Book Club

Eden Travel Book Club: August Picks

This month we’ve selected two books that at first glance, couldn’t appear to be more different. Between the continents and storylines and genres, Tracks and Woven In Moonlight seem like an odd couple.

But when I thought about it more, I started to notice the similarities. Both titles feature incredibly tough women. And that’s the theme of August: strength.

I can’t wait to hear 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 (our August book club discussion will run from the 27th to the 31st).
  • 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!

August Picks

Adult Book: Tracks By Robyn Davidson

When I first announced the Eden Travel Book Club (back in January), we read Wild by Cheryl Strayed together. And the feedback was immensely positive (I’m so glad y’all loved this book as much as I did).

Tracks is for fans of Wild. A fascinating memoir wrought with hardship and pain, Tracks follows the story of Robyn Davidson, her camels, her dog, and her 1,700-mile trek across the Australian desert (Robyn also has a complicated relationship with her animals. That’s all I’ll say for now).

That being said, this book is ultimately about self-discovery. And the insight is compelling. There’s so much to learn from Robyn’s memoir about empathy in an inhospitable environment. Tracks is about fighting against odds and pushing on. Like Eat Pray Love and Wild, it’s a well-loved travel classic.

Young Adult Book: Woven In Moonlight By Isabel Ibañez

If you liked Zorro, you will love Woven In Moonlight. I have nothing but glowing words for this debut fantasy novel by Isabel Ibañez. The setting is fictional but it’s heavily influenced by Bolivia. From the politics to the culture to the food, Bolivia seeps through every page. The world that Ibañez builds is wholly new but also wholly familiar. It’s a slow-burn masterpiece. Even though the book frequently slides into the realm of grim, the magic system is very fairytale-like and I loved that about it (it brightened the whole storyline).

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).
sincerely anshula

Are you excited about our August travel book club? Let me know in the comments below what you plan on reading! I’m excited to hear from you.


  • Jessie
    August 1, 2020 at 11:28 PM

    Reading Tracks. I remember my friends talking about the movie. I had no idea there was a book.

  • Georgie
    August 2, 2020 at 7:33 AM

    I’ll be picking up Tracks!

    • Anshula Varma
      August 10, 2020 at 2:04 PM

      I’m so excited! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. xx – Anshula


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