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Check It Out: Hop to these books for Easter

The Columbian

I haven’t dyed Easter eggs in a long time because it’s just not as fun as when I was a kid. Half the joy in coloring eggs is knowing that an Easter egg hunt is about to happen. True, I could still dye eggs and hide them around the yard, but this sounds silly when you consider that I would be hiding and hunting all by myself. Although, depending on the day and my stress level, I might not remember where I hid the eggs, so the hunt would be for real. And that’s no yolk.

Now, when I was a little girl, Easter was awesome. It was all about hunting for Easter eggs, eating too much chocolate and reading bunny-themed picture books. So, is it possible to feel a different version of Easter excitement as an adult? The answer is yes. I may be more mature now – mature as in eligible for an AARP membership – but I can still celebrate two of my childhood Easter joys: chocolate and books. And this leads me to today’s reading list.

I’ll leave it up to you to supply the chocolate, but for the books, I offer a list with a twist. Puzzled? Well, if you enjoy solving puzzles, these egg/bunny/chocolate-titled mysteries will put the Hercule in your Poirot. Who says the mystery genre isn’t an eggscellent choice for somebunny during the Easter holiday?

Call me harebrained, but I’ve added one non-mystery to the list, Joan Lunden’s new book “Why Did I Come Into This Room?: A Candid Conversation About Aging.” It’s comforting to know that wondering why I came into a room (or being able to hide my own Easter eggs, for instance) is a common experience of the aging process. Now where did I put my keys?

• “The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha” by JoAnna Carl.

• “Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle” by Sarah Graves.

• “Dying for Chocolate” by Diane Mott Davidson.

• “Left Fur Dead” by J. M. Griffin.

• “Scorched Eggs” by Laura Childs.

• “Strangled Eggs and Ham” by Maddie Day.

• “Why Did I Come Into This Room?: A Candid Conversation About Aging” by Joan Lunden.

Jan Johnston is the collection development coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. Email her at