If You Like: Retro Edition

If You Like… is a feature highlighting blogger recommendations for books, authors, TV shows, movies, and music based on the things you already know and love. This week includes suggestions for some favorite older titles and childhood favorites.


If you like going retro, you might like…

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Books/Authors

Recommended by Tahleen @ Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files:

  • The Babysitter’s Club: I don’t know about you guys, but I knew about diabetes way before Nick Jonas was around, thanks to Stacey. Also I am now the proud owner of a hollowed-out book where I can hide candy, a la Claudia Kishi. Who didn’t love this group of girls growing up?
  • The Boxcar Children: I’m convinced this series was the one that made me a reader. It was this set of books that had me up late at night, trying to read by the scant light provided by the nightlight in the hallway. (It also might be to blame for my poor eyesight.)
  • A Wrinkle in Time: I’ve read this book countless times, and I still get goosebumps when Mrs. Whatsit tells Mrs. Murray that there is such a thing as a tesseract.
  • Sharon Creech: Ever since I read Walk Two Moons, I’ve loved pretty much everything this woman has written. I haven’t read it all, but I plan on catching up at some point soon.
  • The Bailey School Kids: Love love love this series. Werewolves Don’t Go To Summer Camp, Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots, and all the subsequent books are absolutely fantastic.

Recommended by Jessica @ I Read to Relax:

Recommended by Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives of Indiana:

  • Summer Sisters: It came out in 1998 so that isn’t too retro. It’s a great book about…well I guess growing up.

Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

  • Sweet Valley Confidential: Catch up with the popular Wakefield twins – 10 years after the end of the Sweet Valley High series.

Movies

Recommended by Tahleen @ Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files:

  • Clueless: I recently rewatched this and every time I get a little giddy about Paul Rudd, who is so adorable in this movie I can’t stand it. Also, my brother noticed how it was like they put all these ’90s references in the movie, kind of like the ’80s references in The Wedding Singer, but completely serious. Serious cheese going on, and I love it.

Recommended by Jessica @ I Read to Relax:

Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

TV Shows

Recommended by Tahleen @ Tahleen’s Mixed-Up Files:

  • The Adventures of Pete and Pete: Pretty much any old school Nickelodeon is great, but that show in particular is gold, which is why I own the first two seasons on DVD (the third is not available, alas). It got funnier after I got older, I swear. A lot of the jokes went over my head as a kid; it’s fantastic stuff. And who didn’t draw a Petunia on their arm at one point, or wish they had a Mr. Tastee around to offer sage advice? Plus they got people like Beebee Neuwirth, Steve Buschemi, Adam West, Iggy Pop and (of all people) LL Cool J to play bit parts. Awesome.

Recommended by Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives of Indiana:

  • My So-Called Life: I’ve just started re-watching this series (thank you Netflix) and many things remind me of YA books. It’s just a great show that touches on many tough topics, plus you can stare at Jordan Catalano a.k.a. Jared Leto.

Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

  • My So-Called Life: A short lived, but AMAZING show about high school and fitting in and that one boy that stands out.

Games

Recommended by Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives of Indiana:

  • Trivial Pursuit: My sister and I always played this when we were younger and have always been very competitive with it.

Please share your own recommendations for retro books, movies, tv shows, music, fashion, food, etc. in the comments!


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2 Responses to "If You Like: Retro Edition"

  • “I don’t know about you guys, but I knew about diabetes way before Nick Jonas was around, thanks to Stacey.”

    Tahleen, HIGH FIVE for BSC!

    I just picked up two graphic novels by Raina Telgemeier from the library — can’t wait to read ’em.

    1 thatcovergirl said this (March 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM)


  • I missed this week, but I was thinking about Seventeenth Summer (Daly). I posted today on my blog about Betty Smith – Joy in the Morning, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I would include early Stephen King, also. Like Carrie, The Dead Zone, Firestarter….

    Makes me want to read them all again. Great stuff!

    2 Annette said this (March 21, 2011 at 2:07 PM)


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