The Best Adventure and Mystery Books?

We recently received a great question from reader Paul, who asks, “Which are the best adventure and mystery books?”

Let us start by saying that this question is a tricky one because there are thousands of great mystery and adventure books out there. But we will give it a shot.

Take a look below for some of our favorites. Some suggestions will require parental guidance.

  • The 39 Clues (series)
  • Billy Bud by Herman Melville
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Hardy Boys (series)
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  • Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
  • Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians (series) by Rick Riordan
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • White Fang by Gary Paulson
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’EngleDid we miss anything? Feel free to ask questions about the books we chose in the comments below. And as always, if you have a burning question type it into the box on the right side of this page.

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60 Responses to “The Best Adventure and Mystery Books?”

  1. Mr. timn
    April 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    mysterious Benedict society

    • EXTREME nature kid
      July 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      agreed!!!!!

    • EXTREME nature kid
      July 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      I full heartedly agree.

    • geek
      August 8, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      I second that!

    • hi
      August 22, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      awesome series

      • DSNinjaX
        August 29, 2013 at 10:45 am #

        Triple That!

      • BOB
        September 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

        WHAT IS UP

      • nonya
        December 4, 2013 at 8:40 am #

        Sup

    • not saying it was the doctor but it was the doctor
      October 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      Definitely. A fantastic choice.

    • Sticky
      October 16, 2013 at 7:41 am #

      I LOVE those books!

    • Name Not Found
      October 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      I LOVE THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY for anyone who hasnt read it READ IT NOW

    • cammmills
      November 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      i get the name and i like it

    • awesomebooksrock
      March 16, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      Mr timn, read that series. SECRET SERIES by Pysodyundus (did I spell that corrrectly?) Bosch. I think that guy is Lemony Snicket undercover. Also, All The Wrong Questions series by Lemony Snicket.

  2. Randamonium
    April 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    The hobbit soooooooooooo good! :)

    • Benner
      May 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

      looking forward to reading it :D

      • doctor who
        August 20, 2013 at 1:59 am #

        waiting to read the lord of the rings

  3. Anonymous
    April 24, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Harry potter is GREAT book!

  4. Percy Jackson
    April 25, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    That was ok but not awesome.

    PS: How do have parental guidance with a book?

    • Boys' Life
      April 25, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      You should talk with your parents about the books that you choose to read, especially if they seem overtly violent or adult-themed.

    • Anonymous
      September 29, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

      Percy Jackson is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is no better seires

      • steve flop
        October 24, 2013 at 8:43 am #

        agreed

      • awesomebooksrock
        March 16, 2014 at 7:59 am #

        agreeed too, read Heoros of Olympus and the Kane Chornicals.

  5. Randomossa
    April 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    What about the Princess of Mars? Also known as John Carter?

  6. purple bird
    April 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Artemis Fowl all the way!!!!!!!!!! #Peechtival!

  7. Random guy
    April 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    read most of these

    • boom!
      May 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

      READ ALL OF THESE. GO BOOM!!!

  8. gary paulson fan
    April 29, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Do you also like the hatchet series?

  9. Fizzicsboy
    May 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Ranger’s apprentice!

    • russel
      August 14, 2013 at 8:24 am #

      Agreed ranger’s apprentice all they way!!!

      • Book Magnet
        September 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

        Brother Band Chronicles baby!!!! Woooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • batman
        November 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

        just starting it

    • batman
      November 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      just starting it

  10. boom!
    May 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    they forgot Fablehaven and the candy shop war. oh, and other rick riordan books!

    • steve flop
      October 24, 2013 at 8:42 am #

      we need fablehaven!!!!

  11. Davey
    May 3, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    The Hunger Games Trilogy is the best.

  12. Holy...
    May 31, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Serioulsy guys, white fang is written by Jack Londen…

    • indyfreac
      August 13, 2013 at 7:07 am #

      its London. I know cuz I lived there for half my life

  13. What?
    June 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    I’ve read Hardy Boys books before.

    • steve flop
      October 24, 2013 at 8:41 am #

      they’re really good

  14. EXTREME nature kid
    July 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    lemony snicket who could that be at this hour is AWESOME1

    • What?
      July 12, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      Umm… what?

  15. skeet dude
    August 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    The Book Thief!

  16. The Doctor
    August 17, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Ya know, I don’t know why Peak isn’t on there. (I forgot the author) I’ll just have to go back in time and find out.

    Whirrrrr……..Whirrrrr………Whirrrrr……..

  17. doctor who
    August 20, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    come on why isnt sherlock holmes on there one of my faves

  18. a-team
    August 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    try the Dopple Ganger series.

  19. Third-Wheel
    September 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    The hobbit, the hardy boys, the lord of the rings, and treasure island are all really good books!

  20. bob
    September 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Totally read Ready player one

  21. LifeScout223
    September 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    I like Chasing Redbird by Sharron Creech. Its the best book i’ve ever read by far.

  22. Joe
    September 24, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    What about da awesome face books?

  23. Cherry
    September 24, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    They should have put brixton brothers in

  24. The doctors
    September 24, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    Yes, finally! Whovians!

  25. codmeister1
    September 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Eragon by Christopher Paolini

    it is the best book ever

  26. steve flop
    October 24, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Rick Riordan forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Ender
    November 17, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Enders shadow bros. you have to get beans side of the story. And don’t see Ender Game it sucksssssssss!

  28. batman
    November 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    read origami yoda by tom angleberger :) awesome book. also read conspiracy 365 by gabrielle lord

    • joe king
      December 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

      i read the origami yoda series and loved it

  29. joe king
    December 14, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    the hypnotists is another good one.

  30. craziness
    December 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Person Unknown
    January 25, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    I think the Red Pyramid is a great book.

  32. Anonymously Unanomus
    January 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Red Pyramid all the Way!!!

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