TTT: The Season of Travel

I was really excited for the topic this Tuesday at the Broke and the Bookish, which is Top Ten Books that Feature Travel in Some Way. Us readerly types know that some of the best vacations are taken between the pages of a great book.  If you are unconvinced, see this article in the NY Times about summer reading. So, here are my favorite books featuring travel:

10. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan:  The quintessential beach book.
9. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway:  Bull-fighting, wine, and women.  Quintessential Hemingway.
8.The Beach by Alex Garland: A not so great trip to the beach.
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson:  The best road trip that I would never want to take.

6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: And the worst road trip even, that no one would ever want to go on.
5.  Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer:  Although I never want to climb Everest, I definitely enjoy reading about it.
4. The Secret History by Donna Tartt:  There is a little bit of travel in this book that transported me completely.
3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy: I hope that no one ever has to visit this bleak, but fully-imagined world.

2. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway:  A classic of travel literature.  I love spending time in the world of the Lost Generation.
1. Robinson Crusoe  by Daniel DeFoe: The O.G. travel narrative.  Another not-so-great trip.


  1. Goodness! Every blog I'm visiting today has like only books that I haven't read on their list today! I feel so behind!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  2. Love your list. Plenty of great books there. Lolita is on my Classics Club reading plan.

  3. It's interesting, but I never think of Lolita as a road trip book - it is but I never really noticed before. Isn't that weird?

    Oh I forgot about The Beach, good pick! That's a great book. Stupid movie that bore little resemblance to the novel, but loved the book!

  4. Great picks! I chose The Beach as well. You can find mine here.
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books

  5. This is, as always from you, magnificent. Thank you!

  6. I chose Into Thin Air as well- such a great journey. I have heard good things about Maine- the cover seems a little chic-lit to me, but from what I hear it is definitely not. I may have to check it out!

  7. I love several of these (and included a few on my list) - The Beach, Fear and Loathing. I didn't even think to include Lolita!

    I've not read A Moveable Feast yet (and don't know when I'll get to it), but I'm looking forward to it. I didn't even know it was travel oriented, but considering it's Hemingway, I should've figured.


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