Let the Good Times Roll

VW Road Trip

So not all of these car and/or car rides are enjoyable, so “good times” is not applicable for all of the following, but there’s no question that cars often feature prominently in fiction. I love automotive literature – give me a scintillating car manual any day – as much as the next person, but I hate to drive. That being said, I love a good road trip. Life is full of strange contradictions.

Here’s a thank-whatever’s-holy-it’s-not-real syllabus of automotives in fiction. In no particular order, except number one is (my) number one…

11. NOS4A2 // Joe Hill. Making Christmas creepy since 2012.
10. The Spark and the Drive // Wayne Harrison. A often overlooked coming of age story.
09. Drive // James Sallis. Sometimes you just need to drive.
08. On the Road // Jack Kerouac. The famous one.
07. From a Buick 8 // Stephen King. This car is super…natural. I love good Bob Dylan reference.
06. I Know What I Did Last Summer // Lois Duncan. Don’t do bad things with your car.
05. Wonder Boys // Michael Chabon. Sometimes the trunk is best left closed.
04. American Gods // Neil Gaiman. On the road seeing the alternate side of America.
03. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas // Hunter S. Thompson. It’s a trip.
02. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets // J.K. Rowling. And sometimes they fly.
01. Christine // Stephen King. Jealousy.

So this list turned out rather eclectic. Happy reading! Please share what imaginary class on literature you would like to teach.

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  • Lianne @

    Great list! I cannot for the life of me remember which of Lois Duncan’s books I’ve read growing up, but they were really interesting. Yay for American Gods 🙂

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    • Rory O’Connor

      I honestly remember the movie better than the book for the Lois Duncan one, but it still counts, right?

  • Chrissi Reads

    This is definitely an eclectic list! I’m intrigued by some of these books!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I’d recommend…all of them.

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  • MeezCarrie

    Creative class idea!! I’m so enjoying this week’s theme because everyone’s posts are so different from each other!
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    • Rory O’Connor

      Me too! It’s nice to see so much variety.

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    Wonderful list. I immediately thought of Christine when I saw the title. Thanks for sharing!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Right?! Christine is the quintessential bad car novel.

  • mariahelena

    Great list!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks 🙂

  • Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves)

    Ha – I love your topic choice even though I haven’t read a single book on your list!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Not even Harry Potter?! But thanks, it was a fun one.

      • Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves)

        I read the first one and never read the rest. My sister in law can barely look me in the eye b/c of this! I figure I’ll read them to my kids when they get a little older (they’re 2 and 4 now)! But, yes, I’m aware this is super weird!

  • Jane Potter

    Such a clever topic! I’m glad Harry Potter made the list 🙂 Otherwise, I haven’t read any of these yet. I recently finished Cinder by Marissa Meyer and I thought of the car Cinder restores when I saw your list.

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    • Rory O’Connor

      Since I’ve finished the list, I’ve thought of several others. There are so many, even The Grapes of Wrath!

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