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Pick Your Own Adventure Books for Grown-ups

So you’re a child on your way to see your uncle when you become stuck in a weird, time-traveling cave. Or kidnapped by aliens. Or go straight to the bottom of the sea. With one wrong move, you may be eaten by sharks, stuck in the future for all time, or killed for space crime. If any of this seems familiar, it’s probably because you used to read those choose-your-own-adventure novels when you were younger (and you almost definitely cheated by keeping your thumb between the pages, just in case you made the wrong choice). Those novels were a major part of our growing up. But what if we told you there were choose-your-own-adventure novels for adults as well? Look, it’s perfectly acceptable to re-read the classic choose your own adventure novels as an adult. You are never too old to be devoured by ant-people. However, there are a few gamebooks that are particularly created for all ages or for somewhat older readers.

You may embark on literary adventures through Shakespeare or Austen, play as a slacker, or battle your way through a high-octane fantasy universe. Just have your thumb ready in case you make a bad decision and need to go back.

Here are few adult choose-your-own-adventure novels:

To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North

'To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure' by Ryan North

You’re the Prince of Denmark, and your dad has just died. Even worse, your mom has already gotten remarried… to your uncle (gross!). How are you going to handle that? Or are you going to skip all the Hamlet angst and roleplay as Ophelia instead?

Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure by Emma Campbell Webster

'Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure' by Emma Campbell Webster

As Elizabeth Bennet, you’re looking for a fortuitous and loving marriage. But as you make your way through the choices of Lost in Austen, you might find that it’s not a straight path from page one to Mr. Darcy.

Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana Schwartz

'Choose Your Own Disaster' by Dana Schwartz

OK, to be fair, Choose Your Own Disaster is more of a memoir in the style of a choose your own adventure book than anything else. You’re not going to get eaten by a yeti or trapped in outer space with this one.

A Girl Walks Into a Bar: Your Fantasy, Your Rules by Helena S. Paige

'A Girl Walks Into a Bar: Your Fantasy, Your Rules' by Helena S. Paige

Let’s be real here. When you hear the words “choose your own adventure” and “adult” you start thinking about interactive erotica. Don’t try to deny it. Lucky for you, Helena S. Paige has already beat you to that idea with the steamy A Girl Walks Into a Bar.

Hotels of North America by Rick Moody

'Hotels of North America' by Rick Moody

A missing traveler takes center stage in Rick Moody’s Hotels of North America. Told through the collected hotel reviews the man left throughout his long career, this inventive novel allows readers to enjoy the story

My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

'My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel' by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

If you’ve ever been frustrated by a romantic heroine’s choices, this book is for you. With My Lady’s Choosing, you hold the power to control our heroine’s fate: Will she fall for the beefy highlander, Captain Angus McTaggart?

Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

'Meanwhile' by Jason Shiga

Will you choose chocolate or vanilla? Mind-reading or time-travel or killer robot? Meanwhile takes the simplest of choices and spins them into a zany, adorable graphic novel that is fully under your power.




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