Sunday, 1 December 2013

Our Recent Selection + Updated News and Events!

Dear Members,

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our recent book club meeting, which took place at the Bannock Restaurant! Great comfort food all around- from Pad Thai to their fantastic Chicken Pot Pie, everything was scrumptious- another location worth returning to!

Overall, there was good responses for our previous pick, Chris Hadfield's An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. His life lessons and values have taught us that nothing comes easy- hard work and positive motivation are key drivers to success.

While some members thought that parts of the book may have been too "preachy" and needs more editing, there were others who thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very inspirational. Overall, there was positive feedback from the members and we all agreed that having read this book, we have found Hadfield to be quite an interesting person. There were many memorable scenes throughout the book, and towards the end of our discussion, there was Trivia Time based on this month's title- congrats to Barbara and Shirley!

I am also very excited to announce our first "From Books to Film" series for our book club! I hope to coordinate these events as much as possible and make it a success.

In light of our next selection: all of us agreed on this particular title, which as we eventually discovered, have not read yet and coincidentally it has a film that's currently being released in theatres!

Without further ado, this month's pick is:

Summary: The extraordinary #1 New York Times best-seller that will be in movie theatres on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

The film: starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson- by the looks of the trailer, the film seems riveting.

Watch the trailer here:

Our film night will be taking place on Tuesday, December 3rd ( on Tuesdays, the movie tickets are half off, so it's the perfect opportunity), 7:20pm at Varsity Cinema located in the Manulife Centre near Bay and Bloor.

Please RSVP to our email address: matchbookclub (at) live (dot) ca with the subject line "The Book Thief" to this email address if you are attending so that I can keep count of how many people are coming: that way, we can all meet up at the front entrance before heading inside the theatre! I do recommend arriving no later than 15 mins prior to the film.

All are welcome and feel free to bring a guest!

See you all there! :)

A look ahead:

Holiday season has finally arrived!!

As per tradition of the book club, it's that special time of the year where we all get together at Marche Restaurant (located at Brookfield Place near King Station) and catch up with everyone old and new (feel free to bring friends too)! The meeting will be taking place on Saturday, December 14th at 12pm.

This year, we will continue to do our Gift Swap, where everyone spends under $20 and on that day we will do a fun switcheroo! I will also be bringing lovely treats for everyone.

To make it even more festive, I also want to do a Book Swap as well for those who are interested- it's the perfect way to relieve any books you want to give away before the New Year, and for those who would like to pick up some lovely free books for the holidays!

I highly encourage each and everyone of you to attend this special event, as it is our final grand hurrah with one another before the New Year: to reserve an accurate amount of seating at Marche, pleaseRSVP with the subject line "Holiday Meeting" to this email address no later than December 7th!

I am super excited for this event, and I am very much looking forward to seeing you all there!

Until then, happy reading!