I nearly forgot!!!! Today is Calendar Girls and the topic is Strong Female Lead

Calendar Girl is a monthly meme now hosted by Katie @nevernotreding and Adrienne @darquedreamer

but created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile.

Each month we get a new theme and choose our favorite book for the theme. The participants get to vote for their favorite. There is also a Twitter chat spanning as last month on several days!

Hi dear friends,

I was horrified when I took a look at my Twitter messages today because I realized that I had completely forgotten that today was Calendar Girl’s day!!!


You see February passed in a blink and I have not adjusted yet to the idea that today is the first Monday of March!

So I rushed to check this month’s topic and had a huge relieved sigh!

Stong female lead! That I can do easy peasy as it’s my favorite kind of heroine 😀 

By the way I don’t think you have to be a badass warrior to be strong! I have already written a post about morally strong female characters.

I know some (read “me”) often go with contestants and one winner but today I couldn’t choose just one woman.

I will rebel (no surprise here) and give you two choices today one from an adult book and one from a young adult.

YOU decide who’s more worthy ….if you can 😉 


In young adult books: Harper from A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Born with cerebral palsy she fought all her life to work around her handicap. Courageous, determined, fierce she refused to let it cripple her life and determine who she was! I loved that Brigid Kemmerer chose a “flawed” heroine, one born with bad cards yet who managed through sheer determination to raise above her handicap and accomplish extraordinary things.
Harper was not only brave but also extremely generous and wore her heart on her sleeve.

Life had been hard on more than one way on her and she learned not to trust easily and to call it rubbish when it was.
She was the least classic fairy tale princess from all the “chosen” girls yet she could not have been better suited for the role!

When she meets commander Gray she fights! He may be a seasoned warrior and her an untrained handicapped girl she will be fierce and resourceful!

Harper bloomed in this story. All her life she’s been seen as fragile and in need of being protected by her big brother Jack. Here she became so much more as she took the lead and acted to protect other’s lives. She learnt to be in charge and that she was strong and resourceful. You just have to admire a girl who does not hesitate to fight with soldiers to protect a poor family while she’s never wielded a sword in her life and has difficulties just to walk sometimes due to her handicap!


In adult books: Ella from The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros

Ella is a single mom of young twins all while managing a resort and making it great for tourists with big projects. She was really working all the time and taking care of the twins. If this was not enough she had to go through was the most awful things that could happen. One of her kids got cancer. And the bad type or cancer! Just when she had cut on her health insurance. The driving to a specialized hospital far from home became her new normal. Trying to find money to fund her kid’s very expensive treatment was her constant focus. She went through it for months! And no woman or man should be alone to face that ordeal. Yet Ella did and she was so strong!
Anyone would have crumpled.
But not her.

Maybe I am biased because I am a mom but I do think that moms are your every day superheroes. Juggling the kids, work, everyone’s hobbies, grocery shopping, house cleaning, doctors appointments, homework, everything!

When you add to the mix such illness and the fact that Ella was alone to juggle everything I think she is uber strong!

Now do tell me: which of these two ladies would you choose as this month’s strong female character? And would you have other heroines to suggest?

Thanks for reading and sorry Katie and Adrienne for posting this last minute!!!



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22 Replies to “I nearly forgot!!!! Today is Calendar Girls and the topic is Strong Female Lead”

  1. Harper is a good pick! I also loved her character in A curse So Dark And Lonely!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Raven! I’ve seen that you loved that story too 😉

  2. These are on my TBR and can’t wait to read! I guess I would choose the retelling. But it’s hard to turn away from a mom. No wonder you chose both of these! Thanks Sophie! ❤️❤️

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      You are most welcome Dani!

  3. Yes! We are superheroes!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply


  4. I haven’t read the first one yet, so maybe not a fair choice but Ella rules as a superwoman! I would have caved long before she did. She’s incredibly strong even though she doesn’t see it in herself.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I agree wholeheartedly Jacquie!

  5. I’ve not read either of these yet so I can’t really make an opinion on each character. I do have both books on my must read list:)

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I hope you’ll enjoy them Laura!

  6. I’ve never heard of either of these books! I pick the adult one, because our group is always so YA heavy, lol.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha two votes for Ella then Katie!

  7. I think Mums are superheroes too! The Last Letter gets my vote!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you for helping here Lucinda!

  8. They both sound pretty amazing to me!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha yes Suzanne!

  9. Too hard of a decision, Sophie!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Hahaha I know Teri!

  10. I think reading THE LAST LETTER would be a real tear-jerker, not sure if I could cope.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Alexandra reading this being a mom was really heartbreaking!

  11. They both sound soooo strong and amazing!!! I love it! <3

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Adrienne!

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