Book of the month – A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

All sorts of interesting things today!

First of all, happy new year! You’re all probably setting our annual reading challenges over on Goodreads, like many of us are. I was a colossal failure in 2014, only reading five UBC books (ugh) and 17 books in total. #fail

Hopefully you did better than I did! Here’s to raising the bar in 2015.

Sooo… since our last update, you will know we were on the BBC’s World Book Club taking about The Dinner with author Herman Koch! That was cool.

We had Book Club Christmas Party (complete with our annual gift exchange) and it was epic, as always. A highlight – collectively singing The Twelve Days of Christmas and wearing moustaches.

Book Club Christmas Party

Sarah found this cool list of non-book gifts for book lovers... did any of you get or give any of that stuff? I still very badly want a set of these book bed sheets.

These 51 beautiful sentences from literature warmed my heart over the holidays. I know they say a picture says a thousand words, but some of these quotes make me think just a few words can say a thousand things.

We were all SUPER excited that the CBC’s Book of Negroes mini-series began. Have any of you watched it? I haven’t yet, but heard it’s amazing!

Could this be any more appropriate? 15 literary quotes to start the new year off right. My personal favourite:

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
― L.M. Montgomery

So there’s this guy who took a photo every time he saw someone reading on the subway. Mostly because he thinks books are going extinct. It’s pretty cool! I love that one guy is reading The Elements of Style. Classic.

BuzzFeed does it again with this book store engagement. So cute!

And most recently, Alex shared these amazing libraries from around the world. Looks like France has some of the best ones!

Right. So those were the cool and interesting book-related links since, ohh, the end of November. On to the business of the day – our first book of 2015!

Erin chose this month’s book, and since she’s a founding member, it’s her fourth time picking! She chose A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, a very famous and renowned Canadian author. When it was published in 2004, it won the Governor General’s Award and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. In 2006, it also won CBC’s Canada Reads! Sooo basically it’s a rockstar of a book and we’re definitely (surely) going to love it.

Happy New Year to all the book lovers out there!


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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4 Responses to Book of the month – A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

  1. I’m watching the Book of Negroes and I agree…it is amazing. The book was awesome and it was one of those books you never forget.


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