Breaking Barriers, Rainy Day Reads, Walking, Walking, Walking…

Our Online Book Club has covered a lot of ground over the last few months. We kicked off this year with an 1100 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail with Cheryl Strayed in Wild. From there, we kept right on trekking though England, covering an additional 600 miles of ground in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. While there were a number of similarities between these two stories, one fiction and one a memoir, each was unique, inspiring, and in a way healing – but for different reasons. We had some great discussions, and most members of the group agreed that both of these books were enjoyable on many levels. Our only regret was that we couldn’t experience these scenic journeys in-person, or count the miles covered on our Fitbits. Maybe someday there will be an App for that.*wink*

For the month of March we followed the Canada Reads 2015 battle of the books. The theme this year was breaking barriers, and the books were judged based on their potential to challenge stereotypes and change perspectives. Everybody agreed that all of the books were well chosen, and that it would indeed be a battle to win first place – which it was. Side note: If the battle of the books intrigues you, can watch the debates (or just the highlights) on the CBC website.

Our theme for the month of April is Rainy Day Reads; you can probably guess our inspiration behind this one *sigh*. Throughout the month some of our staff members are going to reveal their favourite Rainy Day Reads, and why they chose them. If you have a favourite, we would love to hear about it!

We’re looking for your help to choose our pick for the month of May. Which of these books do you think we should read?

Our Online Book Club always welcomes new members. There is no commitment, and we usually have a few book-based side threads taking place, so you can still participate even if the organized group read is not really your thing.

Happy Reading!

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