This Top 5 series started back in October and I kind of lost motivation for making it every week. But it’s back! This is a series of books that I want to read that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale re-tellings, high fantasy and many more. I am going to try and bring this series back for every Saturday.
The upcoming schedule is:
8/31/19 — Books with a Road Trip
9/7/19 — Summer Reads
9/14/19 — Set in Space
9/21/19 — Over 500 Pages
9/28/19 — Books with Maps
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I have taken many road trips when traveling around the east coast because we rarely fly. When traveling on the road all sorts of things wind up happening and it always winds up being an adventure. I’ve read a few road trip books before that I really enjoyed, but it’s been a while since I’ve read a book about a road trip. I think it’s time to read something like that again, so I am happy to have road trips as this week’s topic.
In this romantic road trip story perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson, a teen girl discovers the value of ordinary objects while learning to forgive her absent father.
After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?
Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.
He persuades Ali that instead of selling the car, they should “trade up” the items they collect on their trip to eventually reach the monetary amount Ali needs. Agreeing with Nico’s crazy plan, Ali sets off on a unique adventure that is unlike anything she ever could have expected.
And it’s through Ali’s travels, through the strangers she meets and the things that they value—and why they value them—that Ali eventually comes to understand her father and how his life may not have been as easy and carefree as she previously thought. Because just like the seemingly insignificant objects Ali collects, not everything is exactly as it appears.
I have read some of Jessica Brody’s books before and really enjoyed them, so when I saw The Geography of Lost Things I thought that I might give it a shot. This book is about a girl who goes on a trip with her ex boyfriend right after her father dies. It sounds like the trip helps her grieve a bit, but also like it might be an interesting adventure. I have a physical copy of this book, but haven’t read it and really need to get to it!
A powerful, timely coming-of-age story about a young woman from Texas who goes on a road trip with two friends to get an abortion, from award-winning author Sharon Biggs Waller.
Camille couldn’t be having a better summer. But on the very night she learns she got into a prestigious theater program, she also finds out she’s pregnant. She definitely can’t tell her parents. And her best friend, Bea, doesn’t agree with the decision Camille has made.
Camille is forced to try to solve her problem alone . . . and the system is very much working against her. At her most vulnerable, Camille reaches out to Annabelle Ponsonby, a girl she only barely knows from the theater. Happily, Annabelle agrees to drive her wherever she needs to go. And in a last-minute change of heart, Bea decides to come with.
Girls on the Verge is an incredibly timely novel about a woman’s right to choose. Sharon Biggs Waller brings to life a narrative that has to continue to fight for its right to be told, and honored.
I wanted an ARC of this book so bad. I do have a copy of Unpregnant, which sounds a little similar and I talked about it here. I love reading about taboo topics and feel like abortion should be talked about more. I just hope that it’s done well and with tact.
Dessa Rhodes is a modern day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance.
Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t been accepted…anywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like she’s going to be stuck traveling forever.
Then an unexpected opportunity presents itself: an internship working with a local artist in Santa Fe. Dessa struggles to prove to her boss—and herself—that she belongs there, but just as she finally hits her stride, her family suffers an unexpected blow. Faced with losing everything that she has worked for, Dessa has a difficult decision to make. Will she say goodbye to her nomadic lifestyle and the boy she loves? Or will she choose to never stop moving?
This book sounds absolutely fascinating. The nomadic lifestyle of a family who lives in an RV in a traveling caravan sounds so unique and fascinating. It also seems to be a coming of age story where the main character Dessa is trying to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. This book just seems so unique and different that I am very excited for it. I have had a copy for a long time, but haven’t had time to fit it in, so hopefully I can after I get through my fall ARCs.
Revenge is worth its weight in gold.
When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.
I love books about revenge and vengeance. This book seems like a cross between a gold hunt and a revenge story. A lot of my friends have given this book high ratings and raved about it in their reviews. This is a western, which is a genre that I love watching, but have never read. It’s set in the 1800’s and my friends have said that it is a dark book with a fascinating plot.
Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust… and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.
In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying.
I haven’t been reading many dystopians lately and I have to admit that I really miss reading this genre. This book has the theme of survival, which is one that I absolutely love in books. Eve lives with other orphans, but winds up leaving and searching for someplace to survive. This book is available at my ebook library and I keep eyeing it, so I think I might wind up borrowing it later this year.
Carol @ Reading Ladies
Anna & Charlotte @ someone will remember us
Lyn @ Nomadic Worlds
Maria @ Varietats
Sarah @ Sarah Says
Katrin @ Read with Katrin
Check out other Book Blogger’s Top 5!
Susan @ Novel Lives — On The Road Again! Top Five Books With A Road Trip I Want To Or Have Read
Roo @ By The 100th Page — 5 Books About Road Trips I Want to Read
Sara @ Year of Reading Dangerously — Top 5 Books with a Road Trip | Top 5 Saturdays
Alys @ Alys in Bookland — Top 5 Books with Road Trips that I’ve Read and I Want to Read
Dini @ Dinipandareads — Top 5 Saturday: Road Trip!
Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads — Top 5 Saturday: Road Trips
Have you ever taken a road trip? Do you have any crazy stories from your road trips? Do you enjoy reading about road trips? What is your favorite part of road trips? Have you read any of these books? Are there any road trip books I should add to my TBR? Make sure to comment below so we can chat about road trips