WOW Book Club: Eight

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Hey book clubbers!

First of all, I suck at deadlines. I should have had this post up on the first of August, but instead I’ve been dancing around the streets of Italy consuming too much gelato to know what day it is, let alone what date.

But the good news is I have a STELLAR book choice for you this month. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it is my favourite book I have read this year.

The Opposite of Loneliness

The Opposite of Loneliness

I’ll be honest from the get go (so you know what you’re getting in to): this book is bitter sweet. Marina Keegan was a young promising author (understatement) who tragically passed away at 22 years of age before seeing her work come to the pages of publishing. She had won many awards (unsurprising), had just graduated from Yale University, and had so much raw talent that it would be an injustice to her work not to pick up this book and give it a read.

Prior to picking up the book myself, I had seen the book cover on many book stands throughout the USA over the past year or so and still hadn’t taken the time to pick it up. Why? I couldn’t tell you. Perhaps the universe was saving it for when the time was right.

On this trip through Italy, I have been slowly working my way through the back (I would have read the book page to page in one sitting if the window views weren’t so incredible that I kept getting distracted!)

Although this book isn’t about travel as such, it is just so good that I knew it had to be this month’s book club pick.

I can’t wait to finish reading (probably on the way home from Italy) and see what you guys think of the August pick!

xo Brooke

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    August 10, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I’ve been following the book club religiously since January when it was first announced! So far, its been such a blast and I’m so excited to read the next in the set. I actually was inspired to start my own book club with my sisters after successfully keeping up with this one and one of my sisters put forth this read as our inaugural read so its so wonderful to see intersect! I absolutely loved it, a bit morose but its expected. Hope you enjoy the read! 🙂

    Erica Harmon
    August 10, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Great selection! I just wrote a blog post about this book on my site not too long ago (link below). Check it out!

    Brianna Henderson
    August 10, 2016 at 6:03 am

    I read this, this year and loved it. Her writing is elegant and inspiring. Such a terrible shame she passed. x

    Jill @ RunEatSnap
    August 10, 2016 at 4:38 am

    I am going to look this book up! That’s a pretty strong recommendation if it’s your favorite so far!

    August 10, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I live in Italy and I hear ya on gelato putting you into such a deep bliss you forget the day!!
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    Trish @ The Trish List
    August 9, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I keep meaning to read this as well. I think I am going to join in this month and just do it!

    August 9, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I have experienced a lot of emotions before or during reading a book. I have waited with excitement for a book to arrive, have felt bored of an inevitable read, or helpless at not finding a book. But this is the first time I am ALMOST feeling scared to pick up a book. I have read books before whose authors are not alive. But this one somehow scares me.

    August 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I’ve probably read this book 5 times…it still makes me laugh, cry, and ultimately ponder my life. Great choice!!!

    Tessa Browne
    August 9, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Ooh, I’ve heard some great things about this book, I really need to check it out!

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    August 9, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    This book sounds amazing – I am intrigued. Just bought the book on amazon and l can’t wait for my flight to North Queensland in the morning to get stuck in!

    August 9, 2016 at 2:01 pm