June Calendar Girls blog event

It will be the second time I’m participating in this monthly blog event called Calendar Girls and hosted by Melanie Bernard and Flavia The Bibliophile.

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.


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9 Replies to “June Calendar Girls blog event”

  1. […] of Venice Mandy – Much Ado About Nothing Thai – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Sophie – Romeo & Juliet Lauren – Twelfth Night Deanna – Hamlet Hahahaha! Flavia and I were quite sure there would […]

  2. I’m surprised that not more people picked this one, to be quite honest! It is, after all, THE best known play by Shakespeare, and it influences literature and pop culture in a number of ways that we don’t even notice or recognize.

    I do really enjoy this play from a hopeless romantic, and intellectual standpoint, and I can definitely appreciate it from those 2 perspectives. But when it comes to watching or reading this play as pure entertainment, it falls a little short for me. I really like my happy endings (they give me life!) and tragic endings therefore don’t do it for me when I’m looking for a good pick-me-up.

    Super awesome choice though! And thanks so much for participating in Calendar Girls again! 😀

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I love participating Flavia! I’ll maybe have to pass July though as I’ll be abroad for work but I’ll try to catch up! <3

  3. I enjoy Romeo & Juliet but I’ve never found it particularly romantic. I know why it’s SUPPOSED to be romantic, but it just doesn’t work for me as a romantic story. In my mind, it’s really more lumped in with Shakespeare’s tragedies but I think I am in the minority in that thinking because his romances, including this one, are lumped in with his comedies.


    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well Lauren one play/movie I did not like around Romeo and Juliet was the one featuring leonardo Di Caprio. I usually love him but this movie..just no! 😉

  4. […] Flavia – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shanah – The Merchant of Venice Deanna – Hamlet Mandy – Much Ado About Nothing Lauren – Twelfth Night Thai – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Darque Dreamer – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Sophie – Romeo & Juliet […]

  5. […] Sophie @ Beware of the Reader -> Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare […]

  6. This is in my top 3 of his plays. Such a sad and thought provoking story

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well I’ll have to read it sometime. Just to know what all the fuss is about LOL

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