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Can’t we celebrate this more than once a year?

Remember getting totally lost in a book as a kid? On a snow day or rainy summer day or long after bedtime under the covers, do you remember reading for the sheer joy of being lost in a story? Wouldn’t it be awesome to do that again? Well, now you have a perfect excuse. It’s Drop Everything and Read Day, a holiday I feel morally obligated to participate in.

Every Lad May Be Aladdin (Crackers in Bed), Norman Rockwell, 1920

 D.E.A.R. Day is April 12 because it’s the birthday of D.E.A.R. inventor Beverly Cleary, who first introduced it in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. But it isn’t just any birthday, it’s her 100th birthday. So clearly, everyone must participate.

I can’t think of a better holiday. No gifts to buy or visitor to be or to receive. We just read. In fact, the holiday precludes doing anything but reading. We’re told to drop everything, after all.

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But it’s not just the kids who will participate. I’m going to drop (almost) everything and read, too. And not just that huge stack of books I have to read for homeschooling or work. I’m going to read those books that get moved to the bottom of the pile because of the “must reads.”  I’ve been reading on Jayber Crow for months now, in conjunction with the Circe Institute’s podcast Close Reads. I just picked up Still Life by Louise Penny which has been recommended multiple times on Anne Bogel’s podcast What Should I Read Next.  I’ve also been nibbling at Flannery O’Connor for *mumble mumble* months now. Although you really have to take her in small doses, mull over it, reread bits of it, think about it some more, then go take a walk. Or maybe that’s just me. And I have half a dozen other books I’ve been reading on or listening to. Perhaps I’m too ambitious for my first time participating in D.E.A.R. Oh well. Go big or go home.

We all have a book (or seven) we’d love to read if only we had more time. But let’s face it, we’ll only get the time if we take it. D.E.A.R Day is the perfect opportunity to do that. (If audio books are more your style, Audible is currently having a half-off everything on their site sale for members only. Sign up for a free Audible trial and get access to the trial and two free audio books. )

Will you join in? Even if it’s only for half an hour, can you tune out the rest of the world and curl up with a good book? Leave your D.E.A.R. choice (or wish) in the comments. I’m always looking for a new book to add to the pile.

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