While I was scrolling through my feed a week or so ago, I saw this tag done by Thrice Read. It was awesome! I love reading tags, but never had done one myself and thought that being a 90s Kid would make this book tag be a perfect first go.
I sent the link to Kelsey, the editor, and she thought it was great! She was also a little bummed that she didn’t have her own blog to do it. This got me thinking, why don’t we both answer!
So, lucky for you all, you get two for the price of one! We have both answered. My answers are in purple and the editor’s are in blue, and as you’ll see we don’t always agree!
- Please, please, please steal this tag and spread it around! I only ask that you link 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.
The Editor: Erik Larson & Cassandra Clare (I’m aware that these authors are about as different as you can get.) But honestly, I jump around A LOT and even with authors I’m hooked on, I tend to stray eventually. Variety is key.
Me: I totally agree that variety is key, but Sam Kean is the only author that pops to mind where I actively track new releases. And anything he writes I will be buying and reading.
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 Editor: This is hard for me to pinpoint. The Historian was one of the first books I remember bonding over. But there was the Divergent series and The Mortal Instruments too…
Me: The Killing Game by Iris Johansen. It was the first book I remember a friend recommending to me in high-school.
The other would be The Mortal Instruments. I’m not sure if the Editor is referencing me or someone else with this selection above, but this series is what sort of got us bookishly connected.
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.
The Editor: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I wanted to like it so much. The concept seemed so cool and then… meh. I don’t know if it was a monster per say, but I was quite disappointed after having high expectations. Hollow City was even more of a letdown, and I don’t know that I’ll ever bother reading the third.
Me: The Magician’s King by Lev Grossman. I liked the first book in the series and while I wasn’t expecting to be head over heals for the second book I didn’t expect to leave so scarred.
90s quintessential boy band. You may have heard of Justin Timberlake?
A book you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to.
The Editor: Dead to the World my favorite, by far, of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. How does one say goodbye to amnesia Eric?
Me: I’m not sure how to answer this. There are many books I’ve loved, but I’m not sure if I’ve truly wanted a book to not end. The closest I can come to is The Stand, and I choose this one simply because I probably had the best and yet biggest “hangover” from 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.
The Editor: Catcher in the Rye. Someone explain to me why this is required reading. ::crickets:: That’s what I thought.
Me: Hate is such a strong word…but I did not like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and everyone else thought it was the bee’s knees.
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 Editor: The Handmaid’s Tale. Hands down. Pun intended. This could also easily qualify as my SLIMED! Award winner. Which is just upsetting because how? Why? Why do people love this book?! I’m putting it here because I like to pretend I’m not alone in the world on this.
Me: Burned by Ellen Hopkins. I don’t think I’ve ever been that angry at a book before or since.
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.
The Editor: The Devil in the White City, The Discovery of Witches, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Me: First off, yes, the Editor is across the board recommending my Slimed pick. I’m pretty sure it validates it as “loved by all, hated by me.” Anyway, this is actually quite difficult for me because there are loads of books I love, but there are little few I would recommend to all. However, after some serious brain crunching these are my picks.
- Sphere by Michael Crichton. I remember after I read this in high school thinking that this book would be enjoyed by many.
- Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I know many who have read this, and they have all loved it expect one, but he also didn’t like Harry Potter, so his opinion doesn’t really hold water.
- How We Got to Now by Steve Johnson. This is a non-fiction book that is remarkable and fascinating as it discusses six major advancements in history that got us where we are today.
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.
The Editor: Dragonfly in Amber. After Outlander I dove headfirst into this book. It was… not like the first. I think I put it down and picked it back up no less than 4 times over the course of two years before I finally finished it.
Me: Mine would weirdly be Jane Eyre. I don’t know why it took me so long to finish this book because it’s awesome! But I wasn’t as big of reader back when I picked it up, and it took me months, but I’m glad I stuck with it.
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.
The Editor: I don’t know if this is exactly what this is getting at but Dracula. He’s directly a part of some of my other favorite books, such as The Historian, and honestly if a book has something to do with him, I’ll probably buy it (i.e. Dracula in Love, Anno Dracula). Vampires are my favorite and Vlad started it all.
Me: I’m with the Editor on this as far as meaning, but my pick would be The Wizard of Oz. I know that a lot of the references are probably due to the movie, but remember folks, it was a book first! (My mother is beaming with pride right now. She’s a total fangirl of both the movie and the books.)
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.
The Editor: I never really peek at the ending of a book. I definitely scan ahead on the page when I think something good is about to happen and I’m excited. I’m only human. I accidentally, sort of, saw the ending of House of Leaves, through absolutely no fault of my own. That whole book is a guessing game and it’s no wonder I read things I shouldn’t have due to the inherent design of it.
Me: The Cellar. I looked at the end. I had to know. I then didn’t finish it.
These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea.
Your ideal bookish snack.
The Editor: Wine… That’s a snack, right?
Me: First off, to the editor’s answer…this is why we be friends. But I have to admit that a chocolate croissant and reading is a heavenly experience.
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 Editor: The Hunger Games not for fear, but because I just couldn’t stop reading it. I did the same with Catching Fire. Mockingjay… not so much. The one chapter of IT I read in high school kept me up a few nights. Still working up to actually reading the whole thing.
Me: Time for Andrew by Mary Downing Hahn. It’s a kid’s book, and I read it when I was probably in upper elementary. I remember it being an awesome book. It was the standard I used when deciding if other books where good or not. It also was the first book to give me unsettling dreams.
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.
The Editor: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Me: A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway. He discussed writing until he knew what happened next, so when he sat down the next day it was easy to get started. This was a revolutionary idea to me.
What do you think of our answers? What would be your slimed pick? Happy Reading!