Welcome to my new feature for Throwback Thursdays, Retro Recommendations!
Do you identify stages of your lives with books? Are there certain books you loved from your childhood, or that you have read with your child that stand out? Are there books from just last year or the year before that you really love but has faded from the spotlight?
This is the point of Retro Recommendations. Basically this can consist of books that aren’t brand new releases that have stood out to you or me. Plus, the occasional books for your kids. I plan on doing this 2 Thursdays a month for now, but if any authors would like to share their turning point books, I’d love to do it more. Send me some of your throwbacks to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Retro Recommendations.
I have been through a lot of different book stages in my life. Haven’t you? When I was little, Judy Blume was the shit. Are You There God it’s Me Margaret was every girl’s first “sex” book, I was about 10 or 11. Then I read every single book Judy wrote. I don’t know why, but The Secret Garden gave me nightmares. Then came the Flowers in the Attic books by VC Andrews. I can’t believe they are making them into movies 35 years later!
The Teen Years
Once I hit around age 13, with 2 older sister and a mom who liked to read, I started reading full fledged adult books. Judith Krantz’s Scruples comes to mind, and Jackie Collins Chances (99¢) and all of the books I could read by those authors. I think I read every Danielle Steel book that came out, and Judith Krantz, Sidney Sheldon and all of my mom’s books were gobbled up in a day.
Then I discovered The Clan of the Cave Bear books by Jean M. Auel. I was hooked and completely obsessed. Almost 35 years later, those books completely still stick out to me as favorites, and since they took place in caveman times, they aren’t dated 🙂 and I still recommend them highly.
Young and Married
I went through years during college and immediately after, where I wasn’t really reading a lot. Sure, I read on vacations, but nothing big stood out to me. I do remember Couplehood by Paul Reiser being a stand out to me, a newly married woman.
First I started with the parenting books…What to Expect when You’re Expecting of course, but I was obsessed with reading everything I could. My absolute favorites, and gifts to every new mom I knew were The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy, The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood and the Girlfriend’s Guide to Toddlers and more by Vicki Iovine. These books made me laugh my ass off because finally, they told relatable stories about Motherhood, stuff none of the books that glorified motherhood told you. Belly Laughs from Jenny McCarthy was another book I just loved that made me laugh and relate.
Now that I was a young mom, I wanted to read about other new moms. Enter Mommy lit. Enter Mommy Tracked by Whitney Gaskell. I loved this book, and all of Whitney’s light, fun relatable reads. I ate up all the mommy reads I could, then hit a dry spell again.
I read and enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books with my son, but when I found the Maximum Ride books by my old time favorite, James Patterson to read with him, I loved reading them. (These are a MUST READ for older grade school/middle school kids!) I couldn’t wait for bed time!
When I moved jobs to one with an hour commute each way, I began an audiobook phase. Cracker Barrel and the library were my new friends. Did you know that you can rent audiobooks at Cracker Barrel? I listened to all of the popular romance and bestseller titles, then his One for the Money by Janet Evanovich and burned through all 18 books on CD. Now I am an audible member and get them there. Thank goodness, because Cracker Barrel is dangerous with all that candy. Special Offer – Get Your First 3 Months at Audible.com for $7.49/month!
The past 5 years
I was subbing in middle school when all of the kids started reading Twilight. I needed to see what the fuss was about, so I picked up the books. I was HOOKED. For two years, I read every paranormal series I could get my hands on. Favorites include Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress Series (I just finished the last one last night), The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, and so many more that I will address in future Retro Recommendations.
Then, when downloading some holiday books, I read a novella by Beth Kery called Holiday Bound that totally revved up my sex life. Then I found Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning, then Fifty Shades of Grey, a year before anyone ever really heard of it. But that cemented my switch to contemporary romance. At that point I was really into the BDSM stories so Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of the Shadowlands series really stood out. My marriage was better than ever due to these books, and all I wanted to do was find more books like Fifty Shades, hence the beginning of this blog 2 years ago. I wanted to share all the books and research I had done in the year since I had read Fifty. I read so many more amazing books, and I knew there were thousands of women just like me who would want more!
Here we are now….I recommend daily, I find sales all of the time. But what about those unforgettable books from 2-3 years ago? From 10 years ago? What about classics? What about great books for my kids?
Since Thursdays are Throwback Thursdays, I will do some retro recommendations a few Thursdays each month. This is my first, but in the future, I will have some book covers and recommendations that you send to me! Please send them to email@example.com with the subject Retro Recommendations.
I am going to give away a $25 Amazon card. I’d love to hear some of the books that stood out to you during your life, or a book from the past or for your kids that you’d love to recommend.