Book of the month – The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Ugh. What an awful Monday. April showers bring May flowers… right? Let’s hope so.

Anyway, I can’t dwell on the weather when the UBC had such a fabulous meeting last night. Sixteen of us (I think) got cozy in Erin’s bachelorette pad over yummy drinks and delicious food. I mean it – there was baklava. Freakin’ amazing.

Book club at Erins

We’ve had an eventful month! Meghan is coveting my throne and plotting my demise (apparently), I launched the not-as-serious-as-you-may-think Julia’s Picks (which I still need real stickers for) and we had a rowdy book club night out and celebrated Emily’s birthday. March wasn’t so dreary after all!

And, of course we read Erin F.’s pick, Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat. Without giving anything away (Meghan is bringing you a review of the memoir shortly), I am happy to say that almost everyone loved the novel as much as I did. Pretty awesome!

Since I’m sure you’re reading this post to find out what the April book is and not to listen to me rattle on, I’ll cut to the chase. It was Steph’s turn to choose this month (our non-reader turned avid reader… victory!) and we decided on The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

Yes, it’s another memoir. We can’t believe how many we’ve read lately – Are You My Mother?, Something Fierce, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Prisoner of Tehran – but we’re liking them, so… don’t fix what’s not broken, right? And we’re notorious for getting on “kicks”… so this too will soon pass.

Amazingly, The Glass Castle spent over 260 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s also being made into a movie (which I can’t wait to see, as I’ve already read the book). The novel has been translated into 22 languages and has won more awards than I care to enumerate. It’s also a Heather’s Pick. I have a feeling the girls are going to love this one.

Have you read The Glass Castle? Without giving anything away, what’d you think of it?


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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