Today, I want to share an original tag with all of you – created by yours truly! (Thank you to my bookish Twitter friends who encouraged me.) It’s called The Nostalgic Book Review Tag.
The idea of this tag came to me when I was telling my friend about a book that I had read back in 2012. The problem was, having read the book three years ago, I couldn’t remember the book very well but I remembered very clearly how much I loved it, and how it made me feel. (“Okay I don’t really remember what happened but JUST READ IT. IT’S GOOD, I PROMISE!”)
The Nostalgic Book Review Tag is a tag about capturing that feeling, and also about how our memories aren’t always about the minute details, but about how something made us feel. (I love that saccharine stuff; I’m not ashamed!)
How the Tag Works
In this tag, you will be reviewing a book you read three or more years ago (if you started reading less than three years ago, tell us about your first book). The best part: you will be reviewing the book purely from memory. I hope you all have fantastic memory (because I certainly don’t)!
Here is the tag, broken down into three parts:
1. The Summary.
First, tell us a little bit about this book, and approximately when you read it. Write a summary (brief, long, anything you like!) of the book you are reviewing.
Some prompts and questions to help you:
- Describe characters and important events in the book (to the best of your ability).
- What were the themes, if any? (If your summary contains spoilers, please give a warning at the top of your summary!)
Note: This means that you are not allowed to look up specific details of the book if you do not remember them. Remember — purely from memory! If you don’t remember that one name, write what you think they were called. Hands off Google, everyone!
2. The Thoughts.
Share your thoughts on your chosen book. Reflect and talk about what you thought of the book back then.
Prompts for thee!
- How did you feel after reading this book? What were your thoughts?
- Do you think anything – your feelings, thoughts, opinions – would have changed since you last read it?
- Would your interpretation of the book’s themes, ideas or messages back then be different compared to now?
- For extra brownie points: Talk about how this book changed you as a person, and how it shaped you to become the person you are today. Maybe share how this book has influenced you since you have read it. Did it make a significant impact on your life? How? Have you changed much since reading this book?
3. The Epilogue.
Here’s the fun part: now you can look up a summary of the book – find all those names that you couldn’t remember, those plot points that seemed pretty important – and all those things you might have forgotten. Don’t go back and edit the summary from the first part!
- What parts did you remember correctly, and what parts did you forget?
- Why do you think you remembered certain parts of the book, and not others?
- If you read this book again, would you feel differently about it than you did before?
- Would you still like the book if you read it again?
- If this book is a favourite, would you reread this book?
Rules of the tag:
- Please link back to Read Think Ponder’s post, so that the original rules are always accessible to anyone who is curious and wants to participate!
- Remember: do not look up your book when writing its Summary and Thoughts.
- Acknowledge the person who tagged you in your post.
- Tag your friends and fellow bloggers – it’s up to you how many!
Nostalgic Book Review Masterpost:
All posts linked back to the page will be added to the master post. If you do not want your post included in the list, please let me know and I’ll take it down!
- 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
- A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan – Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks
- Avalon High by Meg Cabot – Kat from Life and Other Disasters
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Marie at drizzle and hurricane books
- Existence by Abbi Glines – Aldii from Perfectioninbooks
- French Kiss by Sarra Manning – Jenna from Reading with Jenna
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Michelle from A Halfblood Fangirl
- Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Paige from Page by Paige
- Legend by Marie Lu – Kimsiang from The Spines Breaker
- Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist – Anette from Anette Reads
- Light Boxes by Shane Jones – Jess from Mud and Stars
- Matched by Ally Condie – Josie from Josies Book Corner
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – Aentee from Read at Midnight
- Paper Towns by John Green – Sydney from Books and Stuff
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – Brooke from Brooke’s Books
- Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki – Jenna from Reading with Jenna
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – Amber from Only True Magic
- The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – Wesaun from Oreos and Books
- The Luxe by Anna Godberson – Catia from The Girl Who Read Too Much
- The Memory of Water by Karen White – Deanna at A Novel Glimpse
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – Jesse from Books at Dawn
And because this post has become ridiculously long – I talk too much – I shall do my own Nostalgic Book Review another day.
To start off, I tag the following people (and sorry if I tag you and you don’t do tags!):
- Aentee at Read at Midnight
- Alyssa at The Devil Orders Takeout
- Analee at Book Snacks
- Carolyn at A Hundred Thousand Stories
- Claire at Cover to Cover
- Fiona at Escape with Writing
- Giselle at Hardwork Boulevard
- Jeanette at Myriad Inklings
- Jenna at Reading with Jenna
- Jesse at Books At Dawn
- Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts
- Josephine at Josies Book Corner
- Kelly at Dancing Through the Pages
- Kira at Fieittyreads
- Marie at Drizzle and Hurricane Books
- Mishma at Chasing Faerytales
- Nirvana at Quenching the Quill
- Rachana at Addicted to YA
- SJ at A Tree Grows in Bookland
- Summer at Xingsings
- Sydney at Books and Stuff
- The Book Worm Blogg (I’m so sorry I couldn’t find your name!)
- Trisha Ann at The Bookgasm