The 90s Kid Book Tag


Seriously, I love the 90s. My childhood was so amazing. We had video games and computers and stuff, but it wasn’t as constantly invasive as it is now. (I say on my BLOG which I am writing instead of sleeping…) (The hypocrisy is not lost on me.) We had the best TV shows, the greatest music, and just generally happy lives. I am so nostalgic for 1999 pretty much all of the time.

So when I saw this tag on The Literary Phoenix a few months ago I couldn’t resist bookmarking it for a later date. I don’t do as many book tags as I used to, so it’s taken me a while to get to it, but I love tags and I’m so happy this is how I’m spending my Sunday night. ūüôā


  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!



I don’t typically auto-read an author, I still have to find the synopsis interesting before I’ll want to read it. But I have read literally every single book by Rainbow Rowell except¬†Carry¬†On, and a friend recently convinced me that I need tor read that one, too. I mean, I started reading comics just so I could read her Runaways run, okay? Y’all, my love for this woman and all of her books cannot be understated.


A book that connected you with your best friend.

My best friend’s name was Claire, and we were the advanced readers in our class. While the rest of the class read picture books our teacher let us pick a book to read together, and we chose¬†Little¬†House¬†in¬†the¬†Big¬†Woods. Are you shocked? No. No you are not. Because what else would little white girls from the 90s pick?


A book that seemed like a good idea but was actually a monster.

This pretty much surmises how I felt about Anna Karenina. I love the classics, especially classic romances, but after 25 straight pages of literal FARMING techniques, I put it down and didn’t look back.


A book you hated to say Bye Bye Bye to.

I was so distraught when Bel¬†Canto was over! I just wanted it to go on forever! I’m not the kind to typically get a book hangover, but when this book was over I just wanted to pick it right back up and start it again. I’m going ahead and calling it, this is going to be my favorite book of 2019.


A book everyone loved but you hated.

I don’t want to say I hated it, because I didn’t, but I just don’t get the big deal about A¬†Darker¬†Shade¬†of¬†Magic. It was fine, but I didn’t think it was anything special. Don’t hate me.

Oregon Trail

A book that made you wish you died of dysentery.N

I think my least favorite book in history has to have been Guillver’s¬†Travels. And like, it’s mostly my own fault that I was so miserable, because I could have DNF-ed it, but I was so determined to read it all the way to the end that I slugged through like, two thirds of it before I quit.


3 books you recommend to anyone, anywhere, no matter what.

I will recommend Where’d¬†You¬†Go¬†Bernadette until the day I die. This is such a funny book, and what I love about it is that it doesn’t just appeal to one type of person. Anybody can find something to love about this book!

The¬†Goblin¬†Emperor is my current auto-recommend. Even if you don’t think you like fantasy I think you’ll love this book. I just makes you feel so GOOD and HAPPY. And it’s so well written! It’s been about a year since I finished it and I still haven’t stopped gushing.

I’m forever recommending¬†The¬†Scarlet¬†Pimpernel. It’s a classic, but a lot of people haven’t read it. It’s got a little bit of everything: intrigue, love, action, mystery. And it’s a pretty quick read too.

Dial-Up Internet

A book that took FOR FREAKING EVER to read.

The first time I read The Lord¬†of¬†the¬†Rings it took me over a year because I gave up and had to start over again. Plus, you know, it’s 1,000 pages long and I was like, thirteen. So glad I finally read it all the way through, though, because it’s now my favorite book. These days it only takes me a few weeks to read. (psht, only)

Kenan Thompson

That book that you see referenced everywhere and is in everything, but that’s okay because it’s awesome.

I’m not ashamed to throw Harry Potter in here! There’s a reason that you see this book everywhere, and it’s because it’s the book that got 90s kids (and 2000s kids…) into reading in the first place! I had friends who literally NEVER read books, but they spent weeks finishing this one because they loved it so much. I know it’s kind of fashionable to be anti-HP right now because the books aren’t diverse enough, but I will continue to reference this series until I am old and decrepit.

Thumbs Up Seven Up

A book where you peeked just REAL quick at the ending because you don’t like guessing games.

You’ll be interested to know that my students still like to play Thumbs Up Seven Up!

I don’t DO this. Like, literally, I have never peeked at the end of a book. I can’t even fake an answer for this one because I just. don’t. do. that. Sorry!


Your ideal bookish snack.

I like to eat popcorn while I’m reading! It’s a good snack that can go on the couch with you, you can eat it with one hand so you don’t have to put your book down, and it’s not at all messy. Plus, popcorn is pretty much the tastiest food there is.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

A book that kept you up all night.

I don’t like being scared, and when I was a kid I avoided the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark collections like the plague. But in college I read Dracula not realizing just how terrifying it would be. When I say that it gave me nightmares, I do not exaggerate in the slightest. I couldn’t sleep at all and had to stop reading it after the sun went down. Which, honestly, probably just prolonged how long I was reading the book for and made it worse, lol.

Bill Nye the Science Guy

A book that taught you something new.

I really enjoyed reading 1776 by David McCullough a couple of years ago! I’m secretly kind of an American History buff, and I really like this deep dive into the revolutionary war. But McCullough’s writing is really easy to get into, and the book reads more like a novel than a history book. I highly recommend it if you’re into that sort of thing!

I’m tagging:

21 thoughts on “The 90s Kid Book Tag

  1. Oooh, are you going to see the movie adaptation of Where’d You Go Bernadette at the end of the month? I love Cate Blanchette so I’m personally looking forward to it – I hope it holds up!

    I was interested to hear your students still play Thumbs Up Seven Up. XD Classics are classics.

    Thanks for dong this tag? ūüôā I always smile on pingbacks for this – I never thought it would get so widespread!

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  2. This is such a cool tag! Thank you for tagging me. We do have some of these in common.

    -I would definitely never peek at the end of a book!
    – I can still remember buying a copy of the first Harry Potter book at the bookstore. That was such an exciting time. I never tire of seeing the books and merch. Were enjoying the illustrated books now!
    – We have all the Scary Stories books in our collection and my kids love them, but there are some really eerie stories in there!

    I also love your recommendations. I’ve had Where’d You Go Bernadette on my list forever.

    Thanks again and I’ll do this soon! ‚̧

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  3. Oh gosh! Flashback time. We played Oregon Trail in school and I loved that stupid game way too much ūüôā It’s hard to believe Pokeman is a thing again as well even if it’s way different. Ah the good old days!

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  4. I NEED to do this one soon. Also can we just take a moment and acknowledge that one of the prompts is “made you wish you died of dysentery.”
    I can’t stop laughing because I must still be 10 years old.

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  5. woohoo I am a nineties kid too! Totally hear you about needing to read all of Rowell’s books. Ah I understand that about Anna Karenina- the problem with that book is that the first and last 100 pages have very little to do with the actual story (and yeah they’re about farming techniques :/ ) BUT the middle part of that book is actually so good- it’s such a shame an editor didn’t come in and just axe all the non-fic stuff (preferably putting it in some specific book for farmers). haha I forgot sliming people was a thing in 90s shows!

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    1. I find that a lot of Romantic literature I prefer abridged. Like I LOVE Dumas and Hugo, but I’ve ONLY read abridged versions of their works. I hated Dickens and Tolstoy, and attempted unabridged versions. The Romantics were just really into pointless details, lol.

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