The 90s Kid Book Tag

If you grew up in the Nineties, like me, you’ll love this new book tag by Amber @ The Literary Phoenix. Being a Brit, a few of these 90s trends didn’t cross the pond from the US, but most of them are things we all remember from our childhoods. Let’s step back in time!

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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!

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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! There isn’t a book she’s written that I haven’t loved so far (I haven’t gotten round to Tower of Dawn yet, so no spoilers!). I’ll be heartbroken when the final Throne of Glass book is finished, but at least we’re getting some new ACOTAR spinoffs, starting with the A Court of Frost and Starlight novella this year!

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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.

Me and my bestie are both huge Harry Potter fans – I can’t remember if we ever bonded over the books at school, but we definitely share the love now!

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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.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – I feel like I’ve been hating on this book way more than necessary, but it’s so rare that I DNF a book, especially a YA fantasy! I can completely see why some people loved it, the concept is right up my street, but for some reason the execution just didn’t click with me. Or maybe I was in a bit of book slump. I might come back to it later… (like the Furby comeback!)

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N’SYNC

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

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

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is the last book that left me with a raging hangover and a gaping hole in my life.

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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?

A book everyone loved but you hated.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – I really wanted to like this book! I’ve loved every other Steifvater book, but for some reason this one just wasn’t for me and I ended up DNFing it and returning it to Audible. I do wonder whether I’d enjoy the physical book better than the audio book, but I probably won’t get round to trying for years because of all the other books on my TBR…

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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.

That’s a pretty strong negative reaction, I’m not sure I’ve ever hated a book quite that much! I really didn’t enjoy the Maze Runner series after book one though, and gave up on the series completely, despite owning them all. I’m not a fan of the movies either.

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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.

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Dial-Up Internet

You know how it’s annoying when you aren’t on LTE?  IMAGINE 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 Scorch Trials by James Dashner – I struggled so much with the second Maze Runner book that I gave up and didn’t bother with books 3 and 4, it just went completely off track for me, and if I’m honest Maze Runner wasn’t exactly a favourite of mine. I had high expectations after seeing everyone rave about this series online, so I bought the boxset, and I’m disappointed I didn’t love it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Kenan Thompson

He’s that guy who’s been on SNL forever.  Also Mighty Ducks.  Good Burger.  Kenan and Kel.  All That.  Everything.

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

Harry Potter is the obvious choice here, or possibly Lord of the Rings for those slightly older than me (I feel like there’s a very clear divide between the HP and LOTR generations).

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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.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I spoiled the ending before I finished because I didn’t want to turn into an emotional wreck reading it in public (I read it on holiday). After The Fault in Our Stars I needed to know what I was dealing with advance!

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Dunkaroos

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

Your ideal bookish snack.

Any kind of cake, cupcake, cookie, pie, tart, chocolate, biscuit… anything sweet basically. Plus tea, lots of tea.

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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.

I love a bit of horror, one of my favourites is Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. It has the right balance of creepiness, gore and humour.

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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.

One of my favourite things about reading is that every book leaves me with a little bit more knowledge about a different subject, I love learning and building on my collection of random facts. I recently learned a lot about historical medicine and pathology from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Included with the books are photos and explanations from the author about which elements of the story are factually accurate and which she used her poetic licence to embellish. All books should come with maps, glossaries and notes from the author with snippets of their research!

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That was fun! The 90s was a great decade to grow up in, technology was advancing at an incredible rate, but we were protected from the negative effects of being constantly online that kids are faced with today. The music was brilliant (fight me), TV shows like Saved by the Bell and Sister Sister played on repeat after school, and we had a lot more freedom than most kids now – we didn’t have mobile phones so our parents just had to trust us when we went out to play with our friends and were late for dinner. Playing outside was the norm, cyber bullying hadn’t been invented yet (although normal bullying sadly still existed), and there was no such thing as FOMO, Instagram filters or online trolls. It was a simpler time!

If you feel like taking a swing at this tag, feel free, I won’t nominate anyone so consider yourselves all tagged!

 

Lyndsey

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Thanks to Nicola @ Thoughts on Fantasy for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award back in August! I’m a little behind on tags, clearly, so let’s jump straight in.

 

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Rules:

  1. Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
  2. Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
  3. Also inform them about their nomination.
  4. Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

7 Facts About Me:

  1. My favourite animal is the dolphin and I actually got to swim with them in Mexico a few years ago, which was one of my big bucket list dreams!
  2. I just started journalling this New Year, and I’m finding it so useful for downloading my thoughts and easing my anxiety and stress. I’m no artist so it’s not a beautiful bullet journal like some, but it’s mine and I love it.
  3. I’m originally from High Green in Sheffield, which is where the Arctic Monkeys are from, but I’ve never met any of them. My childhood babysitter’s son served them in the local pub once though…
  4. My dad named me Lyndsey after Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Man, who is obviously a man, but whatever, Rumours is the greatest album ever written.
  5. I’ve recently become completely obsessed with true crime, especially the podcast My Favorite Murder by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. I’m going to their live show in Manchester with my friend who introduced me to the podcast in May and I cannot wait!
  6. My eyes are kind of hazel, they’re basically green with a ring of brown around the pupil, so when the sun shines on them they look super green, but in dim light they just look brown.
  7. I can’t dance or sing, plus I’m terrible at sport. I haven’t got a competitive bone in my body so I just don’t care about winning enough to try when I’m not naturally talented. I believe there’s room for everyone at the top!

