Guys I love book tags. I may not do them very often, but they’re always so much fun. I wanted to create my own! I’ve looked high and low, but I haven’t found a 90s Kid Book Tag yet. We 90s kids are hugely nostalgic, so this came as a bit of a surprise to me! I had to make one.
Originally, this tag had about 40 items (oops). I’ve cut it way down to what I thought were the most interesting ones… and if you weren’t a 90s kid – don’t worry! I’ve tried to explain some of our crazy and weird fads with each entry.
- 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.
Tamora Pierce! She’s been my favorite author since I was a kid and she really got me into reading, writing, and fantasy. I am so excited for Tempests and Slaughter next month!
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.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! I have really fond memories of reading and rereading the Harry Potter series with my best friends, and of seeing the movie premieres with them.
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.
Aaaughhhhhh Splintered by A.G. Howard. It had an unfairly gorgeous cover and promised me an amazing Alice in Wonderland retelling, but all it gave me was a really dramatic love triangle, a weak heroine and not one but TWO Brooding YA Hero-types (my least favorite trope EVER).
90s quintessential boy band. You may have heard of Justin Timberlake?
A book you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. When I finished that book I was so jarred – I had been sucked so deeply into the world she had built that I wasn’t ready to break out of 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.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. People are absolutely in love with this story, but I couldn’t connect with it at all. I really liked Mafi’s flowery writing, but the characters and the plot bored and exasperated me.
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 Switch by A.G. Hill & Nathanael Hill. I wanted so badly to stop reading this, and it’s sort of the chance you take when you request ARCs that sound interesting rather than ones with good reputations that precede them. This one was heavily stereotyped, poorly edited, and mostly pointless. I’d rather be playing Oregon Trail.
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.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – This is a deep fantasy world with incredible characters, an incredible plot line… I would love to see this come to the screen so more people were introduced to this world. I love it.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – Allie is so relatable and really funny and her childish MS Paint illustrations are the best and I miss her blog and the second book that was indefinitely postponed.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This is a bit more of a cautious recommendation, especially with the upcoming film (WHICH BY THE WAY IS NOT MAINTAINING THE CHARACTERS AS THEY WERE IN THE BOOK AT ALL GAHHHH), but this is actually a REALLY GOOD quest story with characters of all shapes, sizes, and colors… and if you get all the 80s nostalgia that’s fun too. Have I mentioned my disapproval of the adaptation? GAH.
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.
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Really anything by him, but A Game of Thrones took a particularly long time for me because it was my first eReader book and I discovered promptly that I HATE eReaders. I’m glad I plugged through, because it’s an awesome story… but I think that took 6 months?
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.
Harry Potter. I don’t think I’ve every seen a book tag or award where the Harry Potter series wasn’t mentioned somewhere. That series has changed so many peoples’ lives and it’s amazing and #goals.
Thumbs Up, Seven Up
A game where most 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.
A Dance of Dragons by George R. R. Martin. I had such a hard time getting through the last couple Song of Ice and Fire books… I needed to know it was going somewhere. Although this used to be a habit in my younger days… I’d always read the last paragraph while I was near the start of the book.
These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea.
Your ideal bookish snack.
If I know I’m hunkering down for a nice long reading session and it’s not just because I’m on my lunch break, or reading before bed, I’ll always make a mug of hot tea (these days I’m loving mint green tea) and if I’m not on a diet I’ll probably grab a couple homemade cookies as well.
Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark
Collections of short stories that would scare any sensible kid! Plus, there were illustrations…
A book that kept you up all night.
I do not reach for the horror genre because I am a frightened kitten, but the last book I was so engrossed in that it kept me up was Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. Completely lost track of the time!
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.
I read history non-fiction every so often because it interests me, but I recently picked up How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown and guys… I’m not a science girl. I like science fiction, but never really got into SCIENCE. This book taught me a bunch about astronomy and it was really good.
I hope you guys liked this tag! I was trying to chose some different options than I have seen in previous tags.
I usually don’t tag people in tags (ack, how many times can I use “tag” in a sentence?), but since I made this one and I’d like it to spread around a little, I’m going to tag a handful of people. Please, please don’t feel like you have to do this if you’re tagged!
(Please check out these blogs, btw, they’re fantastic!)
Flo @ Flowless Books
Swetlana @ Living the Caffeinated Bookworm Life
Samantha @ Bookish Villainy
Sarah @ Dragons & Zombies
Lyndsey @ Lyndsey’s Book Blog
Katie @ Over the Moony
Kaja @ Of Dragons and Hearts
Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
Amanda @ Literary Weaponry
Also – if you haven’t been tagged and you’d like to do this one, please do! I’d really love to hear all your answers! <3
Did you experience any of these things growing up? What were some iconic parts of your childhood? Let’s be nostalgic together in the comments!