed: Moon Chosen by P.C.Cast.
You can find my whole review HERE
What makes me think about Romeo and Juliet in this book?
-the main characters come from two different people. Their people are enemies;
-they will meet on a chance encounter and will stay in each other’s minds long after;
-the male character will risk all to come back and have a chance to speak with the female character;
-one of the only difference with Romeo and Juliet: no death of the heroes by the end of the book. Now it’s the first one of the series so I won’t say there is hope as I don’t want them to die but we have room for many plot developments.
I really encourage you to read this book as the world building is exceptional! The plot is interesting with many twists and turns. It’s a very original concept.