Happy Friday, dollface! Earlier in the summer I posted a list of recommendations for Classic Summer Romance Reads and now I've got some great recommendations for Classic Adventures - Summer Blockbusters if you will. :)
1. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure maps, pirates, mutiny, battles - how can you not want to read this in the summer? It's got everything you need. I haven't read this since I was a kid but it's still a story that I love and remember going through on the edge of my seat. Pick it up and go fight some pirates! Argh!
2. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe is amazing. Another story from my childhood but definitely one I need to reread. A man gets shipwrecked on a desert island and you read his fight for survival. There's so much ingenuity and excitement in this novel as well as an amazing commentary on faith and religion. I can't recommend this enough.
3. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
I think Alice might be one of the most popular classics out there and yet so few people have actually read it. I read it for the first time just a few years back and it's so much fun! The characters are so familiar after growing up with the movies but it's wonderful to have a chance to experience the stories within your own imagination.
4. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
Another adventure of the sea, perfectly suited for summer. Captain Nemo and the Nautilus have such a huge influence on literature. In a story of man vs. nature, there's a ton of fun and excitement as well as exploration of the psyche of man. The classic film is one of my all-time favorites as well so make sure to check this amazing story out!
5. The Island of Dr. Moreau, H. G. Wells
It's arguable that this brilliant piece of 19th century literature was a loose inspiration of Michael Crighton's Jurassic Park novels. This story finds a man on an island coming in contact with strange human-hybrid creatures while we as the reader explore a lot of themes dealing with humanity. This is a great little piece of literature that you could probably breeze through in a day. Pick it up some time soon to cross another classic off your list!
6. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
One of the most amazing adventures in literature, this group voyage has it all. Fights, invisibility, near death experiences abound - and best of all: a DRAGON! I mean, come on. You can't skip out on this giant in English literature!
I hope you have an amazing weekend and maybe check out a new classic that's been on your tbr list!