The 90’s Kid Book Tag

THE RULES

  1. 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!
  2. Freeze tag was all the rage in the 90s.  Tag someone (or many) you think would have fun with this!
  3. Have fun!

POKEMON

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.

 

Sarah J. Maas is my all-time favorite author, and I absolutely NEED everything that she writes. (As you can see from the pics above, my obsession has led to some marvelous adventures. You can read about Bookcon and the ACoWaR tour.) For those not in the know, she actually wrote the BEGINNING of a serial story on tumblr (The Starkillers Cycle) with Susan Dennard and the fact it will probably be forever unfinished (the underground fandom thinks they had a falling out) is heartbreaking.


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.

The reason my sorority Big Sister and I met was actually because I put Sarah J. Maas on my introduction and interests slide when I was joining. One of our “sister dates” was an adventure to a local Maas signing! The rest is history, and now we have expanded our circle of obsession to others in our Harry Potter Family.


FURBY

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.

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An unpopular opinion – I didn’t really enjoy the book An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. The cover is absolutely stunning by one of my favorite fan artists, Charlie Bowater, and because of the hype I decided to pick it up. It really just wasn’t for my over-analytical mind with the writing seeming for much younger audience and the characters having some holes I couldn’t ignore.

 


N’SYNC

90s quintessential boy band. You may have heard of Justin Timberlake?

A book you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to.31453592

The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole is a book that I waited for-freaking-ever for. After the major cliffhanger in Arcana Rising, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, and there is still so much unresolved things that need to happen before the end of the series! I’m in denial that the next book will be the last in The Arcana Chronicles, which is one of my guiltiest of guilty pleasures.


SLIMED!

Getting green slime thrown on you, courtesy of the show Figure it Out.  Also apparently still a thing at the Kid’s Choice Awards?

22328546A book everyone loved but you hated.

The Red Queen series is one that I absolutely did not like. When I say I didn’t like the series, I mean I forced myself to read the first book because everyone seemed to love it, and then figured there MUST be something in the sequel to redeem it (which I did not find). I ended up DNFing Glass Sword and have no desire to return to the world. It seemed like a really tired YA trope that wasn’t done in a new or compelling way. Mare was whiny, the “good” prince was trash, and the only interesting thing was the superpowers, but I digress.


OREGON TRAIL

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.

Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert is a book that I had to read for English class in high school, and one that I hope I never have to pick up or look at for extended periods of time again.


MIXTAPE/CD

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.

 

Ready Player One, Red Rising, and The Darkest Minds. All three of these books have such amazing and powerful stories that I believe people of all ages and background would love and enjoy.


DIAL-UP INTERNET

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.10987

I ended up picking up and putting down Voyager by Diana Gabaldon for over a year before I finally buckled down and forced myself to finish it. The same thing is happening now with it’s sequel Drums of Autumn, but hopefully I’ll be able to finish it soon.


KEENAN THOMPSON

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.3

Harry Potter references seem to have found their way into everything YA, and even some adult, but I’m not complaining. Harry will always have be The Boy Who Lives On In My Heart.


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 18966806guessing games.

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown. No spoilers but something VERY STRESSFUL happens towards the end of this book, and I *may* have peeked to see how the situation would resolve itself (I don’t trust this man after what happened in Golden Son.)


DUNKAROOS

These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea.

Your ideal bookish snack.

I don’t enjoy eating while reading, because I’m always worried that I’ll get food stuff on my page. When I do eat, I’ll normally have cookies with chocolate milk or tea of some kind (iced or hot).


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.26795341

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli had me up until 2AM as I finished it in one sitting. This book had everything I love in a contemporary: a cute romance, a story about finding yourself, and a dash of mystery (with some well done drama mixed in). I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation coming out at the end of this month!


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.

