D.E.A.R. – Unsolicited Books and Wins

Do you remember D.E.A.R? At my elementary school that meant “Drop Everything And Read,” something we typically did for 10 or 15 minutes every day. Best part of my day, really. As my TBR and Library piles are battling for supremacy and trying to sneak in around the review copies who have staked out places on my calendar, I’m thinking back to the simpler days of D.E.A.R., when I believed I had time to get to any book I wanted. And that, of course, got me fantasizing about a world where I really could just Drop Everything And Read for more than just 15 minutes a day.

After you’ve been blogging about books for a little while, you tend to end up on some mailing lists and receive unsolicited books. Now, some of these books don’t appeal in the least, but others look really fabulous.Then there are all the book giveaways on various blogs and other websites, of which I’ve won a reasonable number. Unfortunately, it isn’t that often that I have time to get to any of these books: copies sent to me for review and library books tend to take precedent. Here are the unsolicited books and contest wins I would love to read if I could just Drop Everything And Read.

The Lute Player & Eleanor the Queen by Norah Lofts

A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein

The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell

Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle

New World Monkeys by Nancy Mauro

I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver


The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris by Leila Marouane

A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth

The Russian Dream Book of Color and Flight by Gina Ocsher

Old Filth & The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende

Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick

What do you think? Anything on this list I need to get to sooner rather than later?

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14 comments to D.E.A.R. – Unsolicited Books and Wins

  • When I was a substitute teacher, my favorite time of the day was D.E.A.R. You brought a smile to my face today!

  • I feel your pain! Earlier this year, I was making an effort to read books like this, but somehow that’s fallen to the wayside.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin is haunting but so worthwhile. Gives you a lot to think about.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin is definitely worth checking out!

  • It’s hard to just pick one out of all those wonderful titles!!

  • As you know I love We Need to Talk About Kevin, but I think you have to be in the mood for it. Love the cover for Sorta Like a Rock Star–haven’t heard of that one.

  • Unfortunately I haven’t read any of the books on this list. I certainly know how the review copies and other obligations stack up, though. Hope you can get around to these lovelies soon!

  • I’m speaking on behalf of Sue, because of course she is my booktwin, and as a booktwin, I’m fully authorized to do so. She would insist that you read We Need To Talk About Kevin — she’s been an evangelist for that book for years. She’d also insist that you move Ayelet Waldman’s book toward the top of your pile along with her new book, Red Hook Road. Sue actually has talked me into a Double/Double: reading those two Ayelet Waldmans along with two Allegra Goodmans (Intuition and Cookbook Collector). Why? Because we’re crazy like that. Sorry for adding to your TBR pile, but you should have known you wouldn’t get a pass from the gals at The Bookstore!

    • I just started RED HOOK ROAD today, actually, and the prologue is amaaaaaazing. Just absolutely gorgeous. I’m going to have to read COOKBOOK COLLECTOR after reading your gushing tweets!

  • We need to talk about Kevin is good.

  • I wish I could just hide somewhere for about three months and get caught up, you know? But the kids must eat and be cared for. Anyway, Kevin is incredible, in a dark, knot-in-your-stomach kind of way. It cannot be missed.

  • Join the club. Wish I could help. Hope I suddenly get the ability to read 1000 pages an hour.

  • I’ve heard such great things about Sorta Like a Rock Star. I’ll look forward to hearing what you thought of it as well. Enjoy all your awesome books!

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