Book of the month – Dear Life by Alice Munro

Happy new year!!! I’ve spent the work week writing “2013” on everything, so clearly the new year hasn’t fully sunk in yet. But it is 2014 and that reminds me of one of my favourite book quotes:

Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.

In case you don’t recognize it, it’s from Anne of Green Gables. It sums up perfectly how many of us feel about a new year – it’s a fresh start, a clean slate, and an opportunity to conquer all your goals.

Speaking of goals, a few of us wrapped up our 2013 reading challenges, and, well… I don’t think any of us met our goals this year. However, we’ve upped the ante for 2014 to make up for it.

We also had a notoriously outrageous Christmas party, and guess what? Santa stopped by AGAIN. And I missed him… AGAIN. Apparently this book club prez and Santa are not on the same wavelength. I’m hopefully he’ll be around next year so I can finally see this handsome book club-loving devil in person.

Anyway…

Book Club Santa

December was a busy month, as it always it, complete with appearances in a small-town Virginia library’s newsletter, compiling book-related gift guides, and drooling over these wine and cheese pairings, sent to us by our Parisian book club correspondent, Alyssa. You’re welcome.

We gathered in early January to discuss December’s book, The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, which was read by almost every single member (awesome!), and then Mary Anne chose our next book, which is incredibly timely and appropriate – Dear Life by Alice Munro!

As the world most definitely knows, Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013. It was a joyous occaision for Canadians, who have long celebrated Munro as a “master of the contemporary short story”. She was the first Canadian woman to win the prize since it started in 1901.

Dear Life is her most recent collection of short stories, published in 2012. We are all extremely excited to read them!

What did you read over the holidays? Let us know!

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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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