We’re back with another travel book club meeting! I’m so excited to discuss these picks with you. They are vivid and lively and colorful. And they share one common thread: food.
There are very few books that I’ve read that evoke a sense of smell and taste. But our two book club picks this month do just that. Not only will you be overwhelmed by the beautiful descriptions, you’ll get sucked into richly crafted culinary worlds.
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). Update: a reader asked me if they can read a young adult book even if they aren’t a young adult. And the answer is yes! Absolutely. You can read whatever you’d like (I always try to pick YA books that I know my adult readers can enjoy as well).
- 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 July 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!
Adult Book: Cooking For Picasso by Camille Aubray
A historical fiction novel that flits between time periods, Cooking For Picasso is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read.
It’s about art and a seaside village in the French Riviera and dishes that will make your mouth water. It’s a romance novel and a culture trip rolled into one.
The scenery is breathtaking. The characters are fleshed out. The idea behind the book is incredibly creative. But it’s also a very light and quick read.
Young Adult Book: With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo
It’s no secret that Elizabeth Acevedo is one of my favorite audiobook narrators. I’ve frequently said on the blog, she could narrate a grocery list and I would buy it.
Acevedo is the queen of modern free-verse poetry. She writes amazing poems packed with emotion. So With The Fire On High, even though it’s prose, feels lyrical and magical. The words roll off the page. They hum and sing (p.s you’ll really want to listen to the audiobook for this because Acevedo narrates it herself).
It’s not a pure travel novel. In fact, the travel aspect makes up less than a fifth of the book. But it’s the build-up towards the trip, the anticipation, and the highs-and-lows between that make With The Fire On High such a great travel read for me.
I don’t want to give away too much about this book (or my thoughts – saving those for the discussion). But I’ll say this: it’s one of my favorite young adult novels of all time.
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 July travel book club? Let me know in the comments below what you plan on reading! I’m excited to hear from you.