Michelle Payette-DaoustThe love of books and the joy of reading are enhanced when the pleasure is shared. Join the Online Book Club and have fun discovering other readers’ favorites and recommended reads.


Michelle Payette-Daoust has 15 years of experience in a teaching environment. She is passionate about languages, inter-culturalism, teaching and literature.  A collaborative spirit, she enthusiastically seized the chance to host this bilingual Pointe-Claire online book community.



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35 thoughts on “ONLINE BOOK CLUB

  1. What a great idea. Two of my favourite novels of all time were The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguru and The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery and a memoir by P.D. James-A Time to be in Earnest. I am in yr mom’s book club and these three were popular with most of us as I recall. Good luck with this.

  2. The End of your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe is my latest addiction. It combines two of my most favourite things in life: reading and end-of-life care.

    My five years as a Visiting Volunteer at Crossroads Hospice in Port Moody, BC, has given me a glimpse of the diverse ways we try to communicate with each other. Even on our last breath we still try to connect. And when words can’t express thought or feeling, we move onto to body language, music, crafts and/or silence. This book has given me more ideas on how to connect with our patients/residents, and in how to approach the more meaningful and often difficult subjects, without offending or alienating anyone. Lovely, truthful and hopeful book. A must read for book lovers and end-of-life caregivers.

    1. What a beautiful way to introduce us to a book, Danielle!

      I will definitely place “The End of your Life Book Club” on our list of candidates.
      Wouldn’t it be fitting to start off our club by discussing a book about a book club.
      Keep your suggestions and comments coming!

      1. Good point … and totally unintentional (book club within a book club)! This one hits close to home and is a confirmation of what draws me to end-of-life topics: we are alive until we are dead … right up to the very last heart beat we try to make a difference. The author and his mom found a shared language that allowed them to discuss the toughest topics. And she showed her son that terminal cancer can’t quash a genuine joie de vivre.

  3. Hello Gwen, it’s nice to meet you. 🙂
    I read Muriel Barbery’s briliant, brilliant novel in the original French and was just blown away by the combination of intellectual refinement and human warmth, especially in a young-ish author. In French, you really appreciate her mastery of language.
    I have noted all 3 suggestions.
    Please stay in touch.

  4. Hello Danielle!

    What a beautiful way to introduce us to a book!

    I will definitely place “The End of your Life Book Club” on our list of candidates.
    Wouldn’t it be fitting to start off our club by discussing a book about a book club.
    Keep your suggestions and comments coming!

  5. All the books in the running look fantastic and any one of them will be wonderfully interesting and thought provoking I’m sure. However, The Elegance of the Hedgehog seems very “Amelie-esque” to me and piqued my interest!

  6. From Danielle’s suggestion, I am now interested in reading The End of Your Life Book Club. It sounds like a good beginning book for a beginning book club.

    I recently and by chance discovered Alice Hoffman. In the library I perused the first couple of pages of Probable Future, and read (regarding Jenny who was at that moment delivering a feet-first daughter) “Jenny’s cries were piercing. Women in labour put their fingers in their ears, and down in the cafeteria the lemon puddings curdled and had to be thrown away.” That is when I decided to read on. Now, I have finished The Red Garden, also recommendable, and am pleased that there are plenty more stories to read, including the recent bestselling The Dovekeepers.

    1. Hello Gail! I’m so glad you could join the conversation! 🙂

      I have noted your vote for The End of Your Life Book Club in the creative non-fiction category. I love the circular effect of it too.

      I will add Alice’s Hoffman’s Probable Future for this go-round. Perhaps, when you have read The Dovekeepers, you can decide whether it, or The Red Garden, should be suggested for our next Group Discussion.

      Don’t forget, the final decision will be made next week.

  7. I am just finishing NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON by Pascal Mercier. To give you a taste of its beauty, even in translation, “Given that we can only live a small part of what there is in us – what happens to the rest?” And so our Swiss German protagonist Gregorius sets out in search of his own life. This is a gorgeously written story about … everything: living a purposeful life, language, love, family, destiny and the meaning of books. I am enjoying reading EVERY word and will be quite wistful when I’m finished.

    1. Oh my! What a beautiful way to present the book.
      All these wonderful novels are going to make it next to impossible to choose!

