WOW Book Club: One

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WOW Book Club

One of my resolutions this year is to read more books. Given that we spend so much of our lives in transit – riding the bus to work, on a train somewhere new or on a long haul plane journey – I think its important to make use of that time and to always keep our minds thinking + wondering.ย Then I got to thinking – I share a lot of my favourite books here on the blog and get a great response from readers looking for recommendations (especially for plane reads), so why not start a book club of our own!?

How it will work: each month a new book will be announced. That’s just one book per month and just twelve books per year… not too much, but also not too little. At the end of the month we will discuss the book of that month (in a new blog post – to stay updated in your inbox you can subscribe to new blog posts, join the newsletter, or follow on bloglovin’).

Each month we will start afresh with a new selection and by the end of this year we will have read and discussed twelve fantastic books that I promise will inspire you, each in a different way!

Paris Letters

January – Paris Letters

For the first ever (excitement levels are high over here) WOW book club, I’ve chosen a book I recently picked up in an airport and have since read thrice. I’ll leave it to you to get yourself a copy, be that a quick purchase online, a digital download or reserving a copy at your local library. Together, we’ll read the book (don’t worry, I’m all up for reading it again!) and convene at the end of the month to discuss.

If you have any suggestions for future books to be featured, please feel free to leave them in the comments below for consideration! The following 3 months have already been selected and I promise you’re up for some great reads, so I can’t wait to get kick started with the WOW book club!

Do let me know in the comments below if you’re joining in, I can’t wait to chat more!

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    February 1, 2016 at 9:18 am

    […] one of my New Year’s Resolutions. So far, so good! If you didn’t join us last month for Paris Letters, we’d still love to have you on board for this month’s read… “Girls who […]

    January 27, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I just finished the book! Awesome, Thank you for recommending it. Next? ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Great idea! Just finished it and am looking forward to everyone’s thoughts.

    January 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Brooke, an amazing pick to kick off 2016 with some amazing travel inspo! Will you be selecting your own book for one of the upcoming months?

    • Brooke Saward
      January 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      It is such an amazing read and so many similar sentiments to my own journey! Absolutely loved it and can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of it ๐Ÿ™‚ Nope I won’t be putting up my own book but there are some great selections coming up all travel related that I can’t wait to share!! x

    January 18, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I’ve just read Paris Letters over two nights. I’m in love, can you been love with a book? What an inspirational story. Can’t wait for the weekend to start clearing out the wardrobe ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 18, 2016 at 10:34 am

    This is such a fantastic idea! I’ve been waiting for more travel bloggers to start book clubs ๐Ÿ˜€ Looking forward to the list of twelve that come out this year!

    Jessica Shook
    January 15, 2016 at 5:54 am

    I just finished it last night! I read it in one day because I just could not put it down! I can’t wait to talk about it!

    Monet H.
    January 15, 2016 at 12:20 am

    I’m joining! We will finally take another trip to Europe this summer after a bit of a hiatus to hang with the kids. Looking forward to reading some books that inspire my wanderlust.

    Kayla Boucher
    January 14, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Can’t wait to read this! Great idea!!

    Karen Harris
    January 13, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I’m going to join your book club and read this book! Very excited to read it…

    N i c k y
    January 13, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I just finished it !! I absolutely loved it…my desire to visit Paris grew 100x. Also helped me a lot with my decision to become a freelancer. Great choice Brooke, can’t wait to hear about the next one.

    Jessica Shook
    January 13, 2016 at 1:10 am

    My copy should arrive today! I’m so glad you started a book club! I also joined Emma Watson’s book club and am almost done with that book already! So I’m really excited for your book club as well!!

    Ngaire Astridge
    January 11, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Very excited to join in!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Julie Sharpe
    January 11, 2016 at 2:47 am

    One of my New Year resolutions is (also) to read more books. My goal is one book a month so this group is perfect for me. I’m going to try to do it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    January 10, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Just put this book in my basket on Amazon, going to order it as soon as I get money! ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I love this idea! I have always wanted to be in a book club ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Have got this book and started reading it. Wow! It’s amazing so far. Makes me want to go back to Paris again. I also saw Girls Who Travel and picked it up in the book store too. Can’t wait to read that one. I think this book club is a fantastic idea Brooke!

    • Brooke Saward
      January 9, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Yay so glad you are enjoying!! Can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of the book ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    January 9, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Very excited. The book has been on my list to read since you mentioned it on the blog. Perfect reason to finally read it.

    Lexi Crow
    January 9, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Just downloaded this book to my ipad. So excited to read this on my plane ride to South Africa. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joan G
    January 9, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Love the world map with the pins! So colorful and artsy, not a typical map. Where can I find it?

