Shabby Sunday: The Mystery of Chimney Rock (Choose Your Own Adventure #5) by Edward Packard – 1981

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Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Today’s Shabby Share is:

The Mystery Of Chimney Rock (Choose Your Own Adventure #5)

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Description: The reader decides the course of events in the exploration of a mysterious house discovered while visiting cousins.

My thoughts on this book:

This particular book in the Choose Your Own Adventure series is very nostalgic for me. I can still remember reading it in my classroom during break when I was in elementary school. These books are so much fun to read and great for reluctant readers too as the stories are quite short and contain illustrations throughout.

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In this edition, you (the reader) are on vacation and visiting your cousins for a few days in Connecticut. As you go on a tour of the neighborhood, you come across a very scary looking stone house. Your cousin Michael explains the chilling story about the house and the women who lived there along with her cat. Now it’s your decision whether or not you want to go inside to see if it’s true that she still remains.

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What made this one so spooky to me is that the house in the book reminded me so much of a stone house across the street from my great grandfather’s house where I used to visit. In the summer, I would spend a considerable amount of time outside and was always drawn to the old stone house and the old woman that lived there. She had this huge beehive type hairstyle that was jet black and reminded me of a witch. She had cats and the one that I remember most was this all-black cat with yellowish eyes that used to walk around behind her front picture window. It was spooky and would hiss if you came near the house. It was just so dark looking and I always wondered what was going on inside. I laugh about the fact that I was so enticed to even go near it.

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There are so many different choices to make and alternate endings ranging from jumping out of a window to waking up next to a giant mouse. It’s fun to go through and read each ending to see which on you like best, but will you be able to escape the curse of Chimney Rock?

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My copy is pretty worn on the binding, but the pages are in great condition and the illustrations are still just as expressive. This has to be my favorite out of all the Choose Your Own Adventure books I’ve read to date. I have about six others to share and hope to find more in the future.


Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553231847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553231847

Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:

Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm

TheOrangutanLibrarian

Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books

Author Didi Oviatt

Sassy Brit@ Alternative-Read

Brittany @ PerfectlyTolerable


Thanks for checking out Shabby Sunday! Have you heard of this series? Feel free to comment or share some of your own shabby finds! ❤

28 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: The Mystery of Chimney Rock (Choose Your Own Adventure #5) by Edward Packard – 1981

  1. Oh I still have some science fiction and fantasy books like these ! I’ll have to share that next Shabby Sunday! I didn’t take part today, but I will do again, soon. x I love your book! It almost feels familiar to me, too. Especially when you talk of the woman with a beehive! (A sixties witch? lol) There was always something exciting about not knowing what you’d be sent to do – depending on the choices you made.

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    1. I can’t wait to see what you have, Sassy! Yeah, these are so much fun! ❤

      She wore that beehive style into the 90s too! Totally wild. 😀 Thanks for checking out the post. 🙂

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    1. How cool is that!? I’d like to find out how many there are total. I did notice that they have a website and still sell the books. So cool. 🙂 I would love to see what books you have!! Hope you end up participating. Thanks so much for checking out my post! ❤

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      1. Yeah I would too. Wow that’s awesome they’re still selling them! I have quite a few old books from charity shops and car boot sales so I’m going to dig one of those out for this Sunday!

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    1. Glad you’ve experienced these as well! I love that my kids are still interested in reading these even with their age and you can still buy hundreds on their website with new covers! Even boxed sets. I guess I’m a little excited lol. Thanks for sharing, Nina. ❤

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    1. How awesome! It’ll be so exciting once they’re old enough. I’d love to see which stories you have. I’m so amazed with how many there are. Had no idea until I started looking it it. Thanks for sharing, Carla. 💜

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