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:
KoVid Kitchen: Dessert Edition: Date and Nuts Power Bites
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”
The Radium Girls was such a great (if sobering) read.
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-about-mardi-gras/
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..
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!
thank you Martha.. see, you must have somehow sensed it – that it was National Almond Day..
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.
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..
I have to admit, Who Gives A Poop got me. That cover made me giggle just a little bit. When Stars Are Scattered looks really interesting!
Here’s my TTT post.
Thanks Sammie.. Who Gives a Poop is definitely attention-getting! and When Stars are Scattered is a stunning read..
I love how you connected these to Mardi Gras. So creative.
thanks Danielle.. had fun on this post
The books all look amazing and colourful too. Thanks for sharing.
thank you Stacey!!
They all look good. Thanks for sharing.
These all sound wonderful
I read the Radium Girls a year or so ago. It was a very difficult and disturbing book. It was so hard to read how money rated higher than the life of those women. I like the looks of so many of these books. Wonderful post.
Thanks Carla.. yes, Radium Girls is a tough read indeed.
All of those covers are great! I love Who Gives a Poop😂
and it is such a wonderfully eye-opening read
Such a cute post idea.
Love this! Especially since we can’t celebrate Mardi Gras in person this year!
it was definitely fun to put together
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.
Thanks Leah.. and glad to share these books! While I only watched Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood as an adult, it still had an immediate appeal
These are all interesting will check them out
What a fun list of books! I totally forgot about Mardi Gras, and this would be a fun way to pick books.
Thanks Marysa.. these various celebrations do help in organizing my book lists else I am pretty scatterbrained about them
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 🙂
That is so cool to hear about your mom and also how the people of New Orleans celebrated this year.. We love almonds in our home too 🙂
I always love finding new books and your ideas to sort them in holiday colors is smart!
Interesting post. Have not read any of those books.
thank you Robin
I love how you approached this—it’s great seeing some wonderful Cybils books! I can’t get over that cover for Girl on a Motorcycle. It’s gorgeous.
thanks so much Christopher.. I totally agree with you on Girl on a Motorcycle – I loved the color palette all through that book..