I know you’re all sooo excited for me to reveal my second installment of Julia’s Picks. I have been mulling these over for some time. It’s a big decision! I can’t just put my prestigious sticker on anything.
When researching potential Julia’s Picks, I went straight to my Goodreads account and filtered through my “read” list by the ratings. I have to absolutely adore a novel to give it five stars, but that doesn’t mean they’re an automatic Julia’s Pick. I have to carefully evaluate every decision… since this is just serious business, you know.
The UBC has, to date, chosen 30 books over the last (almost) three years. I went through the entire list, and – in addition to the other three I revealed here and here – I found only two more that merited the Julia’s Pick honour.
Yup. Just two. That’s five Julia’s Picks in total, out of a potential 30 book club books. Pretty exclusive, eh? Here’s the next two:
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
In general, this book was quite well liked by the UBC, but I liked it a lot more than most of the girls. I really, really loved it. While I admit it starts off a bit slow, by the time I was halfway through, I was totally emotionally invested. It was the most simple, touching story I’ve read in a long time. I thought the characters were believable, real and sweet. Perhaps I’m biased though – I love stories about England and I love old people. So perhaps I was bound to love Harold and his tender adventure.
Our Daily Bread by Lauren Davis
Since this was declared the UBC’s favourite book ever, it should come as no surprise that it’s also a Julia’s Pick. It’s a fictional story based on the Goler Clan of Nova Scotia. Erin gives a thorough review of the novel (and the UBC’s thoughts on it) in this post, so I’d just like to say this – it has been a long time since I’ve read such a well-crafted and carefully written story on such a difficult subject. The characters were brilliant. I literally could not put it down and stayed up way too late to finish it. No doubt I’ll be recommending this to countless people!
And that’s it for now. I have a few other non-book club books I’d like to declare Julia’s Picks, but you’ll have to wait until next month for those!
I also want to draw your attention to the new & nifty tab at the top of the blog called – appropriately – “Julia’s Picks“. This is a quick way to view the complete list!
In the meantime, feel free to pitch books for the next installment.
What books do you think are Julia’s Pick-worthy?