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Featured Lists

December 2014 - Read Alikes: The Hobbit

Part of the enduring charm of The Hobbit is the idea that an ordinary person can accomplish extraordinary things, everyday life can suddenly become full of adventures.

November 2014 - Read Alikes: Mockingjay

In the Hunger Games, we were introduced to a dystopian future where youth are pitted against each other in a televised death match. In Mockingjay, the series continues with even more manipulation, revenge and social upheaval as a rebellion arises. Check out some of these readalikes if you enjoyed Mockingjay.

October 2014 - Read Alikes: Outlander

These are time travel novels with romance that will appeal to fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and the television show based on the book.

Who's Reading What Lists

Nancy Martin, Teacher

Originally from the west coast, Nancy studied German and Anthropology at the University of Victoria. She moved to Toronto in 2002 and graduated from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is a teacher with the Peel District School Board, where she is passionate about early literacy and children’s literature. An active community member, Nancy has sat on the board of the South Riverdale Child Parent Centre (An Ontario Early Years Centre) and was Co-Chair of the Dundas PS Parent Council. Nancy has two daughters, ages 4 and 6, who have thankfully embraced her love of children’s books. Although our usual Who’s Reading What? lists focus on books for adults, Nancy’s list focusses on great children’s titles, perfect for holiday giving!

Alanna Mitchell, Science Writer and Journalist

Alanna Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian journalist and author who writes about science and social trends. She is a global thinker who specializes in investigative reporting. Her most recent book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, is an international bestseller that won the prestigious U.S.-based Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism. Mitchell is one of North America’s most respected environmental and science journalists who has done field research with scientists on every continent. Mitchell lives in Toronto.

Sunny Verma, Entrepreneur in Residence

Sunny Verma is passionate about entrepreneurship. After completing his Masters of Business Entrepreneurship and Technology, Sunny founded TutorBright, a company focused on helping students reach their potential, now in more than 30 cities, working with thousands of students. Sunny is an advocate of self-employment, dedicating his time to help individuals realize their dreams through entrepreneurship. Currently he is the Toronto Public Library’s Entrepreneur in Residence, with an office at Toronto Reference Library.