Frequently Asked Questions

Bookish questions answered online

1. What books have you been reading & do you have any favorites?
Here's the full reading list which continues to grow. Here are Beth's favorite foreign reads. Mia's list of favorites is here

2. Will we read more than one book per country?
Nope, but we will decide as a community which book to read & there will be 5 other books from that country listed if you want to dive in deeper.

3. How often will we read a book?
We'll read one book every month.

4. How do you decide which book to read?
The book club exists to read books from outside of the US to expand our literary knowledge. Beth & Mia* select the country & then scour the libraries/Internet to unearth the best books across genres. A list of 6 books is compiled as follows:

  • Beth will suggest 2 books.
  • Mia will suggest 2 books.
  • We'll use 2 suggestions from community members.

Then, the community votes on which book we’ll read.

5. How do you decide which book suggestions to use from community members?

  • If more than 2 books are suggested, the entire list of suggestions will be entered into a lottery with 2 randomly chosen.
  • If fewer than 2 books are suggested, Beth & Mia* will add to the list to ensure a total of 6 books is compiled.
  • If more than 1 suggestion is provided by a single member, we will choose the book we feel will work best for the book club

6. What's the book club's schedule?

  • Start reading the book at the beginning of the month & discuss at month's end for 5 days.
  • The middle of the month is when we'll vote on which book to read next so you'll have enough time to buy/borrow the book. 
  • Anytime for other bookish posts & discussions regardless of country.
7. Are there requirements for the types of books read?
We stand firm in this regard. All books must:
  • Largely occur in the country specified unless the world described is an alternate reality.
  • Be written by an author born there who has spent a good portion of their life there.
  • Exist in paperback & ebook available on both Amazon & Kindle at least in the US & hopefully elsewhere.

*Bonus FAQ: Who the heck are Beth & Mia?
Beth & Mia are the co-founders of A World Adventure by Book. They met in Central NJ when they were teenagers. Beth is the web site/book club admin & Mia is the book club moderator. More info is included about them on the About Us page.