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The Best Choose Your Own Adventure Books Worth Reading

Updated 2020

Books, for the most part, are stationary stories. Once you open the cover, you allow yourself to be taken by the author wherever they choose to take you. Choose your own adventure gives you the power to allow the characters to make the choices you want them to make. These types of stories are still growing in popularity and have even made their way onto various platforms, like Netflix. So, which door are you going to enter? The journey will be incredible!

What Did These Choose Your Own Adventure Books Do To Qualify For This List

Any time you are ranking the best of something the results are usually somewhat subjective but we have did our best to come up with a list the readers of the choose your own adventure genre will truly like. To come up with this list we took into account:

  • quantity and quality of user reviews
  • sales data
  • public perception
  • opinions of readers of this genre
  • commercial success
  • and of course personal opinion

Take a look at the best Choose Your Own Adventure Books you can read right now:

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• Best Choose Your Own Adventure Games

Best Choose Your Own Adventure Books

If you are looking for the best choose your own adventure books available in ebook and print editions this is the list for you

1) The Lost Journals of Bud Wiper by S.M. Morgan

Book Summary: My name is Teddy, and I’m in the 6th grade. It’s my first day at a different school, and so far, the only person I know is Zane, the school bully. I was just your everyday kid trying to stay off everyone’s radar, but when I met my new best friend, Bud Wiper, everything changed.

Bud is a 6th grade millionaire from 60 years ago. Yep, that’s right, Bud Wiper is a treasure hunter from the 1940’s who left behind his journal full of life and adventure, and even though we’ve never met, I think he might be the only thing that gets me through the 6th grade alive.

The Lost Journals of Bud Wiper is a fantastic story of bravery and friendship, perfect for kids, middle school students, and adults.

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2)The Magic of the Unicorn (Choose Your Own Adventure Book) (Choose Your Own Adventures – Revised) by Deborah Lerme Goodman Suzanne Nugent, et al.

  • Best Choose Your Own Adventure BooksBook Summary: The Magic of the Unicorn by Deborah Lerme Goodman takes YOU on a fantasy adventure in search of a unicorn in hopes of using the unicorn’s horn to purify the well in your village. 9-12 year old readers will explore the fabled lands of 1507 Flanders weaving magical tapestries, encountering angry warlocks, and
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3)Your Very Own Robot (Choose Your Own Adventure Book – Dragonlark) by R. A. Montgomery

  • Best Choose Your Own Adventure BooksBook Summary: Your Very Own Robot by R. A. Montgomery takes YOU on a zany adventure with your best robot friend, Gus. Your 6-8 year old reader will sail the high seas, soar into space, and save Gus from the junkyard! Your Very Own Robot introduces the wacky tale that continues in companion book Your Very Own Robot Goes Cuckoo-Bananas!
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4)Terror on the Titanic (Choose Your Own Adventure Book #24) by Jim Wallace

  • Best Choose Your Own Adventure BooksBook Summary: The date is April 10, 1912. Embarking on the Titanic seems like a dream. Quickly you learn that there is evil-doing aboard. Who can you trust? Will you be able to save the Titanic from certain doom as it careens into an iceberg? Will you be remembered as a hero, or just another victim of one of the sea’s most tragic events?
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5)Dino Lab (Choose Your Own Adventure Book – Dragonlarks) (Choose Your Own Adventures Dragonlarks) by Anson Montgomery

  • Best Choose Your Own Adventure BooksBook Summary: You thought that dinosaurs were extinct, but that was before you visited the Dino Lab. Can your puppy (and best friend) Homer help you sniff out the dinosaurs? Did the dinosaurs head to the zoo? Or maybe they went to the movie theater?
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6)Princess Island (Choose Your Own Adventure Book. Dragonlarks) by Shannon Gilligan

  • Best Choose Your Own Adventure BooksBook Summary: Princess Island by Shannon Gilligan takes YOU – her Royal Highness Princess Peregrine Yvette, or Perri for short – on a thrilling adventure to summer camp on Princess Island! Your 6-8 year old reader will practice her curtsy (it needs a lot of work!), search for the ghost of Lady Violet Grimm, compete in the Princess Playoffs, and make lots of new friends! Princess Island is the first Princess Perri adventure, followed by another summer of fun in Princess Perri and the Second Summer.
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7)Your Grandparents Are Spies (Dragonlark) (Choose Your Own Adventure Book- Dragonlarks) by Keith Newton and Anson Montgomery

