TOP 10 – ADVENTURE BOOKS

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Below is a list of some of my favourite adventure books in no particular order. Have you read them all? Let me know which ones I have missed of the list.

INTO THE WILD

by Jon Krakauer

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So we kick off our Top 10 adventure books with Into the Wild. Christopher McCandless, son of wealthy parents, graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.

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WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

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A chronicle of one woman’s one thousand one hundred mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy. … Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her.

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TOUCHING THE VOID

by Joe Simpson

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In 1985, two young climbers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates set out to be the first to reach the summit of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. They succeed, and the two embark on the treacherous descent down the mountain — only to meet with disaster when Simpson breaks his leg in a fall, leaving Yates to lower him the rest of the way with ropes. When a storm threatens both their lives, Yates must decide whether to cut the rope and risk Simpson’s likely death.

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AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

by Jules Verne

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The story follows two travellers that grow to a trio and then a foursome as they fight their way through countless obstacles to reach home. The main characters are Phileas Fogg who is trying to win a bet that he made with the Reform Club that he can travel around the world in 80 days.

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A WALK IN THE WOODS

by Bill Bryson

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After years of living in Britain, celebrated travel writer Bill Bryson returns to New Hampshire. But instead of retiring, the 60-year-old announces he’s going to hike over two thousand miles along the Appalachian Trail.

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ROBINSON CRUSOE

by Daniel Defoe

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Robinson Crusoe, as a young and impulsive wanderer, defied his parents and went to sea. He was involved in a series of violent storms at sea and was warned by the captain that he should not be a seafaring man. Ashamed to go home, Crusoe boarded another ship and returned from a successful trip to Africa.

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LORD OF THE RINGS

by J. R. R. Tolkien

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The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins, who inherits the Ring and steps into legend. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer – to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

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BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

by Aron Ralston

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place is a 2004 autobiographical book by American mountain climber Aron Ralston. It details an incident that occurred in 2003 when Ralston was canyoneering in Bluejohn Canyon in the Utah desert, where he became trapped for five days.

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LORD OF THE FLIES

by William Golding

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William Golding’s 1954 novel “Lord of the Flies” tells the story of a group of young boys who find themselves alone on a deserted island. They develop rules and a system of organization, but without any adults to serve as a civilizing impulse, the children eventually become violent and brutal. In the context of the novel, the tale of the boys’ descent into chaos suggests that human nature is fundamentally savage.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK

by Rudyard Kipling

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Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther and a free-spirited bear, the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

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