Presenting: Not Your Average Read

Presenting: Not Your Average Read

Not Your Average Read LogoThanks to the kind referral of friend Brent Heard, I now have a column at The Washington Times Communities!

The title (and tagline of this blog) was invented by my 17 year-old sister, Rachel.  My bio is as follows:

Amanda Read is a scholar who never set foot in school, a Southerner without an accent, a Christian who hasn’t been a churchgoer in sixteen years, and a college student who lives with eight younger siblings.  Having been a homeschooled military child ever since she can remember, Amanda toured the nation and the world, and upon her father’s retirement from the U.S. Army, she and her family have been shaping their new land into a homestead known as Fair Hills Farm. A writer and artist, she blogs at and is the author of the historical drama screenplay, The Crusading Chemist. Amanda is majoring in History and minoring in Political Science at Jacksonville State University.

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My 13 year-old sister Abigail did the photography.

Amanda ReadTrivia: The old book in the foreground is The Beginnings of Modern Science: Scientific Writings of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries – the book I quoted from in my last blog post.

I’m going to be quite busy now with summer classes and column writing, but I still hope to keep this blog exciting!  I think I will keep the two writing projects very connected.


Comments (6)

  • Jay Wile

    Wow! Congratulations. I look forward to reading your column!

  • Whateverman

    Good luck with the new column...

  • Whateverman

    Anyone ever tell you that you look like Liza Minnelli?

  • Amanda Read

    No actually, I've never heard that before.

  • Whateverman

    I was watching an old episode of the Muppet Show with Liza Minnelli a few days ago, and she struck a pose that looked very familiar. Took me a few minutes to figure out why: it was really similar to several of your photos here. Still shots can be deceptive - you may look nothing like her in real life. Just thought I'd share a random epiphany :)

  • Concrete Overlays St Louis

    With everything which appears to be developing inside this specific subject material, many of your viewpoints are generally fairly exciting. Nonetheless, I beg your pardon, but I do not give credence to your entire strategy, all be it stimulating none the less. It would seem to everyone that your remarks are actually not totally justified and in actuality you are generally yourself not even completely convinced of your point. In any event I did appreciate looking at it.

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