Top Ten Tuesday: Travel Books

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Who doesn't love books about travel, especially now that it is summer and roadtrip/vacation season? I decided to split my list into books I've read about travel and books I want to read about travel.

Books I've Read

1. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert -- I loved this book. I read it while I was in Paris and absolutely devoured it. The idea of moving freely to new experiences in new countries was just beautiful to me, as was the journey of self discovery made by the author.

2. 13 Little Blue Envelopes (and The Last Little Blue Envelope) by Maureen Johnson -- These books were so fun. I loved seeing where the next envelope would lead, and Maureen Johnson hits on the humor in awkward situations perfectly.

3. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson -- This book was fun. From hitting up every unique burger joint across the nation (I've gotta try a crumbly burger, now!) to fabulous playlists, this book combines travel, romance, and a few issues with more depth to them, too.

4. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly -- I don't know if this is technically a travel book, but the main character does travel to Paris, so I am counting it. And she travels through history as well. Winner? I think so. This book is so powerful and passionate. Writing about it makes me think it's about time for a reread.

5. Paris My Sweet by Amy Thomas -- If you know me well at all, you know that a) I'm obsessed with Paris and b) I have the world's worst sweet tooth. This book combines the two, with some New York splashed in for variety. My only regret is that I read it after going to Paris, and now there are so many more patisseries I want to visit and I don't know when I'll have the chance.

Books I want to Read

1. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway -- Paris. I'm reading this one for the Classics Spin, and I'm very excited.

2. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck -- I love Steinbeck inordinately (I named my child after one of his characters). This book looks absolutely delicious to me.

3. French Milk by Lucy Knisley -- Paris in a graphic novel. Sounds perfect to me.

4. 60 Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong by Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow -- I've actually started this one as research for my novel but forgot about it for a while. Still, I want to finish it soon. :)

5. Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull -- Paris. Seeing a trend yet? I've heard good things about this one and can't wait to read it.


  1. I think Revolution totally counts! What a great book! Amy & Roger is one of my favorite road trip books. I may have to reread that one. Have fun with your summer of French reading!

  2. number 1 and 2 are on my list as well, but I will have to look into the others, since they all fall into my interests!

  3. I was really excited about this topic and then couldn't think of any books, but your list reminds me of some great ones. I loved French Milk, and I really want to read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour.

  4. Great idea to split them up between ones you've read and ones you want to read. Nice choices!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  5. I've had Travels with Charlie on my list for some time. Great list.


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