The Reading Circle

Join us every month as we read and discuss books and essays that speak to our individual and collective well being, and to reflect on how to practice it in our busy cities.

This will include writings on themes that connect us to each other and the natural world even as we celebrate the beauty and fragility of our existence.

What’s Brewing

  • We’ll discuss one book/essay every month.
  • Share your favourites excerpts and quotes on the ‘Reading Circle’ WhatsApp group.
  • Don’t worry if you haven’t read the whole book. We’ll send out a summary one week prior to our Reading Circle meeting.
  • Join us on Whatsapp for an hour long discussion.

BROWSE THROUGH THE BOOKS WE READ IN 2021

December 2021 and January 2022

The Book of Hope by Jane Goodall & Douglas Abrams

In a world that seems so troubled, how do we hold on to hope? Looking at the headlines–a global pandemic, the worsening climate crisis, political upheaval–it can be hard to feel optimistic. And yet hope has never been more desperately needed. In this urgent book, Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous living naturalist and Douglas Abrams, internationally-bestselling author, explore–through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue–one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope. Read a summary here.

February 2022

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, Linus Baker is unexpectedly summoned and given curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. As the story progresses, Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours. Read a summary here.

March 2022

Consumed – The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change & Consumerism

In Consumed, Barber calls for change within an industry that regularly overreaches with abandon, creating real imbalances in the environment and the lives of those who do the work—often in unsafe conditions for very low pay—and the billionaires who receive the most profit. Barber challenges us to challenge the system and our role in it. The less you buy into the consumer culture, the more power you have. Consumed will teach you how to be a citizen and not a consumer. Read a summary here.

April 2022

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives

Celebrated scientists Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler explain the amazing power of social networks and our profound influence on one another’s lives. Intriguing and entertaining, Connected overturns the notion of the individual and provides a revolutionary paradigm-that social networks influence our ideas, emotions, health, relationships, behavior, politics, and much more. It will change the way we think about every aspect of our lives. Read the summary here.

May 2022

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living.