D.E.A.R. – Unsolicited Books and Wins

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.

After you’ve been blogging about books for a little while, you tend to end up on some mailing lists and receive unsolicited books. Now, some of these books don’t appeal in the least, but others look really fabulous.Then there are all the book giveaways on various blogs and other websites, of which I’ve won a reasonable number. Unfortunately, it isn’t that often that I have time to get to any of these books: copies sent to me for review and library books tend to take precedent. Here are the unsolicited books and contest wins I would love to read if I could just Drop Everything And Read.

The Lute Player & Eleanor the Queen by Norah Lofts

A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein

The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell

Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle

New World Monkeys by Nancy Mauro

I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver


The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris by Leila Marouane

A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth

The Russian Dream Book of Color and Flight by Gina Ocsher

Old Filth & The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende

Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick

What do you think? Anything on this list I need to get to sooner rather than later?

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