** March Challenge 2018 – All About You **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the March Challenge 2018 – All About You;

Our March Challenge is all about YOU!
Answer three questions for the EASY challenge (at least one Aussie author please), six questions for the MEDIUM challenge (at least two Aussie authors) or all nine questions for the HARD challenge (at least three Aussie authors).

I’ll start off with three for the EASY challenge and see where we go from there.

1. Choose a book where the author shares one of your names OR both of your initials.

2. Choose a book set in the country you live in.

3. Choose a book published in the month of your birth (any year)

4. Choose a book where at least 50% of the cover is your favourite colour

5. Choose a book from your favourite genre
Previously I would have said this was SciFi, but looking over the last few years it would appear that the travel & adventure genre is now what I am reading more of.

Elaine Orabona Foster & Joseph Wilbred Foster – In Movement There Is Peace
In Movement There is Peace is a powerful tale of travel, adventure and unexpected faith.
It begins with a doctor who walks away from her practice in order to cure her own paralyzing anxiety. Once free, she discovers that leaving is really only fleeing if there’s no new direction. Could this be the reason for her husband’s sudden inspiration?
“I want us to walk the Camino de Santiago, it’s an 800 kilometer pilgrimage across Spain.” …

(Media: audiobook 🎧)

6. Choose a book set in a country you would like to visit

OffTheRails Chris Hatherly & Tim Cope – Off The Rails [AUS]
It was one of those moments when you become so deeply involved with the experience that you begin to blend with the dirt.
This is the story of two twenty year old boys who travel on recumbent bicycles from Russia, across Siberia, the Gobi Desert, Mongolia to Beijing, in China. The journey takes fourteen months to complete across some of the world’s most hard-to-access terrain.

(Media: dead tree.)
VERDICT: ★★★.★


“But what of the guilt I felt sometimes as a ‘wealthy’ westerner passing through Russia? Was it really escapism? Perhaps, but only if I returned to Australia and forgot what I had learned. I remembered the message I had read in countless mountaineering books: ‘We don’t go to the summits to escape, but so that when we come down we can live a better life in civilisation.’ As long as I could apply what I learned from our adventure to life at home then it would have all been worth it.”
— Tim Cope (2003) ‘Off The Rails’

7. If you could time travel would you go forwards or back? Choose either a futuristic book or an historical one.

8. What is your dream job? Choose a book where a character has this job.

9. If you could do this right now would you prefer a sea change or a tree change? Choose a book set near the sea or one set in the countryside.
A walk through the countryside. What is a sea/tree change if not a search for a new start?

Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist – Two Steps Forward [AUS]
Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past—for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce. Looking to make a new start, each sets out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago, in northwestern Spain, in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino—the Way—for centuries.
The Camino changes you, it’s said. It’s a chance to find a new version of yourself. But can these two very different people find each other?

(Media: dead tree // audio book 🎧 Release date: 01-May-2018)

🎞 The Way (2010)
The two Camino de Santiago books both reference The Way (2010), so this was also added to this Month’s entertainment schedule. 📽
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El camino de Santiago,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.

Listopia: Camino de Santiago

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