What a month we’ve had!
I’m not really sure where to start, so I’ll try to move through September’s highlights chronologically.
First of all, Erin H. shared this awesome list (don’t you just love BuzzFeed?) – 32 books that will actually change your life. I’ve only read four, embarrassingly, but we were all pretty pumped to see Cat’s first pick, Never Let Me Go, on the list!
And as if you haven’t already heard enough about this… the biggest news early in the month was our appearance on CTV’s new talk show The Social. It was quite the experience! I was proud to represent my UBC girls. If you missed the segment, you can catch it here.
Okay, now we’re moving into a good news/bad news situation. I’ll throw out the bad news first…
Alyssa, our travel expert, has left us once again. She’s moved to Paris for a year, just for fun. We’re all jealous, but mostly bummed – we’ll miss her humour, wit and tipsy antics – but like all great UBC members, we know she’ll be back.
Now for the good news: THREE of our members are pregnant! Isn’t that amazing? Erin H. revealed her secret on the blog, but the other two will remain nameless until they’re ready to shout it from the rooftops. Long story short, we are so excited for BABIES! I can see it now – The “Unputdownable” Book Club: The NEXT Generation. We’re seriously taking over the world.
Some more awesome news: Yael, one of our newest members, shared her beautiful and moving story about her inability to read while battling cancer over the last year. If you haven’t read it yet, you must – Yael’s a fabulous writer and a very brave woman. We are so thrilled she’s joined us!
So as you can see, there has been lots going on, but most importantly, the UBC celebrated two huge milestones in early October – our third anniversary and our first blogiversary! Where does the freakin’ time go? Seems like yesterday the original nine members were huddled in my tiny apartment for our first meeting. Thank you to everyone who has supported us – members, friends, family, boyfriends, and our readers everywhere!
Moving on to today’s agenda – our October pick!
In the last three years, we have really come full circle. Erin C. picked our first book ever, Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, and exactly three years later, we gathered at her house and she chose our 35th book – critically-acclaimed The God of Small Things, author Arundhati Roy’s debut novel. Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 1997, it is the controversial story of fraternal twins and how the small things affect people’s lives and behaviours. It explores Indian history and politics, class and cultural relations, discrimination and forbidden love. To date, it is Roy’s only novel.
I am excited to read this because it’s different – we have yet to read an Indian novel and it’s not a new book (it was written in 1996). So often we focus on what’s hot on the shelves, rather than delve into novels published some time ago. I have a feeling this is going to be a really good story!
What are you reading his fall? Leave a comment and let us know!