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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.


Book 52/100: Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

I can see why this works so well as a TV series (of which I've only seen the first episode). It works less well as a book. It's full of a lot of individual stories, some of which are more interesting than others, but doesn't really have an overall narrative arc, or a sense that each story is part of something bigger. We don't get to see the people in Jennifer's life change much over time, since almost everyone seems to have bit parts. The writing was adequate but not great--it felt like one of those books where her friends and family, after hearing all her stories, said, "You should write a book!" And, well, she did.

Enjoyable enough, but I found myself wanting something more.