Happy Throwback Thursday!

throwbackthursdayThrowback Thursday is a weekly feature on my blog where I chit-chat about a book (and possibly other things) that I loved as a child that I feel nostalgic about!

Today’s throwback is Matilda by Roald Dahl.


Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.


I’ve been on a bit of a Roald Dahl kick lately, as I had a teacher that read a lot of his most popular books with us. Matilda stuck with me when I was a child, because while I wasn’t a super genius like Matilda, I loved books and I loved to read at a very young age. I would read anything I could get my hands on (or at least try to if it was too hard). I always wished that I had Matilda’s other abilities like telekinesis and her talent with math (both of which I was disappointed to never develop).

Despite having terrible parents who didn’t support her (Matilda’s mom even told her “You chose books and I chose looks.”) and an evil principal, Mrs. Trunchbull, Matilda excels at school and uses her special abilities to get back at those who have hurt her.Now, as an adult, I hope to someday be that teacher (like Miss Honey) who supports her students and encourages them even though other people in their lives may not.

The book Matilda shows children that they have worth, even when sometimes adults and teacher’s don’t act like they do. It shows them that they are smart and resilient and that despite seemingly impossible odds, they can succeed and there are people who will support them.

Not to mention this book was adapted into an excellent film in 1996 starring Mara Wilson as Matilda and Danny DeVito & Rhea Pearlman as her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Wormwood.I couldn’t find a really good quality trailer for this movie, but here is the best one I could find.

And it’s also been made into a musical, which I just discovered yesterday.

I’m very glad that Matilda is still as beloved today as it was when I was a child.

Find Matilda on Goodreads


Throwback Thursday- The BFG by Roald Dahl

throwbackthursday Woohoo, a banner for my weekly feature, Throwback Thursday (not sure how I feel about it though).

the bfg

Goodreads Synopsis:

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.
When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!


This week’s throwback brings me back to 3rd or 4th grade when I read The BFG by Roald Dahl for reading group. Years later, I can still say that I honestly adore this book and it’s message. It’s a tale of unlikely friendship, adventure, and bravery. The BFG is my favorite Roald Dahl book for it’s sheer imagination. Just thinking about it makes me feel like a little kid again. It might be time to bring it out again for a re-read.

Throwback Thursday- The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver

Goodreads Synopsis:

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.


The Giver was the first dystopian book that I ever read and it has most definitely stuck with me through the years. I was introduced to The Giver in middle school and read it again within the past couple of years for college. After reading quite a bit of dystopian literature, I can truly see how this novel has influenced the YA dystopian literature that we see today. The Giver is such a haunting, disturbing yet beautiful story that leaves my heart pounding every time I finish.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?

If you haven’t read it, you should!

What is your bookish throwback this week?

Throwback Thursday– Tuck Everlasting

I would like to make Throwback Thursday a weekly feature here on Amanda’s Nose in a Book. If you would like to participate in this bit of fun and wonderful nostalgia on your blog, post it in the comments so I can check it out!!!

Because of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I got into a conversation with a fellow blogger about books that gave me the feels when I was younger that still do today. So this Throwback Thursday fits in with the theme of “Books that will make you cry”, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

tuckeverlastingGoodreads Synopsis:

Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune

I read Tuck Everlasting in 5th grade and I remember myself tearing up when I read it then, and then again when I read it in college a couple of years ago. It is a great story that pulls at your heart strings and begs the question,  would you choose to live forever, or live your life?

Would you make the choice that Winnie did?

If you haven’t read Tuck Everlasting, you should. It’s very short and engaging and it’s definitely a classic.

What books from your childhood still give you the feels today?

Throwback Thursday- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark


This week’s Throwback is Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. These twisted and creepy tales were a huge part of my childhood. My best friend and I loved to sit around and read them to each other during a sleepover and be scared out of our minds. After reading them we jumped at every creak and groan that a settling house makes during the night. These “Scary Stories” and their even creepier illustrations were fun, they were scary, and that is why I was so happy to find these books prominently displayed in my local independent bookstore the other day.

While the Scary Stories books have met some criticism and have been challenged or even banned in some instances, they contain wonderfully gruesome urban legends and folklore that will scare children silly. And what kid doesn’t love that? I did (even if they did give me nightmares).


Throwback Thursday- Harriet The Spy!

ImageHarriet writes down everything that she sees and hears in her top-secret composition notebook.  She practices for her future career as a writer by peeping in windows and overhearing conversations. Unfortunately, being a spy has consequences. She sees the negative sides of people and finds flaws in her friends and writes about them in her notebook. When Harriet’s private thoughts find their way into the wrong hands, her friends find out what Harriet really thinks about them and she finds herself alone.

I loved and greatly related to Harriet when I was younger. While her character could sometimes be nasty I feel that overall she was a very lonely girl trying to make her way in the world by writing about it. I found this book in a huge box of books that my mom picked up at a yard sale and was ecstatic. I carried this book and my own spy’s notebook with me every day. Thinking back on it, I made a terrible “spy” and Harriet would be thoroughly disappointed in my skills because I always managed to get caught.

It's Throwback Thursday!

DSCN1460 While I was looking through my books the other day for my Top 10 video, I found a lot of the books I loved as a kid. And thus Throwback Thursday begins. Just about every week, I will be featuring one of my favorite “throwbacks” from my childhood.

This week it is Holes by Louis Sachar.

Stanley Yelnats has never had it easy, neither has his father, nor his grandfather. The Yelnats’ have always had terrible luck and believe that they are cursed because of Stanleys “no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-grandfather.”
When Stanley finds himself at Camp Green Lake as a result of a crime he didn’t commit, digging holes five feet across and five feet deep as his punishment. He soon realizes that they aren’t digging holes just to build character. There is something buried at Camp Green Lake. And Stanley wants to be the one to discover it, and redeem himself.

Holes is a wonderfully dark and funny book that both children and adults will both enjoy.


What are some of your favorite books from your childhood?