    January 8, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I have been looking for a book club since long and loved the idea of this one. Just ordered the book and looking forward to the activities here fir the rest of the year :).
    Thanks for starting this Brooke!

    January 8, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Love it. I’m in.

    January 8, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Brooke, have you read The Master & Margarita by Bulgalkov? The best Russian novel I’ve ever read – and I studied Russian Literature at uni and I feel like I read that you loved Russian History.

    January 8, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I’m excited to read again instead of watching TV after work. Would really love to interact with booklovers!

    The Daily Miacis
    January 8, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Such a great idea! Books sugestion? I have this one but it’s from a portuguese writer and I don’t know it’s translated to english is “Os homens das cavernas tambรฉm oferecem toblerones”. Also, Bruce Chatwin have a lot of interesting books about places, he has one book about the songs the nomades use to travel across Australia ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 8, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Thank you very much for a fabulous idea, Brooke! I was looking for a way to start reading more. I am happy to join in. Looking forward to reading and discussing the book later! Thank you!

    January 8, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Hello, Brooke! I’m quite new to your blog and just thought I’d leave a message to say that I’ll definitely be joining in with this. I’ve just ordered the book and I can’t wait to get stuck in! Brilliant idea!

    January 8, 2016 at 4:17 am

    The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is a great read, but a pretty long one! Maybe not great for a monthly book club, but still highly recommended from me! Its set in New Zealand when miners were colonizing the area, but there’s also a supernatural twist!

    January 7, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Great idea, Brooke and thanks for starting this! I was looking for books that were more travel related in this sense! This one sounds awesome and can’t wait to read it!

    January 7, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    YAY, I’m In… I already joined a “Gilmore Girls” Book club this year, the first book is 1984 and I’m excited to join another one!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Second Breakfast
    January 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I love books that inspire me to go on a trip! I can’t wait to find this book and start reading. I also wrote a post on my 6 favorite travel memoirs by women. I’d love to know if you’ve ready any.

    January 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Eager to start! So happy to have stumbled upon your blog. Can’t wait to go pick up the book and begin!

    Brittany Justham
    January 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I just read Paris Letters, per your recommendation! It will be super fun to see everyone’s thoughts on the book. My favorite parts were the watercolor paintings that were included in the book so I could have the full experience of the author’s story! Great pick. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mellodie Wittwer
    January 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Love the idea ๐Ÿ™‚ first book done. I’ve also read this book and loved it. Looking in my bookshelves I also have a love for Paris and seem to have read a lot of books with that theme. Look forward to each months book

    Jessica Noelle Konrad
    January 7, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I’m in! Can’t wait!!! Love your site and wait can’t to join in on the fun!

    January 7, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I’m doubly excited, since I posted the same comment twice! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Joan G
    January 7, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I’m In!! I’ve owned this book for several months now and have yet to make the time to read it. This will be the push I need! Great idea!

    January 7, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Great idea. I’m in! ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 7, 2016 at 4:13 am

    How fun, Brooke!! You had me at “Paris!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love to read; just finished The Paris Wife. Looking forward to connecting with your travel-loving community!

    Vicki Bullard
    January 7, 2016 at 3:57 am

    How fun, Brooke! You had me at “Paris!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love to read; just finished The Paris Wife. Looking forward to connecting with your travel-loving community!

    January 7, 2016 at 3:52 am

    You should highly consider adding this book to your list! : “Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York” edited by Sari Botton. It’s filled with 28 heartfelt, tear jerking, and funny essays from various writers who portray their love stories with New York City and paint the city in a truly authentic way.

    January 7, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Just ordered my copy. Can’t wait to read the book and wish a lot!

    January 7, 2016 at 3:30 am

    What a great idea! Count me in, and just purchased the book.

    Kendall Simmons
    January 7, 2016 at 2:18 am

    I just ordered it! This is a wonderful idea. I can’t wait to start reading once it arrives. I also just finished ‘Around the World in Seventy-two Days and Other Writings’ by Nellie Bly. I found her story fascinating!

    January 7, 2016 at 2:11 am

    yes – I would like to join this with you all – I LOVE to read!!!!

    January 7, 2016 at 2:10 am

    You can also try The wife in Paris and Visit sunny Cernobil! Loved them both!
    One of the reasons why I just love to travel is that I also have & find more time to read! At home I am always buys – at work (for the moment I have a full time job), with my travel blog, spending time with my boyfriend, and I find sooo little time to read!

    January 7, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Count me in!!

    January 7, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Hi Brooke,

    a very inspiring book that I finished reading yesterday is “The power of now” by Eckart Tolle.


