Celebrate Lesser Known Holidays This Summer

Posted on June 21, 2017

by Suzanne S

Celebrate a few lesser known holidays and enjoy a selection of good books this summer.

June 25th – National Catfish Day

If Catfish Had Nine Lives by Paige Shelton


While helping out with the cowboy poetry convention by offering lessons on catfish frying, Betts Winston, who can see ghosts and cook just like her Gran, must clear her brother’s name when he is accused of murdering a convention member.

June 26th – Forgiveness Day

Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

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As new clients, including a woman recovering from a broken engagement and a lawyer fighting to save his career, find friendship in her knitting class, A Good Yarn owner Lydia Goetz deals with her own share of drama when a stranger comes to her bookstore stirring up trouble.

June 27th – Sun Glasses Day

The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe


Raising her autistic child alone after being abandoned by her husband, Dora, who for years played the role of a perfect wife in a loveless marriage, spends a stormy summer of healing and self-discovery with her half-sisters and grandmother.

June 28th – Paul Bunyan Day

The Bunyans by Audrey Wood


A portrayal of a larger-than-life folk hero and his family introduces young readers to Paul Bunyan, his giant wife Carrie, and their king-sized children, Little Jean and Teeny, as they carve out famous sites in early America.

June 29th – Waffle Iron Day

Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A. L. Herbert

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Halia Watkins, the owner of a well-loved soul food restaurant in Prince George’s County, Maryland, investigates after a smooth-talking, shady entrepreneur turns up murdered in her kitchen, right next to her cast iron frying pan.

June 30th – Meteor Day

Deception Point by Dan Brown

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On the eve of a presidential race in which NASA’s budget is a pivotal issue, the space agency announces the discovery of an ancient meteorite filled with fossils deep in the Arctic ice.

July 1st – Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

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When Larry Virgil skips town before his latest court date, leaving behind a hijacked freezer truck loaded with ice cream and a dead body, Stephanie Plum goes undercover at the ice cream factory to discover who is killing the employees and sabotaging the business.

July 23rd – National Hot Dog Day

A Catered Fourth of July: a Mystery with Recipes by Isis Crawford

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When a July 4th Revolutionary War reenactment results in murder, sisters and caterers Bernie and Libby must serve up a very unpatriotic killer–especially when Bernie’s beau is accused of the crime.

July 24th – Amelia Earhart Day

Flying Blind: a novel of Amelia Earhart by Max Allan Collins


Nathan Heller is hired to protect Amelia Earhart after she begins receiving threatening letters, but is unable to travel with her during her flights, thus after her mysterious disappearance, Nathan sets out to find out what happened to her.

July 25th – Culinarians Day

Crepe Factor by Laura Childs

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After finding restaurant critic Martin Lash dying, scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand finds herself investigating the case on behalf of her old flame Quigg Brevard, who is Detective Edgar Babcock’s prime suspect.

July 26th – Aunt and Uncle Day

Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton

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Overseeing her baby, a family wedding and her own approaching 40th birthday celebration amid rumors that a developer has unwanted plans for Finch village, Lori bonds with a warmhearted inventor only to discover his true intentions.

July 27th – Take Your Pants for a Walk Day’

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

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Traces the author’s adventurous trek along the Appalachian Trail past its natural pleasures, human eccentrics, and offbeat comforts.

July 28th – National Chocolate Milk Day

Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson

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Fleeing an abusive ex, caterer Goldy Bear moves herself, her son, and her business out to the ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club area, where she witnesses the bizarre death of Philip Miller, a handsome local shrink.

July 29th – National Lasagna Day

Lucia, Lucia: a novel by Adriana Trigiani


The daughter of an Italian immigrant family in 1950 Greenwich Village, Lucia Sartori pursues a career in the fashion industry until she falls in love with a handsome stranger, who must win over her traditional family to marry her.

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