Thursday, March 21, 2019

Writers Gotta Read, Right? March on!

Just because St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, it doesn't mean we can't read books with a bit of a "green theme." Other holidays in March offer some themes as well. How about Pi Day (March 14?) or the Ides of March (March 15)? Or spring equinox (March 20)?
Sooooo let's see what's out there to whet your reading appetite. Let's start with St. Patrick's.

Wear (or plant?) some green this month.
National Library of Ireland on The Commons [No restrictions]
Now, how about Pi Day? Here are three recommendations from Book Riot and a list of Math-Inspired Reads for Pi Day from the Palo Alto City Library (including a few mysteries).

That's another way to enjoy your pi while reading.
Amit Patel from Silicon Valley, CA [CC BY 2.0 (]
Moving along, the Seattle Public Library provides a reading list of "betrayal and backstabbers," perfect for the Ides of March, as does Book Riot.

Horde of angry librarians: "Julius! You have not returned your copy of The Thousandth Floor, an angsty teen science fiction that captures the backstabbing tendencies of teens!"
Julius Caesar: "But... I'm almost done with it. Just give me until March 16th!"

 By William Holmes Sullivan (1836-1908) - Self-photographed, Public Domain,

If you are looking for books that are set in March, any time in March, I have the perfect list for you: Listopia's Books to Read Some March.

I'll admit I didn't find any reading lists focused on the spring equinox, so I thought I'd add a Dying for Chocolate link for an easy recipe for Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge instead. Enjoy!

If anyone has any favorite March-theme-inspired books to add, please comment and let us know.

A LATE-BREAKING ADDENDUM: Books for International Women's Day!

Ann Parker authors the award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press. During the day, she wrangles words for a living as a science editor/writer and marketing communications specialist (which is basically a fancy term for "editor/writer"). Her midnight hours are devoted to scribbling fiction. Visit for more information.


  1. I suppose if you want to stretch March beyond the holidays, you could read Little Women, about the March family. I know, I know, it's a stretch, but other than those you mentioned and my birthday, March is after February and before better weather. :-)

    1. Not at all; I was coming here to post the same thing. Plus March contains International Women's Day and Women's History Month. Little Women seems entirely appropriate :-)

  2. I suspect the Bailey's Irish Cream Fudge would go well with a good book any time of the year. :D

  3. Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet?

    Happy Spring everyone!

  4. I never thought about building a book around a particular celebration. Interesting idea, Ann. It reminds me of this nursery rhyme, which some authors have used as a basis for stories:

    Monday’s child is fair of face
    Tuesday’s child is full of grace
    Wednesday’s child is full of woe
    Thursday’s child has far to go
    Friday’s child is loving and giving
    Saturday’s child works hard for his living
    And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
    Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

    1. I've always loved that rhyme. And people use other "themes" to structure series around. Quotes from Shakespeare, numbers, the ten commandments, etc.

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  6. It's a good thing you didn't mention the fudge until the blog post was almost finished, Ann. I may not have read past it. LOL You did such a comprehensive list of books for March holidays that I can't think of any others, but I do agree with those who mentioned Little Women. That's a good read any time of the year.

    1. And International Women's Day! I must see what I can find...

  7. Great suggestions especially those for children. Great gifts for little ones.


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