Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Summer Reading List

June! Summer! Time to somehow relax, unwind, and wish that we had more sun filled days of warmth.

Remember the relief when you had school behind you and three whole months to just be what you wanted to be? The one thing I loved from school was that I had a great teacher who would put together an amazing summer reading list. I have always been a big reader, and this was my time to indulge. I wanted hours to myself to sit and read undisturbed, punctuated by trips to the library for a refill.

So that's what I want for us this summer dear Geek readers, to have June, July and August to be our Summer reading months. I'll start a list of too good to pass up titles here, and I hope you'll add your own suggestions in the comments and on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter at #GGBCSummer.

You can choose some new titles, go back to old favorites and just ENJOY. At your own pace. Because you deserve to read just for the joy of it, just for you. All I ask is that you let us know what your reading and loving during the summer, and leave it in the same places as your book suggestions. We will keep each other reading and keep in touch all at the same time!

Watch the blog for any fun posts and updates, and check in with how the Summer Reading List is growing!

So relax. Breathe. Remember you are amazing. Keep reading. Keep your face to the sun. And back to business in September.

I'll see you soon dear Geeks, I'll be the one in the big floppy hat, sweet tea in hand, reading Neil Gaiman. Again. <3

GGBC Summer Reading List (so far):

Jurassic Park
The Fault In Our Stars
A Wrinkle In Time
The Mists Of Avalon
Harry Potter (read every single one, they are magic)
Ready Player One
Joyland (Stephen King)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday Geek Girls Book Club!

Four years. Can you believe it? Over 40 books, countless blog posts, meeting Geeks and new friends from all over the world. I can't believe we are all still reading together, making sweet mayhem and nerdy laughs together.

I am so grateful for all of you amazing Geeks.

Looking back, you see all the people you've met, and friends you've made. You also think of what is no more, and what has changed. I think remembering is often bittersweet. The sadness of what will not come is always gently held with the honor of being a part of what was.

As we keep moving and keep reading and laughing and being here together, I thought the May 2015 read would be to remember an author who we all truly miss and although we are sad his words will come no more, we are blessed to have his words forever.

We will celebrate with a title by the incomparable Sir Terry Pratchett, with his delightful book, "Dodger".

From the book description: 

Beloved and bestselling author Sir Terry Pratchett's Dodger, a Printz Honor Book, combines high comedy with deep wisdom in a tale of one remarkable boy's rise in a fantasy-infused Victorian London.
Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger. But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.
From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.

So join me on a journey  with Sir Terry one more time, and look forward to all the adventures we have in store for us dear GGBC, may there be many years and many pages ahead of us.

We will discuss "Dodger" the last Saturday of May, here, on Twitter and on Facebook and Goodreads, links are on the side of the blog.
I will see you then sweet Geeks, I'll bring the shiny balloons and cake. You, as always, bring your amazing, one of a kind selves. You are all irreplaceable. Thank you for your time with us.

Monday, March 16, 2015

A cool, new book to read? Yes Please.

Oh it's April, and we're no fools. 

It's time to laugh our way into spring with our favorite on-screen gal pal. Want to spend 

some time with Amy Poehler? Yes Please.

Follow Amy at: 
Amazon link: Yes Please

I could go on and on about this awesome woman and her book, but I think the back of 

the book says it better than I ever could. Start your warmer weather reading with this, and 

you are sure to be smiling and feeling like life is just a little brighter:

In a perfect world . . .
We'd get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we'd all be friends with Amy—someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn't ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens' Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls at the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she's not available for movie night.
Luckily we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy's hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz," the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs." Yes Please is chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.

Amy is one of the original geek girls, and her attitude about life and living in the positive are 

not only great for us to hear, but to pass down to the younger girls coming after us. It takes 

a village of furious happy to change the world. One laugh at a time.

Speaking of the smart, amazing up and becoming geek girls, be sure to check out Amy's 

website Amy's Smart Girls for this kind of awesome:

"Amysmartgirls.com provides a hub for teens, parents, teachers and fans of all ages to learn, to become a part of the greater Smart Girl community, and to participate in Smart Girl projects. The website has grown and evolved toward online campaigns to engage followers in volunteerism,
civic activism, cultural exchange, and self-expression through the arts."

If that doesn't make your Geeky heart happy, I don't know what will. So grab a copy, and join us April 1st to begin reading. The discussion on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads will be the last Saturday of the month. I'll see you there, I'll be the one handing out the high fives.

Monday, February 16, 2015

It's time to space out...

I hope that you have all been enjoying the GGBC selections so far in 2015, the response has been so incredible and I am so happy to see our geeky little gathering growing and getting more and more exciting to choose books for.

I wanted to go in a different direction this month, to go so science fiction that it turned out to be science FACT. If you are as big of a space nerd as I am, you will not need an introduction to the author for March. He is a larger than life, making-science-cool icon. He is Neil deGrasse Tyson.

We are going to have a tour of space and its secrets with one of the most brilliant minds on the subject. This is going to be a blast (ahem) so fasten your rocket seat belts for:

Death by Black Hole
By: Neil deGrasse Tyson

I thought a summary would be appropriate for this one to explain the journey, so here is a great intro from Amazon and Goodreads:
Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with clarity and enthusiasm. Bringing together more than forty of Tyson's favorite essays, Death by Black Hole explores a myriad of cosmic topics, from what it would be like to be inside a black hole to the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right. One of America's best-known astrophysicists, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies the complexities of astrophysics while sharing his infectious fascination for our universe.
 I hope you are as excited as I am to expand your knowledge, have some fun, and share what you find with the science loving people in your own life. I think this one is going to be a game changer.

