Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that feature travel in some way

This was another post that I saw on other blogs that I really liked (if only to force me to post something..ANYTHING relevant to books).  I am taking my prompts from
The Broke and Bookish (don't use just love that name?  Or maybe it's because it is so, so applicable to my life right now).  So with no further ado, here's my Top 10 (although in no particular order other than being in my top 10...and with the exception of the first they're honestly going to be the first 10 I can think of)

In which there is travel by fish creatures:

1.  The Abarat Series by Clive Barker - Ok I got way to excited on this one so I will link it since I don't want to start a trend of writing loads.  Read here 

In which there is travel by life boat:

  2. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel - I feel like what with the movie adaption out fairly recently almost everyone knows this story and needs no explanation as to why it's on a travel list.

In which there is travel by steam punk and biological evolution:

3.  Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld - Set during WWI, this steam punk novel is a war between Darwin enthusiasts and machinists, all the while following the cross continental travels of Prince Aleksander, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.  Need I say more?

In which there is travel by magic wardrobe (and other strange events):

4.  The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - A childhood classic...featuring lots of interesting ways to get into Narnia (painting? magic wardrobe? train crash? It's got everything!)

In which there is lots and lots of walking:

5.  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - Another classic novel featuring dwarves, a dragon, and lots of snacks!

In which there is travel through space and time:

6.  A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle - Ok clearly I'm having some issues thinking of books involving travel as I'm resorting almost entirely to childhood favourites.  Again, a classic, and if you haven't heard of it shame on you, go read it!

In which there is travel using a towel:

7.  The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - Travel throughout the entire universe for the sole cost of one towel!

In which there is travel through literature:

8.  The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - If you are a fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide, you should definitely explore this series!  Written in the same style and humour of Adams, this instead explores the chaotic universe of characters escaping novels and terrorizing the general populace.  Chaos and general hilarity ensue.

In which there is a road trip:

9.  The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti - Let me make this clear.  I think Deb Caletti is quite possibly the best contemporary YA author out there.  She has such beautifully crafted characters, the plots are well thought out, and the most wonderfully heart wrenching prose I've ever read.  If you like Sarah Dessen and haven't read Caletti somehow...read this.  Or any other novel by her.

In which there is travel in and out of Death:

10.  Sabriel by Garth Nix - Series featuring a kick-ass heroine who travels to and from Death to make sure the dead stay dead (I swear this is not about vampires.  It's way more awesome)

Whew!  That was slightly exhausting...hopefully next week's one will be easier for me!  What about you?  Any suggestions for books to add to this list?


  1. Chronicles of Narnia almost made my list. Good one!

  2. Somehow I haven't read any of these. :( Not cool! Not cool!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  3. Yep, Hitchhiker's and Leviathan made my list as well. You can find it here.
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books

  4. The Hobbit! Why didn't I think of that? I also forgot Eat Pray Love. Sigh. Great list! Here's my TTT: http://readyourbookcase.blogspot.com/2013/06/top-ten-tuesday-travel.html

  5. I have Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series on my list! I would like to read Sabriel some day. I LOVE the Leviathan series so much. I have read and listened to them. Alan Cumming is a brilliant reader. Here is my list http://wp.me/pzUn5-1uF


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