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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.


My Year in Reading Suggestions - Complete

The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien Watership Down - Richard Adams

So I finally completed my Year in Reading Suggestions last week when I finished reading Watership Down, and now I can focus on my myriad reading goals for 2015. Hopefully I'll update how I did on my first month in a week or so.


So, the theme for December was:


In December, read someone else’s favorite book.
Your best friend, your neighbor, your child, your chiropractor. Ask somebody you know to identify their favorite book and then pick it up to find out why they love it.


To get suggestions for this theme, I posted on Facebook and Twitter asking my friends to name their favorite books. I was hoping to get something that was already in my collection, which I did! Here's what I ended up reading:


The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - This one was recommended by Pocket Mermaid, with whom I have shared many reads in the 17 years we have known one another. I didn't have my own copy so I got one from the library -- but this was required reading for a lot of students at the college I went to. I worked in the campus writing center, so I read tons of papers about this book. It was high time I went straight to the source.


Watership Down by Richard Adams - Score! This one was suggested by my friend Paula, and it was a suggestion I already had in my collection. So I read it, and enjoyed it -- it took me a long time to get through it, though, which was why this entry was so late in coming.


So, now I get to focus wholly on my 2015 reading challenges. I'm already doing less well than I had hoped, and I've added a fourth, which is to read as many of the books that inspired Disney animated movies as possible for my Year in Disney Movies project. Yeah, so I've bit off a little more than I can chew, but that's my reading life. :)