Most of us who love to spend time outdoors also love to read about others who spend time in the outdoors. Whether you’re just lounging in a hammock in the backyard or weathering a snowstorm in a tent, miles from civilization, a good adventure novel can be the perfect companion. Here are the top recommendations for adventure novels to take along on your next expedition, even if it’s just to the backyard.
By Gary Paulsen
This is a great book for readers of all ages. It’s about a boy named Brian, who survives a plane crash and is left to fend for himself in the Canadian Wilderness with nothing more than a hatchet his mother gave him before his trip. It’s a short read, although it might not be the best choice to read on a small plane…
King Solomon’s Mines
By H. Rider Haggard
Countless young boys have grown up wanting to be Indiana Jones, but Allan Quatermain came along well before our favorite whip-wielding archaeologist. In King Solomon’s Mines, Quatermain leads a party into the wilds of Africa in search of King Solomon’s fabled(?) diamond mines. This is truly one of the greatest adventure novels you’ll ever read.
The Call of the Wild
By Jack London
The quintessential adventure book, Jack London’s masterpiece is the story of Buck, a dog who enters the hard life of a Yukon sled dog during the gold rush of the 19th century.
Lord of the Flies
By William Golding
There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this classic tale. While it is, first and foremost, a tale of adventure and survival after a group of young boys are the only ones to walk away from a plane crash on a desert island, it’s also a deep look at society and human nature and just how dark it can be.
The Mysterious Island
By Jules Verne
While just about any Jules Verne novel will fit the bill when it comes to a great adventure book to take along camping, climbing, rafting, etc., this particular story is one of the less famous entries in his canon. It’s about a group of Civil War prisoners who make an escape in a hot air balloon, only to crash on a mysterious island where they’ll need to survive.