Throwback Thursday: Movie edition

Throwback Thursday

Hello everyone and welcome to another Throwback Thursday! Can you believe it’s already just about October? We are heading deep into the fall season. The leaves are starting to change, the apples are fresh for picking, and everyone’s beverages seem to be pumpkin flavored.

We have been bouncing all over with topics for one of our favorite features to do, and this week we have come up with a good one….movies. Now I know, you are probably thinking we are going to share those cookie cutter Disney movies that everyone loves (WE LOVE THEM TOO WE SWEAR). We thought we would take it to a different area. Though the movies may be made by Disney, they are a bit darker than we had imagined.


My family was pretty particular about what we were allowed to watch. My dad nixed movies like Alice in Wonderland even though I definitely watched them in secret at my Grandma’s (because when does grandma ever say no?). When I think back to my childhood it is mostly Disney movies, but there are a few odd movies that stick out. One in particular is way darker than I had realized and I am honestly shocked I was able to watch it. Here are a few trailers of some favorites from my childhood…


My siblings and I loved to watch movies just like my parents. Whether it was comedy, cartoon or drama, there was always a good movie to watch at our house. And now years later, I still love to watch movies and occasionally I see these classic movies on Netflix or even playing on TV. It is fun to stop and watch them and remember how we used to wish we were these kids in the movie. Looking back now, there was really an assortment of movies that we loved to watch and I can’t even just pick one category that would describe them other than they were awesome 90’s movies. (And you will definitely nod your head in agreement when you see the movies I am talking about!) Here are a few of my random/odd but awesome favorites…

Question: What were some of your favorite movies while growing up?


Throwback Thursday: Board Game edition

Throwback Thursday

Happy Thursday! Aren’t you excited that we are NEARLY through with this week? As we are getting back to school and back into routines I think it’s safe to say that we are ready for the weekend.

For today’s throwback we are thinking about the games we played as children. Yes, we all played tag and ran around outside, but we are focusing on the board games. We have quite the list of games that we look back at with such fond memories (some are a bit weird) and we cannot wait to share them with you!


A little backstory for you before I get into my favorites. My grandma was a shopper. She would scope out the best deals ANYWHERE. She would find these games at garage sales, with her Kohl’s coupons…honestly I don’t even know where these games came from sometimes. Her thing was that she would buy Christmas gifts all year long, meaning it was an excuse for the most ridiculous of games. Some that I really liked when I was a kid (I will only be posting commercials for them. I don’t think I need to defend this list of games and their unique-ness)…


Game night was always a fun night when I was growing up. I had so much fun, whether it was playing with neighbor kids or at grandma and grandpa’s house with siblings or cousins, there was always some type of game to play. My great grandfather even built a marble game that is still used today up at our families cabin where intense games still are had! But for board games growing up, I had to come up with some classic games I loved to play and provide you with the epic commercials for them that seemed to suck every kid into playing them!


Question: What board games did you play as children? Do we have any in common?

Throwback Thursday: Tunes on Repeat

Throwback Thursday

Welcome back to another Throwback Thursday. If you remember, a couple weeks ago we said that this is something we would do a few times throughout the month. Two weeks ago we talked about some of our favorite fantasy books from our childhood (and excluded Harry Potter because that’s just a no brainer). Today we are throwing it back to some of the music that we could not stop playing. The music that made our moms yell at us to turn it down and then continually share with the world how obnoxious our music was (PS we love our moms!).

So, what cd do we remember playing constantly until everyone in the house was sick of it?


Oh gosh, what do I even pick? Well…as a middle schooler I went through a lot of changes. I know most middle schoolers go through changes, but not all also have their dad die. So yea, I had a lot going on. After my dad passed I started to get a little “emo,” if you can call it that really. I started listening to stuff that I thought was super dark and songs that I felt just really got me. I loved my pop music, but it just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I think this was the beginning of my journey into the pop punk and emo genre. It all began with…Good Charlotte.


I was 100% obsessed with these albums, but once they hit album number 4 I had decided they sold out. Yep, I was that kid. I decided that they got me and that I was doing better because I had their music. My mom hated them. My sister loved them (which is good because we shared a bedroom at the time). We got to go to a concert when I was in 10th grade and I thought it was the best thing ever. So yea. Here are a few songs just to make you smile. Because I bet you wanted to listen to Good Charlotte today.


So I have been debating all day on what cd/artist I was going to pick. Would I go with a boy band that tore up my heart (*wink wink did you see what I did there) or would I pick some good 90’s country artist. Well I decided neither of those and went with a classic group who most people love and I am so glad that my parents made me listen to their music…the amazing Queen.

So many good memories listening to Queen on road-trips with my family. Asking my parents to play the “thunder bolts and lightening” song, which was what we called Bohemian Rhapsody or singing along to We Are the Champions when our sports team won a big game! I am so glad my parents shared all their great music that they grew up to with us as kids. There music is so unique and has so much power behind it. They were on a whole different level and there will never be another artist like Freddy Mercury. Ever. So to make your day a little better, here is a few songs to jam out to on your fabulous Thursday:

Question: What are some cds or artists that you couldn’t stop playing?


Throwback Thursday: Fantasy Week

Hey everyone!


Sorry we have been gone lately, been pretty busy with outside life. We recently had a little brainstorm session and are excited with some of the ideas we came up with to move this awesome page forward. Good thing is, you don’t have to wait long to see some of the new stuff we are going to do here at Midwestern Book Nerd. Welcome to….THROWBACK THURSDAY!

Throwback Thursday

We were inspired by that fantastic social media trend of sharing some type of throwback on Thursday. We can’t even begin to tell you how often we have participated in it in other places, so why not do it here? We are going to go back and talk about everything that we enjoyed as kids whether that be books, movies, music or even some random topics. We always love to talk/reflect on things we loved doing as kids and we want to share those awesome memories with you!

To start things off… in honor of Fantasy week in the book world, we are telling you about our favorite Fantasy novels we read as kids.


the lion the witch and the wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis – Growing up, I always loved the book fair at school. Tons of different books I could choose from and my parents would let me get a few books each year. Well I remember having to read this in the 5th grade and I got the whole box set for the Chronicles of Narnia from the book fair. I absolutely loved them and will definitely be reading these to my kids someday. There was something magical about going to another land where you become kings and queens and help stop an evil queen from ruining the lives of everyone. We even got to go see the play after we read the book. I always recommend this book to kids in elementary school because it is a great story that they can easily read or can read along with parents. It definitely makes my top 5 list for best Fantasy series ever written!


24337Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I have said it time and time again, I am a sucker for fairy tales and retellings. If I had to pick a book in my childhood that started it all I would have to say it was this one. My mom picked this book up for me on a whim, knowing that it sounded like a totally Emily book (I was a BIG princess fan as a kid). She was 100% right. I fell completely and totally in love with Ella of Frell. I was hooked instantly and found myself immersed in her world, laughing with her and cheering her on as she worked her way out of terrible situations. This was also the first time I had a fictional crush (thanks Char) and found myself swept away by a romance that I knew just needed to happen! After I finished this book my mom bought me more books by Gail Carson Levine and after I devoured those I searched the shelves of the library, because those books made me feel so good and I wanted that feeling again. To this day I still list it as one of my favorite books. I may not have LOVED the movie adaptation (they ended up being two totally different things with a few similar elements) but I loved the book and shoved it into the hands of anyone interested.

QUESTION: Do you have a favorite fantasy book from your childhood?