What Your Favorite '90s Book Says About You

by Alex Weiss

As a 90s kid, you probably grew up reading books with characters who spent a lot of time on their landline phones, or ones that time traveled or went to an unbelievable school. You had an array of options as new books were constantly hitting the shelves and making you, and your school's librarian, very happy. Even with a new book in hand every week, especially after the Scholastic Book Fair visited your school, you had an absolute favorite. This favorite of yours is one you want to read to your future children (or already have), one that will always fill your heart with happiness, one that might be a little ridiculous in the best way possible.

Your favorite books say a lot about your personality, as does your bookshelf, favorite genre, author, and so much more. Your personality is forever changing, but there are some distinct qualities that you've kept since you were a nerdy, book-loving little girl. Some of your first favorite books probably had quite the impact on shaping you as a person, and will remain important influences for, well, forever.

If you're curious to find out what your favorite '90s book says about you, look no further. Taking some of the best books straight out of the grunge generation, here's how your personality stems from your favorite book as a butterfly clip and acid washed jean wearing teen:

1. The Baby-sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin

If you were a big fan of The Baby-sitters Club, odds are you were a baby-sitter yourself. You grew up taking care of tiny children and became a master at getting paint and food stains out of everything. You care a lot about your friends and will protect them at all costs. Sometimes you can come off as a little overbearing, but what matters most is your kindness and patience and that makes you the awesome person you are.

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2. American Girl series by Valerie Tripp

You loved history as a kid, and that hasn't changed as you've grown up. You're always up-to-date on the news and can hold your ground in a political conversation. You have a lot of ambition, which is part of why you loved watching the American Girls make a difference in the world, and you hope to someday make some much needed changes yourself.

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3. Goosebumps series by R.L. Stein

As a kid you were probably a bit misunderstood, which isn't a bad thing. You definitely made friends with other misfits, and you probably bonded over your love for reading Goosebumps stories, watching Are You Afraid of the Dark? before bed, and telling ghost stories. Nowadays you still have a special place for all things weird and creepy, but most of all, you have an open mind — something which has always helped you in life.

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4. Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne

You've always had a wild imagination, and as a kid, you definitely believed time travel was a real thing you could do someday. Now that you're all grown up, you still use your creativity and imagination for good use in your career and in your closest relationships. Everyone knows you as the dreamer, and you wouldn't want it any other way.

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5. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

No matter what year or teacher you had in school, you were always known as the class clown. Your witty humor and sarcasm can sometimes get you into trouble, but most of the time it just makes you the funniest person in the friend group. You like to take risks and have fun above anything else, and frankly, everyone needs a friend like you.

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6. Matilda by Roald Dahl

You've been a book nerd since you were a little kid. Upon reading Matilda, you felt as though the book had just spoken to your soul. Quiet, kind, and unique are often words used to describe you, just like your role model, Matilda. While you don't have any superpowers, you're a great friend and role model to others because of your determined spirit, which I think is better (or almost better) than telekinesis.

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7. The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Fairytales have never been your thing, and you've always been aware that "happily ever afters" just aren't realistic, which is why Snicket's grim books were your absolute favorites. You've grown up with a grounded personality, and you might sometimes come off as a little pessimistic, but underneath it all you're always hoping for the best.

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8. Holes by Louis Sachar

If you loved Holes more than anything else, that's probably because you had an unlucky childhood where it seemed like your parents blamed you for everything your snotty younger siblings did, or your dog did actually did eat your math homework and no one believed you. Whether or not that unlucky streak has followed you into adulthood, you live your life carefully... but still know how to have a fun time.

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9. Wayside School series by Louis Sachar

The Wayside School series was filled with the strangest adventures and characters, and in your mind, your elementary and middle school was just as strange. As a kid you had many friends, and that has remained true throughout your life. You're a people-person and great listener, but you also love to share your crazy life stories any chance you get.

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10. Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones is a spunky character. She always knew what she liked and didn't like, which may have been one of the things you adored most about her. Recognizing a bit of yourself in Junie B. means you grew up with confidence and always went after what you wanted. You embrace your creativity and oddball personality, as does everyone you're close with.

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11. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

You love to help people out, even if it inconveniences you. You have a big heart that's constantly finding new ways to make people smile. But you often don't pay attention to your own needs, so don't be afraid to give yourself a "treat yo self" day every once in a while.

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12. Amelia's Notebook series by Marissa Moss

You loved Amelia's Notebook because you were either obsessed with updating your own diary or you wished you had the motivation to keep a diary like Amelia. Either way, you tend to be on the more quiet side. Your internal thoughts are always wandering, and you've developed pretty amazing observation skills.

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13. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Loving The Giver means you loved dystopian worlds before you even fully understood the concept, and it also shows you've had an open mind from a young age. You don't believe there's a right or wrong way to live life, just as long as you live it to the fullest as you possibly can. Sometimes you try to do too many things at once, but overall you're a hard worker and curious kid at heart.

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14. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

It's pretty fair to say most kids who read in the '90s loved Harry Potter. If you were a major Potter fan from the very beginning, you have an endless imagination and loving personality that every teacher, parent, and friend recognizes right away. You tend to daydream fairly often, but that never stops you from being your awesome self.

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