21532133I’m not that big into non-fiction books (which is a fact that I am working to remedy!) but I have always been a fan of historical fiction. However it sounds, I learned more about the Scottish uprising and Bonnie Prince Charlie by reading the Outlander series than I ever did in school. While I’m not saying its 100% historically accurate, Diana Gabaldon definitely did her research and I love how many historical aspects she mixes into her books.


That was a lot of fun and nostalgia. Feel free to steal this tag and spread it around if you’re a fellow 90s kid, or you just love book tags too!

Wine Book Tag

Thank you so much to Maggie @ MassachusettsNovel for tagging me in this great post. Few things go together better than books and wine (or tea/coffee).

Box Wine: A book that people will judge you for liking but you like anyway | The Host

1656001Many people hate Stephenie Meyer for what I deem no good reason other than the movie adaptations sucked. While in hindsight the Twilight Series wasn’t that great, I did enjoy it at the time. The book by Meyer that I loved then and still love now is The Host. Again, many people hate this book, but as a Sci-Fi lover, I really enjoyed the idea of an alien falling in love with a human against everything they were taught. It was also a different take that the alien species viewed themselves as helping, rather than trying to destroy and colonize.

Organic Wine: A book that doesn’t have any added crap and is written perfectly | Fangirl

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024While I enjoy contemporary romance, there are very few where I become wholly entwined with the story of the main character. Fangirl was a book that drew me in the way a fantasy novel does, painting a complete world full of diverse personalities. I love all of the main characters little ticks, and I wouldn’t change anything about this book.

 

Gluehwein: A really spicy, wintry read | Outlander

21532133The most spicy read I can think of involved a certain Scotsman. Jamie Fraser is the epitome of a spicy wintry read (and he goes down like a fine wine). I absolutely love the Outlander series, both on television and in print. The world is so immersive, you can definitely get lost in it on a long winter night.

 

Sauvignon Blanc: A really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down | The Daughter of the Blood

47956The Black Jewels Series is very dark and horrifying in some parts, but it is a series that I could not put down. The world and the characters are so entrancing. It’s also a unique spin, because the story about the “chosen one” is told throughout her life by the family that surrounds her rather than her own point of view. This adds another lens on it, because adult males are viewing the tortured life of a girl from youth to womanhood. Plenty of death and maiming (in the first chapter someone gets their balls chewed off by rats), but an amazing story underneath it all.

Pinot Noir: A book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away by | Six of Crows

23437156I read the first book in the Grisha Trilogy, which occurs in the same universe as this series (events in this series are also mentioned multiple times in the Six of Crows Duology) and although I enjoyed it, I did not feel the need to continue on. I own all of the books but I never finished them, which is why I was hesitant when I first picked up Six of Crows. Man, did this book blow me out of the water. Bardugo really reached into the depths of her mind for the mischievousness and planning found in this book. Recommend to anyone loves a good heist story.

Chardonnay: A good summer read that was super zesty | Bad For You

18870159I love Abbi Glines and have been reading her books ever since she self-published Breathe so many years ago. One of my favorites comes from her Sea Breeze series, Bad For You. Who doesn’t love a sexy rocker finding out about love for the first time? A great read, perfect for a beach day and full of delicious drama.

 

Rose: A book that has a little bit of everything in it | Cress

13206828I know it is a little unfair to start in on this one with the third book in a series, however I believe that this book provides the best mix of themes. There is a lost princess and a lost daughter, government conspiracy and kidnapping. A false queen is on the throne and aliens have been hiding among humans, spreading disease. There is an outlaw helping them, discrimination against cyborgs, magic mind control abilities. I could keep going on but it might give away some major plot points.


Shiraz: A full bodied book that is dark and juicy | 
Dark Lover

42899I absolutely love J. R. Ward’s books, and The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one of my favorite full of vampires and delicious men that provide all the dark juicy romance a girl could ask for. Definitely go and check this series out! It’s one of my favorites!

