The votes are in, and we’ve picked our fourth book for the #GoGirlReads travel book club!

Our December/January book:

Backpack by Emily Barr

Backpack by Emily Barr


“Emily Barr’s irrepressible first novel follows the trials and tribulations of Tansy, a Londoner who leaves behind her horrible boyfriend, too-trendy friends, and hotshot media job to find herself a continent away.

“Adrift in the wake of her long-suffering mum’s death, Tansy hopes her modest inheritance will help cast her in the role of glamorous “Englishwoman Abroad,” as she flits from Vietnam to China. Instead, she finds ungrateful locals who treat her like the tourist she is, a climate that’s hell on her skin, and a motley group of grimy back packers she likes more than she’ll ever admit. But when blond Englishwomen in Asia start turning up dead, what began as a grand adventure suddenly becomes a real-life murder mystery . . . and blond Tansy wonders if she’ll live long enough to tell the tale of her travels.

“Brimming with romance, humor, and a slyly self-deprecating wit, Backpack is Lisa Jewell meets The Beach.”

Here’s how it works:

Tuesday, December 2: Book is introduced. Let’s start reading!

Wednesday, January 21: Virtual book club meets to discuss the book at 12pm Eastern time on Twitter using hashtag #gogirlreads.

Throughout January: Go Girls discuss the book in person in their meetup groups. See below for when your group may be meeting.

Beginning of February: Announcement of our next book

Let’s meet up!

Meetup groups around the world will be gathering together to discuss BackpackSee if your meetup group is meeting, or consider starting your own meetup group in a city near you. Stay tuned for the upcoming dates!

Chicago: Saturday, January 31
New York: Thursday, January 15
Ottawa: TBD
San Antonio: Thursday, January 15
Tucson: Sunday, January 25

Sponsors: Get Go Girls around the world to read your book

Are you an author or publisher? Our Go Girls are looking for interesting and inspiring books to read about travel, particularly women in travel. If you have a great book that you’d love to share with our community, consider sponsoring a #GoGirlReads book session. Visit our partnerships page for more information!