    Gabi @ Books & Trips
    January 7, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Wonderful idea! Please count me in, I’m getting the book ASAP! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Izzy Matias
    January 7, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Great idea to start a book club and encourage people to read more! I love books. Definitely putting this on my reading list. <3

    January 7, 2016 at 12:14 am

    I love this idea. I actually got this out of the library the other day to read so I’m keen to join in!

    January 7, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I’m very excited to read along with you! This is perfect timing as I had just decided to add travel reading to my list, whether fiction or non-fiction, as inspiration for a Europe trip this Spring! I’m looking for the book today!

    January 6, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Great idea, Brooke. I’ll join! I’ve just ordered the book, so now I just have to wait a couple of days before I can start reading.

    January 6, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Woohoo, love Paris Letters too. Sign me up please! I intend to read more books in english, so this is perfect

    January 6, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    This is such a good idea! I love books so i’ll definitely be joining in, even though I still have loads of unread books on my bookshelf. So maybe it won’t be every month but I do like the sound of Paris Letters.

    I’m a sucker for a good love story, so one book I would highly recommend is ‘Love Rosie’ this one neeeeeds to be added to your list, I know a lot of girls will like it ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

    January 6, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I love reading so count me in! First book of 2016 here we go ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 6, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Such an amazing idea) and if I don’t find the book in my native language it’s a good practice to read in English)

    January 6, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Such a fab idea and great first choice book! been on my read list for a while ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait to join in x

    January 6, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I’m English, live in Montevideo, UY and am a bookaholic.

    I’m thrilled you’ve come up with this idea….maybe we could link GOOD cookbooks to the book of your choice?

    Until the discussion opens…….j.k.

    Sheree GM
    January 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Oh how perfect. I had set a goal this year to read…12 books…one each month. So, count me in ๐Ÿ™‚ Off to purchase 1st book.

    Sharlene McQuaid
    January 6, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Just got the book reading hard

    January 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Ill join in great way to start the year off.

    January 6, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I was just thinking how cool it would be to join a book club… even better, a travel based one! Will be picking this guy up asap ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    January 6, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    That book sounds amazing!! I want to read it so much!!

    January 6, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I love the idea of this! I will definitely be following along as I can always use some good reading suggestions! (I do read in the train to work every morning and evening!) Thanks! I’m looking forward to the book club posts!


    January 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    This is such a genius idea! I used to read ALL THE TIME, but I haven’t in forever because work, university, traveling, blogging, having some sort of social life, etc. gets in the way. I would love to be a part of this!

    January 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I’ll join you!! First i have to get the book…

    January 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Definitely joining in! I always want to read on planes because I find it too difficult to just sit there watching movie after movie, but I get too motion sick. ๐Ÿ™ So much wasted time!

    crystal mccasland
    January 6, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Can’t wait to read the book and discuss it. Great idea I am in!!!

    Karen Farber
    January 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    I love this idea!!! Getting this book! So looking forward to reading it and coming back here to discuss it ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Definately! This sounds so awesome, Brooke! And it’s a great way to start reading more books. I’m always up for recommendations and this looks like a great one! (Because you get tired of reading the assigned literature books again and again)

    Charlotte Buckle
    January 6, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Awesome! I, too, made it a goal this year to read more books and what better way to accomplish this goal than with others to discuss the books with!
    Cannot wait to get started on this rad book club journey with you all!

    C |

    January 6, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I’m in, looking forward to it.

    Staci Blunt
    January 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Yes, please. Can’t wait to read Paris Letters (from my library to save more $$ for travel!)…

    January 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I am so in! I used to read more when I didn’t travel as much (especially since I work, travel, photograph and write!) This will keep me on track ๐Ÿ˜‰

    January 6, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This sounds so cool! We should start a WOW book club Facebook group!! I love being apart of a community โค๏ธ

    January 6, 2016 at 11:21 am

    YES!!!!! *sets alarm early to rush to waterstones to pick up book* SUPER EXCITED

    Sophie x

    January 6, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Totally on board with you on this one Brooke! Reading more is also one of my own resolutions for this year.
    I’m just about finished one that I also found at the airport – Girls Who Travel by Nicole Trilivas. So far, so good!!!

    Btw. Love your blog! You’ve also motivated me to start my own ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Brooke Saward
      January 6, 2016 at 11:19 am

      I have that book too! I thought that would be a great one for February – I haven’t read it yet, still waiting for my next long plane journey to give it a go! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you join on with the WOW book club – I’m so excited to connect with y’all more this year! ๐Ÿ™‚ x