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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.


Recommend Away - Lacey Style

The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle, Peter S. Beagle Uglies - Scott Westerfeld The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood Peyton Place - Grace Metalious, Ardis Cameron A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers Ariel - Steven R. Boyett Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock - Matthew Quick The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam #2) - Margaret Atwood Rumpled - Lacey Louwagie
— feeling excited

So, a few weeks ago A Throne of Books started this awesome recommendation meme that's getting lots of buzz on Booklikes. I can't resist a good book meme on a Sunday afternoon, so I'm going to go for it! (I'm also going to start following A Throne of Books because I love her enthusiasm!)


1. Favorite books in all categories: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

2. Start to a series: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
3. By an author who's written over 5 books total: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
4. Classic Literature: Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
5. Banned Books: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
6. Featuring an assassin: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
7. In a world with Dragons: Ariel by Steven Boyett
8. Male Main Character: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
9. Female Main Character: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
10. Retelling of another story: Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
11. Book with a Gorgeous Cover: The Scent of God by Beryl Singleton Bissell
12. Debut book of any author: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
13. Fantasy in general: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Baker
14. Finale for a series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
15. Graphic Novel: Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
16. That you paid over $15 for (and was worth every penny): Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
17. Published after 2010: Various Positions by Martha Schabas
18. Featuring a Princess/Prince or Queen/King: The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
19. Thriller: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
20. You read because it was a bestseller: The only book I can think of reading *because* it was a bestseller was Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, which I wouldn't recommend
21. Involving drugs: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
22. Memoir: If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Murder, Love, and Liberation by Janine Latus

23. Favorite completed series as a whole: The Chaos Walking Trilogy

24. Book with witches/warlocks: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
25. Historical Fiction: The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
26. Ugly Cry book: My Cat Saved My Life by Phillip Schriebman
27. Realistic Fiction: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
28. Dystopia: The Giver by Lois Lowry
29. Time Travel: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
30. Elf or Dwarf Main character: Rumpled by Lacey Louwagie

31. Favorite incomplete series either by you or not yet finished by author: The Lunar Chronicles by Marisa Meyer

32. Literary Fiction: Loverboy by Victoria Redel
33. Non-Fiction (Anything, cookbook, self-help, etc): Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month by Deborah Taylor-Hough
34. Middle Grade Novel: Doll Bones by Holly Black
35. Includes sword/knife fighting: Swordborn by Jennifer Roberson
36. Something mysterious is afoot: The Shadows by Jacqueline West
37. Diverse Reads (main character non-white/non-straight): Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
38. Wanderlust book: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
39. Unreliable Narrator: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
40. Character with mental illness: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
41. Sci-fi in general: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy
42. Paranormal Main Character: The Eye of the Wolf by Marie Zhuikov
43. Horror: The Barter by Siobhan Adcock
44. Books with murder in them: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
45. Set in a time of war (real or fictional): Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
46. Set in the place you live: Plover Landing by Marie Zhuikov
47. Book with servants in some manner: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
48. Book eventually adapted to a movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
49. Book you've read more than once: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
50. A Good Zombie Book: Zombies v. Unicorns by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black
51. A love story: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert
52. Set in space: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
53. Multiple POV: The Realm of Possibility by David Leviathan
54. Erotic for people who don't read erotic novels: Once Upon a Dyke by Karin Kallmaker

55. Written by an author who has died (recently or a very long time ago): Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

56. Written by an author who is still living: Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

57. Childhood favorite: Anna to the Infinite Power by Mildred Ames

58. A long book (Let's say at least 450 pages minimum): The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

59. Young Adult book in general: Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King

60. Adult book in general: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey