Updated: Mar 25, 2022
There are a few classic adventure books that were my introduction into fantasy. At around ten, my parents gave me The Hobbit. I couldn’t read it fast enough. I then went on to read the whole Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
I lost myself in a world of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Wizards, and more. I loved every page and would go on to re-read them a few times. My Book Nowonderland was heavily influenced by my love of fantasy adventure books.
Books were a form of escapism that TV or movies just couldn’t compete with, except for maybe Star Wars. (Star Wars to little old me was amazing and got me into my other favorite genre, science-fiction.) I didn’t have to rely on someone else’s interpretation of what the characters looked or sounded like. My imagination took care of all of that.
I devoured many great classic adventure books as a kid.
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He are a few of my favorites;
By J. R. R. Tolkien in 1937 This book sets the stage for the whole Lord of the Rings Trilogy and introduces us to Bilbo, Gandalf, and the gang. As pretty much the keystone for the whole fantasy genre, The Hobbit is a must read. I have my parents to thank for giving me this one, it may have started the whole thing rolling.
By Lewis Carroll in 1865 A mind bending journey in the utterly fantastical, this classic has left its mark on our collective culture and it's no wonder why. I thought it was the work of a mad genius when I was a kid. Loved it!
By J. R. R. Tolkien This is the trilogy that chronologically follows The Hobbit. In it Bilbo's nephew Frodo finds himself drawn into a grand adventure where the fate of Middle Earth is at stake. Epic story telling at its finest.
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1912 From the creator of Sherlock Holmes comes a tale of explorers who find a plateau deep in the jungles of South America where dinosaurs still roam as well as other dangerous creatures. I reread this a few times when I was kid.