My favorite book read in 2019??? How do you expect me to choose only ONE of my precious babies? Calendar Girls 08/05/2019

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,

This month is about my favorite read so far this year. And I can tell you that the ladies at Calendar Girls are just MEAN because how do you choose a favorite among your kids?

To add insult to injury I did not schedule this post (how surprising) and as I am dead beat on my feet after my first day back at work I won’t have the time to explain in details the why!!!

So I’ll go with several contenders and …three winners (sorry ladies that’s the best that I could do!)

My contenders:

My winners:

Honestly I can’t recall the last time that I read about a book with magic and sorcerers and had so much fun! Not since reading Harry Potter I dare say! I know JK Rowling is the queen but Margareth Rogerson did a dang fine job in entertaining me in the best sense of the word! I’ve been simply swept off my feet and catapulted in a heroic and magical world!

If you love fantasy reads just read it!

I gave Skyward 6 stars!

It was so fantastic that I listened to the end of the book hidden in my garden after some errant that I had to do. I did not enter the house but went silently into the garden, dragged the chaise longue into a hidden corner and listened to the last 30 minutes. Because I could not stop and everyone knows that a mom, once entering her house is ALWAYS welcomed with “Mom! Can you help me please?” or “Darling? Can you come a minute?”.

On my dead body so long as I did not hear the word end!


I don’t have enough talent to express what Ruta Sepety made me live for two days. I can’t convey with enough strength and conviction all the beauty, the intensity, the sadness, the cruelty, the desperation of this formidable story.

I still have shivers and tears hearing in my head Jeorjeana Marie playing Joanna and whisper shouting: “Opi!” “Opi!”
I finished this book late at night and did not found sleep for a very long time, too entangled in their destinies and broken by their fate.

Just read or listen to it.


Here my three winners that I can’t separate, sorry!!!!!


Have you read them? Can you choose only one book?


Thanks for reading and I’ll reply to all your comments tomorrow as I have to catch-up on some ZZZZZ.


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26 Replies to “My favorite book read in 2019??? How do you expect me to choose only ONE of my precious babies? Calendar Girls 08/05/2019”

  1. Haven’t read The Sorcery of Thorns yet but I’ll soon! Skyward was a great read! Can’t wait for the sequel! I really need to read Salt to the Sea! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about that book.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Raven I hope you’ll have fun with Sorcery of Thorns!!

  2. I’m so excited to read The Sorcery of Thorns 😀 I have it in my backpack right now (which means its my next read haha )

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oooh Brittany I can’t wait for your review!!!

  3. I’ve got some of these on my list because of you! Now to find time for them. Sigh!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      #bloggerproblem Laura? LOL

  4. I need to read everything by Brandon Sanderson, including Skyward! And I really need to get around to reading my copy of Salt to the Sea! Awesome selections for your “top” book so far. 😉

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh yes Lashaan! Please do me a favor: read Skyward and come back to give me your thoughts!

      1. I’ll do it after you read Blackwing

  5. Yes, I love that you love Sorcery of Thorns as much as I do. City of Brass is also really good and I need to do a reread of it before continuing the series.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Alicia that’s what I’ll need to do with Kingdom of Copper by the time the third one will be published!

  6. I can’t wait to read Sorcery of Thorns! I should be getting the book soon in the mail!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I hope you’ll enjoy it Genesis!!!

  7. I just bought City of Brass, and someone in my book club was raving about Skyward. Hoping to get to it soon. Nice choices, Sophie!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Teri and I can’t wait to read your thoughts about City of Brass!

  8. I haven’t read any of the actual winners but I do love The Bride Test

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh Jamsu it was so hard to choose!

  9. I really need to give Skyward a go! I dread Sanderson though he is such a wordy writer I feel like I’m drowning in all his description… I’m going to read Sorcery of Thorns here as soon as I get it from the library! Hahahaha. Great picks Sophie!! ❤️

    1. Beware Of The Reader says: Reply

      Dani he was not wordy in this one! I fell right into it and it’s packed with action! I don’t do really wordy well or not right in the beginning!

  10. Sorcery of thorns looks pretty amazing, although City of Brass does too. I need more magical YA.

    1. Beware Of The Reader says: Reply

      Oh Greg I promise they are both incredible!

  11. You’re a star, because I would never be able to feature a list as short as yours. I didn’t read any of your winners, but you did a fantastic job selling them to me.

    1. Beware Of The Reader says: Reply

      Thank you Sam! It was so damn hard!

  12. Sorcery of Thorns is on its way to me from the library and should be arriving any day! *bounces eagerly in anticipation*

    Great picks as always, Sophie!

    1. Beware Of The Reader says: Reply

      Ooh I can’t wait to read your thoughts about it *bounces eagerly back* 🙂

      1. Ugh, still waiting! It shipped over two weeks ago, what is taking so long?

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