Nostalgic Bookshelf

Snarky recaps of nostalgic media, including Making Out, Baywatch, Blyton and Baby-Sitter's Club
Nov 2017

Welcome to, where we will be recapping all sorts of nostalgic media from our childhoods. After much debate, Wing set the hard rule that “nostalgic” means it must be at least ten years old. [Wing: Oh, yeah, throw me under the bus. This is starting off well.]

We will be recapping The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M Martin, Making Out by Katherine Applegate (and Michael Grant), Fighting Fantasy by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson, and a whole host of books by Enid Blyton, including the Famous Five and Malory Towers, and anything else that strikes our fancy.

We will also turn our attention to TV, so coming up will be Baywatch, Dawson’s Creek, My Little Pony (generations 1-3), Dungeons & Dragons and Jem!

The three owners of this site are Dove, Raven and Wing, who you may know from their recaps on The Devil’s Elbow or Sweet Valley Online. We will still be recapping there as well, and both are now part of Nostalgic Bookshelf.

We have been joined by Rosey, Necromommycon, TheeCountOlaf and Rose to take on this project.

Our format: One person writes each recap, but any of the other recappers may comment throughout, which adds to the discussion, snark, and Wing Goes Boom moments that make up this fun nostalgic community. We’ve had a great experience with readers

Our schedule: At least one recap a week posted here and at Sweet Valley Online and The Devil’s Elbow. Nostalgic Bookshelf will officially launch on January 3, 2018, and our first recap will be The Baby-Sitters Club #1: Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin. [Wing: No pressure to start this off in a fun, snarky way, right?] At the beginning of each month, we’ll update the recap list for that month in case you want to read along with us.

If you have ever wanted to be a part of this nostalgic recapping, podcasting, and discussions, or if you have any questions or comments, email us at