It’s time for another exciting day of Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me. I love traveling, even though I haven’t been to many places (except around my province), probably the furthest I’ve been is Florida and Disney World. But still, I like traveling to other places and just the act of traveling: planes, trains, and automobiles (hehe) I find it all so relaxing to watch the scenery zoom by. Sometimes I wonder if I enjoy the act of traveling better than arriving at a destination. I guess I’ll just have to travel some more to figure it out!
Top Ten Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me
- Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab – I mean a major point in this series is that Kell is one of the very few magicians out there who can travel between different worlds. He was literally born to travel but can only do menial royal work for his family. Kell (and Lila, and many others) are such wanderlust characters who’s stories just make you want to travel.
- Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery – It’s a bookish Canadian place I’ve always wanted to visit! Every time I read Anne of Green Gables I’m planning a trip to P.E.I. in my head! I’m drinking raspberry cordial at Green Gables, walking by the Lakes of Shining Waters and just enjoying the beauty of it all like Anne. Maybe someday!
- Rockton series by Kelley Armstrong – Also Canadian AND set in the Yukon! I really really want to go to the Yukon one day. Very few Canadians (and people in general I’m guessing) visit the territories, and that’s kind of why I want to go. I want to say I’ve been there. My dad’s visited the territories and loved it and every time he mentions his trips their it makes me want to go! Also I really want to go to Dawson City and get a Sourtoe Cocktail!
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – A different kind of travel narrative, this one features a traveling circus! I’ve never been to a circus, it never really held any interest to me, though if one like the Cirque de Reves existed I may change my mind. I like the idea of traveling to perform, the magic of it was so enticing!
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – How many times will I list Howl’s Moving Castle for Top Ten Tuesday? Check back each week to learn more! Similar to Shades of Magic, Howl also features a magician who can travel between worlds. It makes it all look so easy, and inexpensive (which I guess it is when magic is involved).
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – This novel focuses on traveling into a different world so close to our own, and what bookworm doesn’t want to do that every time they read a book? I like the idea of traveling in our own homes, discovering and learning things we’ve overlooked a dozen times because they’ve become familiar.
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – Similar to The Night Circus, Station Eleven focuses on a group of actors who travel and perform plays (mainly Shakespeare) after a plague wiped out a good portion of humanity. Again, I like the idea of traveling for art and to perform, the actors in the novel were so comfortable with their life and loved getting to perform on the road despite the conditions, though I guess it was better than focusing on the literal apocalypse.
- Picnic and Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay – Three teenaged girls disappear at Hanging Rock with nothing but their dresses found and are never seen again. The book leaves you wondering where these girls went, and implies that they may have gone to someplace humans can’t find. It’s an interesting read that makes reader’s think of the beyond, forcing them to expand their minds.
- Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente – I know I will never be an astronaut or travel throughout space. I may love stars and planets but space is no place for me, but in the alternate world of Catherynne M. Valente’s Radiance, space travel has been around for much longer than in our time. The moon is the new Hollywood, and many of the planets in our solar systems are used for movie sets. It’s an incredibly creative book and makes you yearn for space travel just like when you were a little kid.
- That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston – Another Canadian book! This book is also set in an alternate timeline, but my focus isn’t on that but the setting. I loved how E.K. Johnston set most of the novel in rural Canada in cottage country. It reminded me of my summer’s by the lake and visiting my relatives and made me impatient for my holidays this year.