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Amy Rea
I'm a mother, wife, writer, dog lover, and knitter.
Interests: Traveling, cooking, reading, hiking, knitting
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This one's been gathering dust on my shelf for years. I don't have a first edition, but I do have it in hardcover, which tells me I bought it sometime in 2008, the year it was published. I know I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at New Century Reading
I didn't plan on reading this book. Last year I read Anthony Marra's latest book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, and loved it so much that I was afraid to go back and read his earlier work. (I generally... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at New Century Reading
I've complained many times on this blog about debut novels by attractive young authors that I felt were pushed into publication far too soon. So it's a relief to be able to point to this book and say, "Hey! Great... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at New Century Reading
This is a strange, diverting novel, very short--you could read it in one sitting. On the surface, it's a straightforward story of a man whose wife died suddenly in some kind of accident. He's left to cope with two young... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at New Century Reading
I went into this not entirely sure what to expect, as George Saunders has proven himself to be an "expect the unexpected" kind of writer. So it was with increasing delight--although in some ways that's not the right word--that I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at New Century Reading
I understand this book is having a bit of a moment again, long after its original publication in 1935. And why wouldn't it, given what's happening in America today? Sinclair Lewis seems more than a little prescient in this sardonic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at New Century Reading
This book has such an interesting premise: There's a boarding house that's caught on fire while its tenants sleep, and they will all die. But as the smoke and flames overtake them, each one, in his or her own way,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at New Century Reading
Rachel Cusk's Transit is the second part of a trilogy, the first part having been Outline, a book I loved. That was the story of Faye, visiting a Greek island and meeting people who tell her interesting stories about their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at New Century Reading
Last year I read all but one of the finalists. While that was fun, I was also saddened by how much time I spent reading books I didn't like. So this year, I decided to read the ones that interest me, and quit reading if I don't like them. Part of that decision came when I saw the three sports books. Not a sports person. And yeah, what's up with all the monkeys?
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Gotta say, I've been reading some stellar biographies lately, and Ruth Franklin's recent tome on the life of Shirley Jackson fits right in that category. It's thoroughly researched, thoughtfully reported, has a good balance of respect for the author being... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at New Century Reading
What to say about this book? The jacket copy describes it as the story of Anna, who's trying to escape a marriage to a right-wing political wannabe who takes stalking to insane levels. So from the get-go, it sounds like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at New Century Reading
Boy, is it hard to come up with adjectives to describe this book. I keep coming up with things like "sweet" and "sentimental", but those aren't entirely accurate, and it sounds like the book is a bit treacly, which is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at New Century Reading
Along with Hermione Lee's massive bio of Virginia Woolf, I've had the first volume of her diaries sitting on my shelf for a rather long time. When I started reading the bio, I also took down the diary and started... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at New Century Reading
This book is not for the faint of heart (or, in parts, the weak of stomach). The author is a Nobel Prize winner who has written many accounts of life in Russia/the USSR. In this volume, she spent three years... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at New Century Reading
It's time. What did I read in 2016? Stats: Books read: 70 Fiction: 50 Nonfiction: 13 Poetry: 2 Young adult: 3 Graphic: 2 Classics: 10 Male authors: 19 Female authors: 45 Re-reads: 9 Favorite reads, in no particular order (links... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at New Century Reading
A year or so ago, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, that book by the Japanese organizational guru. I found many of her techniques to be truly useful (my sock drawer became, and has remained, a thing of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at New Century Reading
Well, this book ended up a disappointment for me, mostly because it got off to a rip-roaring start. The book opens with the story of two young girls in London, both wanting to become dancers with all their hearts, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at New Century Reading
Damn. How does she do it? Tana French just keeps turning out these books, and I keep loving them. She keeps her cast of characters centered on Dublin's Murder Squad, and yet every story ends up being completely different. It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at New Century Reading
Well. Damn. Not really sure how to describe this book, or even completely sure what it was trying to tell me. At first, it seems like a simple tale. Timothy is a man coming into a small coastal village in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at New Century Reading
I really had issues with Ann Patchett's previous book, State of Wonder, so it was with some trepidation that I cracked open her latest, Commonwealth. That, and this is turning into one of those widely praised books that everyone seems... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at New Century Reading
The Lost Girls is technically a mystery: In 1935, in a very small town in remote northern Minnesota, six-year-old Emily Evans vanishes. She is never found. What could possibly have happened to her? But in many ways, this book is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at New Century Reading
I would like to say that this book is sweet and charming, but that's misleading. It's technically a middle grade book, for grades 4-7, so that may be what gives me the feeling of sweetness and charm. But the story... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at New Century Reading
If you're looking for a good spooky read for October, look no further than Tananarive Due's Ghost Summer. This collection of stories and a novella has all kinds of horror-based items for you: Ghosts, magical transformative lakes, weird demons that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at New Century Reading
I was so excited for this book, because I so loved Semple's previous book, Where'd You Go Bernadette. I was early enough requesting it from the library to get one of the first copies that arrived upon publication. I tore... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at New Century Reading
When my friend Kristin decided to that her book club would start reading one Louise Erdrich novel every year, starting with the very first one, I was excited--I love Louise Erdrich! But at the same time, I was sort of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at New Century Reading