D.E.A.R. – March 2013

5266982960 275572c3ca m pictureDo 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 feel bad for March books, you guys. They really got the short end of the stick. This month I got really busy with the launches of Foreword Literary Agency and Bloggers Recommend. My reading time got taken over with queries and requested manuscripts, and the time I did have for my books got shifted to things coming out in April for the next Bloggers Recommend newsletter. As a result, there are still a ton of March books I really wish I could Drop Everything And Read.  (links go to Indiebound and are affiliate links)

the mapmakers war pictureThe Mapmaker’s War by Ronlyn Domingue
March 5, 2013

I read very little fantasy, but the descriptions of The Mapmaker’s War as having a fairy tale-like land with kingdoms and epic quests totally sold me.

Mary Coin pictureMary Coin by Marisa Silver
March 7, 2013

Marisa Silver’s Mary Coin is inspired by Dorothea Lange’s famous photo “Migrant Mother,” telling the story of a migrant mother and the woman who spontaneously takes her picture, the two of them unwittingly creating the most iconic image of a generation.

telling the bees pictureTelling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh
March 7, 2013

Telling the Bees seems to be a quiet book, the reminiscences of an elderly beekeeper looking back upon his life and haunted by the loss of his friend Claire. It is described as similar to The Remains of the Day, so that is a definite plus.

a tale for the time being pictureA Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
March 12, 2013

I’m sort of not really sure what this is even about: a Japanese girl who wants to end her life but is first chronicling the life of her grandmother, a Buddhist nun; another girl on a remote island collecting souvenirs washed ashore, possible from the Japanese tsunami. All I really know is this is getting ALL THE LOVE from some people I really trust.

life after life pictureLife After Life by Jill McCorkle
March 26, 2013

This is the OTHER Life After Life coming out this spring, and I’m afraid it may have gotten lost in all the talk of the other one from Kate Atkinson (which is fabulous, by the way). This Life After Life is about hope and second chances at Pine Haven retirement center and sounds just delightful.

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