Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Anniversary Geek Girls Book Club!

Three years. Can you believe it? Three years since we started our reading mayhem together, all because of a terrible, sexist review of the then new series, Game of Thrones. The reading Geeks of the internet assembled, and it has become a group that is more than I could ever have wished for.

Like a lot of you, I was the quiet girl in elementary school who loved to read. I mean LOVED. As soon as I was home from school I was reading something. I crushed the competition in the RAH program at my school (Reading At Home), and I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and happiness being rewarded for reading.  Through good times and bad, reading has helped me escape, helped me dream bigger and expand my world view. It has made me unspeakably happy, brought tears to my eyes, and sometimes scared the crap out of me. Books are a wonderful place to find yourself.

Being able to start a group like this is a dream to me. I have met through the miracle of technology, thousands of geeky readers who shared the passions I have. Friendships have been made all over the world, and the GGBC numbers continue to grow. I cannot thank you all enough for that, for taking the time to dream big and geeky with me. To lose yourself in the magic of books, and share that magic with others. Thank you for making a difference in the world, and making a difference to me. You are all spectacular in too many ways to count.

I wondered what the book should be for such an occasion, so I, a bit selfishly, chose the first in a series of books that have meant so much to me, by an author that changed my life in high school. May 2014's book will be, The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, by Stephen King.

My favorite series of all time, my first literary crush, Roland. This series is why I loved reading so much, why it is a friend to turn to when life is hard, and makes you believe that someday, you will be absolutely and utterly wrapped up in your own magical adventure.

Thank you Mr. King for  all your work that saved me and shook me. Thank you to all of you wonderful Geeks for being on this journey with me. To there and back again. 

Our Dark Tower journey begins May 1st.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

We're going to the bookstore!

Spring has sprung, we pasty Geeks are emerging from our blanket forts and seeing the sun. I think it's time for a nice group outing, and where better for a book club to go but the bookstore! A very specail bookstore.

I present our April 2014 GGBC read:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

This book is the winner of the Alex Award, and was named Best Book of the Year by NPR, the LA Times and the SF Chronicle. A man starts working at a bookstore and soon finds all is NOT what it seems... 

This will be a great way to break into warmer weather, and it is widely available at booksellers and libraries, also on ebook format. I think that we are long overdue for a trip together so let's head out, and I'll meet you with a big glass of iced tea in the fiction section. Bring friends, this will be a trip to remember.

We will talk about our bookstore finds on the last Saturday of April on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and feel free to comment below! Happy Spring reading sweet Geeks.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

March can be so Odd...

We are almost to March! Spring! No more cold! And fighting off supernatural foes that only you can see!

What? Well kids, you are Odd Thomas, and things are about to get weird.

If you are new to the series, Odd will be a foray into a whole new cast of characters that you will most likely identify with and simultaneously be weirded out by. In the best possible way.

Starting March 1st, we are taking a trip to the quaint town of Pico Mundo, and be sure to order the pancakes.

I give you the GGBC March 2014 read:

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

We will chat about Mr. Thomas the last Saturday of the month, and you can do that at Twitter with #ggbc, on our Facebook group, or on Goodreads, the links are on the sidebar of the blog. 

I hope that this gets your spring started with some adventure, and the movie is coming out soon too, so you can experience the book before all the hype happens.

Stay cool sweet Geeks, and I'll meet you at Oddie's place.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Romance can be a killer.

February. The time of hearts, flowers, romance...and the slaying of werewolves, vampires and all kinds of creatures of the night in the GGBC February read.
My dear Geeks, I give you:

You knew I wouldn't make you read something too sweet and sugary... but this has some romance, but the kind every one of us can get behind. Plus, this lady is most certainly kick ass. No matter what your feelings on these monster/classic mash ups are, I thought it would be fun to throw one in here and see what we think. Because a book club that slays together STAYS together kids.

And so you know, you are all my geeky, geeky valentines... and that is the almost better than chocolates and Star Wars. 

