I am a little bit nervous writing this post, because it’s a first. And not only is this a first, it’s also something I would love to go well. This blog is mostly going to be about travelling, but it’s not too much of a far-fetched thing to say that this is somehow related to travelling as well. You could say that I have been travelling all of my life, way earlier than my first train ride or flight. I could do it without leaving my home, without even leaving my room. And yes, you guessed it, it was all thanks to books.
To me travelling is about discovering new places, new lifestyles, new cultures, meeting people and having access to a bit of their world. Being faced with new situations and adapting to them, evolving and learning. All of those things, literature does it for you as well. Flipping the pages of a book, you’re taken miles and miles away, sometimes years or centuries ago, you make friends and ennemies, learn about others and enter their minds, you are introduced to cultures and cities, to environments so very different from yours. You forget that you are in your room, in your house, and are instead walking in Vienna, hiking in Asia, exploring South America or having all of your senses stimulated in Middle East.
Books have often inspired me to travel. I was curious of seeing that one place by myself, confronting the words with the sight, smell and sounds. Curious too, of being in the same spot as those authors I love, sitting on a bench in Moscow, walking in the german forest reminiscing about those hours spent reading about these very same places.
Books are also a way to make waiting more bearable. Reading about the country or place you’re hoping to travel to, reading books written by authors of that said country … Somehow starting your travel a bit in advance, smoothly.
And it doesn’t have to be specifically travel literature. As you may know, I love classics. My favourite books are ones that were written in the 19th century, I love russian literature and my shelves are full of french classics. Any book can make you travel, that’s one of the many beauties of reading.
And so… I have decided, after getting much of your approval, to start a book club!
Every month, I will share with you one book, that I find interesting, that I want to read with YOU! And we’ll have a month to read it, get lost in it, feel it, love it, hate it, think of it and form an opinion. I want this book club to be diverse, stimulating and hopefully we can all enjoy this experience together. So this won’t be only french literature, this won’t be only travel literature, but I promise this won’t be either classics. What I can probably assure you, is that it’s most likely going to be different from what most BookTubers (youtube channels about books) offer. And hopefully, that will interest you!
Alright, the first book I picked for this book club is entitled Taxi, and was written by Khaled Al Khamissi. We’re starting off with an egyptian author, sharing with us 58 conversations with taxi drivers. This should, most assuredly, feel like travelling.
The book was translated into english, though I’ll be reading it in french. So get your hands on Taxi if you feel so inclined, and let’s have together, a wonderful May of reading!
Let me know if you’re willing to participate, let me know what your thoughts on the whole thing are guys, I am beyond excited to do this with you!