If You Like Maps, Then Read…


The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins lives a comfortable life in the Shire, one full of predictability and devoid of any adventure.  Then one day the wizard Gandalf appears on his doorstep and suddenly Bilbo’s life is turned upside down.  Enlisted as a burglar to steal back the treasure of a band of Dwarves, Bilbo sets out on a journey across Middle-earth–a journey that will end in dragon fire.

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

In 1799, an event known as the Great Disruption threw time off across the world, plunging some countries back into the Dark Ages and throwing others far into the future.  Fractured by the different ages, the world began a new age of exploration and mapmakers gained new prestige.  Sophia’s parents were explorers but never returned from an expedition, so she lives now with her uncle, the famed cartologer Shadrack.  When Shadrack is kidnapped, however, it is up to Sophia and her new ally Theo to travel the world and bring him home.  The first in the Mapmakers Trilogy.

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

A legendary map exists that can take the bearer wherever he or she wishes to go.  Marrill hopes it can take her back home to Arizona.  Master Thief Fin longs to use it to find his mother.  But though the two ally themselves with a powerful wizard and the world’s best captain in a quest to join all the pieces of the map together, another seeks the map as well–the Oracle, a wizard gone mad who seeks to bring about the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, a prophecy that foretells the end of the world.  The first book in the Pirate Stream series.

Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen

The mysterious death of a professor draws together three strangers from Oxford, John, Jack, and Charles.  Informed by a friend of the professor’s that they are now the Caretakers of an atlas of imaginary lands called the Imaginarium Geographic, the three set sail for the Archipelago of Dreams, where all the places of myth and literature exist.  There the Winter King covers the lands with shadow and enslaves the people.  But before the Caretakers can defeat the darkness, they will first have to battle the monsters within themselves.  The first in the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica.

2 thoughts on “If You Like Maps, Then Read…

  1. saraletourneau says:

    I love maps in books! I like being able to see where a character might be at any given time in a novel. Plus, it makes the book’s world seem more real / believable. I just finished Tolkien’s The Silmarillion last week – and I was relieved there was a map of Beleriand in there, or else I would have been confused and trying to figure out where everything was in relation to the Middle-Earth I knew (i.e., Third Age, when The Hobbit and LOTR took place).


    • Krysta says:

      I love being able to visualize any journeyings as well. Maps can really make the action of a story make a lot more sense. Hence why Faramir’s random journey to Osgiliath in Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers bothers me. ;P

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