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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.


New Book Arrivals: A Backlog

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple My Not-So-Still Life - Liz Gallagher 365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money - Trent Hamm

I've got a stack of "new books" waiting to be announced before they go quietly off to their proper shelves. I have the day off for Memorial Day, so at long last and without further ado, the new books that have snuck into my life over the past month or so ...


China Dolls by Lisa See - Although I thought Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was overrated, I'm going to give this one a try anyway. I got it as part of a "gift bag" when I correctly guessed a "book in a jar" at my library. (The book was The Da Vinci Code, which I haven't read, but which I got right via educated guess. Go me!)


Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple - This is a free promotional copy of the book from World Book Night U.S. 2014, which came to me via a bookseller friend. I wasn't initially interested in this book, but I heard so many good things about it that, well, when a free one landed in my lap, I couldn't very well send it away.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - Because EVERYONE wants to read this book, right? This is also a free promotional copy from World Book Night from same bookseller friend. When this book first came out, I was afraid it might be a book that relied on the "gimmick" of creepy postcards -- but my sister-in-law was recently raving about how good it was, and she had listened to the audiobook: the story minus the creepy postcards. So I have renewed faith in its ability to stand on its own, but am still glad my copy includes the postcards.


My Not-So-Still Life by Liz Gallagher - I learned about this book through my work as a Teen Services Librarian, and finally acquired a copy via Paperbackswap. It's about a teen who unknowingly stumbles into the amateur pornography biz. The review I read on it was mixed, but what can I say? I guess I'm drawn to lurid sex scandal stories. I am also concerned about women involved in the pornography business, and have never been able to look at it the same way after talking to a woman whose sister works in porn. I don't think it's as much of a "choice" as the porn-advocates would have us believe.


How Close We Come: A Novel of Women's Friendship by Susan S. Kelly - My best friend recommended this book to me a few months ago, and then lent (or gave?) me her copy when I went to visit her last weekend. She is a lawyer who works 50+ hour weeks, but she's recently gotten into the habit of sneaking out of bed early to read for half an hour in the bathroom. I look forward to feeling connected to her through reading this book.


365 Ways to Live Cheap! by Trent Hamm - I wear the cheapskate badge with pride, and like my other identities (writer, feminist, spiritual seeker, wife), I'm always looking for ways to be even better at what I am. This book is so little and easy to read that I've found myself paging through the first couple chapters just by having it sit on my coffee table. I might just leave it there and continue reading it in bite-size pieces, especially since I've got a big vet bill to pay off and hope to pay down my student loan this year, too. Oh, and it came to me via Paperbackswap, a book mecca for cheapskates (second only to used library booksales).