D.E.A.R. – July 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.

Well, July has really gotten away from me! Of course there are about a million wonderful books out this month, so I’m really feeling the pain of having so much on my shelves that I haven’t read, but work, kids, birthday parties, and memorial services have beckoned.

Godiva by Nicole Galland – July 2: I loved Nicole Galland’s I, Iago, and now she’s writing about Lady Godiva. LADY GODIVA, you guys. The noblewoman reported to have ridden through town naked in order to relieve the tax burden of her people. If anyone else has written about her in the last 10 or more years I haven’t heard about it.

Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambra – July 2: Based on a young girl’s journal and loteria cards, Loteria contains the story of a family’s downfall, as well as full-color illustrations.

The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian – July 9: I adore Chris Bohjalian and I’m fascinated by the idea that he is exploring WWII-era Italy, I don’t often find that in fiction. This is one that I really can’t believe I didn’t get to before pub date, but soon, I swear!

The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan – July 9: A man falls overboard in the Arctic Ocean and is discovered and reanimated a century later by a team of scientists, one of whom finds herself falling in love with the man.

The White Forest by Adam McOmber – July 9: A spooky and magical trip to Victorian London? Sign me up!

The Age of Ice by J.M. Sidorova – July 23: In order to punish a disgraced nobleman, Empress Anna Ioannovna forces him to marry one of her maids and has the couple spend their wedding night naked in a palace constructed of ice. Sidorova imagines the progeny of this union as twin boys, one of whom discovers that he is impervious to cold.

A Dangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan – July 25: I’ve reviewed books about literary agents-turned-sleuths before, but A Dangerous Fiction seems to be more of a traditional mystery, rather than a cozy mystery like Every Trick in the Book. Bonus: it is the first book in a new series!

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D.E.A.R. – June 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.

Another month, another bunch of books I desperately wish I could have gotten to.

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead – June 4: I’ve heard good things about Mead’s YA books and dystopians are like Tudor books, I just can’t get enough

Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson – June 4: Eating on the Wild Side is being called the new The Omnivore’s Dilemma and this is another kind of book I can’t get enough of

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani – June 4: horses, camp, Depression-era US, what is not to love??? Plus, some other readers whose opinions I greatly respect are loving it

The Lovebird by Natalie Brown – June 18: The Lovebird is a debut with a love affair gone awry and a girl who finds herself on the run; it sounds fantastic

Everybody has Everything by Katrina Onstad – June 25: when a couple who has not been able to conceive a child is suddenly granted guardianship of a toddler it throws everything they thought they wanted into disarray

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer – June 27: I really loved Mortimer’s The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England, and I am guessing this one has equally fascinating facts

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D.E.A.R. – May 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.

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

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D.E.A.R. – April 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.

Damn you, April! *shakes fist* Why do you have so many fascinating books and no time for me to read them? Seriously, there are ALL THE THINGS that came out in April that  I want to read still, and here I am moving on to June books for Bloggers Recommend. I have SO many April books languishing on the shelves, in fact, that this month I am going to forgo the descriptions and just give you pretty pictures and titles (links go to Indiebound, where you can find descriptions).

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline – April 2, 2013
A Nearly Perfect Copy by Allison Amend – April 9, 2013
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – April 9, 2013
Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson – April 9, 2013
The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill – April 18, 2013
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – April 23, 2013

What books are you dying to Drop Everything And Read this month?

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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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