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.

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Upcoming Meetings

Our next meeting will be on January 17, 2023 at 2pm on Zoom. Clare Pooley will be joining us live from England to discuss her novel, Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting.

From the New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of The Authenticity Project, this a heartwarming novel about unexpected friendships and the joy of connecting.

“Nobody ever talks to strangers on the train. It’s a rule. But what would happen if they did?

Every day Iona, a larger-than-life magazine advice columnist, travels the ten stops from Hampton Court to Waterloo Station by train, accompanied by her dog, Lulu. Every day she sees the same people, whom she knows only by nickname: Impossibly-Pretty-Constant-Reader and Terribly-Lonely-Teenager. Of course, they never speak. Seasoned commuters never do. 

Then one morning, the man she calls Smart-But-Sexist-Manspreader chokes on a grape right in front of her. He’d have died were it not for the timely intervention of Sanjay, a nurse, who gives him the Heimlich maneuver. 

This single event starts a chain reaction, and an eclectic group of people with almost nothing in common except their commute discover that a chance encounter can blossom into much more. It turns out that talking to strangers can teach you about the world around you—and even more about yourself.”

WINTER Book List 2022

Friends of Islington and Islington Reads, 

As you prepare for the season of giving and sharing of stories, books can play an important part in our holidays – a soft place to land, to curl up and escape, to grow deeper in knowledge and Spirit. Here are some of Rev. Maya Landell’s suggestions for your giving or getting list.


This list has been curated by and has the bonus link of meeting the author through Islington Reads.

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


This book is a beautifully written gift for the soul. It is an oasis of reflection in a busy season, and comes with a free journal and podcast.


Alphabet of Faith has informed Islington United’s community life all year, and bonus 26 reflections online from me. A great gift for someone you want to talk with about the openness of faith.

On Living Well gathers the best of Eugene’s writing, breadcrumbs of wisdom on a path of faith.

A Year with Rumi is beauty in words and poetry that follows the seasons of our lives.

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

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. 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  (; 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: