Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday -- FREEBIE week!



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This Top Ten Tuesday it's a freebie -- use this week to write a top ten list about ANYTHING in literature. Maybe you have a more specific list you want to do (Top Ten Dystopians, Top Ten Creatures in Paranormal Lit, Top Ten Classics, etc) or something completely your own?

Check here for future topics!

I decided that my (Jamie's) list is going to be:

Top Ten Books That Intensify The Travel Bug In Me

1. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour -- I honestly was starting to plan out my own epic roadtrip while reading this. I'm always the type who wants to go explore faraway lands but this book made me realize all the fun and awesome sites to be seen right in my own country!

2. anything Bill Bryson - if you like good travelogues...Bill Bryson is your man!

3. Eat, Pray, Love -  I know a lot of people hated this one but the descriptions made me salivate. Or maybe it was the food in the Italy section? Gross either way.

4.  French Milk -- This was SUCH an interesting read. It's a graphic novel about a girl and her mom's extended vacation in Paris. It seriously made me want to go back. Again with the food...lots of food descriptions. Food and travel just go hand and hand so well!

5.  Travels With Charley -- This one was another one that REALLY made me want to travel all over the US and see all the amazing places there are right here. Great travelogue!

6. Anna and the French Kiss - This book had me practically dying to get back to Paris. All of the places to be explored. This one made me think of how the city just romanced me to death as opposed to French Milk (above) which just made me want to eat a lot and live there.

7. 360 Degrees Longitude - This one was epic! A husband and wife traveling all around with their two children --- and biking a lot of the way! They went to sooo many places and I just honestly couldn't soak it all in. I learned so much and really felt like armchair traveling.

8. On The Road - Seriously I loved this book but I know lots of people hated it. I loved the meandering plot and just how it evoked that feeling of being on the road.

9. Memoirs of A Geisha -- This book has made me want to explore Japan (and China!) so bad in my life. I just really got a sense of the surroundings and wanted to go explore myself.


Well, only got 9 for today but those are some of the books I've read that really intensify that travel bug in me. It happens a lot to me in travelogues (obvi) and fiction that really has lush descriptions of amazing places.

Can't wait to see all your diverse lists today!!



51 comments :

  1. You have some good ones that have made me want to hop on a plane myself. Right now Im reading Dark Souls by Paula Morris and its based in York. This is one of those books you want to travel and see it.

    Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight!

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  2. Have you ever read "A Walk Across America"? It's about a fellow who goes for a walk....down the entire east coast and then across the west!

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  3. I've heard really good things about Anna and the French Kiss!

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  4. I want to go to Paris so terribly!!!

    I'm not sure how into satire you are, but when the bf and I first met he was reading A Year In The Merde by Stephen Clarke. It's kind of a satire of A Year in Provence. It's about an Englishman who goes to France to set up several English tea rooms and the misadventures that follow. It's hilarious and made me want to go to France even more. I also read the follow-up In The Merde For Love and bought it for the bf for Christmas

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  5. You WOULD pick this topic! I love it so.

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  6. Haha Anna..I am terribly predictable! This is why I did a different one for my personal blog lol

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  7. I just finished rereading Anna..., and I'm in the midst of that Paris longing! Ugh, these books! Why don't they come with plane tickets?

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  8. Amy & Roger made me want to road trip so bad! And Anna made me want to head back to France! Those are some really good choices!

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  9. I read Anna and the French Kiss and all I could think was 'To France!' but unfortunately that costs money, and money is not something I have enough of to justify a trip to France. One day, though!

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  10. I love this lit. Great idea. Next Freebie week I am totally stealing your idea.

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  11. Two things. First, LOVE Travels with Charley! I've always wanted to just hit the road and see where I end up. Second, I can't wait to read Anna and the French Kiss! And you're description makes me want to read it even more.

    Fun list! Thanks for the Freebie week. It was fun!

    -Jenna @ the book element

    P.S. If anyone is interested in traveling to the future, I'm hosting a giveaway for THE FOX INHERITANCE! :)

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  12. Great list! I love books set in another place that I would love to visit someday (or had visited). I've only read Memoirs of a Geisha but the rest sound fantastic!

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  13. I could make list after after list! Really like your own topic for this freebie week! Amy & Roger's Epic Detour makes me want to take a road trip, and Anna & the French Kiss makes me want to revisit Paris.

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  14. Oh my god, I read Bryson's A Walk in the Woods once a year and delude myself for a few days that I could survive on the Appalachian Trail. Completely not true, but reading that book always makes me want to try!

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  15. I love books that bring a place to life and inspire one to visit. I've always wanted to visit Cornwall because so many books I've read use it for a setting. Nice idea.

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  16. OOooOOo travel books! I always have the travel bug myself. I'm a first time Top 10 blogger :) Thanks for a great weekly event!

    Memoirs of a Geisha and Amy & Roger's Epic Detour were great! Sadly I have not read any of the others on your lists but they must have been something to inspire you to travel.

    Amy Plum's "Die For Me" made me long for Paris.

    Great list!

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  17. Oh I wanna read Anna so bad. I've heard nothing but good things about it.

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  18. Great list! I agree that food and travel go hand in hand. One of my favorite travel books is the envelope series by Maureen Johnson. So much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Thanks for the great meme! I cant believe I didn't start participating in it sooner!

    http://blabbing-books.blogspot.com/2011/08/top-ten-tuesday-1.html

    Keegan Shayne

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  20. Great choice for today's meme. If you liked "Travels with Charley", I think you might like "Blue Highways: A journey into America" by William Least Heat Moon. It's exactly the same of meandering trip that takes the author through small towns and forgotten places and it's beautifully written.

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  21. I just started this meme, because it looks so awesome. Thanks for starting it. My topic for this week is a sort of introductory post with my top 10 books ever.

    Of the books you listed,I'd only read Anna & the French Kiss and Memoirs of a Geisha, both of which I loved. I'll have to check out the other books you mentioned. :)

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  22. I nominate this topic for an official Top Ten!

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  23. Like Selina said, I agree with the Blue Envelope series by Maureen Johnson. I love the European backdrop. It made me want to go so bad when I was reading the first one!!

    Mickey @ imabookshark

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  24. Trust me to return to TTT this week, I have enough trouble choosing ten items let alone picking ym own subject...I will have a good think on the way home.

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  25. My list, Top Ten Books that Should NEVER Be (Or Have Been)Turned Into Movies, also has Travels with Charley! I just love how that book really kidnaps us and takes us into Steinbeck's mind...and the best form of escapism is when we're esccaping to places that for the most part are completely different from our own, don't ya think?

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  26. Awesome list! Completely agree with you on 360 Degrees Longitude. What an amazing family!

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  27. I've seen Amy and Roger's Epic Detour in my library. I need to check it out. I've just left a link to my first Top Ten list.

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  28. Hehe my Top 10 Freebie pick was Top 10 Chick-lits! :)

    http://wp.me/pAblM-mF

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  29. I love the list you went with! And you have some great titles on here. Anytime I read Bryson it makes me want to travel.

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  30. Ooh, I liked this one.

    I chose Top 10 Series of books: http://kaeonya.blogspot.com

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  31. I know what you mean about Eat Pray Love. I enjoyed that book for the most part, and after I read it I definitely wanted to travel to Italy and Bali.

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  32. All of Nora Roberts books make me want to visit, especially the ones set in Ireland.

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  33. I agree with Deb. I nominate this topic for an Official Top Ten.

    Great list. I like to think that you've already traveled to these places in your imagination. :)

    That's how I travel these days.

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  34. I agree with your list! Especially Anna and the French Kiss. I just want to visit Paris now so I can find a guy like Etienne!!!

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  35. Fantastic list. I haven't read Memoirs of a Geisha yet, but just thinking about the title and the setting makes me want to go to Japan even more than I already do, which is a lot!

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  36. I've been dying to go to Venice after reading "A Thousand Days in Venice" by Marlena di Blasi.
    I still haven't yet read "Anna and the French Kiss"

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  37. I'm adding some to these to my list!

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  38. Great list. :) I would love to be able to go to some of the places in books I read. ^_^

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  39. Great Meme!
    I'm joining for the first time.

    I'm a new follower, as well :)

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  40. I decided to go with the ten books that are at the top of my TBR list (the top ten books I want to read next). Great list, Jamie!

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  41. What a great subject to pick! I love Bill Bryson (especially A Walk in the Woods). He just seems so normal it makes you feel like you could go out and to it too.

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  42. I love your list idea! I've read a few of those, and they had the same effect. I wanted to road trip really badly after reading Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. I had to settle for listening to some of their playlists instead. :)

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  43. Travels with Charlie is one of my favorite books. I always want to read it when I'm feeling cabin-fever-y. I really need to read the rest of these books, though.

    I took the opportunity of freebie week to do one of the topics from the archive that I missed. Nice idea.

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  44. Oooh I love to travel! This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday, and it was so much fun! Thanks for hosting such an awesome meme :). My top ten list is of books that I want to read but haven't been able to get to yet (inspired by The Story Siren). Here’s my Top Ten Books I Want to Read post! ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

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  45. Awesome meme. I did my top ten on my fave books.

    I agree with many people. I'd love to go to some of the places I read about in books.

    I'm a new follower as well. :)

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  46. Travels with Charlie: That and Blue Highways were the classic travel tomes back in the day...
    Love Steinbeck, although Gilbert's book didn't make my hit parade!
    Thanks for the 'blogger's choice' week: I chose to write about books I never wanted to end...

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  47. I love to travel! Great list!

    http://deadtreesandsilverscreens.blogspot.com/2011/08/top-ten-tuesdays-aug-16th.html

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  48. I love making lists! I'm thinking i'm gonna be a big fan of this top ten tuesday thing! : )

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  49. This is the first time I've participated in anything like this so I hope I did it right. :) I'm amazed and so pleased to discover this whole world of online bookworms!

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  50. I love that this week is a freeb1ie! Thanks and great freebie topic

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  51. LOVED Anna and the French Kiss and I really need to read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour. It sounds lovely!

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