Top Ten Tuesday #5



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there!

Today’s topic is:

Top Ten Books Featuring Travel in Some Way


1.  The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

The ultimate road trip happens when Frodo runs out his front door without his watch and goes on the adventure of a lifetime!


2.  The Shipping News by Annie Proulx


3.  The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Marlowe is and ivory transporter in the Congo who travels down the Congo River in the search for Mr. Kurtz.


4.  A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s memoir  is about American expats traveling around Europe in the 1920’s.


5.  Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

The story of Vivian, one of the many thousands of children who were sent from New York City into the midwest by train in hopes of being adopted.


6.  Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

This memoir follows Gilbert as she travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia on a search for self discovery.


7.  The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

This novel follows time himself!


8.  The Painted Veil by W. Somerst Maugham

Newlyweds travel to Shanghai, where husband studies infectious disease in the 1920’s.  Events lead them to take a treacherous journey to a remote village in the interior.


9.  The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Wonderful story about time traveling Henry and his wife Clare.


10.  Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Detective Hercule Poirot tries to discover who murdered Mr. Ratchett aboard the train.

Armchair BEA Day 4- Ethics & Non Fiction



At Armchair BEA today’s topic is Ethics.  We were given prompts to the discussions that asked us to give recommendations to new bloggers to ensure credit is give where it tis due.  This is a topic that interests me a great deal, as I have only been blogging 3 months, and wonder this myself.  So rather than write about a topic I do not have much knowledge on, I am instead going over to Armchair BEA at and read what more seasoned bloggers had to say.

Our genre today is NON FICTION.

Uh oh, I thought, I’m not going to have much to say on this since I read mostly fiction.  Then I rethought it, and am going to give it a shot!

Is there any specific type your prefer or dislike?

Well, I thought, I don’t like memoirs, but then I remembered I read The Glass Castle  I really enjoyed it.  Then I thought-one of my favorite books was The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.  If you have ever lost anyone close to you-you have to read this.  Ms. Didion is an amazing writer and really describes what I thought was indescribable.   I also enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (though I did like the eat and love part more than the pray-just saying).


Do I like true crime– goodness no!  But wait, I did read


In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and really liked it.  Oh yeah- and recently I read


In the Garden of Beast, by Erik Larson, about the American ambassador and his family living in Nazi Berlin right before WWII, which was AWESOME!!

I also read The Lost Dogs- Michael’s Vicks Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant.  It was a well written book of a horrible story.


As for historical non fiction, well, I do enjoy it, but can’t for the life of me think of one book right now, which is a little embarrassing since I was a History major, and taught U.S. History in high school.

Finally, biographies?  NO, I do not read them.  Wait- that’s right- I loved 6900Tuesdays with Morrie– but wasn’t that more a memoir?

Well, I guess I do read non fiction, and enjoy it quite a bit!

What non fiction would you recommned for me?