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