Halloween is over, I’m wearing a poppy and it was -2 degrees when I got into my car this morning. I know what you’re thinking – cue the Michael Bublé Christmas album and eggnog, right?
Wrong. I am a firm believer in holding off on all things Christmas until after Remembrance Day. I love the holidays as much as anyone, but seriously, do we need two full months of Christmas?
I distinctly remember my 23rd birthday party. It was Halloween. I covered our apartment with all sorts of spooky orange and black decorations. I was understandably hungover the next morning, and didn’t emerge from my bedroom until at least noon. What I saw made me think I was still under the influence. All evidence of Halloween had been replaced by nutcrackers, holly, mistletoe and pine tree-scented candles. It was November 1st.
I felt like I was in a time lapse and had been transported from my birthday directly to Christmas morning. The culprit? My cheerful, festive – yet seemingly overzealous – not-at-all-hungover roomie Brittany Hinds. My response? “No Britt. Just no.” And I crawled back into my bedroom. Thankfully when I emerged again I found that it was just a premature Christmas nightmare.
Moving on to more serious business. As you know, our October book was 419 by Will Ferguson, which just won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Yes, Alex Reid is a psychic. She’ll post her review of the novel soon, but I wanted to share an exchange one of our members had at your neighbourhood bookstore:
Erin Chezick: Hi, your website says you have a copy of 419 by Will Ferguson. Can you help me find it?
Store employee: You mean Fahrenheit 419?
Erin Chezick: No. For two reasons, actually.
Hilarious. If the exchange above has you lost, Google “Fahrenheit 419” and get up to speed. It’s worth it. I should add that Erin eventually did find a copy of 419 at that book store.
Another big development this month is that we joined Twitter! Make sure to follow us (@UnputdownableBC). We’ll be tweeting all things books! Very exciting, especially when we get interaction with some big shots:
We’re clearly the next big thing in the Canadian book world. Especially since we have THREE members who are participating in National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo). You can follow Erin’s journey right here on our blog. I can’t wait to boast that we have real-life authors in our book club!
In conclusion (and in response to @GillerPrize) a new month is upon us and that means the Unputdownable Book Club has a new book. Miss Kristina Martin chose this time, and it’s a funny, light-hearted one (which should be a nice change). Drum roll please… our new book is Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson! Be sure to read along with us.
Have you already read it? If so, what are your thoughts? Comment below and let us know! Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter!