This is a fun book tag I found while browsing through the book tag tag on the WordPress Reader. This tag came from Laura’s Reading Nook, but the original creator was The Literary Phoenix. While I wasn’t strictly a ’90s kid, as I was born in 1994, I did still experience the majority of these items during my childhood in the late ’90s and early ’00s. I’m sure Steven knows more about some of these than I do, but for now…let’s just have some fun, shall we? I’ll also make note if I took part in that particular fad or not, so this is like a two-for-one kind of deal! You’ll learn random facts about me and listen to me ramble about books!
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.
I wasn’t allowed to watch Pokemon as a child, and didn’t get my first Pokemon game until I was in high school. However, I’ve alwasy been obsessed with collection games. (You just have to look at my Animal Crossing games to see that!)
As far as the author I need every book from, I’m going to go ahead and say give a few different answers. As a middle-schooler, I was obsessed with Lemony Snicket and bought everything he ever created. According to my GoodReads, Lilian Jackson Braun is my most-read author, but unfortunately she died a few years ago and won’t be coming out with any new books. The same goes for Brian Jacques. As far as living authors go… (man, this is harder than I thought!) … I think I’ll have to pick James SA Corey, the author of the Expanse series. I’ve preordered all of the paperback copies of these books, and I’ve got the ebooks and novellas on my wishlist as well. It’s a really good sci-fi romp in a world where sci-fi seems to be making a comeback.
AIM: 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.
Ooh. When I was in middle school, AIM was the way to keep in touch with your friends. And guess what we used it to talk about? A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Not gonna lie – we scoured those books for clues, was obsessed with the official website (with our wonderful dial-up internet helping!), and I even created a really lame website about it, too. It was one of the best children’s series, even if it was incredibly dark. After the horrible failure of the 2004 movie, I was hesitant to watch the Netflix series of the same name. I’m glad to say I’ve been proven wrong and the Netflix series is actually pretty decent. Although I’m not a fan of the actress they chose for Aunt Josephine, but really, who can blame me? She’s attempting to follow in the footsteps of the fabulous Meryl Streep!
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.
I never had a Furby, and the more I learn about them, the more I’m glad they freaked my parents out enough that they would never let me have one!
I’ve never read either of them, but Twilight Reimagined: Life and Death is something that never should have existed. If you’re not familiar with this title, it’s probably because you’ve got half a brain. I happened to be working at the bookstore during the Twilight tenth anniversary premiere, so I was stuck shelving row after row of these atrocities. It’s basically bad fanfiction; a gender-swapped version of Twilight. I’ll never read it, but thank this brave soul who did.
Another book that could possibly fit on this list is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you remember, my mother works at a library. I get first shot at any books in the donation bin. About two weeks after Cursed Child came out, mom called and said, “There are six copies of this Harry Potter book in the donation pile; do you want one?” I said of course, because it was sold out anyway and I didn’t want to pay actual money for it. I now know there was a reason it was in the donation bin. Stay away from this one, people. Please.
90s quintessential boy band. You may have head of Justin Timberlake?
A book you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to.
I’ll go ahead and say on record that there are three book series I haven’t finished because I can’t bring myself to read the last book. Those series are: FullMetal Alchemist, Septimus Heap, and Ex-Heroes. I just can’t bring myself to read the final book in the series, because I know that once I do, it’s over. There will be nothing else coming in the future. (I think I explained this in a T5T post a few months ago.)
I will also say I haven’t really heard any N*SYNC, aside from one or two of their most popular songs.
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.
Dunno about the “everyone loving it” part, but I do know I hated Artemis by Andy Weir. You can ready why here. I really don’t wanna go into that rant again.
Another thing I’ll say is that I can’t stand John Green books. I see him as the guy who writes the Nicholas Sparks for Teens™ novels. His writing is so juvenile it hurts, and the subject matters are so predictable. Like, really, I read the back of The Fault in Our Stars; was anybody really surprised that one of them died?!
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.
