Book Club: Around the World by Matt Phelan

This last week I hosted book club at my house. The book I chose was Around the World by Matt Phelan. (I've written about it before.) I wanted to introduce some of the smartest ladies I know to graphic novels, and this one was a big hit. For starters, almost everyone who came read it! (I, myself, have been guilty of not reading the book before I attend this particular book club.)

"I liked it! And I didn't think I was going to like it." 

"I was like 'Oh, no, I've got two book club books to read!' but then I opened this one up and yay! It was a graphic novel!"

"You can say some things in pictures that you can't say in words. Like when she is dancing."

"I love the expressions on their faces."

"I found Thomas Stevens' story really inspiring. He was unhappy with his life and he made a new life for himself in a time when it was really hard to do that."

"Nellie Bly was my favorite!"

"I thought Joshua Slocum's story was just so sad . . ."

"I could tell the flashbacks in the last story, because they were a different color."

"I had to read the last one a couple of times, it was confusing to me. There aren't many words."

"I don't like graphic novels, but I liked this one." 

If you're looking for a good book club book, I heartily recommend this one. It is the sort of book that both satisfies you and increases your curiosity. It contains three true stories of world travellers, written and illustrated by the same hand.

What books has your book club read lately?


  1. I didn't make it to book group, but just got an email saying this book is ready for me to pick up at the library! (Everyone must have just returned it...) Can't wait to read it.

  2. I'm going to add this one to my list. I've still never read a graphic novel. In fact, I probably should find out exactly how a graphic novel is defined!

  3. P.S. As to your question about book clubs, I am still at a loss for a good one in CA -- it's kind of a bummer since I was in THREE in UT! So many of the ones I have found through the community meet on Sundays during our church time, and I haven't been able to make it to the ward one. But I did just get Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home so maybe I will pretend I'm reading it for a book club.

  4. Lindsay, I looked up the definition once! Posted it here http://jacobandalysa.blogspot.com/2007/07/book-review-american-born-chinese.html.

    Also, I just got Happier at Home, too! We could totally online-book-club it up, sistah!


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