I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better – Part 4 (pages 179 – 231)

Monica Heisey- I Can't Believe-final cover -april 2015Summer is coming to an end, and so is The Word On The Street’s Book Club discussion of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better!

This week, book club leader Michele has a few last questions based on page 179 to the end of the book. Feel free to use these as a jumping-off point for any other thoughts or questions you may have too.

Thanks to all who’ve read along and shared their thoughts on the book!

Monica Heisey reads at the Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent at 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM on Sunday, September 27th.


4th Section: (pg 179-231)

“S-E-X-X-X and Love” and “Our Modern World”

  1. Among a chapter filled with a light-hearted list of turn-ons and a quiz about flirting, Heisey discusses a fairly serious and eye-opening subject: the harassment that she, and definitely (too) many other women, face online on a constant basis due to what they write about. We’ve all heard the term “internet troll,” and ignoring them is easier said than done. How have you previously handled a volatile situation, whether in person or online?
  1. Facebook is constantly updating, whether we like the changes or not. I am definitely a fan of the improved privacy features from what it was many years ago, but there are certainly other things that could do with some fixing or explaining. If given the chance, what ONE thing would you ask Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook?
  1.  Thanks to Netflix and other similar streaming programs, it now lets us spend hours – or days – watching an entire TV series. Heisey lists some of her tips on how to prepare yourself for hours of TV, but what are your own Netflix rituals? What was the last show you binge-watched, and what’s on your list to watch next?

That’s it for the book club discussion for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better! Thank you all for stopping in to chat with me about it, and I look forward to meeting everyone at The Word On The Street on September 27!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better – Part 3 (pages 127 – 178)

Monica Heisey- I Can't Believe-final cover -april 2015The Word On The Street’s Book Club discussion of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better continues!

This week, book club leader Michele has questions based on pages 127 – 178.

Coming Up
Part 4: (pages 179 – 231)
“S-E-X-X-X and Love” and “Our Modern World”


3rd Section: (pg 127-178)
“On Female Friendship, aka Everything” and “Fashion”

1. While we are now separated by continents and oceans, I met my first friend on the first day of junior kindergarten 30 years ago, and we still amazingly keep in touch and send birthday gifts to each other every year. Can you remember the very first female friendship you had? When/how did you meet, and do you still keep in touch?

2. It can be said that female friendships are more complex and multi-layered, while guys and their male friendships tend to be more casual. Do you agree, or disagree – and why do you think that is?

3. Heisey opens the Fashion section with a funny, yet poignant, look at “dressing to flatter your body”. I’m sure many of us are guilty of doing just that, but she brings up a good point on why we follow that and why some people choose to just wear what they would like to wear. Do you agree with that sentiment, and do you follow that way of thinking when it comes to your wardrobe?

4. In one of the many humourous quizzes within the book, Heisey identifies some of the fashion mistakes of her past. Hindsight is 20/20, so looking back, what are some of your fashion faux pas?

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better – Part 2 (pages 69 – 126)

Monica Heisey- I Can't Believe-final cover -april 2015The Word On The Street’s Book Club discussion of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better got started last week. Check out the conversation!

This week, book club leader Michele has a few questions based on pages 69 -126.

Coming Up
Part 3:
(pages 127 – 178)
“On Female Friendship, aka Everything” and “Fashion”

Part 4: (pages 179 – 231)
“S-E-X-X-X and Love” and “Our Modern World”


2nd Section: (pg 69-126)

“Werk” and “It’s Called Manners, Read a Book”

  1. Working from home has become more of a common reality for many nowadays. I think I’d like to, but only on a sporadic basis. I generally enjoy the office atmosphere and being around others. Do you work from home, or would you like to? What do you think the pros and cons of that kind of working environment would be?
  1. Heisey (half?) jokingly lists some difficult workplace truths, but what are some actual ones that you have discovered or learned yourself from being out in the working world?
  1. Having been slender my entire life and now newly married, I particularly connected with the section about people who want to talk you about your body whether it’s that they think I have an eating disorder or wondering when I’m going to have kids. How do you handle these situations, where a stranger or someone you know wants to discuss things about your body?

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better – Part 1 (pages 1 – 68)

Welcome to The Word On The Street Book Club!

