10 Books to Read When You're Feeling Nostalgic for the Past

Katherine Morgan
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10 Books to Read When You're Feeling Nostalgic for the Past

Books to Read When You're Feeling Nostalgic for the Past

Feeling wistful? These dreamy books will take you back.

After the year that we've had, a little nostalgia is exactly what we need. While everyone’s sense of longing for the past is different, there’s something comforting about seeing an image or reading a book and suddenly being transported back to the person that you used to be. Even better? When a book invokes that feeling of nostalgia, even if you’ve never been in that situation before. My own sense of nostalgia revolves around the 2000s (I love queuing up a pop punk playlist filled with some of my favorite hits and rocking out while I answer emails at my day job), and I have loved engaging with that side of myself. Hopefully these 10 books will bring out the same feelings within you. Now put on your headphones, dance around to your old favorite hits, and let's get jiggy with it.

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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

A 2020 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction, Philyaw has written a beautiful collection about spaces where Black women and girls are allowed to be as free and as safe as they can be within the walls of a sacred space. Reading this collection brought back memories of white frilly socks, fancy dresses, and Mary Janes. It’s a holy book, filled with desire, longing, wistfulness, and finding the courage to dream a little bigger.