Great Reads for Guys

Books the Conley Men Love

These are the books my male friends and family enjoyed in their youth.  I’ve read them all myself.  Obviously these books aren’t exclusively for teenage boys, but they are all proven winners with the young men in my family.   I have tried to make it easy for you to acquire these books.  Our homeschool relied quite a bit on the Gutenberg Project, and we still frequent their site.  We have also benefitted tremendously from Amazon and Christian Book (.com).

The Art of War by Sun Tsu – Gutenberg Project

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe – Amazon

Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein –  Amazon (Heinlein’s Juveniles Book Series)

The Call of the Wild by Jack London – Gutenberg Project (Adventure Bookshelf)

Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr. – Gutenberg Project

Horatio Hornblower Series by C. S. Forester – Amazon

The Curse of the Viking Grave and Lost in the Barrens, both by Farley Mowat – Amazon

Of Courage Undaunted, Across the Continent with Lewis and Clark by James Daugherty–

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – Amazon

Doc Savage Series by Various Authors – Amazon

The Art of Manliness by – Brett and Kate McKay –  Amazon (Free in Kindle Format)


30 Days to a Better Man by Brett McKay – PDF download from The Art of Manliness .com

The Art of Manliness Website by Various Authors – Always a Wholesome, Fun Read!

But Wait, There’s More!

Well, there should be more.  There are so many good books out there.  If you’re a guy, or someone who loves a guy and knows what he likes to read, help me expend this list!  Give your recommendations down in the comment section, please.

All the Best,






Kevin McNamara

Hi Elizabeth,
I love your website. Such a great niche and boys books is a great article to write about. I remember my first books were all Enid Blyton and Boys Own stuff. I have since read the Art of War and loved it. The others you mention I have on my to read list now.
Thanks again, great article,


Mar 14.2017 | 10:11 pm


Brilliant! As a mom to three boys, this is a great starting point for us this year. I’m a new homeschooling mom–starting this fall. I’m nervous and excited. I’ll be on your site a lot looking for answers! Thanks!

Apr 20.2017 | 02:07 pm



    You are going to do great things in your homeschool. The more you care the better things go. Just don’t let anyone scare you or make you doubt yourself. Give me a shout any time!

    For your boy’s summer reading, you might want to try Swiss Family Robinson. It’s a grand adventure, and there’s a translation that’s right for every reader – FREE OF COURSE!



    Apr 20.2017 | 02:29 pm

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