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
- Girl on a Motorcycle
- Queen of Tejano Music: Selena (while there is a lot of red, that right amount of regal purple on this stunning cover ensured I was adding this to the list)
- A Voice Named Aretha
- When Stars Are Scattered
- All Thirteen: The Incredible Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team
- Ocean Speaks: Marie Tharp and the Map That Moved the Earth
- The Radium Girls: The Scary But True Story of the Poison That Made People Glow in the Dark (Note: I have read this book since the linked post here, but am yet to review this powerful read!)
- For Spacious Skies: Katharine Lee Bates and the Inspiration for “America the Beautiful” (She Made History)
- The Voice that Won the Vote: How One Woman’s Words Made History
- Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers
- Love Your Body
- Who Gives a Poop?: Surprising Science from One End to the Other
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:
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…