Book of the month – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

To say the Unputdownable Book Club started December off with a bang would be a serious understatement.

I’m not kidding. I have a Santa costume, countless empties and permanent marker all over my skin to prove it.


The girls, looking way too calm and sober.

But that’s just a teaser for the Book Club Christmas/Slumber Party recap that our beloved Catherine Kitts will be posting later this week. Keep your eyes peeled because I can guarantee it will be the one blog post you don’t want to miss.

Somewhere in between jagger bomb shooters and our Christmas gift exchange – which can only be classified as “fierce” – the 14 of us managed to stay in one spot long enough to discuss November’s pick (Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson), chosen by the lovely Kristina, who will be reviewing the comedic memoir later this month. A few too many mistletoe sangrias later, we managed to gather again for about 3.5 seconds… which was just long enough for Miss Brigitte Hartt to choose December’s book.

It was a tough month to find a book-picker! Two other girls were sadly unavailable (we really missed you!), so I sprung the responsibility on Brigitte only a week before the meeting. She didn’t have long to prepare, but she chose wisely with Man Booker longlist and Indigo Spotlight novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

The book has gotten a lot of attention is certainly critically acclaimed. I know it’s been on my to read list for months, and Cat recently finished it in only four days.  To quote Brigitte, “I chose this book because I love old people and I love British people.” How can we argue with that? Impeccable reasoning.

Also, congratulations to everyone who completed NaNoWriMo! Stay tuned for Erin’s post-novel-writing post later this week.

Before I sign off, I’d like to leave you with this book club-inspired advent calendar idea.

The official Unputdownable advent calendar.


What are you reading over Chistmas?


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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3 Responses to Book of the month – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

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