When I first came up with the idea of the #travelbookclub back in February, I wasn’t sure whether it would work. I’d been discussing a mutual love of travel and books with three other travellers on Twitter and it had made me realise how much I missed the book club I had belonged to back in Brighton.
I’ve always thought there’s something lovely about finishing a book and then being able to discuss the thoughts and ideas you’ve had about it with other people. But being on the road a lot often means that it’s difficult to commit to a monthly meeting at a venue you have to physically go to. So I began to think about whether it could be done over the Internet, from wherever you happened to be in the world.
I pitched the idea to @vagabondbaker, @JessicaRose_91 and @PegsontheLine and together we began a small group, each reading the book and meeting on Twitter once a month to discuss it’s themes and, of course, our shared love of travel! Gradually over the months the #travelbookclub has grown and this month we had people joining us from Argentina and China. Although I have never met any of the other readers face to face, I look forward to our monthly meet-ups and enjoy the hour we spend talking about out chosen books. It has made me feel like part of a community again.
So I’d like to say a big thank you to the other #travelbookclub members who have made this possible and invite anyone else who loves books and travel as much as we do to join us in 2014. Our first book for next year is Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin and we’ll be discussing it on Twitter on January 8 at 9pm GMT.
You can read what we thought of this month’s book, The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi, here.