Hey all, Dani here.
It has been a long weekend and I am definitely tired from running around the Ohio Renaissance Festival yesterday. I’m probably going to have an early night tonight. But it’s okay, because I had a lot of fun, and Damian and I managed to get a few more ideas for our wedding next year.
Anyway, it is the first Monday of the Month and that means it is once again time for a Calendar Girls post.
Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was started by Flavia and Melanie, but is now being hosted by Katie and Adrienne. They are all wonderful ladies, and you should check out their lovely blogs. Oh, and if you go to either Katie or Adrienne‘s Calendar Girls post each month, they will have links to all the other wonderful book bloggers participating in this event.
First, more about the Calendar Girls. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl.
Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and both Katie and Adrienne will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!
Oh, and you don’t have to identify as female to join the Calendar Girls. We welcome readers of all types. So if this sounds like fun for you, join us in all of the fun bookish conversations.
Finally, the September theme is…
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Favorite Book About Pirates
Let’s start with the contenders who didn’t end up winning for the month. Okay, so one of these books was just okay, a couple were good, and a couple were really good, but ultimately none of them were the book I think of when I want to talk about pirates. Also, wow, there were a few books I thought of where there is a prince or noble who is a captain or pirate captain on the side. That’s sort of an interesting trope/character type, don’t you think?
My winner for this month was super easy for me, weirdly because I had just re-watched the movie adaptation and it made me want to re-read the book. And then this theme was announced. So my almost immediate thought was: “Well, obviously, this is my choice for the month.” Then it was just a matter of waiting until it was time to actually sit down and type up this post.
So okay, are you ready for my pick for favorite book about pirates?
Here we go. It’s…
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
This book is hilarious, and seriously, it has everything in it. I love it so much. And okay, so the main focus of this book isn’t necessarily the pirate part, but if it hadn’t been for Westley becoming the Dread Pirate Roberts and picking up certain skills, Buttercup would not have survived the whole book. Plus I sincerely doubt that Inigo would have gotten to the Six Fingered Man, and so much of the story wouldn’t have happened.
So I’m going to argue that since our dear Farm Boy, Westley, is one of the main characters, and is vital to the overall plot and the great love story and happy ending, this is absolutely a book about pirates.
I definitely need to pick this book up again sometime soon. (I did just recently watch the movie again, though). And I’ve been listening to the Library Bards song: “Princess Bride,” quite a bit. So I’ve definitely had this story stuck in my mind for a few weeks now. No wonder it made for an easy choice for me.
All right everyone, that is all from me for today. I will be back tomorrow with my August Wrap-Up and September TBR post, and I will be back soon with even more bookish content.