Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (26) - Best Travel Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  This week's topic - the best books containing travel.  I love travel books; I've always wanted to travel the world, or even just the US.  Unfortunately, the closest I'm going to get for a while are these books.

Top Ten Books Featuring Travel
  • The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien -  By far, one of the most epic journeys ever.  The places the characters went to, the way Tolkien described them, made me want to jump into Middle-Earth, or do the next best thing and visit New Zealand.
  • The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan -  These kids go on the craziest adventures all over the world; I'm so jealous.  I would risk getting eaten by monsters to see some of the places they get to visit.
  • Almost anything by John Green -  John Green loves to include travel in his books.  It's either coming-of-age road trips with friends, or romantic trips to Amsterdam.
    • Paper Towns
    • An Abundance of Katherines
    • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Marlena de Blasi's books -  Marlena de Blasi pretty much only writes travel memoirs, but her Thousand Days books are my favorites.  She totally immerses you in the culture and events happening in Italy, so you can very easily feel like you're right there with her, finding love with a handsome Venetian or buying a home in the Tuscan hills.
    • A Thousand Days in Venice
    • A Thousand Days in Tuscany
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert -  Ok, so I cheated a little here.  I still haven't finished the book yet; I reached the part about India and got distracted, so this is really more about the movie than the book.  Her story made me want to quit my job, throw everything aside, and jump on a plane.  Italian lessons and pizza, spiritual retreats in India, the lush beauty of the jungle - please take me there now!
  • Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen -  While the story itself wasn't amazing, I loved the whole concept.  Three men travel into the world of books on dragon ships.  Places and people from literature are all real, and you can visit all of them and meet everyone.  That would be so fantastic!


  1. Thumbs up for The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings!! I swoon big time over Aragorn. :) hahaha ... and yes... that covers some serious traveling!

    1. I agree - Aragorn is most definitely swoon-worthy. :)

  2. I am looking forward to reading more from John Green. Great picks!

    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy reading his books. I don't usually read contemporary YA, but his books are so amazing.


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