I was born in 1989, so I am technically an 80’s kid right?!? I have always loved 80’s movies and when I saw this tag on Jenna’s blog I knew I had to do it! So much nostalgia!
A book that kept you up all night
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
I was surprised to find that I could not put down In Cold Blood. I had it in my head that ,because it is a classic, it would be difficult to read, but I thought the writing was beautiful and very readable. It is very descriptive but it allowed me to perfectly imagine the events that took place. I kept thinking “ok, ten more pages,” but then I just kept reading because I had to know what was going to happen.
A WONDERFULLY quotable book
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
I think these quotes speak for themselves:
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
“There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting.”
“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.”
A character who loves breaking the rules
Kady from Illuminae
What makes Kady so great is the fact that she break all the rules, and it is a good thing that she does!
A couple that took an eternity to get together
Lucy and Joshua from the Hating Game by Sally Thorne
The Hating Game has one of my favourite tropes- enemies to lovers! What I love about that trope is all the tension that it builds and that it takes forever for the characters to get together. Lucy and Joshua had such great banter, and seeing them eventually recognize their feelings for one another was delightful!
A book involving time travel
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
How to Stop Time does not have your traditional time travel. It is actually about a man who ages very, very slowly, so you follow him through the decades. It was not my favourite book, but I did find the time travel aspect really intriguing.
A character with a unique style
Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
There is so much that I love about Lara Jean, and one of those things is her style. She knows what she likes style-wise and she is not afraid to wear what she wants. That is something about her that I think is inspiring.
Favourite book involving the training/mentoring trope
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Poppy War has this trope at the beginning of the novel, and I really enjoyed that part! The main character has a mentor who is first reluctant to help her, but begins to truly embrace and encourage her. I found their dynamic interesting!
A book with a trip that doesn’t go as planned
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
This book is the definition of a trip that does not go to planned! The entire novel is about a Grand Tour of Europe that completely derails. Such a fun read!
A book with the central character’s name in the title
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
The main character in this novel is named Genesis, and she is brilliant! I freaking love that name and her as a character. Please read this book!
A female character who comes out of her shell
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This book at its core is about Eleanor’s journey to self discover and acceptance. There are a lot of ups and downs, and I found myself relating to her in a lot of ways.
A death that took you by surprise
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I have said this before and I will say it again- I will never forgive Patrick Ness!
An ending that left you both happy and sad
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I have always found the ending of The Outsiders to be very bittersweet. The story ends with the same lines as it begins which highlights the journey that Ponyboy has been on.
22 thoughts on “80’s Movie Book Tag”
I love the idea of this book tag and you’ve listed some great books!
Anne of Green Gables holds such a special place in my heart haha and I like to use ‘I’m in the Depths of Despair’
Haha that is a good one. I adore her!
I have to agree with your choice of Anne of Green Gables. And, you’re a ’90s kid because you grew up in the ’90s and an ’80s baby because you were born in the ’80s.
That’s true. I like that I can sort of claim both decades!
Yes, exactly. I always say that I’m an ’80s baby but a ’90s kid.
Awesome idea for a book tag! I havbent read many of the books on your list but now I want too 😉 <3
It really is! I can recommend them all!
Oh my, this is the best tag of all times. Really! I was not even born in the 80s, but I love soooo many of these movies. Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Pretty in Pink… They’re all truly iconic. Plus, young Tom Cruise & Patrick Swayze? Hahah.
I think there’s no other character with a unique style than Lara Jean! I’m glad the movie made sure to incorporate that as well, as I feel like her vintage aesthetic was one of my favorite things that made the character so unique.
It really is! Yes! Such good movies!
I was so glad that the movie did that as well. She is no way cookie cutter!
Love this tag and some great choices. I am wondering though if you could use The Princess Bride for The Princess Bride. It’s definitely my most quotable book.
I am with you on Patrick Ness and what makes it worse is that he shows literally no remorse about it 😭
Thank you! Haha I think you totally could. I still need to read The Princess Bride. I know I will love it.
Seriously! So mad at him!
Ooooo! I’m glad you decided to give this a go! I’m a ’91 baby, but my mom raised me on ALL the good ol’ 80’s films!
Lara Jean for Pretty in Pink is SUCH a good pick! I miss reading about her adventures. Guide #1 and adventure not as planned … too true ha-ha. I actually plan to re-read it (again) this year!
I LOVE THE OUTSIDERS! It’s still one of my all-time favourite novels. Ponyboy’s journey is beautiful but there’s so much sadness! I thought the ending was great, but I was left feeling both hopeful but sad afterwards.
Awesome list, love!
I should reread The Gentleman’s Guide. I still need to read the second one!
The Outsiders is one of the best novels of all time. So many feels. The line Stay Good Ponyboy will always get to me!
The second one was okay in my opinion. The characters are phenomenal — but the story was just not nearly as great as Guide 1.
I know, eh?! I have the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” memorized because I loved it so much. Ugh…the feels!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great answers, Kristin! I actually used The Gentleman’s Guide and Kady for those answers myself. Great minds think alike clearly, haha. Had I read The Poppy War before I created the tag, I would for sure have used that one for the training prompt too. Such a good read!
I’d really like to read Eleanor Oliphant. Everyone always talks about how fantastic it is. I love books with good development of their central character. 🙂
Thank you! They are perfect answers for those questions. I truly think you would love Eleanor Oliphant. She is such a memorable character.
OMG! I’m so going to try this! Even though I was born ’98, I love 80s movie and there are so many favorites on this list.
Do it! I would love to read your answers!