Great Reads to Inspire Travel

JourneyWoman Book Club

Books Inspire and Connect Us

Who can imagine a world without books? Books help us believe in magic, possibilities and the unseen world. They take far beyond the place we’re reading about: we learn who we are, what inspires us and what connects us as human beings: curiosity, generosity, love, empathy and kindness.

Every month, we feature one book we love with a woman at the centre, based on your recommendations and some of our own. We host Book Club discussions on Zoom on the third Wednesday of every month at 8 pm EST (check your local time here). Please register on our Events Calendar or by using the links below. Discussion questions and author bios are provided in advance.

For each Book Club we also invite an expert guest speaker to join us and share her insider perspective. There is no charge to attend but we do ask you to ‘Pay What you Can’ so that we can make a donation to a charity of the speaker’s choice. Sessions are recorded and shared on this website for those who aren’t able to participate live.

We hope you’ll join us on our next call! 

– Carolyn Ray and Wendy Brooks, your Book Club co-hosts

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Past Book Club Reads

The Mistress of Nothing, Kate Pullinger


The Mistress of Nothing

by Kate Pullinger


Deborah Lawrenson 300 Days of Sun


300 Days of Sun

by Deborah Lawrenson


Travels with my hat - Book jacket

Iraq, Ethiopia, Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco

Travels with my Hat

by Christine Osborne


Travels with my hat - Book jacket

United States

The Kitchen House

by Kathleen Grissom


John Mcgahern By The Lake


By the Lake 

by John McGahern


Chris Stewart Driving Over Lemons


Driving Over Lemons

by Chris Stewart


The Lost Vintage by Ann M


The Lost Vintage

by Ann Mah


“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth.
What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
– Anne Lamont, Bird by Bird 

Books to Inspire You

7 Award-Winning Novels That Take You on a Journey

7 Award-Winning Novels That Take You on a Journey

Most women who love to travel are hungry to learn about other religions, other ethnicities, and what it’s like to live in a place other than our own. The following seven ‘travel in your mind books’ have each been recommended to me by another women. I now pass these titles along to you. Enjoy!

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