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Posted on: July 29, 2009

I’m playing with site themes. Do not fear change!



Posted on: June 24, 2009

So much slackery around these parts. The fact that I’m even making one of these posts is probably the kiss of death, but I’m renewing my commitment to this blog! Yes, I am! There’s lots of wacky book news to discuss and I’ve got two recaps in the works: 1 Christopher Pike, 1 really awful Harlequin romance from 1981. (It takes place in the arctic! Lesson: it’s hard to have sexy times when you’re wearing a parka!)

Posts coming up, stay tuned!

Most of the staff here at Books to the Sky is busy with National Novel Writing Month, but have no fear, we’ll be back next month. And, because I’m a tease, I will tell you that I just came into a bunch of Christopher Pike books, including the Final Friends trilogy (one of my favorites as a tween) and some romance novels that were originally published in the late 70s. I’m irrationally excited!

See you in December!

Thanks to Like Pike for the link. And if you got here from there, I hope you stick around for a while.

I’ve got Remember Me 3 sitting on my bookshelf for a while. I’ll get to it soon, I promise! I’m also trying to get the Final Friends trilogy off eBay, since my copies seem to have fallen into some abyss.

I’m adding some new links to the sidebar, sites I’ve found recently. Comment if you can think of related sites you’d like to bring to my attention/want to see linked here. Some of these are TV nostalgia, not book nostalgia, but the same principle applies: you know those shows you loved as a kid? Yeah, they weren’t actually so good.

+ You miss your old familiar friends: a Full House recap blog.
+ My Past in Books: A book blog for people who grew up in the 80s.
+ Like Pike: Christopher Pike recaps.
+ Lifetime, Wow!: Lifetime movie recaps.
+ Big Orange Couch: early 90s Nickelodeon show recaps.

Go forth and waste time!

first post

Posted on: June 22, 2008

I’ve been spending a lot of time re-living my tween years via books and music. For example, I recently came across Roxette’s greatest hits. Ah, yes. That’s right. When I was 11 or 12, I spent a week one summer learning a dance routine to “The Look” to be performed at the big Camp Show. I’m sure my fellow campers were wearing a lot of neon and sequins. It was that age. At the time, I had graduated from The Baby-Sitter’s Club and had moved on to Sweet Valley High, RL Stine, and Christpher Pike for my literary pursuits.

So there are a bunch of sites on the web dedicated to BSC and SVH and all those books I read when I was young and impressionable. I was thinking that I had a box of those old books just lying around, and it might be worth reading them again. I’ve learned from reading recaps in places like 1bruce1 that the books are not really like I remember them being. A lot more soapy and ridiculous. And, from the other side of puberty, I can say that they warped my expectations of what high school would be like.

And, you know, they’re of an age. The SVH books are getting reissued, but how can they be the same? They conformed to certain expectations, you know? I thought as a kid that when I got to high school, I’d have bleached-blonde feathered hair, because that’s what all my baby-sitters had, and that’s how I picture Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. (I had mostly straight brown hair as a 14-year-old. Very disappointing.)

Anyway, I digress. I was thinking about lugging out that old box of books, and then I thought, “Why stop there?” I love so much bad literature. Predictable thrillers, bodice-ripping historical fiction, category romance, even the occasional vampire novel: I eat that stuff for breakfast. So this blog is my labor of love to that end.

Yeah, we mock, but we love this stuff, too, enough to read it more than once and then sit here and ponder and analyze and explicate.

I hope you enjoy!

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.
--Arnold Lobel

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
--Groucho Marx

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