The read begins February 1st and we chat about it the last Saturday of the month.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

We all need laughs to start 2014

Can you freaking believe it? It is nearly 2014.

I know that this has been a, to put it nicely, CHALLENGING year for many of us. We are ready to let go of the old, and get the hell going with the new. I cant agree more my dear Geeks. If 2013 was great or not so great, I think the new year shouldn't be about resolutions, or about weight loss or how you will make yourself somehow better. The new year should be started off with some JOY. We need that positive "We-can-laugh-and-get-on-with-it" energy to start of the year in the direction we want it to go, which is, no matter the goal, firmly in the HAPPINESS zone.

So this month, I am taking over GGBC with my own picks for reading joy. (It's my birthday month and we can read what we want to.)

You can read all 3 of these fantastic blues imploding titles, or pick one or two that speak to you...that will fill your joy balloon to damn near bursting.

Option 1:

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
If you love her web comics, this will have you rolling on the 
floor, needing Depends, and feeling like you are reading
about yourself sometimes.

Option 2:
Moms Who Drink and Swear by Nicole Knepper
If you are a parent you will love this, and if you're not, you will still
see yourself and need to break out those Depends again.

Option 3:
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
The Bloggess is bringing the huge laughter and touching feels in this
one, and you are going to feel like you're reading about a dear friend. Bliss.

So there you have it kids, my picks to put some joy in your reading and start our 2014 off the way it should be, laughing so hard you wee a bit, and remembering that we all are just doing our best to live our little, wondrous lives...and we all need a lot of laughter to make it through and tie us all together.

Happy reading my dear Geeks, I hope this year kicks all other year's ass on the happy meter.

(The read begins January 1st and we'll chat about it the last Saturday of the month. Check out my twitter @NikkiSticks for updates, and Twitter links for the authors.)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Walking in a Geeky Wonderland...

Can you believe it? The winter months are upon us, and no matter what or if you celebrate any holiday, we here at GGBC take the month of December every year to kick back, and get geek crafty.

We don't have a book to read in December, everyone is so busy or stressed or intoxicated, so we do the next best thing. Craft. I don't care if you like woodworking, knitting, robotics or origami... Take some time in December to so what YOU like to do.

I think with all the new games and consoles coming out, we should make game cartridge cozies, but I digress...
Here are a couple of books I love and please post in the comments or on twitter or Facebook or goodreads what your favorites are.

Post photos of your creations all month long, so we can enjoy the weird, genius creative people that make up GGBC, and share some joy in the process.

Another December GGBC tradition is to share your favorite children's book. That can mean buying it to donate to your favorite charity, or buying it for a favorite person, or simply reading it to a kid you love (or big kids).
Let us know what book you'll be sharing and why, and maybe it will help us all remember that in the end, we are all stories.
May the holiday season be gentle and good to you dear Geeks, and let's make the wild rumpus start!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Kiss My Assassin.

It's about that time dear Geeks... Time to make the turkey, break out the wine and wait for our latest contract assignment. Like we do. The holidays are a killer, and so are the ladies of Osiris. Indeed, our GGBC read for November is "Uncontrollably Wasted" by Cara Vescio. 
You may remember last year when we read the first book in the Wasted series, "Elegantly Wasted". If you missed it, please read that one first, and I'm sure you'll be on board to continue the wine fueled ride.
For those of you who don't know, Cara is also one of the first GGBC members, and is the designer of our awesome logo... Of which we hope you continue to enjoy and share with your book loving people. The first book, which was also her debut novel, was really popular and well received, and the new book has just released, so how can we resist a little murder with our pumpkin pie?

There is a gorgeous website for the books: The Wasted Series that gives you all the information you need on the book formats, where to get them, and info on the books group and the author. Be sure to check that out.
Also, there is a free chapter available at the amazing Luna Station Press, if you'd like a preview: Luna Station Press.

The read begins November 1st, and will start discussing on the last Saturday of the month. 
Are you ready to join us? Then get your assassin in gear girl. I'll bring the merlot.