Judging by the number of Library patrons who mention their book club when inquiring at the desk for specific books, and seeing the popularity of the library’s own book clubs, it is safe to say that in recent years book clubs have seen a surge in popularity. We often hear patrons say that they would never have read a certain title if it wasn’t for their book club! In fact, one of the great benefits about being in a book club is that we are forced to stretch our reading interests and read titles that we might not otherwise choose.
If your club takes a break for the summer, or if you are curious about what titles others may be reading, here is a partial list of the books selected by the library’s book clubs this year. Stretch your reading interests this summer and try one!
Winner of Giller prize 2012. A crime story and a thriller. The story links four lives – three Africans and one Canadian – who become entangled in a Nigerian Internet scam peppered with violence, greed and hope.
The Birth House
The story of a young midwife in an isolated Nova Scotian village during the WWI era.
My Life in France
This is the book that inspired the movie “Julie & Julia”. The memoirs describe Julia Child’s experiences as she arrives in France around 1948 with her husband and begins to discover French cuisine and cooking.
“People’s Choice Finalist” in the 2013 “Canada Reads” competition; Globe & Mail’s “Top 100 Books of 2012”. A compelling story about an Ojibway man.
Me Before You
A New York Times Bestseller, described as “a thought- provoking tear-jerker that stays with you for a long time”.
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
Giller Prize Finalist 2014. Coming of age novel set in Montréal.
The Painted Girls
Cathy Marie Buchanan
#1 Canadian Bestseller, New York Times Bestseller, “Best Book of 2013” by Good Housekeeping and Canada Reads. The story of three sisters who are aspiring ballerinas in Paris during the 1870’s and their association with the artist Dégas.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Pulitzer Prize winning novel, 1960. American classic and powerful civil rights movement statement.