Book of the month – 419 by Will Ferguson

It’s October! Can someone please tell me where the summer went?!

It’s actually my favourite month of the year – selfishly, because my birthday is the 27th, but also because all the leaves are turning, it’s Thanksgiving and Halloween, making fall just so… cozy. It’s the ideal time for curling up with a fuzzy blanket, cup of pumpkin-spiced tea and a good book.

First of all, this “book of the month” post is the beginning of a monthly series I’ll write, summarizing the past month and announcing our new book for the coming month. Since this is the first post in the series, I’ll tell you that last month, Mary Anne chose Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, winner of CBC Books’ 2012 Canada Reads – but Mary Anne will cover that in her review (to be posted soon).

As for the last month, we kicked off September with hot debate. In May 2012, Cat chose Fifty Shades of Grey as our book, just because it was timely. In early September, it was rumoured that Ryan Gosling was cast to play Christian Grey  (although this has since been refuted) – something that made some girls swoon, and others incredibly disappointed. I’m on the disappointed side of the debate – can’t they find someone more mature-looking, hotter and more domineering? Ryan Gosling is awesome, but he’s no Christian Grey in my opinion. I offered several alternatives… but unfortunately most girls, especially Cat, were against me.

All images from Google

September also marked the second anniversary of The “Unputdownable” Book Club, which was a big milestone. I can’t believe how far we’ve come since the first meeting in mine and Britt’s little apartment! Since then we’ve read some awesome – and not so awesome – novels. For the full list of our book picks, click here.

Lastly, the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist was announced in September. This is always an excellent indicator of what Canadian novels to look out for in the coming year. And, surprise surprise, our next book is from the list! Alex chose 419 by Will Ferguson as our book for October. Based on an internet scam, the novel has been compared to stories like Crash. It’s a bit of a thriller, it’s timely, and on October 1st it made the Giller Prize shortlist… so we were sold.

Please read along with us in October!

Comments? Suggestions? Have you read either Something Fierce or 419? We’d love to hear from you – comment below!


About Julia Kent

Julia is an outgoing and energetic writer and food blogger from Halifax. Five years ago, Julia started The Unputdownable Book Club and her food blog, The Domestic Blonde. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Julia currently works in Ottawa in public relations. As a former broadcast journalist and with a background in musical theatre, she is a natural presenter. In her free time, she recipe-tests, reads, runs, hosts a podcast called Young PR Pros, watches bad television and plays competitive soccer. She’s addicted to Canadian Living and Chapters Indigo. Her favourite books include A Thousand Splendid Suns, Pride & Prejudice and The Book of Negroes. Twitter: @kentjulia
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