June 4, 2013

Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the bloggers of The Broke and the Bookish. This week we're discussing books that feature travel in some way, whether it be through road trips, airplanes, travelogues, or any sort of movement from one place to another.


From Troy to Ithaca:
The Odyssey by Homer

From Afghanistan to the United States:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

From the United States to Guatemala:
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

From the United States to the Belgian Congo:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

From England to India:
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

From the United States to France:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Down the Mississippi River:


...And that's all I can come up with that I recommend. I tried to stick to real locations here (except for The Odyssey, but it did kind of originate the whole travel book genre). Courtney and I were actually discussing this topic yesterday and we both came to the conclusion that while we read tons of fantasies that involve journeys and travel (my favorite fantasies are epic fantasies after all), we're woefully underread in books featuring real-world travels. 

Please leave me links to your Top Ten Tuesdays - I'll be interested to see what sort of books featuring travel that I should be reading!
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Amanda

Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.

19 comments:

  1. Ooh, the Kite Runner. I havent read that one yet but it seems like I couldve added A Thousand Splendid Suns to my list, just finished that one and loved it, and there certainly is a bunch of traveling. :)

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    1. I do want to read his other books, that and the new one that just came out. Eventually!

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  2. Awww some great choices. I really want to read The Odyssey!
    My TTT :)

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    1. You should! It takes a while to get started with it, but it's beautifully written (provided you have a good translator) and just so unique and wonderful!

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  3. The Odyssey, Wanderlove, The Lost Girl, and Anna and the French Kiss are some of my favorites! I really need to pick up The Kite Runner this summer, though. Great list, Amanda! :)

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    1. I think you'd enjoy The Kite Runner, Keertana, so definitely give it a shot!

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  4. I've added Wanderlove to my tbr list. Great choices!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! I loved it. :)

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  5. Some really great choices here! I love that you put The Odyssey on your list. <3

    Mine's at http://suchanovelidea.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks! And haha like I said I think it's one of the originators of the travel story, so I kind of had to include it!

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  6. This is such a fun topic. I'm under read in this area as well. I actually haven't read a single book on your list!

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    1. Oh, well I hope you're able to give at least a few of them a shot at some point!

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  7. Awww you mentioned me! And I love your list! I really need to finish The Odyssey! And I want to read The Poisonwood Bible. I've been meaning to for some time. And, of course, I want to read Wanderlove because everyone raves about it. Would you recommend it? And am I the only one who wasn't as big on Huckleberry Finn? Maybe, I should reread, given I read it some years ago. I might like it more now. Great picks!

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    1. Sorry, I meant to ask would you recommend The Poisonwood Bible and not Wanderlove. I know you would recommend Wanderlove :P

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    2. I mention you all the time lol. Be flattered. The Poisonwood Bible is so worth it. Definitely read it! I reviewed it on gr if you want to see my thoughts.
      And why not? Huck's story was so much better than Tom's. And I just love Twain's works.

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  8. The Lost Girl and Anna are great, great picks! Wanderlove made my list as well:)And I read a modern retelling of The Odyssey earlier this year, Love in The Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block. You might want to check it out later this year when it releases:)

    I haven't visited you in ages, May was CRAZY but it's good to see your blog again, Amanda:)

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    1. I am so excited for Love in the Time of Global Warming's release. Like so much so!
      And I've been bad at keeping up with blogs recently too. June's a good month to fix that! :)

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  9. Anna and the French Kiss and The Kite Runner and among my favourites. I still need to pick up Wanderlove! I've heard nothing but good things about that book.

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    1. Definitely give it a chance - it's well worth the read. :)

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