11 Best Adventure Books Of All Time To Read Before You Die

Adventure Novels has its own charm, they provide us with an unforgettable story, a thrilling adventure, and a quest to remember forever. True adventure lovers always look for an exciting experience in the book that can be exhilarating. Out of all the genres of a novel, adventure stores all kinds of feelings and emotions and provide you with a wide range of themes.

Apart from being exciting, adventure books also lit up our imaginations. The buried treasures, a quest, extraordinary natural elements, a thrilling journey, and a mission, the adventure books has it all to keep you hooked till the end.

Many talented writers have blessed us with some of the greatest adventure books that you should read at least once in your lifetime. From the thousands of books available, finding the one that you need could be a daunting task, that is why for your convenience we have mentioned some of the best adventure books ever written on the adventure genre below.

These books are selected on the basis of their popularity and readers’ experience. Written by some of the greatest authors, the following adventure books will take you on an unforgettable journey that you will remember forever.

1. The Three Musketeers

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It is hard not the mention The Three Musketeers when you are talking about adventure books. The book has gained a wider fan base over the years and it is still very much talked about in adventure genre. The book is written by one of the greatest authors of adventure novels, Alexander Dumas.

The French author, Alexander Dumas has blessed us with many great stories and The Three Musketeers remains the most famous one from them. The book was published in the year 1844 and is still a favorite choice of adventure lovers.

The story of the book is set in a historical period, around 1625 to 1628. The whole book revolves around the adventure of a man named d’Artagnan. The man travels to Paris from home and joins the King’s most celebrated guards named Athos, Porthos, and Aramis who are called The Three Musketeers.

2. Ivanhoe

There’s a great chance you have already heard about this book written by Sir Walter Scott. The book was published in the year 1819 and the story of the book is a tale of heroism belonging to 12th century England. The book will take you to the time after the third crusade failure. Ivanhoe is perfect for giving you a thrilling experience throughout.

It contains all the elements that it takes to make a perfect adventure book. It will introduce you with witch trials, romance, kidnapping, tournaments, and whatnot. With this book, you are in for a great adventure story that you will remember a lifetime.

3. The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is another adventure book on the list that is wildly famous among the readers. Unless you have been living under a huge rock, you would have heard about Mowgli and his adventures. The boy who grew up in a jungle lives his life among the wild animals. Get introduced with some of the most interesting animal-based characters ever through this book, Bagheera, Sher Khan, Baloo.

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book was published in the year 1894 and since then it has been on the favorite list of readers. Apart from being a good reading material, the book has also provided a great plot for animated and live-action movies.

Get to know the adventures of the man-cub Mowgli with this amazing masterpiece written by Rudyard Kipling that will give an exhilarating experience.

4. Life of Pi

Everybody knows about the great movie Life of Pi who has proved to be a Hollywood blockbuster, but very few know that the amazing masterpiece is actually based on a book written by Yann Martel. The book was published in the year 2001 and its theatre adaption was done in the year 2012.

The story of the book follows the life of a boy named Piscine Patel shortly known as Pi and his story of how he lived on a small boat for 227 days. The Indian Tamil boy is accompanied by a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger.

The boy at an early age deals with the issue of spirituality and metaphysics while living on the boat. Life of Pi also has a revelatory truth at the end. The book sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and is also a winner of the Man Booker Prize.

5. Treasure Island

A delightful read for all ages, Treasure Island is written by Robert Louis Stevenson which was originally published in the year 1882. The classic book of adventure has all the elements that one looks for in an old-time classic adventure book. A treasure, a one-legged pirate, a quest, a treasure map, a talking bird, you name it.

The Scottish writer has narrated a tale of buccaneers and buried gold in his book in an amazing manner and set a standard for the adventure genre. The young adult fiction is enjoyed by people of age groups. Through this book, you will get to know the story of Jim Hawkin and his boyhood adventures.

6. King Soloman’s Mines

King Soloman is a famous adventure novel on the list written by a celebrated writer Sir H. Rider Haggard. The theme of the novel is set in Africa and it will take you there in an unexplored region. The unexplored region in Africa is explored by a group of adventurers who are led by Allan Quatermain.

The book has not one or two or three but five film adaptations. King Soloman’s Mines proved to be a great hit since its release in the year 1885. Many directors and filmmakers tried to do justice with the book by their theatre adaptations.

7. Tarzan of the Apes

Everybody has heard about Tarzan unless you have been living under a rock. The stories of this jungle-man moving here and there in the jungle with the help of tree wings is wildly famous among people of all ages. Tarzan of the Apes is the first book of the 24 books series made on Tarzan as a central character.

The famous book, Tarzan of the Apes is written by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story of a man being raised by the apes in a jungle definitely got the film great limelight. But later the movie was banned because as per the critics there has been no proof of the existence of Tarzan.

8. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

The science fiction novel that was written in 1870 will give you a world tour underwater. The classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas is written by French author Jules Verne. The book also has a live-action movie made on its concept by Disney. The author is known for various significant works in the adventure genre such as Around the World in Eighty Days and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

The book will introduce you to Nautilus, the ship of Captain Nemo which is considered as much ahead of its time. The ship was equipped with many features of a modern submarine that made it stand out.

9. The Call of the Wild

Apparently, almost every great adventure novel has a film made on its concept. The Call of the Wild written by Jack London has also interested filmmakers who later did its theatre adaptation. The book is a short adventure novel that was published in the year 1903.

The theme of the book is set in Canada, the central character of the story is a dog named Buck who gets stolen from his home and sold as a sled dog in service. At that time the sled dogs were in high demand. Now the story moves forward as Buck struggles with his journey as a sled dog but eventually became the leader in the wild.

10. Kim

Kim, the adventure novel is written by Rudyard Kipling, the author who won the Noble Prize. The theme of the novel is set after the second Afghan war and it deals with the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. With the help of this book, you will get introduced to the culture, people and different religions of people living in India.

It will show you the country with a different eye, you will get to know about various customs, superstitions, religious beliefs that exist in India.

11. Moby-Dick

There is a great chance you have already heard about this book unless you have been living under a huge rock. It is hard not to mention Moby Dick: or, the White Whale when talking about adventure. Written by American author Herman Melville, the book has proved to be a turning point in his life. The masterpiece has gained a lot of appreciation from the readers as well as the critics.

The story is the quest to find a white whale, Moby Dick. It is narrated by Ishmael who is a sailor and is stuck with a neurotic Captain Ahab. The captain is all about taking revenge from the whale who has apparently ruined his life.


The adventure genre is definitely a great one to start with, it provides us with an exciting story and something that make us remember it forever. The above-given novels are not just the famous and celebrated novels from their time but it is equally celebrated today too. These novels will give you a classic adventure story that gives you an exhilarating experience.

If you have read or happen to know any great adventure novels other than this, then please let us know about them in the comment section below. Also, we would love to receive your response to this one.

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