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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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About a year ago, I read A Collapse of Horses by Brian Evenson and decided to try one of his books for my annual October scare-a-thon. The one I chose is Father of Lies. And boy, is it terrifying. This... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at New Century Reading
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Well. I wanted a good scary book to read in October, and boy howdy, did I ever find one. This is the story of four people: Katrin, Gardar, and Lif, who have together purchased a house on the remote west... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at New Century Reading
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We have reached part 4 of James' six-month Austen binge. Last month, you may recall, I found myself very pleasantly surprised by my first-ever reading of Mansfield Park. This month, however, I took on my second reading (first was many,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at New Century Reading
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We all know Catholic priests are supposed to be unmarried and celibate, no children. But as it turns out, there's a loophole; if a man is an ordained minister in another faith, and he's married with kids, and he decided... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at New Century Reading
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This book might be for you if you fall into one of two camps: Either you have more than a passing interest in the work and life of Sylvia Plath, or you have more than a passing interest in how... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I went into On Immunity, this month's real-life book club choice, with a sense of nonchalance. I have very strong opinions about vaccination--namely, I'm all for it. I grew up with parents who knew kids who'd died from the measles... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at New Century Reading
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And we're back for the third of the six months of Jane Austen! Unlike the first two installments of this read-along, Mansfield Park was a new-to-me book. I thought myself very clever by requesting this annotated edition from the library.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at New Century Reading
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The jacket copy of this collection sounded intriguing: Stories of family, love, revenge, and even one, the title story, from the point of view of a bird living in about-to-be-ruined Pompeii. That story also opens the book and hooked me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I had the hardest time figuring out how to rate this book on Goodreads. It has characters that are interesting and flawed, it has an act of violence that sends shock waves out to the survivors and bystanders that last... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Well, geez. I was so excited for The Burning Girl. I absolutely loved Messud's previous novel, The Woman Upstairs, and this one sounded like maybe it was an adolescent version of that, in some ways. In any event, Messud's careful... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I've seen a lot of people compare The Carhullan Army to The Handmaid's Tale. I get that; it's a female-driven post-apocalyptic story, full-fledged dystopia with terrible outcomes. But while I've read a number of people saying skip Carhullan and just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at New Century Reading
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No, this book is not about 45. Although in many ways, it's as unsettling and unnerving as his presidency. This slim tale--or fable--is the story of Marina, who, as the book opens, is in a car crash which kills her... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I was a big fan of the Scott Pilgrim series back in the day, so I was excited to see that Bryan Lee O'Malley had something new. Co-authored with Leslie Hung, the storyline sounded deliciously arch: Snotgirl is a popular... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at New Century Reading
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This book has been sitting on my kitchen counter for at least a year. I kept it there to remind me that it was a Book I Should Read. But, you know, who wants to read a book about death... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at New Century Reading
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And we're back, with part 2 of James' six-month Jane Austen Read All A-Long. And oh, this month we read one of my favorite books ever, not to mention favorite of Jane Austen's: I've read this book many times, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Well, this was a wild ride. Broken River opens with a crime in process, one that ends violently, and two people are killed. (That's not a spoiler, it happens right away.) The murders happen at a home outside the small... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at New Century Reading
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It took me a bit to sort out my feelings about this book once I'd finished reading it. This debut novel has some truly beautiful writing; there are some nature scenes that are just blissfully real and tangible, and some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Treating the topic of depression via a picture book may seem like an odd choice, but it works. Author and illustrator Elizabeth Swados has battled the black dog (now, I have a literal black dog, and she doesn't depress me... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Wow. How to describe this memoir by Sherman Alexie? He takes the traditional memoir format and turns it upside down. This is in no way a linear book, and it's told in bits and pieces. Sometimes there are complete chapters,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Last year I read The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, which won the 2016 Pulitzer. There was much I liked about it, but overall I felt it was bloated and would have worked better if it had been tightened up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I didn't have a lot of expectations going into Goodbye, Vitamin; I think I saw it listed on some "books soon to be published that YOU SIMPLY MUST READ" and thought, well, fine, guess I will, then. I was maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is, as the title clearly states, the diary of an 83 1/4 year old man, Hendrik (Henk for short), who lives in what appears to be an assisted living facility in Amsterdam. It's a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at New Century Reading
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In the last three weeks, my elderly father had to have an emergency amputation of his right leg, he had a complication and almost died, then he recovered and turned 95, and I had a birthday too. Is it any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at New Century Reading
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July marks the first month of James' six-month Jane Austen Read All A-Long. This month's kickoff book is Sense and Sensibility, which I read for the first time a few years ago and loved. This time around, though, I found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at New Century Reading
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While I liked this book a fair amount, overall it also caused me some frustration. Given the title and florid cover, I expected something much more gothic, something with a wonderful monster in it. That's not what author Perry is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at New Century Reading