Stop, drop and read. When do you drop everything for a book?

When do you drop everything, even the books you’re reading, to read a different book?

Well, I did that this weekend. Recently I’ve had numerous books I’ve been reading on my Kindle. I like all of them and want to finish them. But I brought my sons into the library because the summer reading program was coming to an end and they had to get their last coupons because, of course, the last ones are the best: to Dunkin’ Donuts and an ice cream shop.

I strolled through the middle grade section without much hope. Recently, my interest in reading middle grade has dropped. Maybe because it’s not what I’m currently writing or maybe because the MG I like is on the literary side, which means adults probably enjoy the stories more than the kids. These books don’t take off with the kids but they win awards and get on lists and get bought by libraries and bookstores.

There’s this one MG I’ve been wanting to read but to be honest, I was waiting and hoping that eventually my library would order it. In fact, I figured it was just a matter of time before this book caught the eye of our librarian. I’m a patient reader.

Finally, it came in. I’ve enjoyed this author’s young adult and I loved the personal story behind this particular book.

Since I’ve read the first chapter, I’ve dropped everything else I’ve been reading to finish this book. Gorgeous writing. Great characters.

If you Google this book and go to images, you’ll see some of the beautiful illustrations that are sprinkled throughout the story.

When was the last time you dropped all the book/s you were reading to read a different book? And what book was it for?

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17 Responses to Stop, drop and read. When do you drop everything for a book?

  1. Creepy Query Girl July 30, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    Oooh, I hadn’t heard of this one but it looks really pretty! What makes me drop everyting? – a character I identify with right away, a much-anticipated premise, and a setting I want to wrap around myself and live in for awhile.

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh July 30, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    I got to read an early copy of Nancy Thompson’s The Mistaken and my other book went on hold.

  3. Natalie Aguirre July 30, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Loved this book. I’m a huge fan of Lauren Oliver. Can’t wait for her next book to come out.

  4. Louise July 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    I haven’t read this one yet! It looks fantastic. The last book I dropped everything was Charles Todd’s most recent Bess Crawford book. WWI, Spanish ‘flu, AND murder – I couldn’t put it down!

  5. Jemi Fraser July 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    This book’s been on my wishlist for a while now 🙂 I’ll have to check my library again too!

  6. Lydia K July 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I love it when that happens. Nothing like having a book kidnap your life away!

  7. Shelley Moore Thomas July 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Love this book! It had me from the cover!

    The last books that made me stop everything to read was Howl’s Moving Castle.

    I am reading Code Name Verity right now, but it is best read in small doses–it is so beautiful and gutting at the same time.


  8. Jenny Lundquist July 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Oooh, I’ve been wanting to read this, and I didn’t know there was a special story behind it, what is it? The last book I dropped everything to read was Grave Mercy.

    • Laura July 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      I’ve been wondering about Grave Mercy. I want to read it but then I heard it was heavy on world building and not a lot of action. Still worth the read?

  9. Audrey/Ink and Page July 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    I love Lauren Oliver and have read 3 of her books. She is a fabulous writer! I have not read this particular book before, but certainly will add it to my ever-growing TBR list! Thanks for the review.

  10. Kristine Carlson Asselin July 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Last book I did that for was Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel…and you know me, I don’t usually read sequels. So you know this one must have really grabbed me. 🙂

    • Laura July 30, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

      I’m like that with sequels too. I enjoyed Hourglass.

  11. Miss Jack Lewis Baillot July 31, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Lovely cover! It reminds me of another book I really enjoyed. I wonder if my library has this one…

    The last time I put all books on hold was when I started The Invisible Man. It caught me right on the first page and I couldn’t stop till then end.

  12. Karen Strong July 31, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    I’ve heard some great things about LIESL and PO. I should read and get back in touch with my MG roots.

    Sigh. I’ve been so busy, I haven’t even had time to read. So sad. Hmm…but I think the last book I couldn’t put down was probably ASHES by IIlsa J. Bick.

  13. Leigh Moore August 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    LOL! Oh, man! I did that two weeks ago when I discovered EASY by Tammara Webber! I did not expect to get sucked into that story like I did. But it was good!

    Love it when that happens, though! I’ll have to get LIESL and PO for the girls~ <3

  14. Leigh Moore August 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    I said “for the girls” and didn’t add (so I can check it out, too!) ;p

  15. Leslie Rose August 13, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    I’ve heard nothing but love for this book. It’s calling me. I just reread Hunger Games trilogy. Couldn’t put it down even 2nd time through.

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