The 90s Kid Book Tag
- Please, please, please steal this tag and spread it around! I only ask that you link it back to The Literary Phoenix so that I can see everyone’s answers!
- Freeze tag was all the rage in the 90s. Tag someone (or many) you think would have fun with this!
- Have fun!
A GBA game and trading card game where you battled pocket monsters and strived to catch them all. Back in the day, there were only 150 Pokemon.
The author you need every book from.
There are so many! Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, and David Sedaris are the first three that come to mind. I’ve got a ways to go with my Gaiman collection, even though I have a huge stack of his already, but I’m only missing one from Russell (Sleep Donation: A Novella) and two or three from Sedaris, one being his most recent release. I got into the habit of never buying new books, so sometimes it takes a while to find what I’m searching for (I rely on thrift stores, used book sales, and occasionally used book websites), but it makes it that much more exciting when I do find it! It’s like a treasure hunt, but with books.
AOL Instant Messaging – how 90s kids communicated with their friends after school before everyone had a cell phone.
Book that connected you with your best friend.
Omg, I don’t even know. Well, first off, we were already bffs before we connected over books, but he’s always had a habit of getting me into new books/authors. I’m not sure if I remember the first time we bonded over books, though… I know we spent a lot of time gushing over the House of Night books when we worked together back in 2011/2012 or so, but I lost steam before I could finish the series. There were just so many books, and they kept coming out with more!
Creepy needy robots you could teach to talk and were probably demon possessed. Somehow these made a comeback?
Book that seemed like a good idea but was actually a monster.
Ugh, basically everything I attempted to read by William Faulkner*. I took a class on him a few years back, not really knowing what I was getting into, and yeah, that was rough. I really loved As I Lay Dying, but boy, everything else we had to read was a draaaaaag. I really, really wanted to enjoy his works, but I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t make sense of what was going on half the time, and when I finally did make sense of it, it just left me with a headache. Reading isn’t supposed to take that much out of you!
*With the exception of his short stories. Those were all good.
90s quintessential boy band. You may have heard of Justin Timberlake?
A book you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to.
The first time I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, I legitimately couldn’t function afterwards. I remember finishing it while I was waiting for my boyfriend to call one night, and I genuinely couldn’t find the words to have a conversation with him because I just couldn’t pull myself out of that world. I hadn’t felt like that in a really long time, and I loved it! Shame that I didn’t get that feeling again the second time I read it.
Getting green slime thrown on you, courtesy of the show Figure it Out. Also apparently still a thing at the Kid’s Choice Awards?
A book everyone loved but you hated.
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Look, I didn’t hate this book, but I really don’t get what all the fuss is about. Everyone I’ve talked to about it has absolutely loved it, but I don’t know, it just didn’t do it for me. I love Neil Gaiman, and I love Terry Pratchett, but I guess I just don’t really like them as co-authors. Ah well.
90s computer game you could usually play at school, which was great. It taught us people used to die a lot of gruesome, messy deaths.
A book that made you wish you died of dysentery.
The Alchemist: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. Okay, first off: when I picked this book up, I was thinking it was this The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. I didn’t know what either book was about (hence why I got confused), but I had heard Coelho’s was great. (It was great, by the way. I ended up reading it last year). But, no, those are two completely different books, and I was so pissed at Scott’s Alchemist. The characters were so… ugh, and the writing/story-telling was just awful. I was so mad about character descriptions and the ridiculous attempts to reach out to its targeted demographic. Here, have a taste:
[Josh] played the occasional computer game, preferred first-person shooters like Quake and Doom and Unreal Tournament, couldn’t handle the driving games and got lost in Myst. He loved The Simpsons and could quote chunks of episodes by heart, really liked Shrek, though he’d never admit it, thought the new Batman was all right and that X-Men was excellent.
AWFUL. Just awful. It reads like a damn fan-fic or something. The story itself had so much potential, but the writing just absolutely killed it. Ugggghhh.
Back before everyone had music on their phones (remember, we didn’t have cell phones!) folks would rip their CDs and make mixes for each other.
3 books you recommend to anyone, anywhere, no matter what.
