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June Genre Discussion Help

For June 2016, we will be reading Travel Fiction/Non-Fiction.

June Genre Discussion Help

Post Number:#1 by kio
» 04 Jun 2016, 12:34

Travel fiction and non-fiction do not necessarily have to be as dry as they may sound. Travel, by definition, means "to make a journey, typically of some length or abroad." In this case, either fictional or relatively true. Most of these examples are in the present, but travel fiction can be in the present, past, or future or virtual world. Science fiction would, in some ways, an example of such.

There are the standard travel guides, but I was thinking more along the lines of travel narratives for non-fiction. Examples include:

1. Bill Bryson books

2. Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet Lewis ( a humorous account of an owner of a moody Labrador deciding to travel across the country to learn from other dog owners how to bond with his dog)

3. Deep South by Paul Theroux

4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

5. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

6. Meet Me At Atlantis by Mark Adams

7. Lost City of Z by David Grann

8. Travels by Michael Crichton



Some examples of fiction include:

1. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and other Jules Verne books, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, and many other classics

2. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

3. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

4. Gardenias for Breakfast by Robin Jones Gunn

5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

6. Eye of Minds by James Dashner

8. In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops

For more example, try https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/travel-fiction or any of the review discussion forums.
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Re: June Genre Discussion Help

Post Number:#2 by gali
» 04 Jun 2016, 12:42

I think I will read Eye of Minds by James Dashner.
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Post Number:#3 by kio
» 04 Jun 2016, 12:43

gali wrote:I think I will read Eye of Minds by James Dashner.



That's one of my favorites :) Very intense virtual adventure-style book :)

-- 04 Jun 2016, 13:44 --

For me, I think In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops is calling my name :)
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Post Number:#4 by gali
» 04 Jun 2016, 12:49

kio wrote:
gali wrote:I think I will read Eye of Minds by James Dashner.



That's one of my favorites :) Very intense virtual adventure-style book :)

-- 04 Jun 2016, 13:44 --

For me, I think In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops is calling my name :)


"In Times Like These" is free, so I bought it and may read it as well. :)
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Post Number:#5 by hsimone
» 04 Jun 2016, 13:07

These sound great! I grabbed In Times Like These. I'll probably read it for this month.

Question: Do you think Falling Off the Career Ladder by Haylie B. Fox would count? It's a fictional story about a career-driven woman who ends up moving to Italy who falls in love with the country (and a guy).
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Post Number:#6 by LarkSpur25
» 04 Jun 2016, 18:05

gali wrote:
kio wrote:
gali wrote:I think I will read Eye of Minds by James Dashner.



That's one of my favorites :) Very intense virtual adventure-style book :)

-- 04 Jun 2016, 13:44 --

For me, I think In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops is calling my name :)


"In Times Like These" is free, so I bought it and may read it as well. :)




I agree with Gali, since it's free, and sounds interesting, I'll be reading In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops. Plus I've already seen the movie Life of Pi, so it's hard for me to go and read a book I've seen as a movie first.
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Post Number:#7 by Gravy
» 04 Jun 2016, 19:29

I started Wild for this month, and am not quite halfway through it.
I'm also thinking of using this month's genre as an excuse to finally read River Monsters by Jeremy Wade :)

I also now wish I'd put off reading The Chess Garden (by Brooks Hansen), because it would fit in rather nicely. I highly (greatly, immensely, unendingly :lol: ) recommend it, if anyone's looking for something to read for this month!

hsimone wrote:These sound great! I grabbed In Times Like These. I'll probably read it for this month.

Question: Do you think Falling Off the Career Ladder by Haylie B. Fox would count? It's a fictional story about a career-driven woman who ends up moving to Italy who falls in love with the country (and a guy).


It sounds like it to me 8)
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Post Number:#8 by hsimone
» 05 Jun 2016, 04:06

Gravy wrote:I started Wild for this month, and am not quite halfway through it.
I'm also thinking of using this month's genre as an excuse to finally read River Monsters by Jeremy Wade :)

I also now wish I'd put off reading The Chess Garden (by Brooks Hansen), because it would fit in rather nicely. I highly (greatly, immensely, unendingly :lol: ) recommend it, if anyone's looking for something to read for this month!

hsimone wrote:These sound great! I grabbed In Times Like These. I'll probably read it for this month.