  • Best Choose Your Own Adventure BooksBook Summary: Is the man with a scar and a briefcase following you? Are your grandparents really who you think they are? Or, are they top-secret spies on a dangerous mission? Will you be one of the youngest space adventurers ever?
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8)Secret of the Ninja (Choose Your Own Adventure Book #16) by Jay Leibold

  • Best Choose Your Own Adventure BooksBook Summary: An ancient samurai sword arrives on the doorstep of your aikido dojo. Does the ninja sword hold magical powers that date back many decades ago? If you trace the history of this mystical sword, will your life be in danger? Without warning, five ninjas attack! Are they after the samurai sword, or out for your head?
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9)Beyond Escape! (Choose Your Own Adventure Book #15) by R.A. Montgomery

  • Best Choose Your Own Adventure BooksBook Summary: Warfare has spread to San Francisco, where a band of guerrillas holds out in the hills. You are an agent for the revolution. Will your mission to protect the Doradan people help, or further the war? If the corrupt government forces find out about you and your counter-ops, will your life be spared?
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10)Mountain Survival (Choose Your Own Adventure Book: 28) by Edward Packard

  • Best Choose Your Own Adventure BooksBook Summary: The decisions of the reader determine the course of the story of the struggle to survive winter conditions in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
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11)Return to Haunted House (Choose Your Own Adventure Book- Dragonlark) by R.A. Montgomery

  • Best Choose Your Own Adventure BooksBook Summary: Return to Haunted House by R. A. Montgomery takes YOU on a time-traveling adventure around the world. Your 6-8 year old reader will visit a British manor with magic inside, then shoot off to Thailand and meet some majestic elephants. All the while with your best friend, Homer the dog, along for the adventure. Return to Haunted House is a companion book to the bestselling title The Haunted House.
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Best Choose Your Own Adventure Movies

When looking for a modern approach to choose your own story books, why don’t you try the first and (currently) only choose your own adventure movie released by Netflix. We present to you:

1)Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Craig Parkinson
Directed by: David Slade

Movie Summary:In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a dark fantasy novel into a video game. A mind-bending tale with multiple endings.

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Best Choose Your Own Adventure Podcasts

In our opinion these are the best choose your own adventure stories available to listen to as podcasts.

1)Choose Your Own Adventure by Audible

Podcast Description:You decide what happens next in these classic Choose Your Own Adventure® stories brought to you by Audible.
In each professionally narrated story, you are the adventurer who makes the choices that decide your fate.

To help you on your journey say the following  phrases:
“go back” to go back one scene if you don’t like the choice you made.
“start over” to start your current story over from the beginning.
“change story” if you are ready to switch to another story.
“skip” if you want to skip part of the story.
If you need help, just ask.

Stories available from the original series:
*Newly added* Mystery of the Maya by R. A. Montgomery
Space and Beyond by R.A. Montgomery
The Abominable Snowman by R. A. Montgomery
Journey Under the Sea by R. A. Montgomery
Adapted to audiobook by Audible based on original titles © Chooseco LLC.

40 total endings in Mystery of the Maya
27 total endings in The Magic of the Unicorn
43 total endings in Space and Beyond
28 total endings in The Abominable Snowman
37 total endings in Journey Under the Sea
Progress tracking and automatic bookmarking for resuming later

Choose Your Own Adventure® is compatible with FreeTime devices if you grant permissions to the skill at or visit the FreeTime section of the Alexa app.

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2)The Magic Door by The Magic Door, LLC

Podcast Description:The Magic Door is an Alexa-powered interactive adventure game with original stories. You can tell Alexa what choices to make as you explore a magical land with various regions, including a forest, sea, garden and castle. You will collect hidden items, solve riddles, and help magical creatures.

By choosing your own adventure in the following order, you can be sure to explore the entire land beyond The Magic Door:

1. Take the Garden Path in the Mountains to help the Princess find her crown.
2. Talk to the Rabbit in the Garden and find his eggs hidden beyond the Gate.
3. Take the Forest Path in the Mountains to help the Gnome find the key to his home.
4. Take the boat across the Sea to the Tropical Island to help a family of monkeys.
5. Follow the fiddle along the Sea to a fortune teller who will direct you to a Haunted Lighthouse.
6. Travel up the Bluff along the Sea to gather items for the Gnome with the Flute.
7. Explore various lands to gather potion ingredients to grow a Fern to the Clouds.
8. Travel to the Dark Forest and search the Witch’s Mansion for the Wise Wizard.
9. Journey past the Garden Gate to the Holiday Party in the Princess’ Castle.
10. Search for the Wizard in his Tower, repair his broken mirror, and collect his Wand.
11. Finally meet the Wise Wizard in the Ancient Temple and help him turn back time.
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3)The Dark Citadel by LC Publishing

Podcast Description:The kingdom of Alderton is under attack, and you are the only one who can save it! This is a story told in constantly released chapters as you build up your hero, form alliances, and prepare for war against The Dark Citadel.

