Best Adventure Books to Read
Updated: Apr 19, 2022
What are the best adventure books to read? Here are some of the classic examples that inspired me to write Nowonderland;
What makes an adventure anyway? For the more mundane of us, simply leaving the house to hit up that neat used bookstore across town is an adventure.
If that’s not adventurous enough for you, let’s up the stakes. Let’s say that that you’ve just found out that bookstore has a rare first edition of you great-great-great uncle’s diary chronicling his daring escape from bloodthirsty thieves across the Sahara Desert. Family lore states that this uncle buried a large amount of gold and jewels somewhere along the way, and that there’s a map to it encoded somewhere in the diary.
Sound interesting yet? It gets better. An international crime syndicate hell-bent on getting to that gold first has found out about your plan to drive across town to get the diary. They’ll do anything to stop you, and you don’t even know they exist yet. Woo! I want to read this story and I’m just making this up as I go.
This little trip to the bookstore is starting to get ridiculous, but you get the idea. Anything that makes the story interesting, dangerous even, makes it an adventure. Obstacles to overcome, adversaries to outsmart, or the chance of gold at the end of the journey, these are the things that make an adventure possible. The beautiful thing about a book, is you can have one without leaving your most comfortable reading spot.
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These are the best adventure books to read, the ones that get your heart racing without moving. The ones you can’t put down.
Read a book. Have an adventure!
M. C. Gladd