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.

63 Comments on The Best Adventure and Mystery Books?

  1. mysterious Benedict society

  2. Randamonium // April 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    The hobbit soooooooooooo good! :)

  3. Harry potter is GREAT book!

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

    That was ok but not awesome.

    PS: How do have parental guidance with a book?

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

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

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

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

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

    read most of these

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

    Do you also like the hatchet series?

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

    Ranger’s apprentice!

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

  11. The Hunger Games Trilogy is the best.

  12. Serioulsy guys, white fang is written by Jack Londen…

  13. I’ve read Hardy Boys books before.

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

    lemony snicket who could that be at this hour is AWESOME1

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

    The Book Thief!

  16. 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.


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

  18. try the Dopple Ganger series.

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

  20. Totally read Ready player one

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

  22. What about da awesome face books?

  23. They should have put brixton brothers in

  24. Yes, finally! Whovians!

  25. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

    it is the best book ever

  26. Rick Riordan forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

  29. the hypnotists is another good one.


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

    I think the Red Pyramid is a great book.

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

    Red Pyramid all the Way!!!

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