Literally anything by Shirley Jackson. So far, I’ve read The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and The Lottery (a short story) by her. And all of them were UH-MAY-ZING. They’re so interesting and unique and well-written. They’re actual perfection. Go read all her stories!!!
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Y’all, I just love this book. So much. It’s so, so good. So good that I wrote my senior paper on it. It’s so heartbreaking and, if you haven’t read it, it’s not at all what you’d expect.
Haunting Olivia by Karen Russell, which is a story story that can be found on its own (click-a da link-a) or in her short story collection entitled St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. I don’t know what it is about this story, but it really stuck with me. It’s about two boys who go looking for their dead sister with a pair of magical swimming goggles that allow them to see underwater ghosts of dead things. I have a thing for weird/unique stories that make an impact, and this one definitely fits into that category.
You know how it’s annoying when you aren’t on LTE? IMAGING WAITING 10 MINUTES FOR INTERNET TO START AND ANOTHER 20 MINUTES FOR GOOGLE TO LOAD!
A book that took FOR FREAKING EVER to read.
Insomnia by Stephen King. I still haven’t finished that monster. I started it in high school and only got about halfway through, and that took sooooo long. At least a year, if not more. I kept taking breaks, and I wouldn’t pick it up for months at a time. I don’t remember not liking it, though. It just wasn’t amazing enough to hold my attention for long periods of time.
He’s that guy who’s been on SNL forever. Also Mighty Ducks. Good Burger. Keenan and Kel. All That. Everything.
That book you see referenced everywhere and is in everything, but that’s okay because it’s awesome.
Uhhhh, definitely Harry Potter. I’ve been a Harry Pothead since the beginning — when I was only 7 years old! — and you can bet your booty I’ll be one til the end. Althoooough I do admit I still haven’t read The Cursed Child… and I honestly don’t know if I ever will. I’ve just heard so many mixed reviews, and I don’t want to taint my memories/feelings of HP with anything less than the best!
And of course I can’t mention HP without talking about Houses, if you guys are reading this to learn about me. Well, I’m a proud… uh… Ravenclaw/Slytherin. I have no idea which I actually am. I’ve done so many tests and have gotten both responses an equal amount of times. I’d say I lean more towards Ravenclaw, but I so wanna know which one I really am. Anyone know of an end-all-be-all test that I should try??
Thumbs Up, Seven Up
A game where most of the class closed their eyes and seven people tapped someone’s thumb and you had to guess who did it without peeking.
Book where you peeked just REAL quick at the ending because you don’t like guessing games.
I’m gonna be honest here: I used to do this all. the. time. For whatever reason, I had this weird habit as a kid where I would flip to the back and read the very last sentence before even starting the book. And I did this for so long! I don’t think it ever really ruined anything for me, cause it was just the last sentence, not the whole page or anything. But still. I’m glad I broke out of that habit.
These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea.
Your ideal bookish snack.
Tea/coffee! I don’t normally eat while I read (my book-holding hand gets tired), but I love drinking tea or coffee when I’m in a reading mood. I switched to decaf last year, so I’ll make a cup of coffee at any point in the day without worrying about messing up my sleep schedule, but sometimes the only thing that does the trick is tea. My faves are peppermint and coconut Thai chai. I’m always open to tea recommendations, though, so leave me some if you have them!
Collections of short stories that would scare any sensible kid! Plus, there were illustrations…
A book that kept you up all night.
Not necessarily because it was scary, but Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House kept me up just because it was so good I seriously couldn’t put it down. I ended up reading it in one sitting, and once it was over I just wanted so much more!
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Basically the coolest thing you got to do in science class was watch Bill Nye. He has a Netflix show again!
A book that taught you something new.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. It’s about exactly what the title says, and it’s both interesting and humorous! I specifically remember having “mind blown” feelings when he was explaining space stuff. Space stuff always blows my mind.
Since I just recently started this blog, I haven’t really met many other bloggers yet (talk to me!!!), so I’m not really sure who to tag next. I’m sure Alex (FindingMontauk) would be interested, though. And if you’re following me, or if you just happen to come across this post, you’re tagged as well! Let’s spread that 90s love! ❤