islington reads

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.

Christmas Book List

Check out this amazing list of other uplifting and engaging stories for the giving season, courtesy of the Islington Reads Bookclub.


Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

An Irish Country Family by Patrick Taylor

Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons

Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees

The Company We Keep by Frances Itani

Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese

And don’t forget The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan (Toronto author who will be with us virtually for our next Islington Reads Book Club) Tuesday, January 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Zoom



The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Keep Moving by Maggie Smith

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

Be Water My Friend by Shannon Lee

The New Farm by Brent Preston

Superman’s Not Coming by Erin Brockovich

January 2021

Tuesday, January 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Zoom

At our January meeting we will discuss The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan.

Synopsis: In post-World War II London, determined to save their marriage and the city they love, two people divided by World War II’s secrets rebuild their lives, their love, and their world.

Meeting - January 2021

The London Restoration with author Rachel McMillan.

2020 - 2021

From September 2020 to June 2021, the Islington congregation will join together 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.

Previous books

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

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

Books are available for purchase from A Novel Spot Bookshop located in the Humbertown Shopping Centre at 270 The Kingsway. You can order 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 book club. 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, (; 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 any session.

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

Anne Marriott: