Monday, December 19, 2011

Check out 'The Dangerous Book for Boys' recommended reading list

Many of you will be familiar with the 2007 best-selling book “The Dangerous Book for Boys” by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden, and many of you will know that this great book isn’t just for boys, but it’s also for grown men like me who haven’t completely grown up.

I ordered a copy for my son recently, and while flipping through it earlier tonight, I discovered that this book includes a great recommended reading list for adventurous boys (and men) called “Books Every Boy Should Read.”

What follows is a list of the books and authors that made the cut.

1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
4. Hans Christian Anderson
5. Animal Farm by George Orwell
6. Arctic Adventure by Willard Price
7. Isaac Asimov’s books and short stories
8. The Bachman Books by Stephen King
9. The Belgariad book series by David Eddings
10. The BFG by Roald Dahl

11. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
13. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
14. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
15. The Discworld book series by Terry Pratchett
16. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
17. Famous Five book series by Enid Blyton
18. The Flashman books by George MacDonald Fraser
19. Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs
20. David Gemmell’s books

21. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
22. Greek legends
23. Grimm’s Fairy Tales
24. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
25. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
27. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
28. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
29. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
30. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

31. The James Bond books by Ian Fleming
32. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
33. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
34. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
35. Stephen King’s books
36. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
37. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
38. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
39. Magician (and its sequels) by Raymond E. Feist
40. Midshipman’s Hope by David Feintuch

41. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
42. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
43. The Sherlock Holmes adventures by Arthur Conan Doyle
44. Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
45. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan
46. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
47. Roman legends
48. Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton
49. Secret Seven book series by Enid Blyton
50. The Short Stories of Roald Dahl

51. Tex by S.E. Hinton
52. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
53. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
54. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
55. The Twits by Roald Dahl
56. Underwater Adventure by Willard Price
57. Waylander by David Gemmell
58. The Willard Price Adventure Series
59. The Winnie-the-Pooh books by A.A. Milne

For more information about these books and authors, check out the print edition of “The Dangerous Book for Boys.” You can buy it in most major book stories and online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The authors have also set up at Web site ( that’s worth a look.

In the end, how many of the books listed above have you had the chance to read? Which did you like or dislike? Which would you recommend and why? Let us know in the comments section below.

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