Adult Virtual Reading Club

Welcome to the Adult Virtual Reading Club!

Each month we will explore a new theme, our suggested reads along with related articles and topics.


How to participate in the Virtual Reading Club: Adult Edition

  1. Start by locating the book or books you are interested in reading during that month. Try one or try all of the book picks, it is completely up to you. Request a copy from TRAC or find it here at SGPL. Visit us in-person or give us a call as we would be happy to help you! Try out one or more of the featured activities. 
  2. We'd love to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts on the monthly theme or share your book review. Give us a shout out on social media or contact reference@sgpl.ca. 

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The theme this month is #Xenofiction, a book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character. There are many intriguing novels that use unlikely animals or objects as narrators which makes for a very interesting and different read, allowing the reader to see the world in a whole new perspective! All recommended books can be requested through TRAC!



Not wanted on the voyage by Timothy Findley 

Narrator: Blind cat

Not Wanted on the Voyage is the story of the great flood and the first time the world ended. It is a brilliant, unforgettable drama filled with an extraordinary cast of remarkable characters: the tyrannical Noah and his indomitable wife, Mrs. Noyes; the aging and irritable Yahweh; a chorus of singing sheep; and a unicorn destined for a horrible death. With pathos and pageantry, desperation and hope, magic and mythology, this acclaimed novel weaves its unforgettable spell.


My name is Red by Orhan by Orhan PamukErdağ Göknar (Translator)

Narrator: Multiple inanimate objects

When the Sultan commissions a great book to celebrate his royal self and his extensive dominion, he directs Enishte Effendi to assemble a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed, and no one in the elite circle can know the full scope or nature of the project.


The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Narrator: Dog

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.


Delicious Foods by James Hannaham

Narrator: Crack cocaine

Darlene, a young widow and mother devastated by the death of her husband, turns to drugs to erase the trauma. In this fog of grief, she is lured with the promise of a great job to a mysterious farm run by a shady company, with disastrous consequences for both her and her eleven-year-old son, Eddie--left behind in a panic-stricken search for her.


The Book Thief by Markus ZusakCao Xuân Việt Khương (Translator)

Narrator: Death

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read.


Further readings:

Book riot

Goodreads


Hashtags to follow:

#Xenofiction

#ReadHarderChallenge

#animalPOV

#objectPOV