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Adventurous books to read - Adventure Books

Adventurous books to read

The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
The Story Adventure {Ephesians Family Time#

National Geographic have compiled a list of the 100 best adventure books of all time. I blogged about this ages ago, but just re-discovered it and thought it worth another airing.
It seemed a perfect excuse to ask about people’s own personal favourite adventure/travel/expedition books. I am always looking for new, quality books to read and learn from, so please do post a comment or drop me an email with your own opinions.

The National Geographic list is, clearly, deeply flawed. The two greatest travel books of all time didn’t make the cut, nor did my own personal favourite book. It is hard to quibble though with their choice of Number 1, Apsley Cherry Garrard’s ‘The Worst Journey in the World’ (which I blogged about here).

If you enjoy books, reading, excerpts and recommendations then do also dip into my Books blog.
Have a look at the complete National Geographic list here, see how many you’ve ticked off, and howl at what you perceive to be the unforgivable omissions. Then share them with me.

Here’s the Top 10.

1. The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
2. Journals, by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
3. Wind, Sand & Stars, by Antoine de Saint-Exup ry
4. Exploration of the Colorado River, by John Wesley Powell
5. Arabian Sands, by Wilfred Thesiger
6. Annapurna, by Maurice Herzog
7. Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey
8. West With the Night, by Beryl Markham
9. Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer
10. Travels, by Marco Polo

Any more suggestions? What would you add to this list…
How many of them have you read?


LeapFrog LeapFrog Tag Junior Book Cars Shapes All Around (works with LeapReader Junior)
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  • Learn all about shapes on an adventurous ride with the beloved Cars characters
  • Touch Tag Junior to any part of any page and discover more than 150 audio responses in this book
  • More than 24 playful activities encourage toddlers to take charge and explore, while helping build confidence with books
  • Each Tag Junior board book focuses on a different preschool skill
  • See your child's progress through the online LeapFrog Learning Path and get printable activities to expand the learning
  • Disney Pixar Cars focuses on shapes and also introduces comparing sizes and classifying

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Whats the overall tone of those books?

2003-04-10 21:52:02 by fluke-x

Adventurous? Romantic? Magical? All of the above?
The series I am into, which starts with 'A Game of Thrones' by George RR Martin, is a very cold, dark, serious, brutal world, with only the smallest hint of magic. Its very compelling, and most everyone Ive spoken to whos read it (it spreads), agrees its one of the greatest fantasy series of our time.

Use Amazon. You can rate the books you buy

2006-06-06 14:49:23 by Suomonona

From them and they'll make suggestions for you based on how well you liked it.
Amazon also makes suggestions based on the author. So they figure if I like Matthew Reilly, I might also enjoy James Rollins (both of whom write VERY adventurous fiction.)
At most bookstores they have a list of the best-sellers, so you can check that out and see if anything's appealing to you. Just flip the book over and read the back.
Friends and family who know you might be able to make recommendations too.
Was there a movie you enjoyed? Maybe you can try reading the book (

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