Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This week we’re talking about books with travel–any kind–in them. So, travel books. You know what this makes me think of, right?
Soooo, I’ve organized my travel books by location because I’m super-nerdy that way.
There is nothing better than lounging on a beach, digging your toes in the sand, listening to the waves crash in the distance (all while achieving actual beach hair without crazy the styling products and curling irons). These do it well.
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler– I feel like I just brought this book up (probably because I did), but it’s such a good beach book. It has broken hearts, best friend drama, sand. And it’s beautifully written. Just lovely.
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen– This one takes place in the beach community of Colby, where Auden goes to spend the summer with her Dad and step mom and their new baby. What’s nice here is that you get such a feel for what it’s like to live in a beach town, what life off the sand is like. And, of course, it’s Dessen so you know it’s good and you know there’s a guaranteed cute love story waiting to suck you in.
I love books set out on the open road, no matter the destination. It’s the talks during those long car rides, the crazy pit stops and the music that pull me in every single time.
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson– As the title suggests, this is one epic road trip. One of the things I love most about this book –other than the overall cuteness–is that there are receipts from the journey (I know!) and playlists made for each leg of the trip. I thought it was so creative.
Saving June by Hannah Harrington– Completely different from Amy & Roger because it’s dealing with the suicide of the main character’s older sister, but it is still full of warmth and happy moments, rich characters and great stops along the way. Don’t miss this one.
Places Where They Have Awesome Accents Books
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– The cover. I know. Just ignore it because you guys, Anna goes to boarding school in Paris (and, wait, she’s a little unhappy about the whole thing. Wha??). You know what’s great about Anna living in Paris? The fact that she gets to live in Paris, hello. And she eats crepes and goes to school and crushes on a super hot English guy who’s really American but has an English accent and knows all about France. This book has everything I love. Everything. Read it.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green– This is not a true travel book because only a small portion includes travel, but it includes a beautiful trip to Amsterdam, one that has romance and tragedy and love and involves fulfilling the dream of our dear main character, Hazel. If, for some reason, you have not read this book, please do yourself a favor and pick it up now.
The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith– Love on an airplane. Even better, love on an airplane to London. Holla! This books is seriously adorable, complete with cute banter, family drama, and a boy with an accent.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis– I don’t normally seek out books set in space or on other planets, but I love this one. It’s creepy. Amy and her family are cryogenically frozen and set aboard a ship destined to land on a new planet in three hundred years time. But wait! Someone pulls the plug on Amy and she wakes early. Dum dum dum (that’s my dramatic music. You like?). No one knows who tried to kill her and her parents aren’t due to wake up for years. She’ll be older than them when they awake. And there is some seriously crazy stuff going on on that ship. This is a good one!