Which book should we read in December?

Many of you were excited to see that we choose India as our country to read in December. We are excited too!

We were also pleased to receive 6 book suggestions from you noting books which piqued your interest or ones you've loved. Because of the large number of suggestions sent in, we randomly selected which 2 to include in the final list of 6. (See the screencast with audio which shows the automated selection here.) Thanks to all who suggested books, & special thanks to Ester Elbert & Jo Jackson whose suggestions were included in the final list of books! Note: Another book suggestion from Julie Jacobs is in the final line up as well because it topped my long list of India books & is now 1 of my 2 book suggestions included. 

This month, you'll be choosing from the following genres: history, satirical fiction, literature, biography, autobiography & a fantasy myth/legend novel which also happens to be an LGBTQIA selection. This latter point becomes even more amazing when you realize that Indian law makes being gay punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 

You can vote until Mon., Nov. 20 11PM ET. (That's NYC time. See this converted to your local time below.)

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 To participate:

1. Review the books.

2. Then, click here to vote.

We'll publish the anonymous results afterwards so you can get the book in advance.

Book Giveaway!

Recently, I attended Random House's Off the Page, an all-day bookish event with their best authors.

Why should you care?

Well, I stood in a VERY LONG line to get this book signed by NY Times bestselling author, Kelly Corrigan just for you! Named by HuffPost as the poet laureate of the ordinary,” Kelly has written a new book titled, Tell Me More that is a "deeply personal, unfailingly honest, & often hilarious examination of the essential phrases that turn the wheel of life." 

Yep, we're thrilled to announce that A World Adventure by Book is doing a giveaway! 

The only thing you need to do to win is let us know you're interested in this very special book. Unlike Goodreads & other bookish sites which ask you to sign up for a newsletter or follow a page in order to enter the giveaway, we want you to have this fantastic book before its official launch in January just because we like you. 

Comment on the post announcing this giveaway in our Facebook book club by Nov. 19 11:59PM ET & you'll be entered into the drawing. A random winner will then be chosen. And yes, anyone can enter the giveaway. We'll send the book to you no matter where you live in the world because after all, we're A World Adventure by Book & believe in reading books from other countries!

December's Country

Ranging from desert to alpine tundra to humid tropical regions, December's country has a motley landscape. This country is also rich in heritage & known as one of the oldest civilizations to exist. Often thought to be one of the most culturally varied in the world, this country reveals the diversity of its people in the amazing flavors of its food from sweet to savory. And it's the 4th most popular country from which book club members originate!

Have you guessed yet which country we're visiting next? If not, just a few more hints. Like baseball/football in the US & soccer in the UK, cricket is this country's second religion while its dance forms are a spiritual art & its festivals are so vibrant they're world renowned.

Which Country are We Reading Next?

A land of mystical dreams—India! I chose this country for December based upon my recent foray into cooking a variety of Indian & Indian-fusion dishes. (I've always adored Indian food, but never made it from scratch until recently. If you're curious about cooking with Indian spices, I've included two of my favorite cookbooks which make Indian flavors accessible with deliciously easy recipes.)


We'd love to hear suggestions from you! Just let us know by Wed., Nov. 15 11PM ET. (That's NYC time. See this converted to your local time below.)

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We'll use 2 suggestions from book club members, 2 suggestions from Mia (the book club moderator) & 2 of my suggestions to compile a list of 6 books on which book club members will vote. The most popular book from the list will then be read.

Please note - We're specific in our books, they must: 

  • Largely occur in the country specified unless the world described is an alternate universe
  • 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