D.E.A.R. – February 2013

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.

I don’t feel quite as behind in February as I did in January, but I have a feeling that is just an illusion. Sometimes I almost wish I was still ignorant of the book scene so that I could have fewer recommendations and fewer books that I never seem to get to. That’s already out of the box, though, so instead I shall simply share my affliction with the rest of you. Here are February’s books that I’m dying to read but haven’t been able to work in yet:

Philida by Andre Brink
February 5, 2013

I really have no idea how this one slipped past me. It showed up in my mailbox last fall and I was SO excited, but was still trying to finish out 2012 at that point. Somehow when I started reading for 2013 this story of an enslaved woman in early 19th-century South Africa just got missed. Philida was on the long list for the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
February 12, 2013

Calling Me Home is getting some crazy good reviews across the bloggosphere. It is based on Kibler’s own family lore of the grandmother who fell in love with a black man in a in a time where such a relationship was dangerous, if not impossible. Calling Me Home follows the two women as their relationships changes thanks to a favor and a funeral.

The House Girl by Tara Conklin
February 12, 2013

I think I have this coming to me soon in audio, so there’s still hope, but I’m hearing amazing thing about this story which involves slavery, reparations, and art history. I guess I’m not too sad about missing this in print if the audio shows up, though, because it is narrated by Bahni Turpin, who is phenomenal.

Blood Sisters: The Secret History of the Women Who Won the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood
February 26, 2013

I’m not sure I feel the need to explain this one at all. IF you know me at all I’m pretty sure the subtitle speaks for itself here.

What books have you been meaning to read that you just haven’t got to?


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