Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This weeks prompt is books that awaken the travel bug inside you, which is generally tricky for me as most of the books I read are set in fictional locations but I managed to pull one together.
10. Playing Away by Jenni Linden
This was a school library book from way back when that I only just remembered I read but I do specifically remember the group of friends going on a kind of ‘road trip’ adventure to a holiday resort (in the UK mind, but still) and it just seemed like a really fun thing to do with friends.
9. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
Now, admittedly I learned little from this book but it left me with a strong desire to go skiing and maybe give Denmark a quick visit all to experience this Hygge. However, I will say that the habits of most bookworms are pretty Hygge by themselves so save your money, don’t buy this book and just keep doing you.
8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A less prominent part of The Night Circus’s story is the many, many, many places the circus travels to around the world, all sorts of exotic and interesting cities – to the point almost every new chapter I was thinking – “ooh, I’d like to go there…”, “Oh! I want to go there too!”.
7. Cabin Pressure by John Finnemore
This is a similar case as with The Night Circus, in each instalment, the crew of GTI (also known as Girty) travels to somewhere new (much like most airlines I imagine) and get into some hilarious scenarios. There are 26 chapters (episodes) each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet from Abu Dhabi to Zurich.
6. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Foody’s Ace of Shades is set in a pretty horrible fiction interpretation of Las Vegas but it’s always been a place I’ve wanted to see – if only to say I’ve seen it you know? I’m thinking maybe I might save up to go for my 21st – but then again I might just save to go to Book Con instead.
5. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
This book has a few scenes set in Japan and they were just so beautiful it reignited my desire to go there – I mean I’d like to visit all of Asia but Japan is probably top of my list for sure. I can’t wait for the next book, as more of that will be set in Japan instead of boring old London (I have a long-standing love-but-mostly-hate relationship with London).
4. Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
This book is a really fun adventure type (near death experience aside) where a family set off on a boat to travel and see the world. The plan goes a little awry but the idea, like the road-trip in Playing Away is appealing. space
3. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
This book was the first to show me I perhaps misjudged France in my misguided youth and to be open to the idea of trying it again. With gorgeous (and not so lovely) descriptions throughout Europe, it really made me want to see the places this book is set as well as see the Carnival at Rome.
2. The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan
What this series has that the Percy Jackson’s didn’t have was travel, the team have to travel to Greece (with brief stops at Salt Lake City, Rome, and Tartarus) and I’ve always wanted to see the classical sites but this book brings them into a modern focus which is great.
1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series by Rick Riordan
The reason behind this is similar to Heroes but with Scadanavia – I’ve actually priced up Fjord Cruises many ties following reading this series as half of them stop in places Magnus visits. Except for York, of course, but I do really want to go there too!
That’s a wrap! Any of these books inspire similar traveling fantasies for you? Have you been to some of these places? Do we share any books on our lists? Post your Top Ten Tuesday link in the comments so I can check it out!
Until next time!