      1. So you haven’t read this one? OMG … you will love it. It’s love of language and books is addictive!

    1. I’ve just finished it and think I might just start reading it again … it’s that good. Layer upon layer of thoughts and feelings; it simply requires multiple readings.

  8. Mystery solved … it’s written by a PhD in Philosophy. First time author, full-time professor. So many little existential nuggets to ponder.

  9. As a counter-balance, I read something a little lighter, THE ROSIE PROJECT by Australian author Graeme Simsion. Couldn’t put it down and finished all 324 pages in one sitting. It was such a good, easy, funny and entertaining a read. Sheldon Cooper-like protagonist in search of a wife (and social belonging). Hilarious.

    1. I like the notion of something light and upbeat. the thing is, with every suggestion we receive, we create a bank of previously-tested books to share. 🙂 Clearly Danielle, you are the Book Club’s Number One tester right now.
      What I’ll do is create a complete list of all the good reads recommended by the Online contributors.
      We’ll never have to read a review again!,

      1. Thank you for your review of ‘The Rosie Project’. I might return to the book again and give it a go. I kept picking it up at Chapters, leafing through it, coming across swear words, and setting it down again. I always feel that swearing is a cheap form of writing, where the author couldn’t be bothered to spend some time to develop a better phrasing. Is this an anomaly or the trend these days? The only time I ever heard a swear word used effectively was by Clint Eastwood’s character in the movie, ‘In the Line of Fire’.

  10. Thank you for the suggestion of The
    Night Train to Lisbon. I will definitely check it when at the library next. The blurb on it compares it to the works of Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I highly recommend his Cemetery of Lost Books, three in total. The first and last are a must read. He is a true storyteller. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is my very favourite book. Another I recommend is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society. Great characters!

    1. Hello Louise,

      Our tastes aline. 🙂

      I was mesmerized by “The Shadow of the Wind” (Zafon); which is also one of the most beautiful book titles ever. The Cemetery of Lost Books at the heart of the story is a magical place that probably inhabits the dream world of many book lovers.

      “The Angel’s Game”, which continues Zafon’s exploration of Spain in the first half of the 20th century was different in the sense that it required a commitment on the part of the reader to follow the narrative to places that were unsettling…disturbing. I thought that it was a brilliant examination of the origins of evil.

      Zafon’s Spain (especially Barcelona) is Gothic; his books create an atmosphere of deep passions, moral ambiguity, and of veiled evil, that helped me to grasp the contradictions and tensions within Spain’s history and culture.

      And there is something very Latin about Zafon’s storytelling that feels meandering yet circumscribed.

      I also loved Mary Ann Shaffer’s “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”. It made me want to go live on that wonderful little island, just to hang out with its inhabitants.

      Please continue to comment!

      1. A friend gave me “The Shadow of the Wind”. A most beautiful story. I found it to be a love-tragedy, whereas she thought it to be a comedy! Sometimes I’ll read a book, or watch a movie, and if i don’t like the ending, the next time I’ll stop where I believe it should stop. The Purple Rose of Cairo is one example. I’ll stop the film where the screen actor and the lady in the film get together. For books, I’ll write my own paragraph or two that changes the direction of the story at some key juncture. “Juliet” by Anne Fortier comes to mind. A fabulous book. I tried to write the bridge to connect the past with the present, When I read “The Shadow of the Wind” again, i’ll try to do the same.

  11. Louise … have read the Zafron books and totally agree! Meanwhile am going to check out your other suggestions. Can’t wait!

  12. Hello…your post on FB brought me here.

    I just finished Shadow of the Wind and I loved it. I’m looking to get The Angel’s Game now though I already have the third book. In the meantime I’ve picked up The Circle by Dave Eggers. It’s the first time I’ve read a book by this author and it’s pretty interesting.

    Glad to have found your blog 🙂

  13. Hello Donna,

    Welcome to the online book club! 🙂

    I read David Eggers’ first book, “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” and discovered a very unique and idiosyncratic new voice in writing.
    One of the things that I think make his work especially interesting is the way he sits on the fence between creative non-fiction and fiction.

    Have you looked at the post on the runoff vote for the choice of novel we will be reading and discussing in December and January?
    We have a tie between Muriel Barbery’s “Elegance of the Hedgehog” and Jonas Jonasson’s “The hundred-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared”.

    Which is your preference?

    Keep in touch!

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