Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Writers Gotta Read, Right? (May it never be too late)

The month of May has a plethora of holidays, some somber, such as Memorial Day, which is always the last Monday of the month, and some wacky, such as National Hamburger Day, which is today (May 28). You can find a list of May holidays here (thanks for the link, Dani). This list is fun reading in and of itself.

While I'm not certain how many books feature National Hamburger Day or International Tuba Day, here are some lists for some of the more prominent holidays.

I have no reading lists for National Tuba Day (first Friday in May), sorry.
artist unknown; tuba is by Besson [Public domain]

May Day. Let's start at the very beginning!
Mother's Day. As you might expect, Mother's Day is well represented in reading lists, including the following.
Memorial Day. Rounding out the month is this day of remembrance.
 Finally, taking a broad approach is Listopia's "Books to Read Some May," which is described as "Books set in the month of May, or at least starting then. Also books featuring May holidays: May Day, Mother's Day, Memorial Day." You have over 100 books to choose from! Maybe National Tuba Day is in there somewhere...

If you have any favorite books that feature May prominently, please chime in. If your offering also includes a tuba, I'd consider that a bonus!

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 AnnParker.net for more information.

7 comments :

  1. I have given up on lists, as the temptation is too great. If my Mt.TBR was physical, rather than electronic, I would be a hoarder.

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    1. HA! I know what you mean, Liz. Still, they are fun to look through. Check out the "May holidays" link, if nothing else. Who knew there was a "holiday" for every day in May???

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  2. Two subjects that have been written endlessly about, both in mythology, ancient history, and modern times are wars and mothers. Not sure what that says about our interest. One of my favorites is "All Quiet on the Western Front." I'll skip "Medea."

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    1. Interesting point, Polly! I haven't read "All Quiet on the Western Front" in a loooong time. I should revisit it, when I have the time. (Time. That's what I need.)

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  3. I'm fresh out of tubas, Ann, and my old metal clarinet has long since bitten the dust. May, however, has always been a favorite month because it (usually--at least before the days of climate change) solidified the fact that spring had actually arrived. It's also a great month to begin a summer reading program.

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    1. I know... where's the spring weather, right? I also love summer reading. Or I did, back when I had time to read for pure pleasure.

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  4. No tubas here, either, and like Linda, my old clarinet has been long gone. While I don't often, make that never, read from lists of holidays, etc, I was intrigued by the list of the eight most scary mothers. Have to check that out just for curiosity.

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