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Top 10 Choose Your Own Adventure Books to Buy Online 2020

Choose your own adventure books (CYOAB) might seem like a relic of the 80s and 90s, but they’re definitely still around and better than ever.

We’ve scoured the internet and pored through reviews to come up with a few of the best CYOABs out there–for kids and adults. While books are subjective by nature, we’ve found that a good CYOAB is written in your favorite genre, has a good balance between story length and number of endings, and, for convenience, comes in an eBook format.
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Top 5 Best Choose Your Own Adventure Books for Adults

CYOABs may seem like they’re mostly for children, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

1. Heart of Ice (Critical IF Gamebooks)

$9.26

eBook price$0.99
GenreSci-fi, adventure
Number of Endings
Clickable eBookYes

2. Pathogens: An Interactive Zombie Survival Gamebook

$14.95

eBook price$3.99
GenreAdventure
Number of Endings100
Clickable eBookYes

3. Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure

$12.98

eBook price$11.99
GenreRomance, comedy
Number of Endings100+
Clickable eBookYes

4. What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower: Being An Adventure Of Your Own Choosing (eBook only)

$4.99

eBook price$4.99
GenreSteampunk
Number of Endings
Clickable eBookYes

5. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

$13.21

eBook price$2.99
GenreAutobiography
Number of Endings1
Clickable eBookYes

Top 5 Best Choose Your Own Adventure Books for Kids

The interactive nature of a game with the imagination of a book–what kid wouldn’t love a CYOAB?

1. Plants vs. Zombies: Plant Your Path Junior Novel

$5.89

eBook price$4.99
GenreAdventure
Number of Endings27
Clickable eBookYes

2. Treasures of the Forgotten City (Ultimate Ending)

$8.99

eBook price$0.99
GenreAction, adventure
Number of Endings26
Clickable eBookYes

3. Touch the Sun (Freedom Finders)

$10.68

eBook price$8.99
GenreAdventure
Number of Endings
Clickable eBookYes
GenreAdventure
Number of Endings
Clickable eBookNo

5. Through the Forest

$13.56

GenreAdventure, learning
Number of Endings
Clickable eBookNo

How to Choose a Choose Your Own Adventure Book – Buying Guide

Just so you get an idea of what’s out there.

Not Just Mystery and Adventure–Any Genre Can Be a CYOAB

Not Just Mystery and Adventure–Any Genre Can Be a CYOAB
Naturally, mystery and adventure make for some of the best choose your own adventure style books, and previously, these genres have dominated the format. After all, classic CYOABs are just RPGs on paper–“You’ve escaped from the dark wizard’s dungeon and come to a room leading off into two halls…” type of stuff. These provide a healthy dose of nostalgia.
However, basically any book that could have a different ending can be turned into a CYOAB. Just imagine the possibilities when it comes to romance, for example. Didn’t like who the protagonist ended up with? Just try a different ending.
In fact, the ability to spin the plot in so many directions opens up the possibility for some serious genre-crossing that a book with just one plot path could never even hope to achieve. So, feel free to search for one in your favorite genre–you’re sure to find at least a few.

More Endings Mean More Entertainment but Shorter Stories

More Endings Mean More Entertainment but Shorter Stories
A huge part of the fun of CYOABs is being able to go back, make different choices, and see all your potential outcomes. Some books have just four or five different endings, while others have upwards of 100. For those looking to extend the fun for as long as possible, look for books with more endings.
It should be noted, however, that the more endings there are, the more abbreviated the storylines are likely to be as there’s less physical space for fleshed out details.

A Clickable eBook Version Makes Skipping Around a Breeze

A Clickable eBook Version Makes Skipping Around a Breeze
Some people may enjoy the actual flipping around for the next parts, but for those who just want to get on with it already, an ebook version might be better.
Ebooks often let you simply click a link to skip to another page, so you to take the magician’s advice with the tap of the finger rather than having to thumb through several pages, potentially spoiling another ending for you.

Looking for More Ways the Whittle the Time Away?

Looking for More Ways the Whittle the Time Away?
Who says toys are only for kids? Below, we’ve researched some other fun activities that will keep you occupied, be you 7 or 77.

Summary

Despite the rise of other interactive forms of media, choose your own adventure books have more of a platform than ever, and the large variety of options means that there’s at least a few out there for everyone.
By Jacqueline Oshiro

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