Readers Circle Reviews

The only thing better than turning the pages of inspiring, enlightening, and entertaining books is getting together with friends to share your thoughts on each story. Join our Readers Circle and share how you feel about this collection of literary delights.

 

THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern

From the author of the best-selling novel The Night Circus comes a new and exciting story of love, adventure, and self-discovery. Zachary Ezra Rawlins, graduate student in Vermont, finds a book hidden on the shelves at a library. As he reads, he’s led into a mysterious and secret world of stories, filled with pirates, prisoners, and the lovelorn. A hauntingly beautiful ode to stories, The Starless Sea is a perfect summer read.

Penguin Random House, $32.99

 

Book Club question: The Starless Sea frequently changes narrative perspective. How does this shape your reading of the story?

 

 

FOR SMALL CREATURES SUCH AS WE by Sasha Sagan

Sasha Sagan, raised by secular parents Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, was taught through her childhood to appreciate the profound beauty of the natural world. Now, with a family of her own, she explores the meaning behind the everyday rites and rituals that make up a life, from births, deaths, birthdays, weddings, and more. This beautiful memoir offers a guidebook for celebrating the unique meaning to your life.

Murdoch Books, $29.99

 

Book Club question: What rituals did you grow up with? Do you have a favourite?

 

 

THE INGENIOUS LANGUAGE by Andrea Marcolongo & Will Schutt

Greek is, as the saying goes, so much Greek to many people. The Ingenious Language: Nine Epic Reasons to Love Greek is an inspiring and fascinating exploration of the language used by some of history’s greatest poets, philosophers, and adventurers, and a dedication to a language that offers new and beautiful ways to see the world. If you’re a word nerd, a lover of language, or a grammar geek, this is a must-read for you.

Europa Compass, $27.99

 

Book Club question: Which of the nine reasons do you think is the most evocative and why?

 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD READ CHILDREN’S BOOKS by Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell believes firmly that reading changes your view of the world. Her new 50-page essay Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise puts forward the proposal that fiction for the young in particular helps us to rediscover things we may not know we
have lost as we’ve grown.

Bloomsbury Publishing, $12.99

 

Book Club question: What was the last children’s book that you read and what did you learn from it?

 

 

ISLAND ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Deborah Rodriguez

Venturing through the colourful streets of Port-au-Prince, four women search for a lost child. Brought together for very different reasons, Charlie, Bea, Lizbeth, and Senzey help each other survive, thrive, and ultimately change their lives. This captivating story follows their journey through the chaotic capital of Haiti, teeming with artists, activists, do-gooders, and normal people doing their best to make it through each day.

Penguin Random House, $32.99

 

Book Club question: Which of the four women do you identify with most and why?

 

 

MAKE IT SCREAM, MAKE IT BURN by Leslie Jamison

52 Blue (also known as “the loneliest whale in the world”), Civil War photography, Second Life gamers, a museum dedicated to relationship breakups, and reincarnated children; these are some of the subjects in Leslie Jamison’s new collection of essays. Make It Scream, Make It Burn is a fascinating exploration of obsession and longing, all examined through Jamison’s emotional frankness.

Allen & Unwin, $32.99

 

Book Club question: How well do you think Leslie Jamison interrogates the theme of obsession?

 

 

NEVER SAY DIE by Fiona Crawford & Lee McGowan

About a hundred years ago, they were amateur women kicking around a football. Forty years ago they became the Matildas. Now they’re an example of community, determination, and triumph. Heart-warming, heart-breaking, at times frustrating, Never Say Die: The Hundred-Year Overnight Success of Australian Women’s Football is ultimately a celebratory story of how one of Australia’s national teams rose to prominence against seemingly insurmountable odds.

NewSouth, $32.99

 

Book Club question: How do you think the success of the Matildas is reflected in other women’s sporting codes in Australia?

 

 

THE WEEKEND by Charlotte Wood

Four women share a lifelong friendship, supporting each other through thick and thin despite their differences. That is, until one of them dies and he space left behind threatens to ruin their friendship for good. Stella Prizewinning author Charlotte Wood tells a compelling story about friendship, growing up, and growing apart with her trademark witty and observant skill. As you turn the pages, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you may even want to sip a glass of wine then call your friends.

Allen & Unwin, $29.99

 

Book Club question: How does reading The Weekend make you consider the friendships in your life?

 

 

THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy

This beloved debut novel by Indian writer Arundhati Roy was published to critical and popular acclaim, winning the Booker Prize in 1997. Considered a modern classic, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins Rahel and Esthappen who struggle under the restrictive rules that govern who and how they can love. Non-linear in structure, Roy’s tale explores tragedies, liaisons, and political commentary through the lens of a family saga. Powerful, observant and lyrical, as you read you’ll be swept away by the impact of small things on the lives of everyday people.

Harper Collins, $19.99

 

Book Club question: How do you think the non-linear structure of The God of Small Things impacts the overall narrative?