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I am a twenty-something bibliophile who is addicted to reading and discussing books. I read an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction and love to promote African (especially Nigerian) and GLBTQ literature. Amy Reads was started on January 1st, 2010, and has been growing ever since. I am also honored to have been invited to be a panelist at the 2011 Book Blogger Convention. Originally from Prince Edward Island, I am now based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and in my more official life I travel around North America and work for a software company… and get lots of time sitting in airplanes and hotels to do my reading!

Projects I am involved with:

I am active on both BookMooch and LibraryThing and welcome friends and comments on both. If you have any questions or comments about books, reviews, blogging, or anything else, send me an email at amy[dot]mckie[AT]gmail[dot]com, or add me on twitter at @amckiereads – I’d love to chat!

Find me elsewhere…. Torontoist Litblog Spotlight, Scene of the Blog by Kittling Books, Reading Roots on Reading Through Life, Buy Books for the Holidays: Nigerian Lit or Books on the Salem Witch Trials, a panelist at the 2011 Book Blogger Convention, Canada Reads 2012 Blogger Recommendations.

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I try to write reviews as I read books but that doesn’t always happen. I have an eReader (a Kindle) and also use Kindle for PC and Kindle for iPhone from time to time. I have also recently started listening to audio books. Lately I am completely swamped with real life and the paid job, so am accepting almost no review requests at this time. I may start accepting again in the future but will update  my page to reflect that change at that time.

Please ASK FIRST for any review requests (and please only for books that fall within my stated interests). My interests include:

  • Non-fiction on topics of women or gender studies, sexuality, current events (international and political), or international relations.
  • Fiction that is translated or by authors from other countries, or GLBTQ literature.
  • Young adult that deals with difficult and important topics, especially GLBTQ or gender relations. (I accept very little young adult literature, it has to be spectacular for me to do so.)

If you have a book that you would like me to review, and it falls within my stated interests above, feel free to e-mail me at amy[dot]mckie[at]gmail[dot]com. If the email is clearly a form letter not even addressed to me, or if the book does not fall within my stated interests above, I may not respond to the email request. I’ve been getting too many that are clearly in no way targeted to my interests and in order to have time for other things I’ve had to implement this new policy. 

Please note that I will always give an honest and fair review which may or may not be positive. If I did not like a book I will say so, but will also include reasons why. I reserve the right to not provide a review of a book if I get part way through it and can’t continue. At that point I will offer to either send the book back, give it away to another reader on my site, or donate it.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. JoV permalink
    January 2, 2011 6:49 pm

    I thought it’s amazing you work and read so much at the same time. Even if I have loads of travel time I won’t be able to finish 272 books a year! You must have a reading speed of a lightning!

    Keep up the good work Amy, great achievement for one year old blog! ;)

    • January 9, 2011 11:09 pm

      Thank you so much JoV. I use almost all of my free time for reading, I will admit :)

  2. Emmanuel Sigauke permalink
    January 2, 2011 9:13 pm

    Excellent work you do here.

  3. January 15, 2011 8:06 pm

    Hello Amy,
    I saw your comment on Nana’s Blog about my interview.
    I like what you are doing here.
    Why am I of specific interest to you? (according to your comment)

    • May 9, 2011 12:35 pm

      Hello Ewurabasempe. I’ve emailed you :) Your works sound fascinating.

  4. May 8, 2011 10:35 pm

    I sent you a copy for review before reading this section.

  5. Kathy Weick permalink
    June 9, 2011 11:59 am

    Amy, good luck with your move and thanks for this site. Some great posts.

  6. Erin Gallé permalink
    September 14, 2011 12:36 pm

    Hello fellow Islander! I am also an ex-pat in TO, but I moved here about five years ago. But that is irrelevant: I love Toronto, but I am an Islander first and foremost. I am now studying publishing at Ryerson U and working as an intern in a literary agency.

    • September 16, 2011 12:17 am

      Hello fellow Islander / Torontonian Erin :) Nice to meet you. How do you like Ryerson? Do send me an email if you’d like to meet for coffee sometime!

  7. kanzasthekid permalink
    October 6, 2011 9:21 am

    Hello amy, Your work ethic is an infectious disease: not one that spreads, but one that leads.

  8. January 26, 2012 2:06 pm

    Hi Amy,

    I found you recently on twitter and I decided to check out your blog. I think it’s great you discovered and enjoy reading Nigerian literature! I’m a Nigerian writer and I’m really thrilled that you’re promoting our stories. Keep up the good work. :)

    • January 27, 2012 11:47 am

      Thank you so much for finding me and commenting Tolulope! I love the books so it’s an easy thing to do. Off to check out your site now.

  9. chika okeke permalink
    May 31, 2012 12:14 pm

    hello amymckie, could you please send me philip begho email address

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