 

Merlot: A smooth easy read with a soft finish | Again the Magic

674220Again, a favorite romance series. It seems that there are quite a few appearing on this tag. I love regency romances and this book wasn’t an exception. There was a beautiful romance full of misunderstanding but above all love, and the happy ending. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite historical romance novels, and I highly recommend books of hers. The Wallflower Series, which this is technically a part of is absolutely marvelous.

Champagne: Your favorite book | Heir of Fire

20613470I’ve said it once, I will say it again. Heir of Fire is my favorite book, especially by Sarah J. Maas because of the awesome character development and tackling of depression after major events. Not a lot of books tackle mental issues, and the description in this book really connected to me, as someone who was having a rough time in High School when these books came out. The Throne of Glass series is always my first recommendation to others looking for new reads, with A Court of Thorns and Roses series a close second (I just love Sarah J Maas).

Thanks so much for reading this tag! And now it’s time for you to do this tag too! Feel free to complete it even if you haven’t been tagged, just make sure you tag me in your post 😉

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Charlotte @ Pages and Plays

Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

-Emily

Throne of Glass Book Tag

Hello everyone!

I am still reeling from all of the feels that Empire of Storm inspired in me, and have not really had time to do blog posts. However, I will break that slump today! I have been tagged but the lovely MassachussetsNovel to do the Throne of Glass Book Tag!

Lysandra | A book with a cover change you loved

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I know that many people enjoyed the original covers of the Arcana Chronicles series, but I just absolutely love the new covers, without people. They are so much more colorful and while the cover males weren’t bad looking, they just weren’t what I pictured the characters looking as.

 

Abraxos | A book that’s better on the inside than it looks on the outside

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When I first picked up Dragonfly (by Julia Golding) at the library, there wasn’t a creepy face shadow in the background (at least that I saw).I was slightly put out at first by the sparkly brooch on the cover, especially as the description inside was geared toward the YA fantasy genre. Needless to say, I really enjoyed the story of a princess from a far away kingdom who fights to free people of an oppressed nation.

 

Erilea | A series with great world building

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I have still not finished the Grisha trilogy, much to the chagrin of of my friends (because I insist on finishing it before Six of Crows), but I absolutely love the world that Bardugo has created. The entire system of the “small science” mixed in with a war-torn nation makes for an enchanting and wonderful read.

 

 

Rifthold | A book that combines genres

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While a combination of Science Fiction and Romance is not exactly a ground-breaking combination, I do believe that this book successfully blends the two. Plus I love the series and author and wanted it to have a place on this list. I absolutely love the aliens of Obsidian and this was one of my introductions into the science fiction realm of YA, before the 5th wave released. Without this book, I probably wouldn’t have even picked up other YA sci-fi’s, as I preferred the older classics like Dune.

Damaris | A book based on/inspired by a myth or legend

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This book is VERY loosely based on the story of Beauty and the Beast, but it is one of my all-time favorite vampire books. This post-apocalyptic story weaves in magic, and lust, and love, into a beautiful story about a young woman (who just wants to bake cinnamon rolls) coming into her powers. I love the heroine, I love the men, and I love how this story isn’t a love story (even though you want it to be).

 

Kaltain Rompier | A book with an unexpected twist

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I absolutely adore the Enclave series by Ann Aguirre. In fact, it is one of the only zombie YA’s that I enjoy (other than Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly). I really did not see the big twist in this series coming, with the creatures being a little more than they seem. I loved the strong female lead, and the love interest, as well as the change of scene throughout the books. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a survival/zombie/YA love story. (While this sounds like a horrible mix, it works.)

Assassin’s Keep| A book with an unreliable narrator

6185I love the first half of Wuthering Heights. There is just something about a doomed love story that draws me in. However, if you consider the context of the story, the entire thing is being told basically third hand. The Narrator Lockwood is relating what “Nelly” Dean is telling him about a story that happened between three other people. While this absolutely works for the story, I have always wondered what would  change if Catherine had told the story first hand, which leads this to being my pick for unreliable narrator.

