Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Best Books Ever

When I was in school I didn't really like to read. Let me correct what I just typed. When I was in school I didn't like reading what the teacher would have me read. I was always good at reading. I just found that all the stories that were in text books really sucked. The stories were just so crappy. I was usually bored to tears by all of the pathetic text book stories. It wasn't untill probably 4th grade that I really started to enjoy reading. I can remember a friend of mine reading this book that was a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. He told me that as you went along in the story you actually got to pick what your character would do next. A book like this surely could not exist! Of course I had to see for myself. On my next trip to the library I snagged a CYOA book. I couldn't tell you which one, but I can tell you that I ended up reading every CYOA book that was in that library. I went to all kinds of different worlds and ended up dying often. As much as I hated dying or getting a bad ending I refused to cheat by looking forward to see which page had the best path. A lot of kids did this, but I felt like it was cheating yourself.

After doing some research I found that all of the CYOA books are being re-published.
I wasn't surprised to find out that the CYOA books have sold 250 million copies since 1979!

I may just have to go to the library and pick some of these up again, and maybe even introduce these to my daughter. As far as I know she hasn't ever checked any of these out at the library. These books are just one of the many reasons why it was good to grow up in the 80's.


Wingman709 said...

OMG. I forgot all about those books. I use to love those things. WOW, did your blog post for today bring back some memories. In fact, I did read the book in your blog pic.

Robert said...

The cover art to these books is unforgettable. These were really popular books all through the 80's. I know I had a fun time reading them. It's cool to see that other people liked them as much as I did. :)

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