Who's with me? If you want to embark on this voyage with us, we begin March 1st, and discussion is the last Saturday of the month here, on our Facebook group on Twitter at #GGBC and on Goodreads.
I can't wait to see you, I'll be the one in the spacesuit with the Pigs In Space lunchbox.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Our Hearts Are On The Trigger

February 2015 gives us more than just candy hearts and romantic platitudes.

Valentine's Day will be a little more unpredictable this year with the Geek Girls Book Club's selection for this month.

A little darker? A little more mysterious? A little unsettling? A little wonderful?

Get ready for a lot more than chocolates and flowers this St. Valentine's, and pick up Trigger Warning:

This is Neil Gaiman's newest, and in fact, will be released February 3rd, 2015. If you are going to get this from your local library, I would advise putting this on reserve now. This is going to be snatched up by eager readers everywhere.

We have read many of Mr. Gaiman's works in the past, and he is definitely beloved here in the GGBC and all over the world. We cannot resist the siren song of a new Gaiman book, and what a perfect way to celebrate the month of hearts and cupids than with our very own literary man in black.

So join us all of February as we enjoy this dark delight together, and we will gather the last Saturday of the month to discuss on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. All the links are here on the blog.

I will see you then, and may you find your heart in many stories this month.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Year... New Reads!

And now we're talking about 2015. 2015. Are you kidding? Where do our geeky years go? As readers, we have had an incredible 2014 of new books and old favorites to enjoy here at GGBC, and I am really excited to start our soon to be FOURTH YEAR of Geek Girls Book Club.

We can start our own library soon. With coffee, an open bar, and places to nap everywhere. Reading nirvana. We may need a big lottery win for that to happen, but while we wait for that, we ring in a new year, and also get to welcome a new book!

You know we love our geeky authors, but when that author is also an incredibly talented and super Geek Girl herself, we just have to read!

For our first book of 2015, I give you, Blake Northcott's "Arena Mode":

Here is the summary via Amazon, and I encourage you to read her webpage and see the story behind this, it is such a cool vision for a series, and has been regarded very highly since its release. And the awesome part? It's a series, so if you love it you can keep going!

"In his twenty-nine years, Matthew Moxon had done virtually nothing with his record-breaking IQ and unparalleled problem solving abilities. Until one morning, after a dangerous fall lands him in the emergency room, he discovers that a tumor is pressing against his brain. 

Unable to afford experimental but potentially life-saving surgery, Moxon takes drastic action; he volunteers for Arena Mode: 2041's most vicious sporting event, where thirteen superhumans fight in an urban combat zone for a multi-billion dollar prize. 

Moxon is forced to battle opponents possessing ungodly speed, strength, and abilities once thought to exist only across the pages of superhero comics – and he’s armed with nothing more than his rapidly-diminishing brain cells. 

With the odds stacked impossibly against him, Moxon fights to not only survive the wrath of the other competitors, but to unlock the mysteries buried within the Arena itself."

You can get the ebook from the links on her website, and also on Amazon.com.

I think ushering in the new year with a new author to GGBC is the perfect way to start the year. I hope that you all join us in this read, spread the word about us to your friends and geeky family, and get ready for all kinds of new adventures ahead. We will start the book on January first, and discuss on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads starting the last Saturday of the month. Can't wait to see you there.

2015 will be full of amazing things. Let's find them together, sweet Geeks. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

We at the Geek Girls Book Club try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

The Holidays. They are upon us kids, and whether you celebrate, imbibe or hide under the covers...it is that time of year again.

This is our 3rd year of a GGBC Holiday tradition: NOT reading a group book.

This time of year is already stressful enough without adding another "should do" to your list. Instead, we here at GGBC celebrate December in two ways.

Celebrate what YOU want to do. Are you a writer? WRITE. Are you a crafter? Craft the hell out of it, baby. Baker? Cookies for days.

Celebrate by making space during the month to create something you enjoy. Then please share your project and/or a favorite book on the subject at #GGBC or on the Goodreads or Facebook group. It is so amazing to see all the different projects over the month, and to get ideas and inspiration from other Geeks.

To get you started, here's a few of my favorite crafty inspirations:

The Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton

World Of Geekcraft by Susan Beal

And don't forget our sister group on Facebook, those Geeks are posting cool, incredible stuff daily: Geeks United In Crafts.

Secondly, we celebrate by giving books to people who need them:

This year, we are helping a small business in Wisconsin, USA to get their free geeky community library section of their store going. Take a minute and check out the great stuff going on at Uber Dork Cafe: Uber Dork CommunityUber Dork Cafe Facebook pageLocal Paper article on Uber Dork Cafe

Natali, the owner and one of the first members of GGBC is an incredible lady who just had a successful Kickstarter campaign to help her dream of this business become a reality. A big part of this Cafe is having it be a safe place for kids and community to come together. She has begun a small, free to use library that kids can use to get and read books. Read, return, repeat. So I thought it would be cool that if you had some favorite kids or Young Adult books you want to donate, to send them with Geeky love to Uber Dork. New or gently used is great, and Geeky is highly encouraged. No one makes any money on these books, they go directly to making the book selection the biggest and geekiest possible. The best way to ensure future readers, is to get them books often and early. Reading is a powerful magic in the world guys, let's help to spread that happy a bit.

If you're interested in sending a book, here's the shipping information:
Uber Dork Cafe
N89 W16750 Appleton Avenue
Suite A
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

If you send a book, please feel free to share what you sent at #GGBC, and if you want to be a secret giver Geek, then let me say thank you right now. You are my favorite part of this season, giving to make the world a little brighter.

So there you have it. Make time for you, help the GeekGirls Book Club make a little library, and if you're so inclined, have a very, happy holidays.

I'll be over here, singing loud for all to hear. Hope you are too. <3