Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer and wonderful Geeks in love...

It is soon to be August, and the summer is whizzing by us at an alarming rate. I hope that you have been enjoying these warm days and our GGBC reads.
It was suggested that this month we find a story with a splash of romance, but among the geekier folk, and I think this book will deliver like Domino's on that.

Our August 2014 GGBC is a story of how even when life is hard, and we are still finding our way, we can also find each other. Dear Geeks, I give you Eleanor and Park:

Don"t be fooled by the "YA" genre label, it will bring you to many different parts of your life, and some of your current life status no matter your age. This is a story about finding a connection in a world that can be quite unkind, and that is hope that we all want and need. It is a little like what we all at GGBC are about. I am excited to read along with you, and discover some bits of our past, some knowledge about our present, and hopefulness about our future.

We will discuss this one the last Saturday in August. I'll meet you at the Park.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Beautiful Armor

Oh John Green, how I adore you, and this made me think of my own relationship with makeup. Confession: I love it. Not lots of it, not over the top Baywatch babe makeup, but I think it is wonderful stuff. 

My mom has severe rheumatoid arthritis, and she feels pain most of the time. She has had nearly 40 surgeries, countless hospital stays and had to endure things no one should have to. My mom puts on makeup everyday. Every day. She has put it on while in a wheelchair, while both hands are bandaged from surgery, she never goes without it. She doesn't do this to satiate some vain standard of beauty, she does it because it makes HER feel good. In a life with many things out of her control, she has made this a ritual to remember and bring forward the woman without arthritis, the woman who simply is her, standing strong and fully in herself.

After an accident left me recovering in many ways over the last year, I have found myself doing the same thing. I feel terrible, I'm not going anywhere, but I need to remember that there is still a me in there that is more than all that, the me that wants to feel well and whole and happy. Makeup doesn't cure disease of body or pain in our mind or hearts, but sometimes doing something that makes you feel even a little better, something you can choose and do for yourself is worth everything. Feeling happier IS everything. 

Never forget to do the even small things you do to lighten your load, and never be ashamed to wear your beautiful armor, no matter what it is.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Nothing but blue skies do I see...

It's soon to be July, the weather is hot, the Popsicles are dripping into your hands, and the apocolypse is coming. It's okay dear Geeks, it's all Good Omens if it comes from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

We are going to turn up the summer heat with a classic that will having you enjoying the end of times like nobody's business:

Who's side are you on? Are you chaos or peace? Are you just having a drink and letting it all pass by like  a marvelous play? 

Only you can know, and only you can decide to read along with us starting July 1st. We will discuss this treasure of a tale starting the last Saturday of the month on #GGBC on Twitter, on our Facebook group and on Goodreads. 

Get ready to go for the journey of a lifetime, will you take the highway to hell or the stairway to heaven? I'll see you there sweet Geeks, I'll be the one with the angel.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A relaxing summer trip to The Park...

Can you believe it's Time to talk about our first summer 2014 read?

I wanted us to have a relaxing time, go somewhere fun, like back when we want to that charming town by the sea and met Jaws. You know, a trip we could all enjoy and just unwind. Leave our cares behind. No worries, and no cares.

So this year, I thought a trip to an animal Park would be fun! Like sea world, but on land. Like a zoo, but more you know, hands on. I researched and I think I found our perfect GGBC summer destination.

Welcome my dear Geeks, to Jurassic Park.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Just what we need to kick summer off right. I'll drive the jeep, and you go look reeeaalllly close to the fences, I hear it's a much better view that way. Our trip begins June 1st, and we'll all meet back in the gift shop on the last Saturday of June to share our experiences and selfies with the animals. Get packed, I can't wait, we've spared no expense for this trip!

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.