FRC: Road Trips

Fall Reading Challenge: Road Trips

From nonfictional accounts of trips across the country to fantasy quests across imaginary lands, the Road Trip is well represented in literature. It includes classics like On the Road and Travels with Charley, and continues to be well represented in current cinema with recent movies made from The Wild, and A Walk in the Woods, and the upcoming Gunslinger by Stephen King. The trip may be taken on foot as in the Pilgrimage of Harold Fry or by car as in Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Perhaps even some of it on the backs of giant eagles as in the Lord of the Rings.


Novelist was a big help with this category. Try a key word search for road trips or journeys, or try these links:

The Internet offers many lists, including:

From Buzzfeed: 26 Books to inspire your next road trip

And from Paste Magazine: Road Trip!

And don’t miss our Fall Reading Challenge Road Trip newsletter and featured titles on the Download Library.

My Selection:

I tend to gravitate toward fiction so my focus tended to be on fiction choices, of which there were many. After looking around, I came up with a rather extensive “short” list.

  • Last bus to Wisdom (Ivan Doig)
  • On the Road
  • One plus one (Jojo Moyes)
  • Station Eleven
  • Savage Detectives
  • Watsons go to Birmingham 1963
  • Looking for Lovedu
  • Assassination Vacation

While trying to decide it occured to me that I had an unread copy of the
Savage Dectectives in my house. While looking for it, I came across the English Major, which I had also seen on a list.

What I read:

The English Major. This book had been on my shelf for a while (it still had a Border’s sticker on it). It was a classic road trip novel, and I’d rate it 5 of 5 stars. It didn’t deserve to languish on the shelf for so long. Thank you, Fall Reading Challenge!