Booyah, Bookstravaganza!

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I did it! I read and reviewed ten books in the month of December. I really didn’t think I’d make it. The most books I read in any other month last year was six, and reviews are far fewer. The donation page for Bookstravaganza is closed tomorrow. If anyone is as proud of me as I am, go ahead and donate a couple bucks to the Welcome Baby program at Edmonton Public Library.

Here are my reviews:

  1. Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi
  2. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  3. TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
  4. Shopgirl by Steve Martin
  5. The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink
  6. Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
  7. Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
  8. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  9. Detachment by Maurice Mierau
  10. Longbourn by Jo Baker

TransAtlantic remains my favourite. Other standouts were The Wallcreeper, Wild, and Detachment.

Thanks to everyone who supported Bookstravaganza this year. Next year I may try to read…. 11. To celebrate my success, I’m starting the year with the longest, densest books I can find. First up: The Luminaries.



  1. Kristilyn

    You did awesome! I don’t think I read that many books last month … maybe 4? Ha ha … Have fun reading The Luminaries! I’m all for dense books but not just yet … let me get a head start on my reading goals first! Lol.

  2. Naomi

    So, I have to know, did you get any sleep? 10 books is amazing in one of the busiest months of the year! Well done! Gone to read your reviews…

      • lauratfrey

        I also got it for Christmas last year and have been nervous! It’s tough to get into at first, but I’m 125 pages in and it’s going great now. It’s kind of Infinite Jest-ish, though not AS complicated and difficult to read. I love the archaic language like “connexion” instead of “connection.” The character descriptions are great. I’m underlining many passages.

    • lauratfrey

      I stayed up past midnight a few times, and I gave my children my phone when they woke up in the morning and read for a half hour a few times (a lot of times) while I was off work for the holidays. I listened to audiobooks in the car and read on my phone lots. Thanks for all the feedback on my reviews!

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