10 Cool Adventure Books You Need To Read Now

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
Reading about adventure inspires us to expand our horizons and unleash our adventure potential in ways that we might never otherwise do. Here are ten more of those inspirational adventure books to add to your reading list.

Every year, we hear of a new adventure book that continues to push the limits of what it means to explore. Some are incredible works of fiction, while others tell non-fiction tales of human accomplishment.

While we can't keep track of every single adventure book that's out there, here are ten adventure books you need to add to your reading list.

1. The Lost City of Z by David Grann
This non-fiction narrative follows the last individualist British explorer, Percy Fawcett, as he tries to find the mythical city of Z deep in the Amazon Rainforest in the early 1920s. Fawcett disappears, and dozens of expeditions have tried to find a trace of his party since the disappearance, including The New Yorker writer and author of the book, David Grann.

2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
The classic horror tale has taken some dark turns in its modern adaptations, but the original novel is an adventure story at heart. Follow the team of vampire hunters into the unknown territories of Transylvania as they attempt to subdue their formidable foe.

3. River of Doubt by Candice Millard
After his election defeat in 1912, President Theodore Roosevelt sets off into the Amazon to chart an Amazon tributary known as the River of Doubt. We learn more about the one-time leader of the United States away from the political jungles of Washington, D.C. as he faces native Amazonian tribes with poison-tipped arrows, unknown waterways, and the natural traps of the jungle.

4. Into Africa by Martin Dugard
Learn the true story behind the famous line - "Doctor Livingstone, I presume?" Dr. David Livingstone travels deep into the heart of the African jungles and is presumed dead, but a journalist embarks on an adventure to find him. How did Livingstone emerge from the jungle after years of "disappearance?" And, how did he influence the Scramble for Africa?

5. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Lost in the wilderness with nothing but a hatchet, Brian must find a way to survive. Facing wild animals, lack of food, and the elements, the boy must remain strong and courageous if he is to make it out of the forest alive.

6. King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
The notorious adventurer, Allan Quatermain, embarks on a journey into Africa, where he comes across the legendary mines of King Solomon, which leads to one of the greatest adventures in literature.

7. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The book that set the standard for adventure was partially based on Doyle's close friendship with Percy Fawcett, the real-life explorer who adventured through South America's Amazon Rainforest (and the subject of our first book on the list). The book also inspired Michael Crichton to write Jurassic Park and The Lost World.

8. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sold into slavery in the American colonies by his own uncle, David plots an escape that includes his return to Scotland to seek revenge against his uncle.

9. Roughing It by Mark Twain
The classic American satirist travels across the country during the Old West era and describes events, people, and places just as he sees them. Twain braves stagecoaches, horseback riding, and the railroad as he adventures through an iconic time in U.S. history.

10. Inca Gold by Clive Cussler
Follow Dirk Pitt as he explores the Andes Mountains in search of a lost treasure stashed by the Inca. Cussler also wrote Sahara, which was turned into a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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