Book of the month – The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

I am totally late with this post, I know. Our December meeting was almost a week ago. But I’ve been distracted, and for a good reason – I got engaged on November 24th! Although, admittedly, this has absolutely nothing to do with books or book club.

But it does means I haven’t been reading, like, at all. I’m embarrassed to admit I did not get all the way through Blindness, our November book, but many other girls did. Hopefully the Christmas season means we’ll all have more free time, especially since some of us are reaching the finish line for our 2013 reading challenges.

November was a quiet month for us, but as we’re gearing up for our annual book club Christmas party in mid-December, I’m thinking last month was just the calm before the storm. A few of us did, however, head out to the National Arts Centre last night to see The Sound of Music. I think “entertaining” was the kindest way to describe the show. Personally I was thrilled it was a sing-along version. All musicals should be that way!

Alfie, Kristina's puppy pug posing with Erin & Mary Anne for the UBC Christmas card

Erin C. & Mary Anne posing with Alfie, Kristina’s puppy pug for the UBC Christmas card

Kristina chose our December book and I am SUPER excited to read it – The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. One of my favourite bloggers, How Sweet It Is, recommended it back in April and it’s been on my to-read list ever since. I think it’s going to be the perfect read for the holidays!

It’s described as a true American novel by most reviewers, and follows a group of friends from their teens to middle-age years. Apparently, the story sheds light on selfishness, envy and comparative success between friends over time. Art and artistry seems to play a big theme, highlighted by the book’s brightly-coloured jacket. Our newest member, Laura, has read it and compared it to Jonathan Franzen, whose novel Freedom we read in 2010 and loved.

No doubt we’ll be blogging before Christmas, but let this be our official holiday wish for our readers…

We wish you an abundance of happiness, love and awesome books this holiday season!


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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One Response to Book of the month – The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

  1. Julia Kent, I will read everything you have written eventually. I consider you one of the most interesting young authors. I have only read over 400 books in the last year, at over $600. so I should be able to consider myself a friend of the author-ities, wouldn’t you say? My Kindle, my est friend, died a week ago and I just got a replacement, so I’m back in the thick of things. Hapyy Holidays to all you wonderfully creative types, whatever be your mediums.


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