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October 2016 - Read Alikes: The Light Between Oceans

The movie adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s bestselling debut novel is about to hit the big screen. Here are some more historical reads full of compelling characters, family secrets and moral dilemmas.

September 2016 - Read Alikes: The Story of the Lost Child

If you enjoyed Elena Ferrante's The Story of the Lost Child, you might enjoy some of these titles.

August 2016 - Read Alikes: The Run of His Life: The People vs O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin

When shocking crimes are combined with hot celebrities, a media circus often follows.

Who's Reading What Lists

Jenny Lowell, mostly retired bookkeeper, mother, wife, sister, daughter, traveller, animal lover

Jenny’s Grandma Lowell fostered a love of reading in all of her children and grandchildren and Jenny has had her nose in a book since she first learned how to read. In Grade 6, she was kicked out of class for covertly reading and as a teen, her mother would take her books away as a punishment. Ouch. To this day, she prefers a book to a TV show and a library or a bookstore to a movie theatre. And as a parent, both her kids know that she will always buy them a book if they are in a bookstore!

John Lorinc, journalist

John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist, editor and author. He writes about urban affairs, business and local history for a range of publications, including The Globe and Mail, Spacing, The Toronto Star and Walrus. He is co-editor of The Ward and Subdivided, both from Coach House Books.

Robert J. Sawyer, Science Fiction writer

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. According to the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, he has won more awards for his novels than anyone else ever in the history of the science-fiction and fantasy genres. The 2009 ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. In 2014, Rob was one of the initial nine inductees to the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. His 23rd novel, Quantum Night, about an experimental psychologist trying to recover memories of a time in which he himself might have been a psychopath, was published in March 2016 and spent five weeks on the Maclean’s fiction bestsellers list.