D.E.A.R. – Winter Break Reading

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.

So here’s the deal: I’ve now finished (or almost) every single book I plan to review in 2011. Some of the reviews may not be quite written yet, but they’re close. Part of this is possible because of the hiatus I will be taking around Christmas. The last content you will see from me this year is my ‘Best of 2011’ list, which will be appearing on Wednesday, December 21st (I can write it now, because it is pulled from among the books I reviewed this year, not necessarily everything I read this year). Then, there will be radio (RSS?) silence until January 1st, when you’ll get a great list of Winter 2012 books I’m looking forward to, in fact, it is already scheduled and waiting for you!

So what’s a girl to read between now and then?

Well, I’ve got a huge pile of books waiting for me: some library, some personal TBR, and a couple of 2011 books I’m still dying to read. The biggest part of the pile, though, is made up of 2012 books. I see this as a great chance to get to skip ahead to some of the books I’m most excited for, whenever they are being released. Usually those April books would have to wait, but now they’re getting a chance to be read early – if I get to them. I think of my winter reading pile as essentially a huge Readathon pile. I wouldn’t call it aspirational, precisely, because if I were to read all 50+ books (counting ebooks) on it, I would have a ridiculous amount of review writing to do. This, though, is the pile of everything I would love to read, if I get the chance and it strikes my fancy. This will be a serious time of mood reading for me, but I have a lot of great things to choose from, so I’m confident I will never be without a wonderful book.

Okay, top to bottom, left to right, and back to front those are:

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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuBois
White Truffles in Winter by N.M. Kelby
Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison
All the Flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson
The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau
Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy
The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen

Back left:

The Ridge by Michael Kortya
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In Darkness by Nick Lake
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabelle Wilkerson
Beyond the Beautiful Forever by Katherine Boo
A Good American by Alex George
The Underside of Joy by Sere Prince Halverson
Come in and Cover Me by Gin Phillips
The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar
The Time In Between by Maria Duenas

Back Center:

Reign of Madness by Lynn Cullen
Accidents of Providence by Stacia M. Brown
The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Back Right:

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
Among Others by Jo Walton
Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy
Paris Without End by Gioia Dilberto
The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch
Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore
Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Julia’s Child by Sarah Phnneo
The Demi-Monde: Winter by Rod Rees
The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche

Front Center:
The Journal of Best Practices by David Finch
Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine
The Exile of Sara Stevensonby Darci Hannah
The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefniak
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson[/wpcol_1half_end]

I’ve also organized the books on my Nook into bookshelves, with a special ‘winter break reading’ bookshelf, so that I have the digital equivalent of a book pile. Here are the titles on there (yes, some are duplicates with the physical list), they are a mix of NetGalley and personal TBR ebooks:

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]11/22/63 by Stephen King
Accidents of Providence by Stacia M. Brown
The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy
The Bungalow by Sarah Jio
Changeless by Gail Carriger
Clair de Lune by Jetta Carlton
The Demi-Monde: Winter by Rod Rees
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Miller
The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick
The Iron King by Julie Kagwa
Julia’s Child by Sarah Pinneo
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Kindred by Octavia Butler
The Lost Kingdom by Julia Flynn Siler[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Night Strangers by Chris Bohalian
Poison by Sara Poole
The Reconstructionist by Nick Arvin
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore by Stella Duffy
The Tigress of Forli by Elizabeth Lev
To Defy a King by Elizabeth Chadwick
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley*[/wpcol_1half_end]

As I read through these books, I will start crossing them off the list, so you can see what I’ve read (if you care). I’ll try to also do a wrap-up post early in the new year.

Now the only question is: what do I read first???

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