Let’s do a book club!

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!

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32 Replies to “Let’s do a book club!”

  1. cool (: je vais aller voir si je trouve le bouquin

    1. ah cool! ça me plairait d’avoir ton opinion! (mais c’est un peu casse g* cet exercice, parce que je n’ai pas non plus la moindre idée de si le livre est bien ou pas… croisons les doigts!)

  2. J’adore l’idée du BookClub ! En revanche, le livre ne m’inspire pas trop… Je suis peut-être trop jeune pour apprécier ce genre de littérature, je ne sais pas…
    Je ne pense pas le lire du coup, et je verrai si le prochain me donne plus envie ! 😀

    1. ah peut-être… mais ce n’est pas un classique et c’est en fait très facile à lire (j’en suis au premier quart!).
      J’espère que le prochain t’inspirera plus!

  3. Ok, c’est parti, je file dès mardi à la médiathèque voir si je peux le trouver!
    Juste, fais attention sous ta dernière vidéo, le lien pour ton blog indique toujours celui du blogspot.

    1. Merci, je viens de changer ça !
      J’espère que tu pourras le trouver ! 🙂

  4. I’m in ! Ce roman a l’air très intéressant ! J’espère arriver à le lire en entier car j’ai énormément de lectures agrégatives ce mois-ci, mais je ferai de mon mieux 🙂 j’adore l’idée du book club !

    1. oh courage… j’imagine que tu ne dois pas avoir beaucoup de temps libre pour tes lectures personnelles ! il est très intéressant et facile à lire, vu que c’est plusieurs discussions ça peut s’arrêter et se reprendre aisément sans perdre le fil!

  5. Aleksandra says: Reply

    So excited for this! It wasn´t translated into Czech apparently, so I ordered it from Bookdepository in English but the last book I ordered from them took 11 days to get to Prague, so I hope this one´ll come sooner so I finish the book before everyone starts spoiling it : )

    1. ah so happy you are taking part in this! It is going to be difficult to find books translated in msot languages… especially since France translates many many books so I’ll have to be careful about that in the future! hopefully you receive the book soon!x

      1. Aleksandra says: Reply

        I guess as long as it has been translated into English it´s okay, so I´d say you don´t have to worry about that, I only mentioned the fact that it wasn´t translated into Czech simply because it means that I cannot storm into a bookstore, buy it and start reading immediately. But I agree with another comment here that it would be nice to know the book we´ll be reading the next month sooner than the month starts so we have some time to order that book online and wait for it to come 🙂 And I guess this bookclub will motivate me not only to read more books but also to learn French since so far most of the comments here are in it. Thanks for replying!

  6. Allez, je tente le coup ! Ça m’obligera à diversifier mes lectures 🙂

    1. haha super! j’essaye toujours de diversifier mes lectures, en tout cas au niveau des provenances… avant je n’en était pas consciente du tout, mais il y a vraiment des littératures qui sont sous représentées, et c’est dommage!

  7. ahmed magdy says: Reply

    first book is Arabic and by an Egyptian author that’s a big deal

    1. glad you’re appreciating it!

  8. I’m so excited about this book club, and I’m so excited that you’re excited! I’m so happy and inspired by how you get things done, I’ve been watching your videos for about 3 or 4 years now and I feel like I know you and this book club will be another way to just get to know everyone in this community you’ve created. I wish you the best of luck in all you do, both in your personal life ( thank you so much for being so honest and open, it has made me be less afraid,thank you!)and in your academic goals. I hope to one day get to meet you, because you really are like a friend, you make the viewer feel welcomed into your life when maybe I have been feeling too lonely or sad, and it’s weird because I am a loner like you I really just appreciate my own company, but when I feel sad your videos really help feel like everything we do in this life matters, and that life is an amazing gift! I know that was a run on sentence, but I like to be a rebel sometimes;)

  9. Loved your idea of a book club, hope it works, let’s read!

  10. This is a Fantastic Idea! I’ve been doing something similar with books from Latin American authors this year, and I feel like I’ve traveled so much. This book is right up my alley. I’m excited to join you in your book club 🙂

  11. It’s a nice idea 🙂 I’m going to try to have some space for it and finish it by the end of this month. Just one question: how are we going to discuss the book? You’ll make a post where the comment area will be used to discuss it? Have a nice day!

    1. I think I’ll write a post or maybe make a video… and you’ll be able to comment, or even reply with a video!
      But to make it even more interactive I made a group on goodreads! So I think I’ll include my opinion of the book in my next recent reads so that people who like to comment on Youtube will be able to keep commenting there. And I’ll also write a post here about it (announcing as well the next book to read) and people will be able to comment too if they like the blog better.
      And for those who are on goodreads and want something more interactive there is the group ! (it’s going to be easier to reply to people there, or even post during your reading…)
      Many options! 🙂

      1. It seems that I won’t be able to participate after all :/ The book isn’t available on Kindle Store and it would take too much time to arrive if I order it. Do you think that you could announce the book for June in the middle of May, so that people like me have time to order the book if needed?

        And thank you for your answer, I guess I’ll make an account on goodreads then.

        Have a nice day!

  12. I love your choice of the book. I can sense that what you are trying to do will be very different and interesting than what most Youtubers do with books (booktubers as the community is often called).

    I will be eagerly looking forward to it

  13. Sherri Robinson says: Reply

    Yes I’m joining! ♡

  14. Oui, je vais faire partie! C’est vrai que je dois diversifier mes lectures, merci pour l’encouragement 🙂

  15. Salut Antastesia !

    Tu as acheté ce livre de cette édition où ?

  16. おもしろそー

  17. I would love to take part in this amazing project! 🙂

  18. Oh, hello Emy! First of all I have to say that you’re doing great!
    Also, this book club thing; I would love to be in but there’s this problem, I can’t find that book in my language (Turkish) and I unfortunately don’t enjoy reading books in other languages like English, so.. I have to pass this month.

    Btw, you’re thoughts are cool about all those and you’re brave and hopeful enough to share them, that encourages me as well. Thank you for that!

    Wish you the best, friend.

  19. Je trouve ton idée géniale! Au tout départ j’ai vu une vidéo à toi sur les choses à ne pas faire en France et de file en aiguille j’ai atéri sur ton site qui est super cool! Comment allons nous discuter des livres en question?

  20. I love this idea. I just ordered the book. I am new to your blog but love it. Looking forward to reading Taxi.

  21. je viens de découvrir le blog, je vais essayer de participer au book club par la suite !

  22. How do I join the book club?

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