Book of the month – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

We have good news – we’re re-committing to blogging!

After a bit of a hiatus, Sarah pointed out that this little blog is just too neat of a thing to let slide. And we agree – it’s so special! How many collaborative book blogs do you know of, that stand the test of time?

Our little book club is still going strong, with almost five years under our belt. That means 55 books! It’s amazing.

We haven’t really updated the blog since February, so here’s what’s been happening in our world:

We died with laughter at Jimmy Kimmel’s book club. Adorable, and a must-watch.

This hilarious graphic. I especially like “intending to read” and “read, but can’t remember a single thing about it”.

My Library by Tom Gauld



We made it to the big leagues! Not really, but we are finally listed on – check us out here!

Erin finally shared her much-anticipated list of her favourite books from 2014. It’s a tradition! More things to add to you reading list – you’re welcome 🙂

We found the best Instagram account to follow for book lovers. This girls’ life is amazing!

So, we went a little nuts over Canada Reads this year because not only was When Everything Feels Like The Movies a contender, but it was defended by Lainey Lui who I chatted about books with on The Social in September 2013. She was the most fierce, even though it finished second. We love this video of her!

What it wasn’t a official UBC pick, many of us have read the uber-popular novel The Girl on the Train to mixed reviews. If you’re into that sort of thing, here are other novels just like it.

We did read A House in The Sky by Amanda Lindhout and had some awesome discussions about it. We were all fascinated by the story, and her choice to enter such dangerous countries with virtually no protection. If you’ve read it, you might be interested in what Nigel and Amanda are up to now. We also found this amazing Instagram account, which portrays a different view of Somalia.

This is funny – with Grey by E.L. James just announced, and the first movie released, we were surprised when our friends over at Grammarly dissected 50 Shades of Grey only to discover isn’t actually not that poorly written. Come again, you might ask? In fact, they found that many other popular novels make the same number of mistakes, like A Moveable Feast, The Age of Innocence and Tender is the Night. Hmmm…

On April Fool’s, Goodreads got us good. Okay, maybe only for a second.

BuzzFeed is always our go-to for a list of interesting ways to bookify your home.

Bill Gates just shared his “beach reads” for 2015… none of which are probably classified as “beachy”, but still.

Anyway, on to the business of the day… our June book! It was Yvonne’s turn to pick and she chose Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which is super hot right now and has received much critical acclaim. The Globe & Mail says it  has “suspense, science fiction and elements of horrors – but [it] is undoubtedly a literary work.” It’s been on my reading list for months so I am really excited to get into it!

What are you reading this summer?




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 – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  1. Pingback: Over a cup of tea…

  2. Brandy says:

    My book club is reading Eight Hundred Grapes!


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