The Best Adventure Books You Must Read: Updated 2019

Updated 2019

Perhaps one of the most popular book types out there today are those that involve an adventure. The best adventure books draw us into another world and allow us to learn as we go. We can see ourselves experiencing that moment. And no matter what’s going on in your life, you’re able to escape into a new reality.

We befriend the characters we meet and care about the things that are important to them. We cheer them on and fall in love as they would. Inside each of us is that is the desire to do things we wouldn’t ordinarily do. Maybe we’re too busy, but that spark is always there. Thankfully, we have the adventure and our imagination to take us wherever we want to go.

As we sit down to read an adventure book, it’s tough to pull away. You get sucked right in, eager to discover what comes next. Some might say that modern day living has undermined the classic adventure novel, but the adventurous spirit in your soul will always carry on. Existence would be too mundane without it. The journey is hope for the masses.

What Did These Adventure Books Do To Qualify For This List

Any time you are ranking the best of something the results are usually somewhat subjective but we have did our best to come up with a list the readers of the adventure genre will truly like. To come up with this list we took into account:

  • quantity and quality of user reviews
  • sales data
  • public perception
  • opinions of readers of this genres
  • commercial success
  • and of course personal opinion

Take a look at the best Adventure Books you can read right now:

Best Adventure Books

Here are the best Adventure books by the experts:

1)The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss

  • Best Adventure BooksBook Summary:The story is great adventure for the entire family about a family that had become shipwrecked on a remote island. The family lives on this remote island, for a decade learning and adjusting to their new reality..
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2)The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

  • Best Adventure BooksBook Summary:It certainly does go without saying, any good and well written story is surely going to make it to the big screen and this is another I title that did just that. The Black Stallion is a story between a boy and horse which starts out on a ship. The boy, Alac Ramsay and the Black Stallion become the sole survivors after the ship they’re on becomes shipwrecked. The two develop a strong bond and from this point the adventure has only just begun.
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3)The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

  • Best Adventure BooksBook Summary:The adventures of a nineteenth-century boy from a Mississippi River town as he travels down river with an escaped slave.
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4)Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

  • Best Adventure BooksBook Summary:Gulliver’s Travels is a four-part adventure covering the adventures of Lemuel Gulliver, a surgeon and sea captain. The story walks the reader through the sea adventures Lemuel endeavored beginning the start of the story being shipwrecked on an island where the people are all six inches tall.
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5)The Odyssey by Homer

  • Best Adventure BooksBook Summary:The Odyssey is an epic tale of Odysseus’ phenomenal ten-year voyage home after the Trojan War.
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6)King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

  • Best Adventure BooksBook Summary:King Solomon’s Mines tells the adventures of Allan Quatermain, an elephant hunter and explorer. He is hired by Sir Henry Curtis for his knowledge of Africa and his hunting skills to search for Sir Henry’s lost brother, George Neville.
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7)The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas

  • Best Adventure BooksBook Summary:The Three Musketeers is about the adventures of a poor young nobleman named D’Artagnan which begins to take place after he leaves his home to join the Musketeers of the Guard.
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8)20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

  • Best Adventure BooksBook Summary:20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is not only a classic adventure but also come’s with a sci-fi element. Three adventurers take on expedition they believed would take them to the seas of a sea monster, but in fact the sea monster simply turns out to be a giant steampunk submarine, commanded by Captain Nemo. The three are captured by Captain Nemo and the real adventure begins this point on.
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9)Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Best Adventure BooksBook Summary:This is a story of adventure of men seeking treasure with all your typical characters you’d expect in adventure, be it a classic or a modern made-for-screen film. So you’ve got your one legged pirate, a talking bird and of course we’ve mentioned treasure, so let’s not forget about the treasure map.
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10)Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Best Adventure BooksBook Summary:Tarzan of the Apes tells the story of a family marooned in the western coastal jungles of Africa. It’s really a coming of age story as we’re going see this boy evolve, learn and adapt after he loses his parents and is then raised by Apes and then given the name Tarzan. Tarzan of the Apes is just the first publication with nearly two dozen sequels. A fun and adventurous read for all ages.
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Best Adventure Movies

If you enjoyed the best adventure books, why stop there? Take a look at our list of best adventure movies and witness these marvelous films from the big screen.

