First let me point you to my kind of long Ticket to Ride booklist: http://missprint.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/ticket-to-ride-a-book-list/
Here are the highlights from that list and some ones that aren’t on it (yet):
- A Room With a View by E. M. Forster: I love Lucy Honeychurch and George Emerson. So romantic. So picturesque.
- 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (see also: Girl at Sea): Ginny is good at following rules–even really weird ones delivered in 13 little blue envelopes by her infinitely more interesting Aunt Peg directing her to travel to London and across Europe. The Last Little Blue Envelope is even better.
- Stealing Henry by Carolyn MacCullough: The night Savannah brains her stepfather Jack with the frying pan is the night she decides to leave home for good. She takes her little brother and they begin a road trip that will change their lives almost as much as when their mother, Alice, made the same trip in reverse eighteen years ago.
- Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: Taylor Markham is prepared for war with the Townies and the Cadets. What she isn’t prepared for is finding out her greatest enemies could be her greatest friends and that her past isn’t the closed book she expected.
- The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson: Thanks to the sudden appearance of a car, Destiny and three of her classmates start a road trip searching for one fair day–a day where the good guy wins and everything adds up to something just right.
- Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee: Maybelline Mary Katherine Mary Ann Chestnut (“Maybe” for short) is sick of living above her mother’s charm school. And of her mother. So Maybe recruits her best friends Ted and Hollywood to go with her to Los Angeles to find Maybe’s father.
- The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando: Granted the traveling is all in town for a scavenger hunt but this one still definitely captures all the joys or a road trip novel.
- Just One Day by Gayle Forman: Another quintessential travel read as Allyson finds love (and herself) thanks to a day in Paris.
- Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham: One VW van, two-thousand miles and a whole lot of problems are the only things standing between these three ex-best friends and the concert of a lifetime.
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: Somehow, through twists of fate and strange coincidences Hadley’s worst day might turn into something better as she meets a stranger on a plane and discovers love at first sight might really exist.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. (Image also from the lovely The Broke and the Bookish until I make my own.)