Check Out These 9 Adventurous Reads To Kick Off Spring
Take yourself an adventure with these books!
Are you ready for adventure?
Just because we’re adults now, doesn’t mean we can’t embark on adventures the way we did as children each time we opened the pages of a book. In fact, one might argue that we need books more than ever as adults, especially when life gets difficult and we just need an escape. That’s why we decided to put together a list of nine incredible adventure books for adults to enjoy!
We tried to find a variety of different adventures for you to embark on no matter where your interests lie. Included on the list are a few memoirs and nonfiction books, fantasy and sci graphic novels, a young adult book, and even a classic adventure for you to enjoy.
Read on and find your next favorite book. You don't need to physically travel to get out and about, as long as you have a good book and an imagination!
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1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
Saga is the space opera that we all need and deserve. It's about two people on opposite sides of a horrible war who manage to fall in love and have a baby. Then they must do everything in their power to protect their new child who is considered an abomination. They'll go to any length to do so.
2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl was just twenty-two when she lost her mother. After that, her life went to hell with the destruction of her marriage. On a whim four years later, she decided to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: to walk the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Washington all by herself. The memoir chronicles Cheryl's adventures along the way.
3. Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe
What Saga is to science fiction fans, Rat Queens is to fans of fantasy fiction. In Rat Queens four friends of different races and specialties (i.e. magic, weapons training, etc.) in an epic adventure billed as "Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack." Sounds fun, right?
4. 24/7 by Yolanda Wallace
Travel writer Finn Chamberlain finds herself down in Mexico where she encounters Luisa Moreno, an officer in the Mexican Federal Police. What was supposed to be a one-night stand becomes more when Luisa must protect Finn when her life is threatened.
5. A Pirate's Heart by Catherine Friend
If you're looking for an adventure that's like the lesbian version of The Mummy franchise but with pirates, Catherine Friend's A Pirate's Heart is the way to go. Even if you aren't looking for that, you'll still want to check it out. In the book, librarian Emma Boyd and investigator Randi Marx team up to uncover what find out what happened to notorious pirate Captain Thomasina Farris and have their share of adventures along the way!
6. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
If you’re looking for an adventure with a bit more sci fi or fantasy to it, Emily Skrutskie’s The Abyss Surrounds Us might just be the book for you! Cassandra Leung comes from a family in which “bossing around sea monsters” is all in a day’s work for a Reckoner trainer-in-training. Unfortunately, her dreams are dashed when she gets abducted by pirate queen Santa Elena who needs her help to take over the high seas.
7. A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain
The late Anthony Bourdain was (and still is) a huge name in the food world. When he wasn’t cooking French food, he was writing cookbooks and traveling the world in search of great food to share with everyone. One of those adventures was chronicled in A Cook’s Tour in which Bourdain is on the quest for the perfect meal. Make sure to track down the 35-episode Food Network show of the same name too!
8. From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
Once you finish Anthony Bourdain’s global adventure, you have to move on to mortician Caitlin Doughty’s, chronicled in her book From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. In the book, Doughty delves into the ways different cultures care for their dead loved ones. She also gives the reader an interesting peek into the American funeral industry and the ways in which we mourn compared to the rest of the world.
9. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Considering just how many there are, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include at least one classic on this list. Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure like no other. Sure, we’ve become accustomed to tales of innocent people getting thrown into prison, along with prison break stories, but The Count is the ultimate adventure following Edmond Dantes time in prison, his escape, and subsequent plans for revenge against all those who wronged him.
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