Welcome to The Unputdownable Book Club blog!
How we started
I’m Julia Kent, the president and founder of the book club. After graduating from Carleton’s journalism school, I suddenly had time to read novels. As I plowed through books, I felt lonely – reading was wonderful, but I wanted to share it with someone. I missed the university-like environment where I could discuss what I was learning and reading with my peers.
Then, it clicked – I’ll start a book club! I gathered my closest girlfriends (the founding members) and in October 2010, we had our first book club meeting. Over the last five years, we’ve grown to more than 40 members and started this blog.
How it works
Our book club normally meets on the first Sunday of every month. The hosting rotates through the members, as does the book-picking. The meetings are always potluck and BYOW (bring your own wine), and typically feature a lot of cheese and quinoa salads. Lately, the book club has become so popular we’ve had to institute recruiting freezes, but periodically we accept new members through referral.
Who we are
We are an eclectic collection of young ladies with varying interests, beliefs and backgrounds. That being said, we do have some commonalities – we’re strong, educated women who love being in a learning environment. Even though book club is sometimes heavy on the wine and light on the books, it’s really about getting together with other intelligent women who challenge and motivate each other.
What we read
Name a genre, and we’ve probably read it. You can see the complete list of our book picks by clicking here, but typically we’re reading critically-acclaimed fiction, whether it be classics, award-winners or just what’s hot right now. We try to choose Canadian authors more often than not and like picking books with buzz. The bottom line? Nothing is off-limits in our book club.
Why the blog
At our meetings, I’ve often wished someone was recording the wonderful discussions we have and the excellent points some girls make. We realized we should be sharing our opinions and experiences with the world, while providing a creative outlet for our members. On this blog you’ll find book reviews, monthly series, debates and much more.
Don’t hesitate – get involved by reading along with us!
As seen on CTV’s The Social!