What is Throwback Thursday?
I’ve noticed several of these meme on a few book blogs. For example, Susan Loves Books does one, which is (or was originally) hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk. I also noticed that another fellow blogger, Lorrea @ What ‘Cha Readin’?, was doing this as a monthly meme for her blog. Then there’s Reading Maria who is doing something called “Last Year I Was Reading” where she compares what she’s reading now to what she read a year ago. Finally, recently I noticed that Susan Osborn over at A Life in Books is doing a series of posts called “Blasts from the Past“. In most instances, they use this to share one of their favorite reads or older reviews. Lorrea is doing it for books she enjoyed over the last decade. Finally, I just noticed that Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies was doing what she calls Flashback Friday, and I hope she’s still doing them!
I really like all of these ideas and am essentially stealing it from ALL of them, but with my own twists.
- The Chocolate Lady’s #ThrowbackThursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month (i.e., the Thursday before my monthly #6Degrees post).
- My posts will highlight one of my previously published book reviews, and I encourage other participants to do the same.
- If you want to participate but have a new blog that doesn’t have old reviews to highlight, you are encouraged to write a post about anything old that strikes your fancy!
- If you want to tweet or share this post, or someone else’s post, or the reviews being highlighted, please use #ThrowbackThursday!
- Please add the link to your post to the link party, below.
- Please link back to this page on your post.
So… with no further ado, I give you…
The Chocolate Lady’s Throwback Thursday Book Review #17
An Occupied Island and Unusual Occupations.
My Book Review for “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows.
My review starts thusly:
“When the Nazis occupied the island of Guernsey during WW2, some of the inhabitants tried to carry on as usual. Others felt they should try to do something in defiance of their captors. When their gatherings become suspect, they use the auspices of a book club and sharing what little food they have to create “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” Author Mary Ann Shaffer tells this story, through letters between one of the society’s members Dawsey Adams, and a London writer Juliet Ashton. They start writing to each other after Dawsey finds Juliet’s address inside one of the club’s books.
Instead of having the correspondence recounting something that was happening at the time, these exchanges are actually a retelling of the group’s experiences. Since most people know little – if anything – about the Nazi occupation of this tiny outpost, this is very appropriate. As we get to know these characters and their lives during that time, we realize how unique their situation was. We get to see the human side of those less tyrannical soldiers together with those who strictly applied their assignment. And since the island wasn’t technically a battlefield, as the islanders muddled through their situation, some of the incidents are actually humorous. …”
If you like this idea, and want to do your own Throwback Thursday post, please put the link in the comments below.
If you have your own Throwback Thursday or any other type of nostalgia post, you can let me know about your blog post in this link party below. (You can also just post a link to an old review you want us to look at, without making a separate post.) I’ll keep this link party open until my next #ThrowbackThursday post (scheduled for August 5, 2021).