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.
There are upsides and downsides to getting lots of books. On the upside, so many great books! Lots of options to choose from! On the downside, particularly when you’re reading less than you have for quite some time, there are so many wonderful books that simply sit on the shelves sad and unread. May is a particularly painful month, because so many fabulous things are being published this month. Below are just a few I’d love to Drop Everything And Read. What’s on your list?
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – May 7, 2013
Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt – May 7, 2013
A Small Fortune by Rosie Dastgir – May 7, 2013
Royal Mistress by Anne Easter Smith – May 7, 2013
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo – May 21, 2013
The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic – May 28, 2013