Oh, D.E.A.R. – The Books I Never Got to Read in 2010

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.

The rapidly approaching end of the year has me a bit melancholy about all the fabulous books I intended to read this year and never got around to picking up. This list is comprised mostly of things that came into the house for review consideration, whether directly from an author or publicist, or from one of the trade shows I attended. Some were also wins from online giveaways.

If only I could Drop Everything And Read for the last month of the year, here is what I would pick up (links go either to the book’s website or LibraryThing):

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman
How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
My Wife’s Affair Nancy Woodruff

By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
The Wrong Blood by Manuel De Lope

Nothing Left to Burn by Jay Varner
The Eyes of Willie McGee by Alex Heard
The Tiger by John Vaillant

The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins
Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons

Have you read anything from this list? Anything I should be sure not to miss? Anything I shouldn’t feel bad about not getting to?

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