Skip to main content

New Feature for 2016: Throwback Reviews

Last weekend, ABC Family (yes, I know it is #Freeform now, but I just can't call it that) aired a "Throwback Weekend" showing movies that were 10 or more years old (Clueless is 21, yikes!).  Personally, I think they were looking for a reason to air High School Musical and took advantage of the fact that it came out in 2006.  Anyway, this got me thinking about what I consider "throwback" or "classic".  One of the things I had a problem with was that they placed the label at 10 years.  I don't know if I can really say that's a throwback.  Ten years is nothing.  I even had a problem with the idea that Bring It On, which came out in 1999 was being aired as such, but really, if it were a person, it would be getting ready to graduate high school.  Damn.  I turned 13 in 1999.  I'm getting old.

Anyway, when I was thinking about this, I started to realize that we don't really talk about books written more than two or three years ago.  Everyone is all about Courtney Milan, Tessa Dare, and Kate Noble.  While they're all awesome, it seems like unless you read a book when it came out, you ignore it.  For me, a lot of that comes from those cheesetastic covers--seriously, no wonder people thought romance was "porn for women" (let's set aside that if women want to watch/read porn, they can and do watch/read the same stuff as men).  If Fabio was on the cover, I just walked right passed it in the store.  (I know.  I know.  You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but those covers were awful, even if they weren't indicative of what was inside.)  The other part is wariness.  I've heard all about Alpha rapist heroes and heroines with Stockholm Syndrome.  I really really didn't want to stumble upon one of those, but now I'm going to expand my horizons.  At least once a month, I am going to read and review a Throwback Novel.  Here's the thing--not every book is a throwback, so there is one rule.

  1. A Throwback Novel is a book published between 1980 and 2000.


If the main characters are sipping Chai Lattes while talking on iPhones and heading to Spin Class, then it is not a throwback.  On the other hand, if they're hanging out at Studio 54 and doing the Hustle, it is also not a throwback.  Depending on the book, it could be a classic or old.  Not a throwback.

I'm currently looking for books that fit my definition of a Throwback Novel (Julia Quinn was writing back in the 90's--who knew?).  I'm going to ease my way into this and so my first Throwback Novel will be Sea Swept by Nora Roberts.  I've read this before, so I know I like it, but it has been at least 5 years since I last re-read it.  We'll see if it is still as good this time around.

I'd appreciate any recommendations I can get, but remember, it needs to have been published between 1980 and 2000.

Comments

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Throwback Review: The Dream Trilogy by Nora Roberts

There are some books that stick with you no matter how long it has been since you first read them.  For me, the Dream Trilogy has always been in the back of my head.  I probably read them a good 15 years ago and the last time was a good 10 years back.  As a matter of fact, that trilogy was part of the first round of books I purchased when I got my first kindle for my 24th birthday (I never actually read it after buying the digital version; I guess I just needed to know that I could read them if I wanted.


The first book of the trilogy, Daring to Dream, was released in 1996 when I was just 10 years old and more concerned with passing math (I did, but not without many a night of struggling to remember what the E in PEMDAS meant) than I was with the goings on of fictional characters inside the pages of a book.  In fact, if I read at all during that time period it was to get a free pan pizza through Pizza Hut and the Book It! program.  I've mentioned this a few times before, but I act…

Review of "Bay of Sighs" by Nora Roberts

A couple of months ago, I volunteered to read Stars of Fortune, the first book in Nora Roberts's Guardian Trilogy for the Smart Bitches RITA Reader Challenge because ParaNoras are my crack.  If they were illegal, I'd be serving a life sentence for possession/intent to sell a controlled substance.  Unfortunately, I wasn't a fan of book 1, but I'd already requested Bay of Sighs, so I felt the need to read it too.  Plus, I liked the idea of a mermaid heroine -- one whose name was not Ariel.  I really wish I resisted reading this.  It was awful.  It took everything I hated about SoF and magnified it to the level that I wasn't able to finish it.

Annika is a mermaid, sent to "the shore up above" to stop an evil goddess from getting the Stars of Fortune.  Together with the five other guardians, she must search for the stars and protect them.  Afterwards, she must return to the sea, which wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for Sawyer King...

Sawyer has be…

Review of "Sleepless in Manhattan" by Sarah Morgan

I bought this book with the intention of reading it on a plane from San Francisco to New York City last weekend.  Of course I read about 30% before even stepping foot onto the plane and once I was actually on it, I read maybe 5%, listening to the most recent Smart Bitches podcast and watching a few episodes of Charmed on Netflix because I had an awful night sleep the evening prior and was too tired to read.  I finally sat down to read it Sunday and Monday night.

Paige Walker has lived a sheltered life, brought low by a heart condition that had her in and out of the hospital until her late teens, but now in her late 20's she's finally healthy and happy.  She loves her life in Manhattan.  She'd felt stifled in her hometown of Puffin Island and as soon as she was able she moved to New York with her best friends, Eva and Frankie, as well as her older brother, Matt.  On the verge of a promotion at work, she figures she's got it all, but then the rug is pulled out from unde…

Blog Tour: Excerpt and Review of "Lord of Chance" by Erica Ridley

Title: Lord of Chance Author: Erica Ridley ISBN: 1943794049 Publisher: Webmotion Series: Rogues to Riches #1 Price: $7.99 (paperback) $3.99 (e-book) $9.97 (Audible Audio)
Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 





I was recently given the opportunity to take part in a Blog Tour for the newest Erica Ridley novel, Lord of Chance, and as I've liked her books in the past, I decided to do it.  The publisher quickly provided me with  a whole folder full of goodies, so without further ado:
The Excerpt
'Charlotte harrumphed to hide her amusement. “How are you at pressing wrinkles from gowns?” “Let me assure you,” Mr. Fairfax informed her with utter seriousness, “that I have never worn a wrinkled gown in all my life.” “Very gentlemanly.” She tried not to smile. “Let’s see your skill as maid-of-all-work, then. My gowns are in the wardrobe, as is my traveling iron. See what you can do.” “At your service.” He bowed, then turned and marched to the wardrobe like a soldier off to war. Now that he couldn’t see her, she let her…

Review of "Magnate" by Joanna Shupe

The first thing that intrigued me about Joanna Shupe's Knickerbocker Series (other than the fact that Knickerbocker is the full name of the New York basketball team) was that it took place in Gilded Age New York.  I remember reading about that time period in both my high school and college American History classes and through the 21st century liberal gaze, I saw that period as rivaling our current economic situation (which is true in some respects and utterly false in others).  This alone was reason enough for me to check out this series, but seeing as the hero of Magnate is one of those figments of the GOP's collective imagination -- the self-made man, who struggled out of the slums of Five Points and made his way into the boardrooms and ballrooms of Manhattan (of course, this description is the true difference between the late 19th Century and today, the fact that a boy from the slums actually can become a millionaire) -- my finger deftly pressed the "Buy with One Clic…