Top Ten Tuesday: Travel

Today’s TTT by The Broke and the Bookish is Books Featuring Travel in Some Way. I wasn’t going to do this one, since I don’t read many travel books, but apparently time travel counts as well so here’s my list!

1. Time travel – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Someone picked this up at a used bookstore for my dad and I ended up stealing it! I still haven’t finished it, but at about halfway through I can tell that it’s going to be a new favorite.

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2. Family trip – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I guess this one could be classified as “a family is forced to travel to survive”, but they still move from Oklahoma to California, so it counts in my book. No one else in my American Literature class enjoyed it, and to this day I still don’t understand why.

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3. Alternate Dimension Travel – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. I love this series, and I’m sure it will end up on many of these TTT lists. Just… perfection!

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4. Space travel – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Same as above – this book is a masterpiece. Get used to its lovely cover, because this is a serious contender for my favorite book ever – and that’s a rare honor in my experience.

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5. Cross-country travel – Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult. Travel isn’t the main focus of the book, but a father has to chase his runaway daughter to Alaska at one point. That’s enough, yeah?

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6. Cross-country travel – The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien. The traveling arcs through the whole series, but I’d say that a trip from the Shire to Mordor is qualification enough for this list.

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7. POW travel – The Welsh Girl by Peter Davies. A German soldier is taken to North Wales to be kept as a prisoner of war. There’s a bit of romance, a bit of travel, and even though this book wasn’t stunning it was still a good read.

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8. Time/Metaphysical travel? – If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan. I really don’t know how to categorize this one. It was a strange book, and I’m still not sure if I understand what happened in the end, but the Neo-Nazi themes were interesting and it took a good look at racism and the surrounding issues.

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9. Forced relocation – Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. Maybe they don’t travel too much in this book, but even in their small journey it’s like they entered another world. It’s been several years since I read this one, but I remember being very impacted as a young girl.

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10. Self-discovery – Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. All right, I’m totally breaking the rules with this one. There isn’t any physical travel, but rather a personal journey to maturing and struggling through family problems. I don’t read many novels like this, but Sarah Dessen is an author I’d gladly pick up without a second thought.

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