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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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Well, this is a heckuva wild ride. I'm not sure what I expected, exactly, except it sounded intriguing. I wasn't expecting a page-turner that I pretty much inhaled. A Children's Bible is a novel, but also a parable or fable... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at New Century Reading
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I've said before that I don't read a lot of historical fiction because it often seems that the authors feel compelled to put every last piece of research they did into the book, whether the reader needs it or not.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at New Century Reading
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I first read Amy and Isabelle years ago and loved it, as I've pretty much loved everything I've read by Elizabeth Strout. (I also once had the pleasure of taking a weekend workshop with her at the University of Iowa,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at New Century Reading
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I'm still on track with my project to read all of Virginia Woolf's novels in order of publication. Several years ago, I read four of her books with a group online, the four books that are largely considered to be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at New Century Reading
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I loved the first volume of N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy, The Fifth Season. I loved the second volume, The Obelisk Gate. And now I'm happy to say I loved the final volume, The Stone Sky. In the first two... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at New Century Reading
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Henry James is one of those writers that constitutes a gap in my reading history, so when a friend clued me in to a summer of online read-alongs that included this famous horror story, I took it as the sign... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at New Century Reading
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Recently I wrote about how much I loved the first volume of N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy, The Fifth Season. Now I can tell you that I love the second volume as much, if not more, as the first. Trilogies... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at New Century Reading
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Kirin Millwood Hargrave's novel The Mercies is a ripping good read. Set in a tiny village on an Arctic Norwegian island in 1617, the book opens with an unexpected, dreadful storm that wipes out nearly all the village's men, who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2020 at New Century Reading
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Wow, what a great read The Fifth Season is. And lucky for me, it's the first book of a trilogy, so I have more to look forward to. The Fifth Season takes place in a fictional land called the Stillness.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2020 at New Century Reading
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This is an odd little novel, in which not a whole lot actually happens, and yet it's a deeply satisfying read. It's short--135 pages--but I found myself slowing down, not wanting to go too fast. It's the story of Tom... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2020 at New Century Reading
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There had been a lot of buzz about Trust Exercise, and it made me curious. It's a novel about teenagers at an elite theatrical performance high school with a demanding--and not entirely ethical--instructor who's revered for his theater background. Along... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2020 at New Century Reading
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I loved Elizabeth Acevedo's first novel, The Poet X. But her second novel, while beautifully written, way over-romanticized being a single teenage mother. So I came to her latest novel, Clap When You Land, with a bit of trepidation. But... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at New Century Reading
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Nothing to See Here is one of those "it" books that everyone was raving about for a while, and I can be rather stubborn about those. But a week or so ago, Amazon had it on special for Kindle, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at New Century Reading
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At the end of Kyrie, the poet discusses some of the 1918 pandemic resources she'd used in writing her book. One of them was this Willa Cather novel. Cather is one of the gaps in my reading background, so I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at New Century Reading
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"Faith is a decision," says Sheila, the narrator of this book. She means it in many different ways, whether through a religious lens or in terms of whether or not--or how--we believe in others. Sheila is part of an Irish-American-Catholic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at New Century Reading
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I think I came across this book on a list of books set in plague years/pandemics. The author is apparently a bit of a star in his native Iceland, and I can see why. This short book is deceptively simply... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at New Century Reading
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Poet Carolyn Forche's memoir of her time spent learning about El Salvador as the country was reaching crisis state in the 1970s requires some patience. There were sections in the middle that felt long and repetitive, and yet I had... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2020 at New Century Reading
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I loved this collection of essays by writers about their parents. Let's face it, for better or for worse, we are all formed to some extent by our parents. These essays cover a wide range of results, through a wide... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at New Century Reading
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This book. Purchased in the Before Time. On one of my last outings before isolation, to attend a conference in St. Paul on March 7 where I thought the organizers were very smart to tell people not to shake hands.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at New Century Reading
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I recently watched the movie The Bookshop and thoroughly enjoyed it. How could I not? Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and the always wonderful Patricia Clarkson in a deliciously Patricia Clarkson-y role. It's the story of Florence Green a young widow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2020 at New Century Reading
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Hello, friends! Seems like forever since I posted here. I have been reading, although with a very ADHD approach--thanks, coronavirus, for destroying my already short attention span. I just haven't felt like blogging. Until I finished this book. Kyrie is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at New Century Reading
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Hello, readerly friends. I hope you are all safe at home, as well as your loved ones. This Sunday, I'm doing a one-day read-along of Mrs. Dalloway. I've read it multiple times, but never in one day. This lovely book... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at New Century Reading
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Abigail is considered to be Hungarian novelist Magda Svabo's masterpiece, and I am all in for it. The jacket copy says it's like Jane Austen mixed with J.K. Rowling, and some places refer to it as a young adult novel.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at New Century Reading
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So, book 3 in my quest to read all of Virginia Woolf's novels in the order they were written and published. This is one I had not read before. It's a big change from her first two novels (The Voyage... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at New Century Reading
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Having read and loved the first book in what appears to be a series, I was excited to read the latest installment. Taking place in the mid 19th century, Deathless Divide is the story of Jane McKeene, a black zombie... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at New Century Reading