Islington Reads book club is open to all ages, genders and identities and to members and non-members of Islington United Church.

Islington Reads offers participants the opportunity to read some great books and connect with other readers in a meaningful way.


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All books discussed at Islington Reads are available for purchase at A Novel Spot Bookshop. A limited number are available from the church library. Please contact Anne Marriott at anne.marriott@gmail.com if you need to borrow a copy of the book.

Summer Reading LIst


My Indian Summer by Joseph Kakwinokanasum
Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus
Saturday night at the Lakeside Supper Club – j.ryan stradal
Closer by Sea (Perry Chafe)
Grandmother Begins Her Story (Michelle Porter)
Collected Regrets of Clover (Mikki Brammer)
Second Ending (Michelle Hoffman)
Tiffany Girls (Shelley Noble)
Fellowship Point (Alice ElliottDark)ello Beautiful by Ann NapolitanGo as a River by Shelley Read
The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell
Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Venco by Cherie Demaline
Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
Love & Saffron – A Novel of Friendship, Food and Love – Kim Fay


Building Justice – Frank IaccabuciThe
Lives We Actually have: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days — Kate Bowler & Jessica Richie
Unearthing (Kyo Maclean)
And Finally by Henry MarshTen Tomatoes that Changed the World by William Alexander

Author interviews

On September 26, 2023, C. S. Richardson joined Islington Reads
for an interview to discuss his book All The Colour in the World.

On June 20, 2023, Joseph Kakwinokanasum joined Islington Reads to discuss his novel, My Indian Summer.

On April 18, 2023, Clare Ross Dunn joined Islington Reads to discuss her novel, At Last Count.

On January 17, 2023, Clare Pooley joined Islington Reads to discuss her novel, Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting.

On November 1, 2022, Louise Michalos joined Islington Reads to discuss her novel, Marilla Before Anne.

On September 20, 2022, Reema Patel joined Islington Reads to discuss her novel, Such Big Dreams.

On June 7, 2022, Shelly Sanders joined Islington Reads to discuss her novel, Daughters of the Occupation.

On March 8, 2022, Marianne Cronin joined Islington Reads to discuss her first novel, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot.

On January 11, 2022, Uzma Jalaluddin joined Islington Reads to discuss her most recent book, Hana Khan Carries On.

On November 2, 2021, Cedar Bowers joined Islington Reads to discuss her debut novel, Astra.

On September 14, 2021, Michael Crummey visited Islington Reads to discuss his novel, The Innocents.

June 2021: An interview with Lesley Crewe, author of The Spoon Stealer

May 2021: An interview with Abi Daré, author of The Girl with the Louding Voice

January 2021: An interview with Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

Previous books

October 2020: The Wide Circumference of Love by Marita Golden

August 2020: Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

July 2020: Let Me Be Like Water by SK Perry

Where to find books

Copies of the book can be purchased online from A Novel Spot Bookshop: novelspot.ca. To order books, simply go online to order or books may be ordered by phone (416-233-2665). A Novel Spot will be offering local delivery in the M8 and M9 postal codes. Orders over $50 qualify for free delivery, with a $10 delivery fee for orders under $50. During the month of June, a delivery date will be arranged. After this, books will be delivered once a week on Thursdays. Please note that during this transition period, orders will take longer to fulfill.

If you would like to borrow a copy of the book from the Islington United Library, please contact Anne: anne.marriott@gmail.com

Books may also be available from other booksellers.


There is no cost to participate. Books can be purchased at A Novel Spot Bookshop in Humbertown Plaza.

If you don’t wish to purchase the books, or aren’t in a financial position to do so, you can still participate. The church library has purchased a limited number of copies of the books and is making them available for lending. Please contact Anne Marriott, the church librarian, to reserve a copy  (anne.marriott@gmail.com; 416-234-0796).

These books may also be available as ebooks through your local library or a partner library. Check online to find out.

More Information

If you want more information or have questions, we invite you to contact one of our committee members:

Anne Marriott: anne.marriott@gmail.com

Beth Pollock: beth.pollock@rogers.com

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