Oh, D.E.A.R. – Florida

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.

Most of these D.E.A.R. posts are predicated on the idea that I would love nothing more than to just drop everything and read. Would that I could get to all of these books, and all that. Well, one week from today I actually sort of have that opportunity. I’m leaving Daniel home with his daddy and heading to Florida to spend the weekend reading in the warmth with some girlfriends. Reading really and truly comprises the majority of my plans, so now I have to decide just what to take with me. I may have a couple of review books to take, but other than that, I have a huge pile of books and have to decide which ones to lug with me. I’ll be there three full days and parts of two others, so I’m thinking about 5 books from the pile, in addition to the virtual pile on my Nook and the couple of review books. Inspired by Erica from Harper Perennial, I decided to turn to all of you to help me figure out what to read.

The rules: Choose from the picture and list below, leave your vote(s) in the comments. The five(ish) books with the most votes get an all expenses paid trip to Florida. Super convincing impassioned please may be counted as extra votes.

Left to right, top to bottom:

America Pacifica by Anna North
The Cailiffs of Baghdad Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson
The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker
A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
Doc by Mary Doria Russell
A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr

What books should come on vacation with me?

35 comments to Oh, D.E.A.R. – Florida

  • The Paris Wife
    Blood Work
    The Kitchen Daughter

    I went for ones that I haven’t read, but of course you should also take A Discovery of Witches.

  • I met Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches last night at Barnes & Noble 86th St. in NYC. She was so interesting! I have not read any vampire, witches, or Harry Potter books, but she totally convinced me to read her book. If she can convince me, you should take her book.

    PS- When I was a substitute teacher at a Catholic school, my favorite part of the day was D.E.A.R. I loved watching all of the children read their books; it warmed my literary heart.

  • Right now, the weather down here is absolutely glorious…near 80 degrees. I hope it stays that way for you! Bring Discovery of Witches and Angelology!

  • For purely selfish reasons, my vote goes to The Paris Wife. But also these other commenters have me convinced that A Discovery of Witches is a good choice too. :)

  • Janel

    My votes would be for The Paris Wife, Doc and A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True

  • I’m going to vote for Blood Work by Holly Tucker. I’ve been thinking about reading that one, although maybe medical history isn’t the best reading for vacation :)

    • Well, I’m the nerd who added it to the list in the first place. I’m giving your vote double weight, because maybe if I take it with me, I’ll be able to pass it on to you that next week!

  • I haven’t read any of those except The Anatomy of Ghosts, and that one leans pretty heavily on its atmosphere of foggy, creepy old English university, so I don’t know how well it would work on a sunny beach.

  • The Anatomy of Ghosts! So much buzz about this one, but NYTimes sort of slandered it. Dying to know what people think.

  • Oh my gosh, the title jumped at me, and I can’t believe you have not read that one yet Jen.
    I definitely encourage you to take that one.
    Great concept.
    A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse.
    And I believe you love books about books, right?
    Now, I have a funny story behind this book. There’s a site where you can get addresses of this novel bookstore, where you can get only the best books. There’s an address in Paris, and I’m French. So I gave the address to a friend of mine. It turned out it’s all fiction, ah ah, I love it when the book gets you, and you no longer see the difference between fiction and reality. It turns out at the address provided, it;’s actually an Afghan jewelry store!! So funny. I found an interview by the author, and she does admit that this store was always a dream, but she has not yet managed to turn it into reality. Oops, I hope I’m not given too much away. Conclusion: you have to read this book.

  • I haven’t read any of your choices! Top of my wishlist are A Discovery of Witches and Blood Work, so I recommend those to bring along. Then I’ll know whether or not I should buy them when you review them.

  • Janet

    I vote A Discovery of Witches as it’s the one I most want to read. Helpful aren’t I? I’m sure whatever you take you’ll enjoy : )

  • I just read Between Shades of Gray and it’s fabulous but it made me sob. As far as the rest, I vote for The Violets of March and The Elephant Keeper.

  • Oh dear, I don’t know any of these books. I mean, I’ve never even heard of them. Maybe if I saw the covers, I might recognise one or two.

    Talking about covers, if I don’t know a book, I tend to judge it by the cover. So, can I ask you to put the books side by side and choose the one with the most appealing cover? That’s the book I’m voting for.

    Have fun in Florida!

  • Amy

    My vote is for A Discovery of Witches! It’s one of those book you get lost in and forget where you are. You might not want to forget you’re on a Florida beach in February though. :-) It’s a fantastic book.

  • Julie

    Discovery of Witches! I’m in FL right now for a long weekend! Have a safe trip!

  • I have to vote for Jael and Sarah’s books! Go debut authors, go!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

  • Well, I’m going to vote for THE VIOLETS OF MARCH!! :) But, my vote doesn’t count. Still, according to Sarah Pekkanen’s blurb, VIOLETS is a great read for the chaise lounge chair at the beach or just curling up under a cozy blanket (I’m butchering her quote, but it was along those lines!). :) Convinced? I hope you enjoy!! And, have a lovely vacay. I’m so jealous. I miss the sun!! xo

  • Jillian (sister)

    My votes:

    America Pacifica
    The Cailiffs of Baghdad Georgia
    Salvation City

    Dooooo it.

  • I haven’t read any of the books above and am quite jealous of a weekend to just read. It sure would be great to DEAR (which we had too, by the way). I would love to read Discovery of Witches and The Violets of March. Heard fantastic things about them. Enjoy your time reading in the sun!

  • Ruth Ann

    I just LOVE reading your blog because you turn me on to books that I would NEVER hear of otherwise. Here are the five books that really grabbed me when I read their blurbs on Amazon. Let me know what you wind up taking!

    The Cailiffs of Baghdad Georgia
    Salvation City
    Between Shades of Gray
    A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True

  • I’ve heard great things about A Long Long Time Ago, so my vote goes for that one. I haven’t read any of the books on the list though, so I’ll be curious to see which you pick.

  • It seems kind of inappropriate for me to vote for my own book, but I do think you’ll love it, and it’ll make you hungry! And naturally I agree with Rebecca (xo, xo) that you should bring The Violets of March along as well.

  • Amy

    I may be too late for this but let me first off wish you a wonderful time. I think it’s great for moms to get away on their own, with friends for a short time (it reminds them back home how special you are!)

    My pick of books:
    A Novel Bookstore
    The Cailiffs of Bagdad Georgia
    The Kitchen Daughter
    The Violets of March

    Whichever books you choose, enjoy & have a fantastic time, Jen!
    ~ Amy

  • JP

    I vote for Salvation City, Between Shades of Gray, The Violets of March, The Kitchen Daughter, and A Novel Bookstore. But most especially The Violets of March… I really want to read that one! LOL

    Have a fabulous time! I look forward to seeing what wins!