We’re back with another book club pick! I haven’t read either of these titles yet (we’ll be reading them for the first time together) so I’m a little nervous (I hope they’re good *fingers crossed*) and more-than-a-bit excited. They’ve been collecting dust on my bookshelf for ages and I can’t wait to crack them open and escape into the stories beneath the covers.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! xx – Anshula
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Eden Travel Book Club Rules
- Each month, I pick out two travel books, one adult and one young adult. (you have the choice to read either one or both).
- You can absolutely DNF a book and still come to the discussion portion. I want to hear your thoughts regardless of whether you choose to finish the title or not (so don’t feel pressured to finish it if you aren’t enjoying it).
- Each month, there will be one announcement post (like this one) and two separate discussion posts towards the end of the month (one for the adult book and one for the young adult book).
- The discussion posts will have a series of ten questions as starting points. But honestly, you can talk about whatever you want regarding the books! You don’t have to answer all (or any) of the questions. They’re just meant to get our gears turning and our debate heels on!
Adult Book: The Monk Of Mokha by Dave Eggers
This book is for coffee lovers everywhere. The Monk Of Mokha is the true story of a Yemeni-American man who dreamt of creating the perfect cup of traditional Yemeni coffee, journeyed to Yemen from San Francisco, and found himself caught in the chaos of Sana’a’s Civil War. It’s a novel that’s said to be emotional and raw and kind and heartbreaking and heartwarming. It’s crafted to be a page-turner, an adventure packed with history and charm. And it’s about travel and coffee. Enough said.
Young Adult Book: Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard
A reader recently pointed out that I should read Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard and I’m doing exactly that this month (this book sounds amazing. Thanks for the rec, Amanda). The story follows 18-year-old Bria on her quest for independence. She signs up for a Central America tour and it’s not quite what she expects. Wanderlove is about grappling with old versus new. It’s a travel story at heart with rich descriptions of Central America (there’s romance but it’s not a driving force).
Purpose Of Eden Travel Book Club
- To interact with our community of readers. It’s really encouraging to know someone is reading a book right along with you and that you have someone to share that experience with later on!
- To introduce something new. I hope over the course of the next twelve months, I’m able to introduce you to a book that’s outside of your reading zone (bonus points for me if you fall in love with it). A huge reason I took part in YouTube-hosted readathons last year was to push myself outside of my little fantasy bubble. And I want to bring that same idea to our travel book club!
- To have meaningful literary debates. If you love chatting about books as much as I do, this is a safe and welcoming environment to share your thoughts! Whether you like a book or hate a book, we encourage you to share your opinions (though please note, no trolling of authors or other book club members is allowed).
Are you excited for our April travel book club? Let me know in the comments below what you plan on reading! I’m excited to hear from you.