D.E.A.R. – My Christmas Reading List

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.

This is the last post you’ll see at Devourer of Books for awhile, I’m taking off posting for Christmas. I’ll be back on New Year’s Eve with my ‘best of’ list for the year. I may finish off that weekend with some resolutions, but that will depend on whether or not I feel like coming back to my computer at that point. Reviews will return January 3rd, although there may be some changes.

So what am I going to be doing if not blogging? Well, for starters I’m actually working the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so boo to that. Plus, we will have a bunch of family in town. Somewhere in there, though, I will also be reading. And since I won’t be thinking about getting things reviewed before the end of the year, I figure that I can read pretty much whatever I want, so I started gathering some of the books I really wanted to read:

Yes, there are 23 24 books up there. Evidently I fail at reasonable goals, since this represents about a week and 1/2 I have to read – during which I will be working and have a ton people to socialize with. But still, if I could just Drop Everything And Read, these are the books I would make a point to get to.

And, if you’re curious, here is a list of the books pictures, roughly left to right (the books are piled up there in no particular order). I’ve already started reading some of these, so I’ll try to cross off what I finish as I get to it:

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield (reread)
Amberville by Tim Davys
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy
A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The Love Goddess’ Cooking School by Melissa Senate
You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
America Pacifica by Anna North
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotry
Galore by Michael Crummey
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon (reread)
Inventing George Washington by Edward G. Lengel
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love
by Andrew Schaffer
The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick
The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Late addition, not pictured:

A Thousand Rooms of Dreams and Fear by Atiq Rahimi

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32 comments to D.E.A.R. – My Christmas Reading List

  • Great list, Jen. Enjoy your time off from the blog — and have a Merry merry Christmas!

  • dogearedcopy

    There must be something in the air, perhaps the prospect of what *might* happen in that magical time known as the Twelve Days of Christmas! Time is elastic! The laws of physics do not apply! I just went to the library and checked out a half dozen books, another half dozen audiobooks and, a few movies too! This is in addition to the four titles I currently have going and the couple hundred books in my TBR stacks… Oh, yeah, and I snuck over to the local B&N yesterday. And yes, I’ve placed on online order for a few more titles too…. Oy. I don’t think Einstein spent enough time developing the theory of bibliophile relativity :-)

    I’m in the middle of RUSSIAN WINTER (by Daphne Kalotay) and I’d like to finish WAR & PEACE (by Leo Tolstoy) even though the latter is a year-long read-along. We’ll see .I’m also working though the holidays and I might be overly engrossed in a technical manual by default.

  • Meg

    Enjoy your Christmas, time with family and the chance to dive into some great books! I’m definitely looking forward to reading The Weird Sisters in the coming month, and you have lots of other great titles on your list. Merry Christmas!

  • I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas…and that you work a couple of books in too.

  • Cycling Chef

    RUSSIAN WINTER is on my list, too. Looks big, thick and hearty and seems appropriate for this time of the year! Happy Xmas Jen!

  • That’s a great list! I have about the same problem of over-expectations. I’m in the middle of a huge book now, have two huge books waiting for me at my parents’ house, and am bringing 5 more home with me “just in case.” I’d bring more, but books are heavy…

  • Two down. Only 21 to go. GO!

  • Pam

    What a great stack. Enjoy your time off and happy reading!

  • I have high hopes for my next week and a half–two four hour bus rides, not too many plans for rhode island, etc, but even if i read a ton, i’ve still got so many more on the shelf!

    • That is the real problem. Even if I were to magically read ALL Of these books, it would barely make a dent in the books I want to read ‘soon,’ let alone my other library, review, and TBR books.

  • I am working that week as well but also have that feeling that I ought to be able to do so much just because it’s the holiday week. It’s easy to forget that most of these holidays just add more work to The Mom’s day! You’ll be able to knock out You Know When the Men are Goen in just a few hours – I enjoyed it a lot but it was a very quick read.

  • Revolution has my interest. And what are you kidding here? You will probably read them all! Have a great week and a half off and we’ll see you back for the new year!

  • Excited to see Dragonfly in Amber on the list, and I can’t wait to see your review. Enjoy your holiday time!

  • Amy

    What a list! I hope you get lots of reading time in. Funny that the only two I’ve read off your list are the two that are rereads for you :)

    Merry Christmas!

  • I am hoping to get a lot of reading done over the holidays, but I have to work too. Still, I think I may get some extra reading time in. I am only working a half day today and tomorrow, so maybe that will enable me to read a little more!

  • There are some great ones on that list. Some new to me. Some I too can’t wait to get to.

    Happy reading!

  • Jane Eyre is wonderful Xmas reading! Also, I will be reading The Weird Sisters once I get back from Xmas holidays, so I hope it’s good! Good luck with all the reading and have a happy happy holiday!

  • These are awesome choices even if you can’t get to them all! And you’ve already read two, so you’re doing well. I have my own “Christmas reads” pile. It’s about nine strong physically but probably beats yours in my head. I keep thinking, “Oh, I’ll be able to read this next week” – I do have 10 days, but I want to do other stuff as well, so in reality it’s looking unlikely.

  • I’m rereading The Thirteenth Tale too, it’s one of my favorites. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

  • Good luck with all these books! I think you’ll be able to finish more than you think.

    I definitely suggest reading Jane Eyre before jumping into the Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. You’ll miss out on a lot of great jokes and plot twists otherwise.

    I’m curious to see what you think about The Novel Bookstore. I tried reading it, but only got about 2 pages in before finding it too dull to continue.

  • I used to LOVE D.E.A.R. too! I had forgotten all about it. :) Hope you had a nice Christmas, looks like you’ve gotten some headway on that TBR pile (all the books crossed out, I presume). I also have Dragonfly in Amber and Jane Eyre sitting on my TBR shelf.

  • DEAR is going to be my motto for 2011! Enjoy the time away from the blog to enjoy the holidays and do some reading!