Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top 10 Books With a Roadtrip Setting

Top 10 Favorite Books With Road Trip Settings
(Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

For today's Top Ten, the topic is favorite books with "x setting."  I mulled this one over awhile.  Some suggestions were "futuristic societies" (love those), "set mostly in schools" (love those too), during World War II, books set in California, etc. etc. etc. (channeling my inner King and I!)  What to do...what to do.  At first I thought maybe books set in Prague.  It seems like every great chase scene is set on the streets of Prague.  Then I thought, why not books set in England?  I love England.  But I just wasn't feeling that either.

So I decided to settle on books set on the road.  The ever popular road trip novel.  Wind in your hair, radio blasting fun.  Road trip books tend to be my favorite.  I really appreciate the idea of a journey, that the character you meet at the beginning isn't the same character by the last page.  Through travel, we experience, we observe, and we grow.  And while the destination can be the best part, it's the conversations we have along the way that make for a great trip.

 1) Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
So beautiful and heart-wrenching...with some killer tunes.

 2) 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
My fantasy (without the dead aunt of course). Just a backpack and Europe.  Sigh.

 3) Paper Towns by John Green
Definitely about the journey, and I loved Green's discussion on making people who we want them to be instead of accepting them for who they really are.

 4) The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Perhaps I'm cheating on this one...but they are traveling, and they do start in one location and end in another.
Best plane ride ever.

5) Going Bovine by Libba Bray
A great roadtrip, albeit a tripy one (and a gnome!)

 6) Just One Day by Gayle Forman
A day that will stay with Allyson forever, and another roadtrip just around the corner!

 7) Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi
A long journey, a longing for family, and a desire for the truth, all wrapped up in a fun medieval package.

 8) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Any roadtrip with Hassan is the best roadtrip ever. 

 9) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The ultimate journey books.  Nothing quite like good friends going a stroll to the depths of Mordor!
 
10) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
So not technically on a road...but a journey through unexpected lands none the less.

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