Celebrate Every Day With Books 8/13/2018 - 8/19/2018
It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!
Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for every holiday.
Let me know what you think. Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?
MONDAY AUGUST 13TH 2018
Title: On The Other Hand by Howard I. Kushner
Genre: Non-Fiction, Medical, History
What It Is About?: “Written in a lively style that mixes personal biography with scholarly research, On the Other Hand, tells a comprehensive story about the science, traditions, and prejudices surrounding left-handedness.”(from Goodreads)
Title: The Left-Handed Dinner Party by Myrl Coulter
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
What It Is About?: “In The Left-Handed Dinner Party and Other Stories-a collection of new, delightful, distinctive short stories-everyone is missing something or someone; every family is riven by secrets and absences. From "The Remedy," a tale of revenge and justice, to "The Smart Sisters," a story of tricky family dynamics, Coulter's narratives portray relationships, loss, and what we learn in the aftermath of death.” (From Goodreads)
TUESDAY AUGUST 14TH 2018
Navajo Code Talkers Day
Title: Code Talker by Chester Nez & Judith Schiess Avila (Foreword by Jeff Bingaman)
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Military, World War II
What It Is About?: “He is the only original World War II Navajo code talker still alive—and this is his story . . .
His name wasn’t Chester Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn’t stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength—both physical and mental—to excel as a marine.
During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare—and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.”(from Goodreads)
Title: Navajo Code Talkers by Brynn Baker
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, US History, Native Americans, World War II
What It Is About?: “During World War II, the Japanese military cracked the codes used by the American Army and Navy, but never the Marines. What made the Marines' code different? They used Navajo Code Talkers, specially recruited American Indian soldiers who used their language to send and receive top-secret messages. Infographics, sidebars, and fact boxes bring the experiences of these brave military men to life.”(From Goodreads)
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15TH 2018
National Failures Day
Title: Failure Is An Option by H. Jon Benjamin
Genre: Humor, Essay
What It Is About?: “Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option.”(From Goodreads)
Title: Fantastic Failures by Luke Reynolds
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Biography
What It Is About?: “Kids will love learning about some of the well-known people who failed before succeeding and will come to understand that failure is a large component of success. With stories from people like J. K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Sonia Sotomayor, Vincent Van Gogh, Julia Child, Steven Spielberg, and Betsy Johnson, each profile proves that the greatest mistakes and flops can turn into something amazing. “(From Goodreads)
Available: SEPTEMBER 11TH 2018
THURSDAY AUGUST 16TH 2018
Tell a Joke Day
Title: Genius Jokes by Frank Flannery
Genre: Humor, Jokes
What It Is About?: “This book not only supplies the readers with smart jokes about academic subjects like History, Science, and Philosophy, it also contains detailed explanations of the concepts and historical figures the jokes are based on so that you're never flying blind when dropping a comedic gem.” (From Goodreads)
Title: The Unofficial Harry Potter Joke Book by Brian Boone (illustrated by Amanda Brack)
Genre: Humor, Jokes, Harry Potter
What It Is About?: “Tickle Charms and Laughing Potions, meet your match! This follow-up to The Unofficial Harry Potter Joke Book: Great Guffaws for Gryffindor
Here's just a sampling of the jokes you'll find inside:
Which Hogwarts professor gets blamed for everything? Professor Snape Goat.
What's Professor Lupin's favorite day of the week? Moonday.
Why did Gilderoy Lockhart team up with Nearly Headless Nick? He needed a ghostwriter.
Did you hear that Professor McGonagall's animagi and Crookshanks get together and gossip about students? They're very catty.” (From Goodreads)
Available: OCTOBER 23RD 2018
FRIDAY AUGUST 17TH 2018
Thrift Shop Day
Title: New Dress A Day by Marisa Lynch
Genre: Non-Fiction, Hobbies, Sewing
What It Is About?: “Complete with colorful before-and-after photos, fun sidebars, and even a groovy sewing song playlist to get you in the zone, New Dress a Day proves that you don’t need a sewing machine or a big budget to turn unfashionable trash into stylish treasure.”(From Goodreads)
Title: Wise Craft by Blair Stocker
Genre: Non-Fiction, Hobbies, Mixed Media
What It Is About?: “Wise Craft is a guide to the homemade life, turning old things into special new objects that enhance the home. Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren't quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her home—and yours .” (From Goodreads)
SATURDAY AUGUST 18TH 2018
Title: Geocache Surprise by Jake Maddox (Illustrated by Sean Tiffany)
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile,
What It Is About?: “Tim is disappointed when his best friend wants to spend their last day of summer geocaching. But a competition might make things interesting. Before the day is over, Tim will have discovered more than just a hidden treasure.”(From Goodreads)
Title: Geocaching Handbook by Layne Cameron (Foreword by Dave Ulmer)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Sports, Recreation, Hiking
What It Is About?: “This book introduces the reader to the fast-growing outdoor sport of geocaching, which combines aspects of treasure hunting, high-tech navigation, and exploration. New to this book: --Updates to technology and use of social media. --Full chapter on smartphone apps. --Updates to photography--showing more technology and diversity of participants. --Mention of National and State Parks, which are now promoting geocaching. --Updates to swag, with official geocaching containers, special edition coins, and micro-containers, etc.” (From Goodreads)
SUNDAY AUGUST 19TH 2018
Title: Making The World Safe by Julia F. Irwin
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Modern, 21th Century
What It Is About?: “In Making the World Safe, historian Julia Irwin offers an insightful account of the American Red Cross, from its founding in 1881 by Clara Barton to its rise as the government's official voluntary aid agency. Equally important, Irwin shows that the story of the Red Cross is simultaneously a story of how Americans first began to see foreign aid as a key element in their relations with the world.” (From Goodreads)
Title: Seeking Light by Paul Grabhorn
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art, Photography, Photojournalism
What It Is About? “Paul Grabhorn’s stunning four-color photographs tell an amazing, essential story—one of hope in the face of violence and deplorable conditions, of dignity in the midst of degradation, of light in the darkness of war and suffering.”(From Goodreads)