Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.
This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way (road trips, airplanes, travelogues, anything where there is traveling in the book!)’ This one could be hard to narrow down to ten, as there are so many good books that involve some kind of travelling, but I’ll give it a try.
1. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) – there could be no other choice for the number one book on this list. The subtitle of There and Back Again says it all. This is the best literary journey ever.
2. The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) – another epic journey written by Tolkien, which comes a close second to The Hobbit.
3. The Road (Cormac McCarthy) – this post apocalyptic tale of a journey undertaken by father and son is well worth the read.
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) – there’s lots of interesting and unusual travelling in this intergalactic classic. Just don’t forget your towel!
5. The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway) – the journey taken in this classic was one that the main character had not intended to take. I’ve loved this book since high school and still like to read it from time to time.
6. The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis) – there is lots of travel between our world and the world of Narnia in these seven books, which I’ve enjoyed for almost 40 years now.
7. Comet in Moominland (Tove Jansson) – I’ve been reacquainting myself with the Moomin books lately and still enjoy reading them, almost as much as I remember enjoying them when I first read them in the 1970’s. This one tells the story of a journey to a mountain observatory undertaken by Moomintroll and Sniff.
8. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Rachel Joyce) – I really enjoyed reading this tale of the title character’s 600 mile trek from the south of England to the north. It’s a well-written and moving debut novel.
9. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet (Reif Larsen) – this is a great story of a 12-year-old’s journey from Montana to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and his adventures and discoveries on the way. It’s a very different kind of book, quite unique and worth reading.
10. Clockwork Angels: The Novel (Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart) – this collaboration of a bestselling science fiction writer and a famous rock drummer tells the story of a young man’s quest to follow his dreams rather than the ordered life that he has been prepared for. The story is an expansion of the album of the same name by Rush.