It's never fun to be stuck at home, HOWEVER, it's the perfect time to embrace reading. I figure it's time to go on an adventure - an armchair adventure - and here's a dozen books to get you started - there are tame, quiet adventures, big, bold, magical adventures, and even a couple real ones. Time to curl up with a good book......


Children of Blood and Bone #1 by Tomi Adeyemi

Published 2018, 544 pages

As a debut novel, this one is a winner - all the magic is taken from the world and it's up to one young woman to save it - but she's falling in love with the prince who's trying to kill magic. Her adventure through her world as she tries to do what's best is entertaining ala Hunger Games or the Maze Runner series. The second in the series came out in 2019.

Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer

Published 2009, 363 pages

Loosely based on the story of real mountain climber George Mallory, he lived his dream adventure to climb Mt. Everest but on his third attempt he was last seen near the top; there's uncertainty about whether he and his climbing partner ever reached the top.

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

Published 1968, 294 pages

I've read this classic twice, which tells you how much I love this story of a unicorn searching for others of her kind. Helped by a bumbling magician and hindered by a nasty King, this tale takes you on a great journey.  Reviewed here.

The Blue by Lucy Clarke

Published 2015, 336 pages

Two college girlfriends join a yacht crew for the adventure of a lifetime sailing around the world. Until someone goes missing at sea and turns the adventure into a nightmarish mystery.

The Hunger Games #1 by Suzanne Collins

Published 2015, 336 pages

Most of us know at least the broad strokes of the story of Katniss Everdeen and the Games and the war against the Capital. Filled with adventure, action, romance, it's a series about a young girl who grows to be a strong woman and the books are definitely worth reading!

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Published 1973, 512 pages

Romance, battles, action, and piles of adventure - if you haven't read this yet, maybe now is the perfect time.

The Magicians #1 by Lev Grossman

Published 2009, 402 pages

A young man gets admitted to a secretive college of magic but still feels something is missing from his life till he and his friends find another world, a darker world, where they have big sweeping adventures. Excellent coming-of-age and world building series.

The River by Peter Heller

Published 2019, 253 pages

This is one of my favorite reads from last year. Two college buddies start off on a canoe and camping adventure that turns scary when Mother Nature and some bad guys complicate things.  Reviewed here.

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty

Published 2019, 253 pages

This is such a fun, lighthearted book; it put a smile on my face. Young Bronte must follow her dead parents' wishes and deliver gifts to her many aunts and while on this adventure, she encounters water sprites, dragons, and magic potions. Wonderful!

Reviewed here.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Published 2008, 512 pages

Another action packed YA series filled with excellent characters and two kids that will steal your hearts as they try to keep alive and bring peace to a planet.  Reviewed here.

Winterdance by Gary Paulsen

Published 1994, 272 pages

This story of a man's journey to participating in the Iditarod, the classic dog sled race in Alaska, is nothing short of inspiring. He tells the story of moving from the idea through finding and training the dogs to actually running in the race. A quick read I couldn't put down.

The Terror by Dan Simmons

Published 2007, 769 pages

Based on a real Northwest Passage expedition, this sweeping adventure is gripping after you get past the first 50-60 pages of interminable names (most of which you don't have to remember). Once the expedition starts, I couldn't put it down as the group weathers disaster after disaster. A good long book to get you through 'shelter-at-home' days.

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