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100 Books for Boys

Boys’ Life has provided 100 years of great reading. Here are 100 other titles that every guy should read. Some suggestions will require parental guidance.

134 Comments on 100 Books for Boys

  1. The Hardy boys books ROCK!!!!!!!

  2. 59+ of these, counting the following books in series’.

  3. the hunger games are cool

  4. Karate Kid // March 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm // Reply

    The Chronicles of Narnia AWESOME!!!!!

  5. Wow, I’ve only read 14 of these. By they way, thumbs up if you love Percy Jackson!

  6. I like its raning pigs and noodles

  7. The Breakfast Machine // February 23, 2013 at 2:36 pm // Reply

    Holes is probaly the best on this list

  8. I have read 41, 59 to go

  9. I love Maniac Magee.

  10. I have read 83… what a list. I was looking for some books to share with my grandson, I have found the list I was looking for. Many of these classics , I had forgotten about but the stories came back to me from the cover pages and can’t wait to share them with him. Thank you Boys Life

  11. I’ve read so many of them, both the classics and the new popular ones

  12. This is a great list! Thanks for the ideas for my four boys! :)

  13. I’ve read 52, and a few more on are on my list. (And I should confess I’m a children’s librarian in a public library, a relatively rare guy among that breed.) This is a good list for recommendations, though a little light on picture books and shorter books for younger and beginning readers.

  14. someone random // September 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm // Reply

    Go Artemis Fowl! Although they all are amazing, my favorite is the Opal Deception.

  15. 8-point buck // August 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm // Reply

    27! boom!

  16. pedro on a tuesday // August 26, 2012 at 9:28 am // Reply

    They should have put Hunger Games (series) because there are 3 books in the series. I prefer the third, Mockingjay.

  17. harry potter man // August 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm // Reply

    harry potter ROCKS!!!!!! best series ever, it should totaly be on the list!!!!

  18. Chuck Norris // June 29, 2012 at 1:14 am // Reply

    the Kane series by Rick Riordan should also be on there.

  19. Diamond Chopper // June 28, 2012 at 1:29 pm // Reply

    27. Sad to see so little Sci-Fi on the list. Almost anything from Robert Heinlein could pass the muster.

  20. coolman360 // June 28, 2012 at 11:02 am // Reply


  21. What about Ender’s Game?

  22. CubmasterJake // June 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm // Reply

    Must add: “If I Built a Car” by Chris van Dusen; “Ox Cart Man” by Donald Hall; “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” by Virginia Lee Burton; “Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe” by Vera B. Williams; “The Berenstain Bears go to Camp” by Stan and Jan Berenstain; and most shockingly absent Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”!

  23. Harry Potter // June 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm // Reply

    Harry potter series rocks!!!

  24. STINKY CHEEZ MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Christopher // June 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm // Reply

    I think that The nick of time series should be there and the rangers apprentice series

  26. I’ve read 44 of these.

  27. Read “Knightley Academy”! It’s an awesome book! I was surprised that the Charlie Bone Series wasn’t on this list. They are awesome books!

  28. anonymous*gal // June 11, 2012 at 5:50 am // Reply

    57. we did 4 as literiture books.

  29. pedro on a tuesday // June 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm // Reply

    HUNGER GAMES ROCKS 10/10 stars!!!!!

  30. coolman360 // June 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm // Reply


  31. 15

  32. Gotta read em all!

  33. ive read 38 of them
    the missing seires should be on there

  34. ive read a couple

  35. amazing person // February 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm // Reply

    read maybe half

  36. I have read 100. None to go

  37. Percy Jackson // January 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm // Reply


  38. i read 37..more or less

  39. Boyscout138 // January 5, 2012 at 4:54 am // Reply

    If it was written by Rick Riordan, or Gary Paulsen, you better BELIEVE I have read it.

  40. I’ve read 12 and I am working on my 13th

  41. i have read 12 and 8 of them were series(The 39 Clues Percy Jackson & the Olympians and so on)

  42. I’m a girl scout and I’ve read a lot of these! I loved them all though!

  43. I’ve read 15 of the books (Not including the full series).

  44. I’ve Read 21.

  45. Scouting 101 // November 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm // Reply

    I’ve read 16…but I want to read a lot of them if I can get my hands on them. :)

  46. Everybody needs to read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Its High School reading, but an amazing book with great morals.

  47. I’ve only read 3 of them.

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