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Book Club @ Grace

Book Club @ GRACE (Great Reads Always Captivate Everyone) might meet your interests if you enjoy reading and discussing books (mostly fiction) and socializing with other readers. The group is open to everyone who belongs to, or worships at Grace United Church, Burlington. We meet on the fourth Monday of every month (Sept – June, except December) to discuss a different book, opening and closing the meeting with prayers related to the subject matter of the book. In June, the members of the group nominate books and vote to select 8. Each month we rate the book we discuss, and by May we have a winner to recommend to the congregation. During the summer of 2020, we had virtual meetings, to chat about what we were reading during our pandemic isolation. We look forward to getting back together in person when that’s safe to do, but for now, we enjoy meeting on Zoom.


The Book Selections for 2021/22

Meeting Date

Title and Author


September 27th The Last Bookshop in London by Madelaine Martin 83.68%
October 25th Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride 70.58%
November 22nd The Lost Apothecary  by Sarah Penner  67.65%
January 24th  The Book of Lost Names by Kristen Harmel  
February 28th The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett
March 28th  The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
April 25th The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
May 30th The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Personal Rating Chart
                                          Book Club Rating Guide

Past winners:

2007: The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
2008: The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill
2009: Clara Callen, Richard Wright
2010: Good to a Fault, Marina Endicott
2011: Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda
2012: Sarah’s Key, Tantianan de Rosnay
2013: Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman
2014: Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende
2015: The Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline
2016: Up Ghost River, Edmund Metatawabin
2017: Ragged Company, Richard Wagamese
2018: Letters to the Lost, Iona Grey
2019:The Alice Network, Kate Quinn
2020: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek , by Michele Richardson

2021: The Henna Artist, by Alka Joshi   

*When the congregations of Tansley and St Stephen United churches amalgamated in 2019, the book club, which began as Tansley Reads! in 2006, adopted a new name, committing to revisit the decision once a name was chosen for the new congregation.