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June 4: Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way (road trips, airplanes, travelogues, anything where there is traveling in the book!)
Some of mine stretch this definition more than others!
1. Abarat; Clive Barker. Candy Quackenbush is swept up by a magical ocean to the land of Abarat, with 25 islands and a great deal of mystery awaiting her. Each island represents an hour of the day, plus one, adding an interesting element to location.
2. Don Quixote; Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote hauls Sancho Panza in his wake on a series of adventures. He might be tilting at windmills, but at least he tries.
3. Driven; Eve Kenin. Set in a frozen future, the main character is an ice road trucker, hauling freight to stay alive, and keeping moving to stay ahead of the people looking for her. Eventually, everyone finds themselves with no place to run.
4. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams. I couldn’t forget this book–hitchhiking on ships with Improbability Drives is the way to travel. “We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.”
5. Last Chance to See; Douglas Adams. A book about endangered species, and why they are dying out shouldn’t be funny. And yet, with his usual dry wit, Adams makes you laugh a little, even as you worry about what is being lost.
6. Life of Pi; Yann Martel. Piscine Molitar’s family packs up their zoo and gets on a ship, which sinks, leaving Pi stranded on a lifeboat with several zoo animals. He might not control the direction of the lifeboat, but his journey still has purpose.
7. One Hundred Years of Solitude; Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The town described in this story is hard to reach, so the inhabitants put a great deal of focus on connecting the town to elsewhere. Once they succeed, well, what happens in this book is far too complex to describe in a sentence or two. Expect weirdness.
8. The Ship Who Searched; Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey. Really, any of the series about Brainships is about travel. But Tia, this particular ship, had a yen for travel and exploration before she contracted the disease that paralyzed her and made becoming a Brain her best option.
9. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail; Cheryl Strayed. The focus of this story is hiking the trail, moving from place to place, and the people Strayed meets along the way. It will make you ashamed of ever complaining about how your shoes hurt your feet.
10. Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; Haruki Murakami. Toru Okada starts out searching for his wife’s lost cat, and soon ends up searching for his lost wife. His path becomes convoluted as his search continues, in Murakami’s usual far-fetched but riveting fashion.