Question: Do you think Falling Off the Career Ladder by Haylie B. Fox would count? It's a fictional story about a career-driven woman who ends up moving to Italy and falls in love with the country (and a guy).


It sounds like it to me 8)


I'm curious how you like Wild. I've been meaning to read that for some time.

Okay, so I'll read Falling Off the Career Ladder, and potentially In Times Like These this month.

I also forgot that I started reading Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing a while back (this is a book club book that a few of my girlfriends decided to split into two parts). It is a true account of a man named Shackleton, who takes a crew of men to journey throughout the Antarctic oceans during the early 1900s. It speaks about their hardships and triumphs. I think this would also work. I'm excited for this month's genre! :)

-- 05 Jun 2016, 11:09 --

LarkSpur25 wrote:I agree with Gali, since it's free, and sounds interesting, I'll be reading In Times Like These by Nathan Van Coops. Plus I've already seen the movie Life of Pi, so it's hard for me to go and read a book I've seen as a movie first.


I tried reading Life of Pi after enjoying the movie, and I just couldn't get into it for some reason. Usually I'm okay in reading the book before or after, but with this one, I just couldn't. So, I also think it's a good idea to try something different, like In Times Like These. I want to read this one, too.
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Post Number:#9 by Gravy
» 05 Jun 2016, 05:38

hsimone wrote:I'm curious how you like Wild. I've been meaning to read that for some time.


I should be finished with it soon :tiphat:
But not too soon :lol:
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Post Number:#10 by hsimone
» 05 Jun 2016, 14:31

Gravy wrote:
hsimone wrote:I'm curious how you like Wild. I've been meaning to read that for some time.


I should be finished with it soon :tiphat:
But not too soon :lol:

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Post Number:#11 by Gravy
» 06 Jun 2016, 03:10

hsimone wrote:
Gravy wrote:
hsimone wrote:I'm curious how you like Wild. I've been meaning to read that for some time.


I should be finished with it soon :tiphat:
But not too soon :lol:

:D


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Post Number:#12 by hsimone
» 06 Jun 2016, 04:53

Gravy wrote:
hsimone wrote:
Gravy wrote:
I should be finished with it soon :tiphat:
But not too soon :lol:

:D


:shhh:
Miss Peregrine's has pulled me away for the moment 8)

My lips are sealed :no-spoil:

Hm..that's another one I've been meaning to read :eusa-think: So many books, so little time!
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Post Number:#13 by Gravy
» 06 Jun 2016, 22:12

hsimone wrote:
Gravy wrote:
hsimone wrote::D


:shhh:
Miss Peregrine's has pulled me away for the moment 8)

My lips are sealed :no-spoil:

Hm..that's another one I've been meaning to read :eusa-think: So many books, so little time!


Miss Peregrine has relinquished her hold ;) :lol:

And I agree, so very little time to read them all!
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Post Number:#14 by e-tasana-williams
» 07 Jun 2016, 10:20

I loved Life of Pi. Martel drew me into that book so easily. His writing had my head full of vivid images of the family, their zoo, and the tragedy they faced. I was in the boat with Pi and the tiger. I was in the water with Pi when he found the seaweed island. I was in his kitchen seeing the food surplus as he was being interviewed later in life. Martel packed that book full of life, and he didn't take 400 pages to do it. What a talent. I recommend this book to everyone here. If you've seen the movie, read the book, you will get so much more out of it.

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I loved Life of Pi. Martel drew me into that book so easily. His writing had my head full of vivid images of the family, their zoo, and the tragedy they faced. I was in the boat with Pi and the tiger. I was in the water with Pi when he found the seaweed island. I was in his kitchen seeing the food surplus as he was being interviewed later in life. Martel packed that book full of life, and he didn't take 400 pages to do it. What a talent. I recommend this book to everyone here. If you've seen the movie, read the book, you will get so much more out of it.
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Post Number:#15 by ssunshine
» 07 Jun 2016, 19:25

I am going to dig into Life of Pi!
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