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Thursday, July 13, 2006

July is...

July is slipping away from us, another few days and we'll be sliding down toward August and summer's end. So while we can still enjoy summer's treasures, I'm going to throw out some book recommendations to celebrate July's sometimes unusual "celebrations." Be prepared for some stomach growling, though, much of July is celebrating food.

July is...

National Ice Cream Month

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit by Ray Bradbury
Clifford and the Big Ice Cream Mess by Norman Bridwell

Read an Almanac Month
The Celebrated Discworld Alamanac by Terry Pratchett

Anti-Boredom Month
38 Ways to Entertain Your Parents on Summer Vacation by Dette Hunter

National Blueberries Month
Blueberries for the Queen by Katherine Paterson

National Hot Dog Month
Hot Dog, Cool Cat by Jenny Nimmo

Pet Month

Marley and Me by John Grogan
Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Family Reunion Month
We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

Family Month

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
Cheaper by the Dozen
by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
All My Sons by Arthur Miller

Romance Month

Any book in the Love Swepts series by Janet Evanovich
The Strongbox Chronicles by C.E. Murphy/Cate Dermody
Irish Gold by Andrew Greeley
The Compass Rose by Gail Dayton
For Camelot's Honor by Sarah Zettel
Endless Night by Agatha Christie

American Beer Month
The Greatest Invention in the History of Mankind is Beer by Dave Barry

Adopt a Rabbit Month
Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

National Picnic Month
Picnic by William Inge
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow by Patricia Polacco
The Butterfly Picnic by Joan Aiken

And while I haven't reading recommendations to offer for the following, there are plenty more celebrations and awareness dedications for this month:
  • National Refractive Disorders Month and Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month
  • Mixed Nut Month
  • National Tennis Month
  • National Baked Bean Month
  • Hitchhiking Month
  • National Grilling Month
  • National Horseradish Month
  • Recreation and Parks Month
  • Cell Phone Courtesy Month
  • Social Wellness Month
  • UV Safety Month
  • Browser Bug Month
  • National Foreign Language Month


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