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Eden Travel Book Club: November Picks

Magical realism is my all-time favorite genre. So this fall (in an effort to get out of a reading slump), our book club selections are all about travel and fantasy blended into a wholly unique experience.

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). This month, they happen to both be adult books (I haven’t been reading too much YA as of late. Will fix this by December).
  • 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 November book club discussion will run from the 27th to the 30th).
  • 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!

November Picks

The Master & Margarita By Mikhail Bulgakov

Mikhail Bulgakov’s tale is a classic. It’s heavy and deep and comedic in all senses of those words. There are multiple storylines that you flit and tread between. And I don’t think there’s any other novel I can compare it to. But if you enjoyed Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis or Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor, you might enjoy this (don’t quote me on that). The Master & Margarita is a satire of the time (Soviet Russia) and it’s brilliantly absurdist. Here’s where you’ll travel: Russia, Jerusalem.

A Darker Shade Of Magic By V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade Of Magic is a clever book that passes between alternative Londons (officially Grey London, Red London, White London, and Black London). Each London feels real and a tad familiar and yet has so much character on its own. Victoria Schwab’s an insanely talented writer and her knack for storytelling is what makes this book such a compelling and quick read (despite its odd pacing). Here’s where you’ll travel: London(s).

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

1 Comment

  • Maya
    November 2, 2020 at 6:39 AM

    Had to read The Master & Margarita in uni. Never thought about it from a travel perspective. Will reread.


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