Reading Roundup: January 2013

No, there was no roundup for December. Here it is: I was reading Infinite Jest. The end. Since then, things have been a little more varied. Here’s what up in my reading world.

Books Read

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morganstein, borrowed from Cait at The Angry Vegan. Review coming soon. Preview: Meh.
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green, a gift from Ambur at Burning Impossibly Bright. Review coming soon. Preview: Loved it. And, holy literary allusions, Batman!

Books ObtainedMagic of Saida

  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, another gift from Ambur, at The Edmonton Book Bloggers Christmas party!
  • The Magic of Saida by M.G. Vassanji, courtesy of Brie at Eat Books.
  • Belinda’s Rings by Corinna Chong, courtesy of @mattbowes at NeWest Press
  • The Paradise Engine by Rebecca Campbell (Advance Reader Copy), also courtesy of NeWest Press

Books I Want to Read

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison, because of this review by Rob Delaney
  • Away by Jane Urquhart, because it’s part of Canada Reads
  • The Midwife by Jennifer Worth because of this review on LindyLit
  • Rosina, The Midwife by Jessica Kluthe, because she’s a local author and tweep AND I love a good multi-generational saga.
  • The Winter King by Bernard Cornwall because of this review on The Book-A-Week Project (which is updated, finally, yay!)
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese because it’s part of Canada Reads
  • Dad Says He Saw You At The Mall by Ken Sparling. Can’t remember where I came across it but it sounds so weird that I must find out more.

Bloggy Updates

So, in case you missed it up in “Books Obtained,” Edmonton’s NeWest Press sent me two books to review. Now, I know this is par for the course for many book bloggers, but this is the first time I’ve received review copies of anything, and, the first time I’ve received mail address to “Reading in Bed.” I’m a legit book blogger now!


I’ve got just under two week until I’m back to work, and the kids are in daycare now, so I’m hoping to plug away at the blog a bit more than usual till then. Apparently I will NOT be able to blog at work because my review of Sleeping Beauty got flagged as porn. Probably for the best!

Lastly, I must give a shout out to Twitter Grammar Nerds @vgrabia, @andrewhorton, and @islandniles who helped me figure out that “roundup” in the post title is one word. It looks wrong to me, but, who am I to argue with strangers on Twitter?



  1. .Ambur.

    Yay! 😀 I’m glad you loved The Fault in our Stars! 😀 And that’s exciting about getting your first review books! I got pretty excited when I got mine too…makes you feel pretty awesome! 😀

    January was pretty awesome for you, and I hope February will be awesome for you. 🙂 Good luck going back to work, too!

  2. Rick MacDonnell

    Curious to read your take on The Night Circus. I bought it last month, took it home, read five pages, then returned it. Haha. Me returning it has no bearing on its quality, I just realized quickly I wasn’t in the mood for it (January was something of a ‘no reading’ breather for me)

    • lauratfrey

      Yes, I’m trying to come up with something more intelligent than “meh.” I do NOT get the hype. Everyone I know is all OMG NIGHT CIRCUS and I just didn’t care. And I think I knew it in the first five pages too!

  3. Brie @ Eat Books

    Haha! Loved the “like a boss” photo. Congrats again on the review books! Did you know which books were coming before they came? Whenever you feel like reading The Magic of Saida, maybe we could read it at the same time? Not a “readalong”, but like a two-person book club lol 😉

    Maybe you’ll have to start writing our your blog posts on paper while you’re at work…!

    • lauratfrey

      Oh, I’ll write them in gmail or something. At lunch time, of course… 🙂

      Yes, I “know” the marketing guy (from Twitter) and he let me pick from a few choices.

      I’d love to read it with you! I just started the first review book, so maybe after that? It’s not too long, so maybe in two weeks or so? Let me know how your schedule’s looking. I’m excited about it. I don’t think I’ve read a book set in East Africa before. I did a project for work last year.. well, 2011 I guess… about African communities in Edmonton and ended up researching Somalia and Ethiopia in particular, because we have fairly large population here… I knew next to nothing about the countries and the cultures before and it was really eye opening.

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