Good Reads, Great Discussion: Online Book Club Update

Have you heard? Windsor Public Library now offers an Online Book Club through Goodreads.  We’ve only been active for a few months, but we sure have been covering a lot of ground.

cleapatras_daughterCleopatra’s Daughter, by Michelle Moran. We kicked off June with a journey to Imperial Rome, where we experienced the people and events of this glorious and tumultuous period in human history through the eyes of Selene, surviving child of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony, who was taken from Egypt to Rome in chains at the age of 10 with her twin brother, Alexander.

painted_girlsThe Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan.  Next, for the month of July, we danced our way through La Belle Epoque Paris with the van Goethem sisters: Marie, who was the real-life model for Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, Antoinette, and Charlotte.  We quickly learned that life was about more than tutus and grand-plie’s for this trio, as we saw them struggle every day to survive as poor and vulnerable young women in a society that all too often forced them to make cruel choices behind-closed-doors.

the_dinnerThe Dinner, by Herman Koch. For the month of August it was over to Amsterdam where things got very creepy, very quickly, all over the course of one meal.  We saw just how far some will families go to protect their own in this dark thriller that left us with no shortage of topics for discussion.


guernseyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  For the month of September, to restore our faith in the goodness of humankind, we’ve settled in the Channel Islands for a heart-warming book about a book club.  Set in the tight-knit community of Guernsey post WWII, the colourful characters that contribute to this story speak volumes to the power of the written word.  Definitely a book for book lovers, it reminds us exactly why we hold our favourites so near and dear to our hearts.  Click here to see our current discussion.


WWZ“Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.” –World War Z.

World War Z, by Max Brooks.  After spending the last few months covering our emotional and historical bases, we feel that we are in a good place to have a little fun and take on the Zombies.  Scary on a number of levels, this is NOT just another book about Zombies; it offers a fictional lens through which to critically view some of the real problems in our existing world: societal breakdown, famine, disease, and chaos in the streets.  We hope you’ll join us on this adventure.

light_between_oceansThe Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman.  A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.

Please consider joining us in our online reading adventures.  You can join our Goodreads Online Book Club by clicking here.  To learn more about the club and why we started it, click here.

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