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Bruce’s Book Club December

Posted by Bruce on December 01, 2018
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Hey Brucesters!

Its that time of month again! Book Club time!

My latest book club choice! #jodipicoult #thetenthcircle This read will last two weeks as there will be two books chosen to wrap up our Jodi Picoult tribute!


Bruce’s Book Club

Posted by Bruce on November 01, 2018
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Its Book Club time again! Jodi Picoult is my author of choice. The third novel in this book series is Lone Wolf! Compelling and twisting! Follow the journey of a father and his relationship with a pack beyond his own. 

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Bruce’s book club

Posted by Bruce on October 11, 2018
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Hey Brucesters

I hope all my Canadian readers had an amazing Thanksgiving this past weekend! Also those who are friends of democracy to the south, I hope your Columbus Day was Columbusy! As promised my book club continues as I enjoy a sabbatical from my weekly blog about my fabulous city each Sunday. I’ll be back in January with my weekly Sunday articles! Stay tuned!

In the mean time my beard contest grows on and Erik and Sarah are back with their monthly wine and food pairings!

People are still reading and so I hope you are all enjoying the return if my book club. This fall and winter season I’m excited to remind you that I’m featuring one of my favourite novelist, Jodi Picoult.

Last month I featured Nineteen Minutes. A captivating novel about the angst of adolescence and what can happen when bullying haunts the afflicted.

Thus month another one of Jodi’s classic novels. Just in time for the Halloween season. Your next classic novel haunt is Salem Falls! It’s been given many covers but still very available in print! Enjoy the mystery that is Salem Falls.

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Bruce’s Bearded Book Club

Posted by Bruce on September 01, 2018
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Hey Brucesters

As you may now be aware I am taking some time off my Sunday blogging about Toronto. Still love my city but want to take some time to enjoy it as a private citizen. Many of the fun feature will still continue such as the Badass BITC Beard contest and this wonderful book club “Bruce’s Bearded Book Club”

This series will focus on my favourite author Jodi Picoult and the first novel I’m choosing is one that remains extremely relevant even now. Long after it’s release in 2007 “19 Minutes”

Please pick this compelling read up at your local bookshop or on line.

With the topic of gun control at the forefront of our social and political landscape, this look at one mans journey will leave you thinking what if.

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Bruce’s Book Club

Posted by Bruce on June 08, 2016
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Okay B.I.T.C’s it’s time for another Bruce Club book choice… (say that 10 times) for June. What better way to get a hump day humping but to get your read on. I finished the Story of Charlottes Web the biography on E.B White. It was a wonderful read and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. If you have yet to pick it up, go for it. It’s a perfect summer read.
That aside, it is time to announce my latest read!!! I’m pretty excited about this one because it was actually a gift from some new friends of mine. I’m not often in the habit of making new friends; I’m not sure why but probably because most people end up being a lot of work and my plate is already too full for anymore bullshit.

Anyway it was my birthday and James (my new pal) brought me a card and this book “Dandy in the Underground” by Sebastian Horsley. First I was surprised because strangers typically don’t go out of their way to get gifts for people and second strangers don’t usually go out of their way to buy gifts for people. It made my day because for the most part my birthday went all but unnoticed as it usually does. Other than my 40th where I planned the whole thing myself.

I did get some tea from another good buddy of mine, Erik from David’s Tea! I love David’s Tea. There is a great tea that I love and I can’t remember the name of it right now. I’ll get back to you on that. Erik of course is of “Wine with Erik” right here on Bruce in the City!

Anyway! I’m super excited about this book because it came from friends (Jules and James). I’m sure they are like, “It’s about bloody time he starts reading it” since I got it in March. I am the slowest reader on the planet so forgive me.

By the way, great seeing you guys last night. The wings were great and the drinks were fabulous!









Dandy in the Underground by Sebastian Horsley


Edited by Mary Ellen Monk

Bruce’s Book Club!!!

Posted by Bruce on May 04, 2016
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61qxnUGVisLHey Gang!

Here is my book club choice for the month of May!!!

The Story of Charlotte’s Web

E.B White’s Eccentric Life in Nature

& the Birth of an American Classic!


Michael Sims




Bruce’s Book Club

Posted by Bruce on March 03, 2015
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I really hope you got to read my last book club pick. It was Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult. She always delivers and I’m sure if you picked it up you would not have been disappointed.

What a twist of a tale. I loved it.

I’ve decided the next book I am going to enjoy on my bus rides to work is Life of Pi!I’m pretty intrigued since I never saw the movie or anything prior to picking it up at BMV bookstore at Yonge and Eglinton. One of my favourite book spots in the city.

So here we go! If you are one of the few that has not read this novel by Yann Martel enjoy it along with me. My book of choice for March!




Editor: Mary Ellen Monk


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Posted by Bruce on February 02, 2015
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Wow we finally got through the Jane Austen marathon! It’s pretty hard to believe. I have to say I really enjoyed it. I hope you all did to. No it’s time to change it up. I was checking out some books at a local shop over January and found a book and it’s title caught my attention. I’ve always had a bit of an interest in the elements of earth, air, fire, water so when the words “Salem Falls” came into view I took a closer look.

I was surprised when it was written by Jodi Picoult. Author of 19 minutes. A book that is arguably one of my favourites. The book was suggested by a reader who has now become my editor. What a fabulous full circle.

A real change of pace from our last Author “Jane Austen” so here we go! Enjoy!

Salem Falls


Ps: “Happy Groundhog Day” = 6 more weeks of Winter!

Bruce’s Book Club!

Posted by Bruce on January 05, 2015
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Well it’s starting to feel like the year is underway and with it comes my book club! To be honest I would really like to get a little book club going with some people in person. I think it could be relaxing and mind expanding. Until I explore that possibility I am happy to continue my monthly book club right here on my little blog.

I recall in August of last year that I began reading the first of six Jane Austen novels. I can’t believe I am now ready to read her last written work, Persuasion.

Persuasion is Jane Austen’s last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma and completed it in August 1816. She died, at age 41, in 1817; Persuasion was published in December of that year.

I do hope you will pick up the novel and read it along with me. I can’t believe how fast six months flew by. Anyway, I’m looking forward to getting my head into another one of Jane’s masterpieces.



Bruce’s Book Club

Posted by Bruce on December 09, 2014
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I have been working my way through the Jane Austen novels and I can honestly say I’m exhausted.  Don’t get me wrong I am seriously enjoying them, however I am looking forward to getting back into modern times.  Emma of course, was fascinating and heart warming.  Heart wrenching too really. Now on to Northanger Abby! Wish me luck!  It’s not easy to read over the busy Christmas season.

I am proud to say I finally got our tree up last night!  It’s stunning!

Happy Holidays and keep reading!

Editor Mary Ellen Monk

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