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A Dozen Wonderful Books in Mardi Gras Colors

I initially thought I would use books with the color in their titles, as I was not sure if I could find enough titles (that I have read) in time. Since I do start these posts later than I plan to…. But ten, or a dozen wonderful books in Mardi Gras colors sounded tempting as well.

And as I went over the Cybils awards winners list yesterday, I realized I could use books from the Cybils nominations. The only problem, I ended up with more than ten (thankfully I trimmed it down from 21 to 12!)

So here are

A Dozen Wonderful Books in Mardi Gras Colors

for this week’s Top Ten theme over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl

Something More For the Day

February 16th is National Almond Day, and considering today is also Mardi Gras here in the United States, I decided to look for connections. And lo and behold, I found some!!

In the 1870s, the newly invented King of the Carnival, Rex, used to toss sugar-coated almonds into the crowd at the Mardi Gras parades. These parades began, according to sources, in the 1830s. [Source: Punchbowl]

In Sweden, the dessert of choice and of tradition that is eaten on Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras) is the semla. The semla is a soft, cardamom-flavored bun with rich almond-paste filling, whipped cream and powdered sugar!! [Source: WashingtonPost]

And the description as well as photographs of the semla had me drooling.. So I had to go look for a recipe. Here is one that looks oh so wonderful – at Christina’s Cucina.

Another simple recipe that uses almonds is this one below:

KoVid Kitchen: Dessert Edition: Date and Nuts Power Bites

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A Dozen Wonderful Books in Mardi Gras Colors

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, have you read any of these books? Maybe you have picked it up already since I did recommend them earlier on my blog! If you have not read them yet, I highly recommend all of these and more of the nominated books for the 2020 Cybils Awards. What is more, two of these are winners in their categories! And in my opinion, all of them are winners in their own right.

And what are your favorites books that have a cover in one of these glorious Mardi Gras colors? Let me know so I can add those to my list. As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome…

38 thoughts on “A Dozen Wonderful Books in Mardi Gras Colors

    1. so true Lydia.. definitely sobering.. and we just watched the movie Dark Waters last night(based on the DuPont/Teflon suit).. it made me realize how little we have actually moved forward regarding these issues in so many years..

      1. What a great idea to use Cybils nominations! How did I miss almond day, I love them! But even without realizing it was a special day for almonds I made a milkshake with almond milk and almond flavoring!

  1. Oooh, I love almonds, especially ones that are coated in sugar! Yum.

    I love that you used Cybils nominees and winners for your post today. There were SO many great books nominated this year that it was really hard to choose a winner, at least in the category I helped judge. I haven’t read any of the ones you listed, although I did just get a copy of ALL THIRTEEN from the publisher. I’m excited to read it.

    Happy TTT!


    1. thanks Susan.. I am sure you will love All Thirteen.. And I am guessing you have read Soontornvat’s A Wish in the Dark (if not, you should read that one as well)
      It was definitely tough picking even the finalists during round 1 so I am sure the round 2 judges had it tougher..

  2. Loved Radium Girls. And thanks for sharing Fred’s Big Feelings. I grew up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. I’m a huge fan! I definitely need to add this book to my collection.

  3. Your post caught my attention on two counts 1) my mum’s a writer and an avid reader. She likely read at least one of the books you listed. And 2) since Mardi Gras is not being celebrated, the people of New Orleans decorated the outside of their homes to keep the mood going.

    It’s Almond Day in my house every day… my 20-month-old-son loves it 🙂

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