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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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Oof. This is a short, thought-provoking, disturbing little novel out of Norway. Alma is a divorced textile artist with grown children who has made a comfortable, if not wealthy, life for herself. She lives in a seaside cottage in Norway... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at New Century Reading
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Earlier this past fall, I read my first William Kent Krueger novel, Desolation Mountain, which I liked quite a lot. Doing some reading about him, I found that he's got a very popular series featuring Cork O'Connor, but his novel... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at New Century Reading
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So, fun story. I was in need of some escapist entertainment and stumbled on a trailer for Ekaterina, a TV series about the rise of Catherine the Great. I knew pretty much zero about Catherine the Great, but the trailer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2019 at New Century Reading
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Recently I read and loved Kate DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale, and especially loved the character of Louisiana Elefante. Well, DiCamillo obligingly wrote a book just about her that takes place after Raymie Nightingale. In Louisiana's Way Home, Louisiana's granny wakes her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at New Century Reading
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Oh, man, this is a sneaky little book. Keiko is someone who has always had trouble fitting in, from a very young age. She's extremely literal and practical; when a playground fight breaks out at her school and someone calls... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at New Century Reading
River sounds very intriguing. I'm game for a slow read. I had a good reading year too. Lots of books I really loved.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2019 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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It's time! What are my reading stats for 2018? First off, a personal best: I read 137 books in 2018. That's a huge leap from any previous year. Looking back, I see 3 reasons for that. First, my father died... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at New Century Reading
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I never realized that I might be interested in Princess Margaret until this book came onto my radar. My interest in the royal family has generally been limited to the Princess Diana era (and I was Team Diana all the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at New Century Reading
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When I posted about the first book in Sarah Stonich's Northern Trilogy, Vacationland, I noted that it was flawed, but I liked enough of it to read the next book. So I did; Laurentian Divide is the second book. And... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at New Century Reading
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This is a handsome little volume, very well curated by Gyles Brandreth. In its short 166 pages, he covers a wide variety of historical ages and tones, from wry to satiric to sweet. We've got Dickens, of course, because you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at New Century Reading
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Rachel began life over 2,000 years ago, and is still around, thanks to a vow she took to give God her death in exchange for saving the life of her young son, who was very ill. At the time, it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at New Century Reading
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I was intrigued when I learned that there was a graphic novel version of the Diary of Anne Frank out there. I've long been a fan of the original diary, and in recent years found even more to admire when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at New Century Reading
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Tommy Pico is a young, gay, Native American poet, reservation born and currently a city dweller, who has some trouble coming to terms with nature. That's a big conflict, when the US still insists on viewing Native Americans through highly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at New Century Reading
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My year of the grant is winding down. Not that I've slowed down, but we're in the latter half of November, and the grant year officially ends on 12/31. Until then, I will be writingwritingwriting. I have lots of writing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Year of the Grant
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Oh, this book. I can't tell you how much I loved it. Author Jeanette Winterson has compiled 12 Christmas stories, each with an attached recipe, to get you through the holiday season. But understand that some of these stories are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at New Century Reading
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For decades, those of us fascinated by Sylvia Plath had to make do with a slim volume of letters called Letters Home, edited by her mother, Aurelia Plath. To say that Aurelia had a vested interest in keeping lots of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at New Century Reading
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Raymie is a little girl in 1975 who is highly motivated. Her father has just left her mother for a dental hygienist. Raymie is sure that if she can just win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire contest, then her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at New Century Reading
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My final October read was the fine The People in the Castle, by Joan Aiken, she of the excellent Wolves of Willoughby Chase. The subtitle, Selected Strange Stories, is delightfully correct. It's a wonderful thing Kelly Link has done, bringing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at New Century Reading
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A few years ago, Hogarth Press (yes, the press begun by Virginia and Leonard Woolf) launched a series of novels based off the plays of Shakespeare. I thought this was a jolly idea and purchased a few with the thought... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at New Century Reading
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A few weeks ago, I talked about some reading goals I had set for myself for this year of the grant. That was one prong of a two-pronged reading goal. The other prong was in reading writing manuals. Sort of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at Year of the Grant
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Last year I read and loved Reservoir 13, so I was excited to see the author had a follow-on book. I wouldn't call it a sequel, really; it's more of a companion, and it's not really a stand-alone book. Author... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at New Century Reading
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Boy howdy, this was a fun romp. What we have here is part horror novel, part historical novel, and part social commentary, all deceivingly packaged as a teen novel. Jane McKeene is a young African-American woman who is born at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at New Century Reading
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A few years back, I read and was knocked out by Stefan Kiesbye's Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone. For this October, I decided to try another of his novels: The Staked Plains. It's short--166 pages--with fairly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at New Century Reading
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This book was published 30 years ago, but it holds up very well--unfortunately well--in today's political climate, especially in terms of commentary on male/female relationships. It takes place 300 years after events known as "the convulsions" occurred that basically destroyed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at New Century Reading
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I generally consider myself an introvert, but in recent years, I've come to the realization that introversion and extroversion are not set points in a personality, but opposite ends of a spectrum. In reality, I'm probably what's called an extroverted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Year of the Grant