1)The Longest Day

Starring: John Wayne and Arletty
Directed by: Andrew Marton

Movie Summary:Allied forces prepare for a massive D-Day assault upon the beaches of Normandy during World War II.

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2)John Wick

Starring: Keanu Reeves and Adrianne Palicki
Directed by: David Leitch and Chad Stahelski

Movie Summary:From the producer of CLASH OF THE TITANS and THE TOWN comes a tale of adrenaline-fueled revenge and redemption. When a retired hit man is forced back into action by a sadistic young thug, he hunts down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend.

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3)The Kid, 2019

Starring: Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan
Directed by: Vincent D’Onofrio

Movie Summary:A young boy is forced to cross the American Southwest in order to save his family, along the way encountering the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett. Through his journey, this film tells the classic story from a new perspective.

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4)Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Starring: Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston
Directed by: David Yates

Movie Summary:Newt Scamander is enlisted by Hogwarts Professor Albus Dumbledore to battle Dark wizard Grindelwald, whose plan to rule over non-magical beings threatens to divide the wizarding world.

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5)Saving Private Ryan

Starring: Tom Hanks and Matt Damon
Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Movie Summary:Based on a World War II drama. US soldiers try to save their comrade, paratrooper Private Ryan, who’s stationed behind enemy lines.

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Best Adventure Audio Books

Now that you’ve seen our list of the best adventure books and movies, I’m sure you’ll be interested in trying out more of the best adventure books in audio!

1)Redemption: Memory Man Series, Book 5 by David Baldacci

Book Summary:Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he’s approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man’s name: Meryl Hawkins. He’s the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective.

Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn’t changed: He maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago? As he starts digging into the old case, Decker finds a startling connection to a new crime that he may be able to prevent, if only he can put the pieces together quickly enough….

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2)Deathtrap: Expeditionary Force Mavericks, Book 1 by Craig Alanson

Book Summary:The human soldiers stranded on the planet Paradise have been recruited into an alien legion to do the dirty jobs that the high-tech species won’t do. Their first mission is to kick the enemy off a backwater planet no one cares about. It’s a simple assignment, except everyone has a hidden agenda, and the planet could become a deathtrap.
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3)A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 by George R. R. Martin

Book Summary:Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse – unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister – the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind.

All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki – whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
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4)The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke by Arthur C. Clarke

Book Summary:Author of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novels Rendezvous with Rama and The Fountains of Paradise along with such memorable novels as Childhood’s End, Sir Arthur C. Clarke was – with Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein – one of the writers who defined the classic era of science fiction. From early work like “Rescue Party” and “The Lion of Comarre” through classic stories including “The Star”, “Earthlight”, “The Nine Billion Names of God”, and “The Sentinel” (kernel of the later novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later work like “A Meeting with Medusa” and “The Hammer of God”, this comprehensive short story collection encapsulates one of the great science fiction careers of all time.
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5)The Complete Void Wraith Saga: Books 1 – 6 in the Epic Military Science Fiction Series by Chris Fox

Book Summary:After 26,000 years the Void Wraith have returned. The Eradication has begun.

Mankind’s outer colonies are disappearing. Without warning. Without a trace. Fleet command chalks the attacks up to pirates, but Captain Dryker of the UFC Johnston isn’t buying it.

Defying command, he leads his misfit crew into hostile territory in search of answers. They encounter the mythical Void Wraith, an unstoppable legend whispered by the first race. After 26,000 years the Void Wraith have returned to begin the next Eradication. Their technology is superior, their motives unclear.

Humanity cannot stop them. Not without help. Captain Dryker’s only hope is to forge an alliance with mankind’s greatest enemy, the savage Tigris.

One maverick captain, an unlikely crew, and an aging vessel are all that stand between humanity and the Eradication.
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Conclusion

What do you think about our list of best adventure books? If you have another genre that you prefer to read we have probably compiled a list of our favorites for that genre too. So if you are looking for something other than the best adventure books you can find other genres here.

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