Ooh, do I have a good one for this. Ulysses, by James Joyce. I took an entire class on James Joyce last spring, and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I honestly have no idea how I managed to make my way through that behemoth of a novel, but I do know I will never do that again. The pain of that book is just not worth it. It’s a disaster of a novel that never should’ve seen the light of day. My apologies to all of the Joyce scholars in the room. I just can’t handle reading a book that requires a book of footnotes that’s thicker than the actual book itself.
Also, I never played Oregon Trail. I feel like I missed out, somehow.
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.
Oh, this one’s easy.
- The Book Thief. It’s my favorite book of all time, and it’s easy to read, despite covering some really deep subjects. If you don’t have a copy, visit your nearest used bookstore and beg them to find a copy for you. Yes, it’s that good.
- The Phantom Tollbooth. This is one of those easy-to-read kids’ books that holds a deeper message for the adults reading the story. It’s a fantastic classic, and my sister even got me a t-shirt for Christmas this year with the cover of the book on it. I have yet to wear it because I have yet to find an occasion to wear it, you get me? I’ll probably try and wear it Thursday.
- The Android’s Dream. It’s a heist-type book set in SPAAAAAACE. What more could you want??
You know how it’s annoying when you aren’t on LTE? IMAGINE WAITING 10 MINUTES FOR THE INTERNET AND ANOTHER 20 MINUTES FOR GOOGLE TO LOAD!
A book that took FOR FREAKING EVER to read.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I’m just gonna go ahead and throw that out there. It seemed like a complete slog to get through that book, and it absolutely was. I put it on my list of intimidating books a few weeks ago, because this book is just so massive. I own the book, but I probably won’t pick it up again. It’s just going to sit on my shelf as a testament to the fact that I read it. Reading Trophy!
Also, let’s just say that dial-up was the worst. You can’t play Neopets on dial-up!
He’s that guy who’s been on SNL forever. Also Mighty Ducks. Good Burger. Keenan and Kel. All That. Everything.
That book that you see referenced everywhere and is in everything, but that’s okay because it’s awesome.
I feel like this could easily be Harry Potter or something along those lines, but I think I’ll put down Six of Crows here. I was very hesitant to jump aboard the hype-train, simply because there was so much hype about this book! Everyone on my WordPress feed was singing its praises, and I was worried that if I read it, it wouldn’t turn out to be as great as I thought. I’m happy to say that’s not the case; look for the review in the upcoming weeks. (Hopefully.)
Also, I never watched SNL (wasn’t allowed to, actually). I did watch a bit of All That, but only when my parents weren’t in the room…
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.
I feel like I’ve done this with so many books, so I can’t really answer this question. Occasionally I’ll read the last page of a book first, just to make sure I’m not getting into some kind of unfixable heartbreak, but that hasn’t happened in a while. I do know I used to do that more than necessary. I couldn’t possibly name all the books I’ve done this to.
These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea.
Your ideal bookish snack.
I don’t eat while reading, sorry to disappoint.
I also wasn’t allowed to have Dunkaroos. Maybe there’s a connection.
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.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. to finish this book on the day I started it. I have absolutely no regrets, because it was such an amazing book. Seriously, if you haven’t read, go take a look for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. And that ending…that ending…
I didn’t read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark because I was a giant scaredy-cat as a child, and still am. I don’t do horror movies or anything even remotely like that.
BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY
Basically they 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.
Man, Bill Nye was really the only reason to go to science when I was in elementary/middle school! My biology teacher in high school sometimes got fed up with us (as we were the last class of the day, and freshmen to boot!), so she would sometimes put this on for us anyways.
As horrifying as the subject matter is, I will say Radium Girls by Kate Moore taught me a lot. It’s basically the first class-action lawsuit in the US, done because the radium dial-painters were dying in droves due to some mysterious illnesses. Turns out, radium is radioactive! Who knew?!
I’d also list, as a side note, that anything by Erik Larson is really interesting. I learned more about the Lusitania by reading that book than I had in four or five years of history classes. (In fact, I don’t think the Lusitania was ever mentioned in any of my history classes.) Devil in the White City, In the Garden of Beasts, and Dead Wake are my favorite Larson books, if you’re looking for something entertaining and factual.
So there you have it! A random list of facts and books that spans a ridiculous number of decades.
Have you read any of the books on this list? Have you experienced any of these 90s things? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.