Two New Pop Culture Books on the 90s and Unique Lists

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I have been a lover of pop culture since I can remember. When I was a child I read TV Guide from cover to cover. I always wanted loved reading and knowing about pop culture related and still do. After reviewing Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops, a book about trends of the 70s and 80s, I was happy to accept to review, The Toally Sweet ’90s, another book by the same authors. And while I was at it, I was also given Super Pop!: Pop Culture Top 10 Lists to review.

These two pop culture books are very different, yet I enjoyed them both. The Totally Sweet 90s is a light quick nostalgic read that you can browse for memories of the 90s. Super Pop is unlike any book or post of lists you’ve seen. Usually lists are quick and browsable, however Super Pop goes into much more depth than you would imagine.

The Totally Sweet ’90s: From Clear Cola To Furby and Grunge to “Whatever”, the Toys, Tastes, and Trends That Defined a Decade

Although I can’t believe the ’90s happened long enough ago to be nostalgic already, I had so much fun looking through this book. My sons were young kids during the 90s so I especially enjoyed all the toys that they “had to have” such as:

  • Tamagotchis (which they wanted me to babysit when they were at school)
  • Furbies
  • Pogs
  • Slap Bracelets
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle everything
  • Beanie Babies 
There  are so many other memories besides toys. You’ll be reminded of movies, TV shows, boy bands. foods,  and so many other trends. The authors, Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont are founders of the pop culture website Gen X-Tinct.

I love lists, who doesn’t. But often, especially at year end, you see the same lists over and over. The lists in Super Pop! are unique. They are all a twist on the typical pop culture list. Even if the title sounds like a typical list, believe me, you will be surprised
Also, each list is comprised of various types of entertainment. So the list which is called Thanksgiving, which is not about Thanksgiving, but about ad hoc families, could have examples from books, movies, TV, music or even video games. And each entry on the list is fully explained. Usually I love lists because I can skim them so I wasn’t sure how I felt about the explanations. However they were so interesting, entertaining and educational that they elevated Super Pop! beyond the level of a typical pop culture book.
Here are some more examples of the lists included in Super Pop! (and one entry from the list):
  • Drink the Kool-Aid: Touch stones for Quirky, Like-Minded People (Freaks and Geeks)
  • Catch a Predator (And More): Procedurals to Aid in Nearly Every Endeavor (All The President’s Men)
  • Stop Talking Bad: Models of Soulful, Incisive, Hard-Hitting Dialogue (The Philadelphia Story)
  • Go Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The Best Places to Hang Out for an Hour (Parks and Recreation) Yes Cheers is on the list but that was too obvious.
If you are a pop culture fan or just get nostalgic for the past, try out these books. I enjoyed them both very much. The Totally Sweet ’90s is so much fun and Super Pop! is a fascinating read. 
Full Disclosure: I received both of these books free to review. All opinions are completely my own.

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  1. Haha, I forgot about Furbies and Beanie Babies. My friend’s mom had thousands of dollars in Beanie Babies. It was insane. She saw it as an investment. :-/ These books sound fun.

  2. Ashley Hatten :

    Gosh, I feel so old they now classify the 90’s as being nostalgic…I did in fact have everything on that list except pogs.

  3. Laura O in AK :

    I was college for most of the 90s, so some of the kid things were outside of my personal experience. But, it is fun to look back and see the trends of the day and laugh over some of them now.

  4. Tough Cookie Mommy :

    It’s hard to believe that we can refer to the 90’s with nostalgia when it feels like they just happened yesterday. These books are great for remembering good times and good memories.

  5. My daughter was young during the 90’s. There were all sorts of stuff on that list I remembered!

  6. Oh, I remember all of that, even with my failing memory!

  7. Haha…that was a blast from the past, yet it seemed like it was from yesterday!!!

  8. The Frugal Greenish Mama :

    Yes! Totally a blast from the past. All things either myself or my younger siblings loved!

  9. Cool ’90’s and I too used to read the TV guide cover to cover. HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

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