N is for (Books About) Nostalgia #atozchallenge

A note for regular readers. I’m going to suspend my updates on book challenges until April is over. I’ll do a summary post for the first Monday in May.

For A to Z 2018, my theme is Books About ____. If you’re stopping by from your own A to Z blog, feel free to leave a link. If you need help with how to do that, you can look here.

If you’re someone looking to read a lot of great blogs, here’s the link forย the A to Z challenge.

I grew up in the 80s and we didn’t have the sense that our weird hairstyles and freaky clothing were anything strange. It seemed normal to layer two pairs of neon socks. I never jumped on the big hair bandwagon, but I did wear the huge glasses for far longer than I should have.

The 80s seem to be one of those time periods that are easy to be nostalgic about. We did have great music, iconic movies, and memorable video games. It’s no wonder that contemporary books go back in time to be set there, and that people love them.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (science fiction): This movie is set in the future, but thanks to a massive multiplayer video game, there are a ton of callbacks to the 80s. Both the book and movie are fabulously fun with tons of references. Even if you lived through it, it’s probably impossible to catch all the references… but it’s fun to try.

Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell (YA romance): Eleanor and Park first bond over music and comic books. He lends her his Walkman and a tape of music he thinks she’ll like, like The Smiths. She doodles on her paper bag-covered schoolbooks. It’s a lovely story and I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the 80s.

How to Build A Girl, by Caitlin Moran (YA): Okay, technically this was set in 1990, but though times did change, they didn’t change that fast. Johanna wants to remake herself, so she starts writing about music and turns herself into Dolly Wilde. It’s an interesting coming of age novel,

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6 comments on “N is for (Books About) Nostalgia #atozchallenge

  1. Good list of books. I’m not terribly nostalgic but several of these caught my attention.

  2. sizzlesue15 says:

    My favourite books are set during WWII in Britain. I don’t know why but that particular period when women took on jobs because men were off fighting the war is very interesting to me.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Ready Player One is nostalgia from my childhood, the recent film was a treat ๐Ÿ™‚
    https://iainkellywriting.com/2018/04/16/n-is-for-nessebar-bulgaria/

  4. Just saw the movie Ready Player One and enjoyed it. I had been unaware of the story until then. I was already an adult when the 1980s hit, and don’t have much nostalgia for the 1980s, but I had fun spotting as many references as I could, but I know I missed a lot. Just like the movie Spirit of ’76, a film which must have spent 90% of its small budget on obtaining ’70s-era props!

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