Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Want to Travel In Unconventional Ways

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me.” I…am not a big fan of airports and when I think of traveling, I think of airports and customs and all that hassle. Ideally, I wish you could travel somewhere without having to deal with jetlag and uncomfortable airplane chairs. This is why this week’s travel-themed post is inspired by books that involve magic/science and traveling instead of world-renowned locations. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – Where does one book a seat on a time-traveling ship because yes, please.

2. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente – I feel like the title says it all.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Why yes, I’d love to travel to alternate Londons using blood magic. Well, hopefully not my own blood.

4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Can’t quite decide if I’ve like to travel by broom, thestral, floo powder, or just Apparate.

5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – Read a few words and be instantly transported into a novel? Sign me up now.

6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – Why, yes, I would love to travel the universe by tessering. I just saw the recent movie adaptation of this and it was so charming.

7. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda – Despite the fact that space kind of creeps me out and this book does this nothing to alleviate this fear, I wouldn’t mind traveling on a spaceship at least once.

8. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – I’m not sure if I’m prone to sea sickness, but traveling to different countries via a pirate ship doesn’t sound all that bad.

9. The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh – No one who grew up watching Aladdin didn’t immediately want a magic carpet of their own.

10. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Black’s descriptions of traveling by ragwort steed is one of my favorite things about this novel.

Would you be interested in traveling in any of these unconventional ways? Has any book made you want to travel in a unique or odd way? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

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55 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Want to Travel In Unconventional Ways

  1. Yeesss I loved how you made this topic into your own! I totally agree with the Rose and the Dagger being on the list since who doesn’t want their own magic carpet??! That would be sososo convenient ahaha 🙂

    Here’s my TTT!

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  2. Ooh I like your topic! Magic and the like are much more comfortable and convenient than flying lol. Traveling via reading, pirate ship or a time traveling ship sounds pretty good! Ragwort steed is new to me but makes me want to read that one even more!

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  3. Very nice twist on the topic. I hate driving and flying is such a chore, so I am all about alternative means of travel. I think my favorite would be traveling by reading some words. Sounds easy to me, and painless too.

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  4. I love your take on this week’s topic! I had ADSOM and Harry Potter on my list for this week too because being able to fly or travel between worlds sounds amazing. I also enjoyed the amount of time spent on a pirate ship in To Kill A Kingdom, but I’m not sure if I’d enjoy that myself. (Sailing is cool but getting attacked by sirens doesn’t sound that fun!) Great post Alicia 🙂

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  5. Wonderful spin on this week’s topic. I just finished To Kill a Kingdom yesterday and can see why it made the list. Might be a tad dangerous, but hey, some of those locales sounded super cool. The same would go for The Girl…… But I admit, it would be a blast!

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  6. Great list! I agree about airports. Actually, I just hate flying in general. It really does my anxiety in. Which is unfortunate, because there’s so much world to see and I’m always itching to go somewhere. I loved your spin on things. Also, traveling through floo powder sounds itchy but it still beats airports, right? Hahaha.

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