Top 5 Wednesday: Road Trip Books

This weeks top five is road trip books. I could have done all true travel books, but I decided to mix it up a little. Nonfiction or fiction I decided nothing was off limits. Thus, we have a combination of modern day, medieval, and intergalactic travel for your reading pleasure.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

This book is technically more of a river trip than a road trip, but I felt like I had to include it here. I gave it a solid 4/5 on Goodreads. It’s not my usual type of book. I must have picked it up based on the book/pharmacy mashup they pitched in the synopsis. The main character, Perdu, is a ‘literary apothecary.’ People come to him so that he will ‘prescribe’ books that will heal their heartbreak or lift their soul. What the book is mostly about, though, is Perdu finding peace and getting closure after the long ago loss of the love of his life. This was an enjoyable read that only took 4 days start to finish.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

This is more of a medieval road trip if you will. It’s also my most shameful secret; I haven’t read this or any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They have been perpetually on my TBR since… middle school probably, when I was told it was too advanced for me. Eh, maybe whoever said that was right. I’m gonna’ keep trying though. I love the movies and, of course, the book is always better, right? The Hobbit trilogy was obviously incredible and The Fellowship of the Ring has always been a comfort movie for me. Considering I walked down the aisle to ‘Concerning Hobbits’ I really need to give this book another shot.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

This is a through-hiking Appalachian Trail book to inspire your wanderlust. I gave this one 5/5 on Goodreads, though it’s more of a 4.5/5. I honestly could live without the second half (he has it divided into two sections), but the first half was so good I still recommend this book to anyone that will listen. It’s the perfect blend of adventure and humor that Bill Bryson is known for. This is the book that got me really into reading travel and adventure novels. It also made me want to through hike the Appalachian Trail, never mind that I have trouble on Mt. Monadnock, which is supposedly only a 2-3 hour hike to the summit.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Intergalactic road trip anyone? This is the first in a trilogy of four (then five, then apparently six as Eoin Colfer published And Another Thing… after Douglas Adams’ death with the support of his widow). I love these ridiculous little books. British humor abounds as Adams somehow manages to blend a cohesive and entertaining story into a world that at times seems to make no sense at all. I can’t get enough of Marvin, the clinically depressed robot. Each of these books is the perfect length for a beach read if that’s what you’re into.

Miles of Memories by Lori Spangler

This book is written by a woman who journeyed to all 50 states. It’s currently on my TBR so I’m not sure if she did this as mostly one big trip or scattered throughout her lifetime, but I still think it counts as a road trip. I like the fact that this one is written by a woman. I don’t feel like enough travel books are, and as we know the travel experience is drastically different for men and women. I’m also intrigued by it being set within the United States. I usually don’t think of traveling within the States to be all that exotic. Maybe this book can open my eyes more to what there is to experience within my own country.

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