We’ve selected four great Canadian reads by authors appearing at the 2015 festival as part of our second summer book club. We’ll be discussing the books each week for the next month, and on September 27th, everyone will have the chance to meet the authors in person at Harbourfront Centre.

Share your views in the comments of the blog, using the questions posed by our book club leaders as a jumping-off point for any other thoughts or questions you may have.


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Monica Heisey

Book Club Leader: Michele Daniels
Blog: Just a Lil’ Lost

According to her family, Michele started reading when she was 3 – and she hasn’t put a book down since. Her love of reading and the online world inspired her to start her site, Just a Lil’ Lost, where she connects with others and writes about books and pop culture topics. She enjoys books in all genres; from adult and young adult fiction to non-fiction and graphic novels. When she doesn’t have a book in hand, Michele can probably be found with a coffee in one, and a macaron in the other.

Take it away, Michele!


Part 1: (pages 1 – 68)
“Food” and “What’s Going On With Your Body”

 Discussion Questions:

  1. Based on the first section of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better, it’s evident that Heisey has an interesting relationship to specific foods, occasionally related to particular events in her life. What food immediately stirs up feelings or memories of a significant moment in your life, and how/why?
  1. If I hadn’t already reached my 30s, I would probably be a bit disbelieving at some of the “sneaky” ways that our bodies go through changes once we get older. What has been the strangest/funniest/most unusual thing someone has warned you about that happens as we age?
  1. Heisey talks about learning to self-care – to take time for ourselves and not feel guilty about it. What are some ways that you care for yourself, or would like to care for yourself?

Coming Up:
Part 2: (pages 69 – 126)
“Werk” and “It’s Called Manners, Read a Book”

Part 3: (pages 127 – 178)
“On Female Friendship, aka Everything” and “Fashion”

Part 4: (pages 179 – 231)
“S-E-X-X-X and Love” and “Our Modern World”

Join The Word On The Street’s Book Club!

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The Word On The Street’s Book Club is back! 

We’ve selected four great reads for The Word On The Street’s second summer book club.

Chat with other CanLit fans, share your point of view, and get a free Advanced Reading Copy or book by a featured author at the biggest book festival in Canada.

Participation is FREE! Visit our website for more info about the books, and to join the club. We’ll be posting discussion questions right here on The Word On The Street blog in August.

Meet our 2015 Book Club Leaders

We’re excited to have four book-loving bloggers leading the discussions this summer!

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Book Club Leader: Karen Ma
Blog: One More Page

Karen Ma has been a bookworm her whole life and can often be found reading and walking at the same time. Her love of books inspired her to create her blog, One More Page, which has been featured on CBC Books’ “Canadian Blogs” section. When she’s not reading, Karen can be found playing board games, watching TV, and looking at cute animal pictures online.

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Book Club Leader: Christine Nguyen
Blog: Padfoots Library

Christine is a 25 year old book blogger who is also a graduate student. She particularly enjoys Japanese contemporary literature and some of her favourite authors are Haruki Murakami and Kazuo Ishiguro. She reads a wide range of books from Adult fiction and non-fiction to YA fiction. She started writing book reviews as a platform to sing her praises for books she really loved and to connect with the online book community.

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Book Club Leader: Jenn Hubbs
Blog: Lost in a Great Book

Born in small town Ontario to a librarian and a high school teacher, Jenn grew up surrounded by books of all genres and a family of readers. A former teacher, she is a public librarian and a selection and events coordinator, working with publishers across North America. As a proud CanLit supporter, Jenn continues to read, review and recommend books to anyone who will listen.

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Book Club Leader: Michele Daniels
Blog: Just a Lil’ Lost

According to her family, Michele started reading when she was 3 – and she hasn’t put a book down since. Her love of reading and the online world inspired her to start her site, Just a Lil’ Lost, where she connects with others and writes about books and pop culture topics. She enjoys books in all genres; from adult and young adult fiction to non-fiction and graphic novels. As the creator of #ParisMonth, an annual blog event that just wrapped its fourth year, she celebrates her obsession with the French city all month long every April. When she doesn’t have a book in hand, Michele can probably be found with a coffee in one, and a macaron in the other.