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!

Ready Player One

9969571Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Genre: Science Fiction

Published: August 16, 2011

Rating: 5/5

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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

I was given this book during Big-Little week by my wonderful Little, and it took me a while afterward to finally pick it up. I cannot believe it took me so long! This book combined my love of digital stories with their paper brethren in a wonderful ride that brought into question what will happen to the world when computers become the main sensory experience.

Wade Watts proves to be the super hero he was named to be, representing the dream of gamers across the world; to become famous and rich by playing video games. He also represents a self-taught computer genius who is a programmer and tech guy in one. In short, I am incredibly jealous of his innate computer literacy, and now consider him one of my multitude of book boyfriends.

This isn’t just a story about a quest for money and fame, it is a wonderful exploration of how the world can change when you can look however you want. The ability to work and play all occurs in the same web for (nearly) free. A world completely digitized still has “castes” of a sort; only the wealthy can move freely and have the best equipment. This facet of the world brings to mind current issues such as net neutrality, as Wade battles the evil corporation hell bent on privatizing entry into this magical universe of binary.

Do you really know your friends if you’ve never met them face-to-face? In a world now full of social media, and sharing sites, it can be harder than ever to tell your real friends from those just hiding behind a screen. The evolution of Wade and his friendships with those online made me evaluate how I view online friendships (I really don’t have any friends as awesome as Ach).

The classics will always come back. I’ll admit a few of the 80’s references in this book went over my head (I’m a 90’s kid), but I found the nostalgia present throughout the book charming and interesting. After finishing, I did go searching out a few of the movies referenced to get a little more context, and I will likely reread again soon so I can experience the book with a bit more background.

In summary, Ready Player One is an action packed sci-fi thriller and is high on my list of favorite books ever. I absolutely love and felt connected to all the characters, and can’t wait to see them adapted on the big screen next year (please, Steven Spielberg, don’t mess them up). I highly recommend it to anyone who loves 80’s references, classic video games, and explorations of what is to come in all of our futures.

Check out my Etsy for a Ready Player One inspired bracelet!

Thank you all for reading!

emily