June Book Club

Our book club meets next on Friday, June 17 at 1:30pm. This month’s selection is The Reading List, a debut novel by Sara Nisha Adams. We have some copies available at the library. Anyone is welcome!

Book cover for The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams, published in 2021.

An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb.

Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in the London Borough of Ealing after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list… hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again. 

– from Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55276648-the-reading-list

May Book Club

Our next book club meeting is on Friday, May 20 at 1:30pm. This month’s read is Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, All The Light We Cannot See. We have lots of copies available at the library. Stop in and pick up your copy!

February Book Club

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? … Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

The next book club meeting is February 18 at 1:30pm. This month’s book is “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig, a thought-provoking, beautifully written best seller. We have several copies at the library and hope that you’ll read it.

January Book Club

Our newest Book Club book is in! Pick up your copy at the library.

The Last House Guest is a psychological thriller set in Littleport, Maine, which doubles both as a summer vacation spot for the wealthy, and a small harbour town for the local residents. Avery, a local, is drawn into the world of wealth when she’s ‘adopted’ by Sadie Loman to be her best friend.”

Read more at The Skinny.

Tell Us Your Stories

Awhile back, we put out a call asking for stories about your experiences during this pandemic. We are hoping that by sharing our stories, it will help our community heal a little from the loneliness that comes from self-isolation. So far, we haven’t received many stories, so I thought I’d get the ball rolling with a little icebreaker.

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but way back at the beginning of this whole thing – before March break – I was in a store where people were chitchatting about the impending “lockdown.” Remember when we thought it was only going to last for two weeks? Oh, the naiveté.

A woman ahead of me in line was dreading the thought of self-isolating with her family. Now, I don’t know her or her situation, but she was speaking with a good dose of humour. I chimed in that we have five kids and I expected to find the self-isolation challenging, as well. Her jaw dropped and she practically shouted, “Oh, my god, nope! Nope, nope, nope. I would poke out my own eyes and put myself in the hospital first.”

I laughed and assured her that they are good kids. She replied, “Doesn’t matter.”

Honestly, though, they are pretty wonderful kids. We have had some trying times, for sure, but I feel blessed to live where we do. While there was still snow on the ground, we could ride the snowmobile on our trails. Once spring arrived, we had the ATV, which also conveniently cleared a lot of trails. When the parks were closed, my partner built the kids an awesome play structure out of trees on our property. Then, the hot weather arrived and we received invitations to go swimming off of friends’ and neighbours’ docks.

Although the pandemic has kept the community separated, I truly feel it has also brought us together as we all do our part to protect the most vulnerable, to connect online and share a few laughs.

Don’t be shy! Let us know what it’s been like for you. Send us your stories through Facebook messenger or by emailing magcap@ontera.net. We look forward to hearing from you.