Asterin Blackbeak | A book that’s got squad goals

13206900The squad in Winter is so real. All of the characters from the previous novels come together in this bada$$ quest to save the Lunar people from their crazy insane bitch queen. The meshing of all these different parts just makes me wanna sing, because each character so lovable on their own just so wonderfully compliment each other. I can’t. And that is all I will say on this subject.

Terrasen | A book that feels like home

10576365While it may be a little twisted that I consider a world where teenagers are relegated to what amounts to internment camps “home,” I constantly find myself returning to this series whenever I need a good laugh or cry or adventure. This book was admittedly a runner up for the squad goals tag because I just absolutely love all the characters in it. I cannot read through any of the books without shedding a tear or horrifically sobbing, which is the mark of a truly great read.

Aelin Ashryver Galathynius | A book with the power to destroy you

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I 100% monumentally lost my noodles during this book. Liked the first book in the series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and then this one completely blew it and all my previous expectations out of the water. Maas is wonderful with her character development as well as the realistic-ness of the love and relationships in her books, which is often missing from fantasy and indeed New and Young Adult novels. I cannot wait to see what else this series has in store.

Manon Blackbeak | A book that intimidated you

18116I was initially given the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman as a Christmas gift around 5th grade. Not the individual books, but the giant 1000 page monstrosity that contains all three in one collection in super fine print. Although I had read some pretty thick books, that giant series-in-one scared me a little bit, especially knowing that it was only three books and not the seven books I had in my Jane Austen collection. I really did enjoy them though, and they would be my choice for runner-up on books that changed your view. The thinly veiled religious innuendos in this book made me think about the world and other people’s views in a new light, and led me to a greater understanding of what I believed.

Rowan Whitethorn | A book that makes you swoon

21532133I love Jamie Frasier. He is an awesome, loving, caring, warrior male who would do anything to protect his wife. What else is there to say? Other than Jamie, Outlander is an amazing book filled with so much well-researched historically detailed, which weaves seamlessly into the story and helps the reader perfectly envision the world in which these characters reside. It is also an awesome and steamy show that I love watching.

 

Chaol Westfall | A book that challenged you to see things differently

409449I was forced to read this book, originally written in 1999 about a post-apartheid Africa. It is written about a sick, disgusting man, who is basically the definition of an unreliable narrator. You end up against every fiber of your being feeling bad for what is happening to said disgusting male, however it does provide a brief (if unreliable) feel as to the trials that certain areas in Africa faced, as well as a new view on white superiority in other nations. While I will never pick up this book again, I do believe that it opened my eyes and made me realize injustices that often go unspoken here and abroad.

Fleetfoot | A book that you received as a gift

16068905This book was given to me by my Sorority Big Maggie (from Massachusettsnovel, link above). It was my second foray into Rainbow Rowell (I had read and enjoyed Carry On before reading Fangirl which I now realize was a little backward) and I absolutely loved the story. I saw so many aspects of my fangirl-self reflected in Cath, and adored the realistic love story between her and Levi. Now I just need to find a Levi.

Eye of Elena | a book you found right when you needed it

16034235Perhaps it is *very* corny to end the Throne of Glass Book Tag with Throne of Glass, but this book really did come to me at the best possible time in my life. Cue 2012 Emily, who was struggling with friendships and sense of self in school, and randomly picked this book up in all of it’s old-ugly-cover glory from the New Release section at the library. This smart-mouthed assassin reminded me that even when you’re beaten down, you can get back up and kick ass, and for that I will always be beholden to Ms. Sardothien and Mrs. Maas. And now I’m getting emotional, but quite honestly I think this book changed my life and made me who I am today.

Thank you so much for reading this very long and time consuming post! And because I don’t have any other blogger friends, I tag you dear and faithful reader. Join me in this hour long quest to share which books relate to the Throne of Glass theme. (but seriously, if you wanna do this feel free to cut some of these out).

Happy reading!

Emily