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On Your Mark…Get Set…Drop Everything And Read!

Today is Drop Everything And Read Day (aka D.E.A.R. Day)! While D.E.A.R. Day was originally created to celebrate children’s author Beverly Cleary’s birthday and the adventures of her eight-year-old main character Ramona Quimby, it’s a holiday that can be celebrated by readers of any age. And what better way to honor this special day than by dropping your chores and picking up a great book?

Since reading is one of our favorite activities/obsessions here at Writer’s Relief, we’ve put together a list of the books we think are worth dropping everything for. So put down that pen, close your laptop, let the laundry wait, wash your car tomorrow—and check out our reading list to find your next great read!

You Should Drop Everything And Read These Books!


Dune by Frank Herbert


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


Forever by Judy Blume


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg


Red Rising by Pierce Brown


Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale


The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman


The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer by Jennifer Lynch


Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan


Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon


Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly


Rain of the Ghosts by Greg Weisman


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson


Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray


Writer Questions

QUESTION: What will you read to celebrate D.E.A.R. Day?




2 Responses to On Your Mark…Get Set…Drop Everything And Read!

  1. I love the idea of DEAR – if only I could do it more often! I saw the Hidden Figures movie and thought it was great. I should add the book to my list.

  2. Two lovely books I’ve just read: All the Light You Cannot See and The Industry of Souls. The first for its exquisite lightness of language and unique story line about WW II, the second because of its endearing main character, who thrives despite many years spent in the gulag.

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