I adored Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres. It was one of the books that made my epic Andrea Reads America reading project worth the effort. I don’t think I would have discovered her book without actively seeking books set in Iowa, and I am very happy I found it. Somewhere recently, I read someone writing about The Greenlanders. I love … Continue reading Restless reading
I feel so free now being able to read whatever I want! My new ereader connects directly to my library account so when I finish one book, I can immediately check out another. I love it so much 😍. Two big bottlenecks, though, are that my small-town library doesn’t have as many titles digitally as … Continue reading Another Saturday, Another Book
On November 23, 2013, I declared, It’s official: I am reading America. I dedicated myself to reading three books set in each US state and written by someone who had lived in that state. I also wanted to read men, women, and authors of color from every state in order to be exposed to a … Continue reading I finished my Andrea Reads America project!
I turned the final page last night on my third book set in South Carolina, and now I am in the home stretch of my Andrea Reads America tour of the United States. I’ve read three (or more) books from 40 states and the District of Columbia so far, and I’ve got these states left … Continue reading Ten states remaining on my reading tour of the US
I’m not sure when the desire to read a great Russian novel made its way onto my bucket list, but when I attempted Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and did not get it, and did not finish it, I knew a Russian novel was on the list as surely as traveling to Italy is. When I completed Mikhail Bulgakov’s … Continue reading One from the bucket list: Anna Karenina
I’m not sure what happened, but I’ve been tearing through books — and their writeups — for my Andrea Reads America reading project. Maybe it was the realization that I’ve been at this for five years now. Maybe it’s the time of year. Or maybe I just needed to unblock myself by reducing the number … Continue reading Reading spree