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I’m not going to nominate anyone as I’ve been a bit disconnected from the blogging community recently (being pregnant is more all-consuming than I expected!) so if you fancy sharing 7 little-known facts about yourself, feel free to pinch this award!

Lyndsey

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The Blogger Recognition Award

Hello there! It’s been a while since I posted here and I’ve really missed it. I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus over the last few weeks, Pitch Wars was a really worthwhile and valuable, but completely exhausting experience, and I’ve had a few personal things going on, but I’m back and excited to get back on track!

Thankfully, I was tagged by the fabulous Katie @ Read with Katie for the Blogger Recognition Award, which is the perfect way to ease me back into blogging!

If you haven’t checked out Katie’s awesome blog yet, pop over there immediately! Or, when you’re done here, that’s cool too.

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Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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How I started my blog…

This isn’t my first blog, but it’s the one I’ve kept at the longest (recent hiatus excepted). I started it around a year ago when I first started writing my book, I wanted somewhere to share my progress and to hopefully meet other writers and readers.

In my writing research, I’d seen lots of posts about author platforms and the importance of having an online presence where readers and anyone searching for you could go to contact the author and just generally find out more.

I thought a blog might be more fun than an author website, somewhere I could post snippets of my writing, advice I’d come across and found useful, and other fun posts that people might enjoy. To be honest, I didn’t expect many followers or really anyone to stumble across my little corner of the internet, but so far there are over 300 of you! So thank you all for joining me on my journey to publication (fingers crossed!), for liking and commenting on my posts, and cheering me on. I couldn’t do it without you!

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Advice for new bloggers…

#1 – Interact with your followers and fellow bloggers

The one thing that’s made the biggest difference to my blog stats, and also helped me build a community of fellow bloggers and writer friends, was interacting with other blogs. Basically, that means replying to comments on my posts, commenting back on my followers’ own blogs, and taking part in blog hops.

Joining in with weekly or monthly memes like Beautiful People by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In, or Top Ten Tuesdays by The Broke and the Bookish is also a great way to find similar blogs to follow and interact with.

One of the best blog hops for writers I take part in is the Author Toolbox Blog Hop by Raimey Gallant, which is a monthly hop where we share posts with advice, support and experiences. You can take a look back at past posts by visiting the hashtag on Twitter, if you’re a writer and blogger I definitely recommend getting involved, the quality of posts is absolutely fantastic and the community of writers taking part is inspiring to say the least!

I follow a lot of the bloggers I follow on their social media accounts too, mainly Twitter and Instagram, and I’m a member of several Facebook groups with other bloggers and writers I’ve met online too. Interacting with other bloggers who write about similar topics, or who you admire and would love to emulate, is the best piece of advice I can possibly give if you want to get the most out of blogging!

#2 – Find your niche

People are more likely to subscribe to your blog if they know what to expect from your posts. Is your blog about books? Reading them, or writing them? Which genres do you prefer? Do you write reviews? Are they in depth and detailed, or mini taster reviews? Do you include spoilers? Those are the kinds of things people like to know before subscribing.

There are millions of blogs on the internet, probably even billions, so you need to carve out a little corner of paradise for yourself where like-minded individuals can find you and your posts. There’s nothing completely original in this world, so don’t worry about coming up with something brand new that’s never been done before, but if you have a niche you’re more likely to attract the right kinds of readers, people like yourself who maybe didn’t think anyone else was into the exact same type of sci-fi, or little-known manga, as them.

You’ve probably heard the saying “Jack of all trades, master of none”. Well, that applies to blogging too. If you try to be everything to everyone, you’ll wind up with a blog that has no identifiable category, that search engines struggle to place in results, and readers won’t subscribe to because they can’t guarantee that every post will be relevant or interesting to them.

You don’t have to be as specific as ‘a blog about 15th Century Italian poetry with religious imagery’, but you need to give your potential readers an idea of what to expect. For example, my blog is about writing and reading YA lit, that’s the general theme of this blog. I diverge a little, I read and review some adult lit, and I lean towards fantasy, but also feature contemporary and thrillers. But on the whole, the vast majority of my posts are either about reading or writing, and mostly YA fantasy.

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I nominate…

I’m going to leave this one open, so if you fancy sharing your blogging story and some tips for newbie bloggers, feel free to pinch this tag!

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Thanks for sticking with me through the impromptu hiatus, I’m hoping to be back to regularly scheduled programming from now on. I will be taking part in NaNoWriMo next month, but I’ll do my best to keep posting here as well.

In other news, I sent my first query for THE FAIR QUEEN yesterday, so I’m officially in the query trenches! Wish me luck, I’ll keep you all updated on any developments (that I can share 😉 ) and you can all commiserate with me as the rejections start to flood in.

 

Until next time!

Lyndsey

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