Sunday, 24 June 2012

Our June Selection

I walk without flinching through the burning cathedral of the summer. My bank of wild grass is majestic and full of music. It is a fire that solitude presses against my lips. -Violette Leduc


Dear Members,

There's nothing like spending our days under the sun doing what we love, whether it's spending time with family and friends, picking a destination to travel, or curling up with a good read under a tree or at the beach. Days are longer, temperatures are high, and our spirits are bright.

This month's theme, Lumière, reflects this light and carefree mood of the season, which our selection for this month The Song of Achilles, will carry an epic tone and sweep us off to Greece in the golden age of heroes.

I want to thank each and every one of you for coming out to our meeting on the 23rd. It was perfect weather to have our large group meet outdoors at The Beaches. However, I failed to mention one very important thing during the meeting (and I wanted to kick myself for it): this month marks the Matchbook Book Club's one year anniversary. My, my, look how far we've come- time certainly flies!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for believing in the book club from the very start, sharing your wonderful thoughts and inspirations during our meetings, and made this book club a reality. Thank you to those who took a chance to join the book club in the later months, which not only helped to make the book club grow, but enlighten us with a diverse range of ideas. Looking back at our selections, we certainly have dabbled in reads that have made an impact on us and allowed the opportunity to try titles we would normally have overlooked.

So here's to many more years of wonderful Matchbook Book Club moments!

Our June book club pick:

Summary: The legend begins...

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

Make sure to check out the author's website for all things "The Song of Achilles"!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

The World We Found

All gardening is landscape painting.
-William Kent

Dear members, 

I hope everyone's been enjoying our latest pick by Vanessa Diffenbaugh- The Language of Flowers so far!
And what wonderful weather we've been having- summer is here to stay!

In light of The Language of Flowers, Goodreads is hosting a live video chat with the author on Tuesday June 26th at 5pm. I believe you have to be a Goodreads member to take part and ask her about anything in which the book as sparked your mind with- a few of are members are already on board, so make sure to take a look, as it's a great place to keep record of the books you've read, books you want to read, quotes, and much more!

Recommendation Round:

Thanks to one of our lovely members, Barbara, who submitted this funny story:

A thief in Paris planned to steal some Paintings from the Louvre.
After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van.
However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.
When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, 'Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings.

I had no Monet
To buy Degas
To make the Van Gogh."

See if you have De Gaulle to send this on to someone else.

I sent it to you because I figured I had nothing Toulouse! 


I came across this Tumblr site called Bookfessions: everyone should take a look, as I'm sure we can agree to many of their points!

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Language of Flowers

“Perhaps the unattached, the unwanted, the unloved, could grow to give love as lushly as anyone else.” 
- Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Flowery book jacket

Dear members,

I hope everyone is doing well! How is everyone enjoying this month's book club pick so far?
It's already the first week of June, and lots of rain which is wonderful for the garden, but it seems the seasons have switched on us!
While the back of the book has a lovely index of what each flower represents, here is an illustrative version:

Here is a great clip of the author giving us her thoughts on The Language of Flowers:

The Language of Flowers

There is also an insightful interview which NPR had with Vanessa Diffenbaugh that's worth a read.

Recommendation Round:

One of our lovely members Lauren shared with us a great video about the history of the book:

I recently found this lovely artwork by Rob Gonsolves called "The Library" and it was instant love: