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. – February 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 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 zpse68be9c0 picturePhilida 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.

callingmehome zps20a50138 pictureCalling 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.

thehousegirl zpse3636f1a pictureThe 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.

bloodsisters zpsb5f94de0 pictureBlood 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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