June 4, 2013

Top Ten Travel/Quest Books (25)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week The Broke and the Bookish have commanded me to make a list of my Top Ten Travel Books. Since I love contemporary and fantasy equally, I decided I would throw the word QUEST into the mix. Y'know those epic journeys on horseback where the fantasy hero/heroine does great things and kicks butt? Yeah. I'm throwing that kind of travel into the mix. SO ENJOY THAT. Or, um, this...

1. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Everything from the cover of this book to its contents is just SO FREAKING CUTE. I'm pretty sure I would have loved it even if there was no travel aspect, but I loved it all the more for the trip to London!

2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
How many lists do you think this book ended up on this week? Truth? I'm not even sorry. I read this book on my first trip to Paris this past March. I didn't finish it while I was there, but I think that's fitting because Allyson doesn't really finish her journey in Paris, does she? For her, it's just kind of the beginning. (My Review)

3. Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
I would say the majority of this book took place on an airplane. When I read the summary and realized that would be the case, I was a little hesitant but I totally loved it in the end! Such a sad, angst book that's somehow cute and meaningful and amazing all at once. (My Review)

4. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Okay, this book doesn't revolve around travel as much as the others I've already listed, but Taylor and Jonah DO go on trains and road trips together and as such I would like to add this one to my list. Because I love this book so much and I want to continue finding clever ways to push it on all of you. (My Review)

5. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
This one's also a little bit of a stretch since it's not so much travel as it is running? Or maybe it is travel. Either way this book is made of amazing. I promise the only reason it's not a 5 star book for me is because of the open ending. JUST GIVE ME A SEQUEL, SANGU MANDANNA. JUST A LITTLE SEQUEL. (My Review)

6. Ferryman by Claire McFall
I loved, loved, loved this book when I read it a few months back. And it's got this epic journey during which GREAT THINGS HAPPEN and Dylan and Tristan and kissing and uuuuuuggggh. Yeah. It's a kissing journey book - AKA one of my favorite things ever. Oh. ALSO, Dylan starts the book on a train. So: LESS CHEATING! (My Review)

7. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
There's a lot of traveling/running away in this one! Totally! Yeah! I'm not even pushing the limits here by throwing this one on my list! QUESTION ME NOT, FRIENDS. (My Review)

8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Katsa and Po do all kinds of EPIC QUESTING in this book, so I think this fits in my modified Top Ten Tuesday Topic. I just love it. So much. I love it, I love Katsa, I love Po, I love Katsa and Po... I just can't help myself. (My Review)

9. Old Magic by Marianne Curley
This book's summary doesn't make the travel/questing quite so obvious but it's THERE and it's ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Every time I think of this book for a TTT list (which I do every now and again), I remember how much I REALLY MUST RE-READ. Soon, pretty book. Soon.
PS: The cover art on this one's the same image as the Australian edition of Where She Went by Gayle Forman just with their faces closer together on Where She Went. Sorry. That's been on my mind for a while and this felt like a good time to mention it. Probably because I LOVE BOTH BOOKS.

10. Under the Never Sky/Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Talk about journeys! Perry, Aria and Roar all do a whole lot of traveling throughout the course of these books and I love every single second of it, even if a lot of said seconds are truly heartbreaking. (My Review of Under the Never Sky)

So that's my slightly cheating list. But, well, I DO modify these lists every now and again, don't I? Do you guys have any airplane/bus/car/train travel books that do it for you? How about quest books? Tell me all about it in the comments below!


  1. Love this! Dude, I still haven't read Jellicoe Road...maybe I should get on this...

  2. I didn't know all of these have traveling! I love traveling books. I just added some of these to my TBR. Others I have, and they just moved up on my to read list. Thanks for sharing!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  3. I should've included The Statistical Probability.. Fab list!

  4. Graceling and Under the Never Sky were GREAT! And I have On the Jellicoe Road downloaded on my Nook. I need to get to it.

  5. I kind of stretched out the travel thing on my list, as I'm not really into books about road trips, ha. Lovely choices!

  6. Graceling is on my list too! Great top ten:)

    My TT (Scarlet):

  7. i should really read my copy of "The Statistical Probability..". I haven't seen a post with any books i've posted yet. :)

    great picks

  8. I completely agree with Jellicoe Road and Graceling! I included some EPIC fantasy books on my list too.

    My book blog: www.abookishbrit.com

  9. Epic questing! I love it :) Glad you included Graceling, one of my favorites.

  10. I just started the Statistical Probability. I've heard great things about The Lost Girl and Just One Day. Great list!

  11. I really need to read Meant To Be and Under the Never Sky! All your picks are great! Graceling is also sat on my shelf right now so I should probably get on it :)

  12. I really want to read Jellicoe Road since I have heard only praise for it. Meant to Be sounds brilliant as well!

  13. Meant to Be and Statistical are on my TTT post as well. I really enjoyed both those books. I just got Jellicoe Road the other day. I keep hearing how totally amazing that one is, and hopefully I will get to it soon. Oh and Graceling, too. I need to read that :)

  14. Shadow and Bone totally counts! There is all that traveling to the fold and back *gulp*

    Here's mine!

  15. I can't believe I forgot about Under the Never Sky! And Jellicoe Road, which is an awesome book that every YA fan should read! :D I still need to read Graceling, hopefully I can get to it soon. Great list!

    My Top Ten

  16. I think questing totally meets the definition of today's theme. In fact, now I want to go back and redo my list based entirely on just questing stories. Chronicles of Prydain, His Dark Materials, Lord of the Rings...oh man, I could totally do it! :-)

  17. Ooooh fantastic choices!! I love the quest side of it :)
    Our first five books are almost the same haha. Despite not having traveled to Europe, I just LOVE books that take place there :)

  18. Jellicoe Road is probably my all time favorite book. I absolutely love it!
    I really want to read Under the Never Sky and Shadow & Bone as well! Great list!

    If you would like to check out my Top Ten.

  19. You really are making a great case for me to read Under the Never Sky (which I still have not done). I love books with quests ;)


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