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Summer is the perfect opportunity to make time for your goals and hobbies, especially ones that help you explore the world around you! This season is the prime time for traveling, but if you’ve got a book, you don’t even have to leave your Garland, TX apartment to discover new worlds. Today, The Tower at Spring Creek Blog is spotlighting a few adventure novels for you to read this month in honor of National Book Lover’s Day on August 9th.


The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson

Set in the late Viking age in the 10th century, this surprisingly complex story can be read as a rollicking adventure following Viking Röde Orm Tostesson from his abduction and enslavement, his return home and his participation in attacks on England, at the time a fractured country in turmoil. As the story progresses, Christianity asserts itself, supplanting the traditional pagan religions of the Vikings, coloring and influencing everything that happens.


Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien

Set during the Napoleonic Wars, O’Brian follows the careers of Captain Jack Aubrey and physician-slash-spy Stephen Maturin as they battle the French in progressively larger ships of the line. O’Brian’s detailed and accurate depiction of the misery of life in the British navy at the time is fascinating, and the battle sequences are some of the best ever committed to the page.


The Neverending Story by Michael End

This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published back in 1979. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself.


The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne

Five Union prisoners escape from the siege of Richmond in a balloon, are blown off course and crash on an uncharted island. They must learn to rebuild a society for themselves while awaiting rescue.


Have you read any of the books on our list? Let us know in the comments. We hope you get the chance to celebrate National Book Lover’s Day this month!