Thursday, 27 November 2014

Our November Edition

Reading by the fireside, how nice!

Matchbook Book Club presents:

The November Edition

Dear Members,

We have arrived at a time where the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and all we want to do is stay indoors, wear our favorite sweaters and cozy socks, and read! 
As a result, this month's theme will provide the much needed entertainment to carry on between our commutes and quiet hours in the evening. 
Additionally, the festive season is slowly upon us. With that in mind, our annual holiday meeting is coming up! I strongly encourage everyone to come out, as this is the perfect opportunity to see old faces and catch up with your bookish chums as well as meeting new faces- not to mention fun games and gifts for all. Stay tuned for more details!

See you all very soon!

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.
–Harold Kushner
Gods and Monsters: Political Thrillers

Thank you to all who voted for our titles for this month's theme. The votes are in and this month's pick is:
Summary: Vince Flynn is back with another nail-biting political thriller that follows the young Mitch Rapp on a deadly mission to hunt down the men responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard.

Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man's guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man's skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes. The door to the hotel room is kicked open and gunfire erupts all around Rapp. In an instant the hunter has become the hunted. Rapp is left wounded and must flee for his life.

The next morning, the news breaks in Washington that Libya's Oil Minister has been killed along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men. The French authorities are certain that the gunman is wounded and on the loose in Paris. As the finger pointing begins, Rapp's handlers have only one choice: deny any responsibility for the incident and pray that their newest secret weapon stays that way, avoiding capture and dying quietly. One person in the group, however, is not prone to leaving things to chance. Rapp has become a liability, and he absolutely cannot be allowed to be taken alive by the French authorities. But it will soon become clear that nothing is more dangerous than a wounded and cornered Mitch Rapp.
Our November Meeting
A big thank you to everyone who turned up to this month's meeting! We had brunch at the very lovely Drake Hotel. To make up for last month's cancellation, not only were we treated to drinks and their famous warm sconces, they also lavished us with desserts! Jealous?

We discussed our latest book The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. It was worth a read, but there were storylines where members either thought they were weak or well-written. Some liked her fiction whereas others liked her non-fiction bits. Overall, it was agreed upon that it was a book worth passing on to a friend.

Our annual holiday-themed meeting is right around the corner! As you all know, this is one of our biggest highlights of the year, so everyone is invited! Wear your best Christmas hats and ugly sweaters and let's get festive! We will also be hosting our Secret Santa swap and there will be lovely treats for all. Best of all, it's seeing old and new faces: a perfect time to catch up. 
So pick your availability on the  Doodle here!
Events Around The City

ROM Exhibition: Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Recommended by Shirley)

One of A Kind Christmas Show

Union Station Holiday Art Market

Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery

AGO- Michelangelo: Quest For Genius Exhibition (Recommended by Sonya)

Christmas by Lamplight at Black Creek Village

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