Our little book club is changing! I’m grateful to everyone who has been a part of this journey this past year. I’ve loved all the conversations we’ve had thus far (and look forward to future discussions). I hope you found some travel books you’ve loved.
After looking at all of your input regarding our book club, I know it’s time to make some big changes…
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(New) Eden Travel Book Club Rules
- Each month, we pick out one travel book (either fiction or nonfiction) to buddy read.
- You can absolutely DNF the 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).
- There will be one announcement post (like this one) and one separate discussion post. This discussion post usually goes live towards the end of the month.
- As of late, our book club chats have gotten buried under a lot of travel content. And I want this book club to be as accessible as possible (I apologize for my lack of foresight). To remedy this, I’ve added a new Book Club tab on the blog menu bar that marks all things books-related on Passport To Eden. When the discussion post goes live, it will be featured at the very top (the same goes for our monthly announcement)!
- 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!
Midnight In Mexico By Alfredo Corchado
As we’re uprooting our book club style, I thought it would be fitting to read a book that uproots the format of a traditional travel novel. Midnight In Mexico is Alfredo Corchado’s memoir as a Mexican-American journalist seeking truth amongst Mexico’s drug-torn narrative. Whilst Corchado dives into the political turmoil of Mexico (and the world of cartels), at heart, this book is about one man’s deep love of Mexico.
Midnight In Mexico is complex. It’s dark too. But Corchado’s visceral, heartfelt attraction to Mexico is what allows you to pull away for little moments and discover the sights and sounds and smells and tastes of a country he adores.
P.S. This book is free with an Audible Plus membership (that’s the membership I have). Timothy Andres Pabon does an excellent job with the audiobook (I also ended up putting it at 1.2x speed to make it feel more naturally paced)!
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 a few years ago 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).