Contained within this interactive novel are hundreds of branching paths that will change your journey. Each decision will have real consequences: from missing out on important quest items to gaining new allies and friends.

New chapters will be released to progress and further branch the story, and it is full of hidden items and clues to enhance replay-ability. Can you discover all of the secrets of this world and bring down The Dark Citadel before it is too late?


1) Invasions


1) The Journey Begins
2) Locate the Seeker
3) Into the Desert
4) Crisis of Faith
5) City Under Siege
6) The Wizard’s Quest
7) Return to the Desert

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You make choices which associate to options one through four in the branching Choose Your Own Adventure story. You will also enter combat, select powerful abilities, and make decisions that change the very fabric of the world.

Choose stats, skills, and powers to upgrade and customize your character!

For a full list of stats, skills, and powers and how they work, please check out:

Customize your character. You collect clues, armor, and weapons throughout the game that will unlock new paths and options, giving the game a high level of replay-ability.


– Select dialogue options by saying “Option” plus the number, or you can choose an option directly by clearly speaking the text itself.

– Say “change my character name to” plus the name.

– Say “continue” or “repeat” to hear a dialogue or story option again.

– In combat, say “attack”, “use _______ attack” to use a special power, “run away” to flee, and more!

– You can say “use a damage dealing potion”. You can also use healing potions at any time, but they will also be used automatically in the event that you are dropped to or below 0 hit points.

– Ask “how many hit points do I have” or “how much experience do I need to level up?” or “how many potions do I have”.

– Ask “Do i have a hammer” to check for items in your inventory.


You get a lot more information if you have a large display device. At a glance you can see your inventory, hit points, experience, level, tappable options, and much more!


When you level up, you will unlock new abilities, gain extra hit points, and more. Your stats and kills will also be tracked over at:

The website includes a leaderboard that tracks your number of kills, most killed enemy, level, potions used. Compare your character against all other players of the game! You will need to link your account to be added to the leaderboard, and whatever name you choose for your character will be displayed.
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4)The Golden Quest by Janet Chen

Podcast Description:The Golden Quest is a voice-only, interactive Choose Your Own Adventure game. You play as the main character, a hackathon member embarking on a desperate search. Alexa reads out the story and choices to the player. Its intuitiveness and ease of use means anyone can play – all you need to do is say “Alexa, open the Golden Quest”.

Additional game commands:
Say “Repeat” to hear your game choices again.
Say “Cancel” to end the game.
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5)The Wayne Investigation by Warner Bros

Podcast Description:Who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne? In this mystery game, Alexa guides you as you hit the mean streets of Gotham to investigate the murder of young Bruce Wayne’s parents. Can you navigate around the story’s dead ends to find the path that solves the crime?

To launch this skill, say “Open the Wayne Investigation.” During the game, you can say “repeat options,” “go back,” or “skip.” For further assistance, say “help”.

Parental guidance suggested. The Wayne Investigation contains content that may not suitable for all ages.
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Best Choose Your Own Adventure Games

1)Life Is Strange (PS4, Xbox, PC, iOS)

Book Summary:Follow the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price.

The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

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2)Undertale (PC, PS4, Switch)

Book Summary:Playing as a human child that has fallen into an underground world inhabited by monsters, your goal is to make it to the end of the caverns, where there’s said to be an exit, and escape. But the game gives you a choice as you progress — you can fight the monsters you encounter, or you can try to spare and even befriend them. The tone the story takes and what ending you find at the Underground’s exit is decided by the actions you take, and whether you choose violence or mercy… -Kenya Starflight
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3)The Walking Dead: Season One (PS4, Xbox, Switch, PC, iOS)

Book Summary:The Walking Dead is a five-part game series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. Play as Lee Evertt, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at a life in a world devastated by the undead.
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4)Muv-Luv(PC, Xbox, PS3, PS Vita

Book Summary:Highly-acclaimed story: muv-luv alternative is the highest rated visual novel of all time, a story that demands to be experienced! Turn back the clock: after the tragic events of muv-luv unlimited, go back in time to rewrite the story. A gripping tale; get ready for 50 to 70 hours of visual novel, where the Fate of MANKIND rests in your hands!
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5)Zero Escape: The Nonary Games(PS Vita, PS4, PC)

Book Summary:Your choices dictate the fate of you and your “teammates” and offer multiple paths to unique endings.
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