Goosebumps Books

March 1, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 2.55.00 PMI have 58 Goosebumps books.  I’ve been collecting them since I was 8.  My parents were always excited to get them for me.  As a young kid, I loved everything about Goosebumps books.  The incredible covers, that new book smell and oh, the bumpy Goosebumps writing- for whatever reason, I loved that.  So, it is a bit appalling to admit that…I’ve never actually completed one Goosebumps book.  Not one.  

I remember going on long car trips, and taking my latest Goosebumps novel along.  My siblings would either read, listen to their CD players or play video games, but me…I’d sit and stare at the Goosebumps pages.  I wouldn’t try to understand sentences, I’d just stare at the words.  Observe the type.  Think.  I did this multiple times.  Sometimes my parents would read a chapter or two with me, which I loved, but when left to my own devices I’d pretend to read and turn a page when I figured it had been enough time to comprehend everything on it.  My friend Derek collected Goosebumps as well.  He was one of the driving forces that made me want to get more books.  He’d always come into class with the new Goosebumps whenever they were out.  I’m not sure if Derek actually read the books,  I assume he did because he’d ask me questions, to which I’d reply based off the cover of the books, “the scariest part?  When they shrunk their heads!”

Well, almost 20 years after I bought my first Goosebumps book I’ve decided to complete them, all 58, in the order in which I purchased them. Not only will I read every book I own, I will become a Goosebumps scholar.  I’ll understand spooky puns, monster tropes and hopefully get some actual goosebumps.

 Why am I even doing this?  I am doing this to back up my 8 year old self.  Yes I never read these books when I was a kid, but now, as an adult, I’m determined to justify my child like sense of wonder.  I bought these books for the cool covers and unbelievably addicting “new book” smell, but now as adult I want more. I hereby plan to finally understand the genius that is R.L. Stein.  Here we go, see you on the other side.

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