islington reads

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

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

October 2020

Tuesday, October 20 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Zoom

At our October meeting we will discuss The Wide Circumference of Love by Marita Golden.

Synopsis: An African-American family novel which follows Diane Tate, a judge, who is forced to renegotiate life when her husband, an architect, is diagnosed with early onset dementia, and along with her adult children, must re-examine her connection to the man he is and ultimately her connection with herself.

September 2020

In September the Islington Reads Book Club will take a break as we join the whole congregation in reading We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian McLaren.

Synopsis: This book offers everything you need to explore what a difference an honest, living, growing faith can make in our world today. It also puts tools in your hands to create a life-changing learning community in any home, restaurant, or other welcoming space.

The 52 weekly readings can each be read aloud in 10 to 12 minutes and offer a simple curriculum of insightful reflections and transformative practices. Organized around the traditional church year, these readings give an overview of the whole Bible and guide an individual or a group of friends through a year of rich study, interactive learning, and personal growth.

August 2020

Tuesday, August 18 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm on Zoom

At our August meeting we will discuss Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

Synopsis: A chance encounter between Raymond, a young man who feels he doesn’t belong, and Mildred, a 92-year-old blind woman, blossoms into a deep and rewarding friendship. Simple acts of kindness and learning the true meaning of living are explored in this poignant novel.

JULY 2020

Tuesday, July 7 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm on Zoom

At our first meeting in July we discussed Let Me Be Like Water by S.K. Perry.

Synopsis: Meet Frank, an older man who has the knack of finding people when they need him most. Meet Holly, a young lady trying to figure out her life without her boyfriend. Told from Holly’s perspective, this powerful novel explores new friendships and moving forward while paying tribute to a wonderful past.

Where to find books

Books are available for purchase from A Novel Spot Bookshop located in the Humbertown Shopping Centre at 270 The Kingsway. You can order one or both books by calling the store at 416-233-2665 or visiting their website at Curbside pickups are available, as are deliveries in the M8 and M9 postal code areas for orders over $50. Books may also be available from other booksellers.



There is no cost to participate in the Islington Reads bookclub. The cost to purchase the books from A Novel Spot Bookshop is approximately $22 each, plus tax. At other book stores prices may vary.

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, (; 416-234-0796) to reserve a copy.

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

more information

To participate, simply complete the registration form below to sign up for one or both sessions.

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

Anne Marriott:
Carol Wilson: