The holidays in May are exciting, touching and fun. They range from Beltane, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and everything in between. It’s a wonderful month to grab a book that represents a holiday, sit back and relax.
The Mists of Avalon covers Mordred’s birth.
Beltane: Rituals, Recipes and Lore for May Day help make the May day special.
Don’t forget to dance around the Maypole, or leave flower baskets on doorsteps. The faries, in Emily Wildes’ Encyclopeadia Faeries, will thank you.
Mother’s Day is also a lovely time to either settle back in a comfy chair, while the little ones play, or gift a book to Mom. Some great choices include:
- Finding The Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
- The School for Good Mothers
- Dog Mom: A Love Story
Then there is Memorial Day to remember those who have fallen in War. My Father served in both WWII, and the Korean War as a Dentist/Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and Chief of Staff at his MASH unit. He never spoke of the war, so reading was never suggested by him. However, these two books have helped me to remember.
- Memorial Day, My Century: a memoir of war, peace, and pioneering in the operating room
- Ice Men, a Novel of the Korean War
Other Holidays and Notable Days
Other national and international days may be celebrated and remembered with these great books:
- Sunken Castles, Evil Poodles: commentaries on German folklore
- Until Tuesday: a wounded warrior and the dog who saved him.
- Mayo Clinic on Fibromyalgia: strategies to take back your life
- Communicating in Sign: Creative Ways to learn American Sign Language
- Zebras of Hope: A Guide to Living With Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
- The Trauma of Caste: A Dalit Feminism Meditation on Survivorship, Healing and Abolition
I hope you enjoy these selections, and have a wonderful month of May-inspired reading.
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Sue Cook lives in Freeport, Illinois with her husband Randy and two dogs. Her passions include assistance dogs, rescue dogs, music, acting, theater, poetry, and Doctor Who. She’s been in both film and theater and is a regular cast member of the podcast Doctor Who’s Line is it….Anyway? Sue is an advocate for the use of Service Dogs to assist their disabled handlers to maintain their independence. Quigley’s Quest, her first children’s book, addresses how a dog becomes a Service Dog.