Oh, D.E.A.R. – Unbridled Books

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.

All this week I am catching up on books from a publisher I love: Unbridled Books. You can only read so many books in a week, though, and sad to say, I don’t have a whole month which I can give over to reading things from Unbridled Books. If I did, though, here are their titles I would drop everything and read:

Coming soon:

You Believers by Jane Bradley

When a young girl goes missing, her mother will do almost anything to find her and, when her daughter persists in missing, her mother must learn how to continue to live her life without her beloved child. It sounds like a heart-wrenchingly beautiful tale.

The Descent of Man by Kevin Desinger

When two men try to steal Jim’s car, he goes out to get their license plate numbers, and ends up stealing their car instead, which quickly catapults him into a fight to regain a safe and normal life. I love the idea that this is about the ways that normal people can go so quickly off the rails.

Already out:

The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel

A literary crime novel about ne’er do well Anton Waker. This got fabulous reviews from bloggers I trust.

Panopticon by David Bajo

I just adore the first line of the publisher’s description for this book, I need no other information to want to read it: “As the California borderland newspaper where they work prepares to close, three reporters are oddly given assignments to return to stories they’ve covered beforeeach one surprisingly personal.”

Stranger Here Below by Joyce Hinnefeld

This seems to be a relationship novel, three generations of women. I’ve also heard raves about Hinnefeld’s beautiful writing that have me wondering why I haven’t picked this up yet.


Do you have a favorite book from Unbridled Books? Is there something on this list you would particularly recommend?

Some of these books were provided to me for review

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9 comments to Oh, D.E.A.R. – Unbridled Books

  • You’ll be delighted to know that some schools still have DEAR time. The school my kids go to continues to schedule DEAR time in lower elementary grades. It’s a great way to help the kids learn to read and to encourage them to pick up a book — one they haven’t read before or one they read every single day — and forget all other distractions while they plunge into the pages.

  • I really enjoyed Stranger Here Below, and I want to read Panopticon as well. I stare at it longingly from time to time.

  • I am not familiar with this publisher at all. I will have to check them out!

  • I love this publisher! Can’t wait for more titles! :)

  • I’m really looking forward to Stranger Here Below. I just downloaded a galley of The Coffins of Little Hope and downloaded the audio book of The Unnatural History of Cypress Parrish. I love this publisher. My daughter was leaving for school (she’s in college) and saw the title of your post and said “Oh, I remember DEAR it was my favorite time of day.”

  • I have to admit that I’ve read more books from Unbridled than any other pub. They’ve caused me to think, scratch my head and delve deep into a semblance of understanding, but they’ve all been great. YOU BELIEVERS is definitely up next on my TBR Nook list.

  • Thank you for reminding me about The Singer’s Gun — I want so badly to read this one — I need to order it!

  • Caitlin at Unbridled tells me that You Believers is definitely the next Unbridled book I need to read. I’ve read both Stranger Here Below and The Singer’s Gun and liked them both a lot.