Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Featuring Travel in Some Way


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Jeni's Picks

1. In Honor by Jessi Kirby
2. East by Edith Patton: My niece begged me to read this book because she loved it. I have to say I agree. I didn't like how it switched narrators but I loved the story. I also liked Jessica Day George's version Sun, Moon, Ice and Snow. I have favorite parts in each. Before I read this I had never heard of this tale before. Jessica Day George recommended I read Ice by ? another version of this tale. 
3. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley: This book surprised me. This was the first book I read from Kearsley and I loved the way she wrote that I ordered all her books and read them all. I'm a sucker for time travel novels and this one didn't dissapoint. It does have some adult content so younger readers shouldn't read it. 
4. Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George: One of my favorite authors. I have loved every book she has written. I read this one to my daughters and they loved it too. They both wanted to learn to sew after reading this. Great story that I highly recommend to moms with middle grade aged girls. 
5. In the Hall of the Dragon King by Stephen R. Lawhead: My dad recommended this to me. It took me a little while to get into this book but once I did I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed this book. I have bought some other books from this author but I haven't read them yet. I wish I had more time to read. 

Emily's Pick's

6. The Blue Sword by Robin Mckinley. After reading Beauty, I wanted more of Ms. McKinley's lyrical writing and dove right into the Blue Sword.  I loved this book. This another book that I brush the dust off of and join Harry Crewe on an unforeseen adventure into a strange land where love, mystery and magic awaits.

7. Sleeping Tiger by Rosamunde Pilcher.  I know I've featured this book before on my list.  But I love this book, and it's got traveling all over it.  Selina wants to find her father, and travels to a small spanish island, thinking she has found him, only to discover that the man she thought was not her father.  This book was funny, and cute, and a really good summer read.

8. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. This has a theme of traveling in a few ways if you want to get really deep.  One, the sisters travel to several places.  Not only are they forced to move from their beloved home and live in a small cottage, but they travel to London.  Marianne also likes to walk, which seems to get her into trouble, a lot.  But also, the characters make several transitions, from Marianne, the romantic, and Elinor, the responsible one. Each who change in the book.

9. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.  Kit Tyler has spent her formable years in the shimmering sands of the Caribbean and then is forced to come to the cold and stark land of Connecticut. She is wild and free and is viewed as a threat to those in the closed off Puritan community.  I read this book when I was 12, and loved it.  I read it again later, and still loved it.  I would recommend this book to any one, ages 10-100.

10. Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto this book was on the creepier side, but I like creepy. It's about redemption, and what we would do if given the chance for revenge.  Would we take it?  I found the themes in this book to be disturbing, but in a good way.  I thought this was a new twist in the YA genre. 


  1. Hey I saw your comment on my blog and I freaked out. OMG WE LOVE THE SAME BOOKS!!! AAAAHHHHHH! Okay I just had to stop by and say "You're awesome!"

  2. Very creative with your interpretation on Sense and Sensibility's traveling. Great list! :)

  3. I can't believe how many books on your list that I've read and love. Great choices! (Especially The Blue Sword and The Rose Garden--those are two of my favorites.)

  4. I just bought East at a half price book store, glad to know it's a good read! I really need to read In Honor as well. Great list!

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