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Calendar Girls November: Strangest Book You’ve Ever Read

Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie @ MNBernard Books, and Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile, and is now hosted by Katie @ Never Not Reading, and Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl.


This is my first time participating in Calendar Girls and I know I am 10 days late, but I saw the prompt and couldn’t resist joining! (And I hope to join more consistently and on time in the future!)

November’s Prompt:

Strangest Book You’ve Ever Read


City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte

I didn’t even have to think about it. City of Dark Magic is, hands-down, the strangest book I’ve ever read!

The main character Sarah finds a hallucinatory drug that allows her to time travel and observe Beethoven as he was living almost 200 hundred years ago. She uses the drug to help solve a mystery. (I don’t remember what the mystery was)

It turns out the “Drug” was Beethoven’s toenail clippings ….

You read that right – Sarah eats Beethoven’s toenail clippings in order to time travel and observe her favorite composer.

Oh and there was a 400 year old dwarf, a prince, and a US senator (even tho the book takes place in Prague?)

Strange is an understatement.

Have you read this book? Did you find it super bizarre?!?! What is the strangest book you have ever read?

26 thoughts on “Calendar Girls November: Strangest Book You’ve Ever Read

  1. 1 – How am I not following you? I’ve been following you on twitter FOREVER, but wordpress says I don’t follow you here. What????

    2 – WELCOME TO CALENDAR GIRLS!!!! So glad to have you! And congratulations on picking what is probably the strangest book anyone’s picked thus far. Sounds like a real riot!

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    1. Haha someone gave them to her as a drug to try and she didn’t find out till later what they were. And honestly I don’t remember the rest. Its been so long since I read it that the details have blurred, but the toenail thing is something I will never forget.

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