Thursday, August 13, 2015

We're BACK Geeky Readers! We're not weird...

It's almost FALL! WTF? Weren't we just dusting off the sand from our dollar store flip flops? Just eating our weight in ice cream from the local Dairy Queen? Just burning our fingers on 15 year old sparklers you found hidden in the garage?

Well, our GGBC summer hiatus is over, and now we are on a mission. A mission to find all that is wonderful and weird on the internet, to...

...wait a minute, this just in from Geek icon Felicia Day:

What better way to get into the swing of things again than with one of our very favorite Geek Girls. This is Felicia's first book, and it was just released. Like yesterday. It is new, so get on those library waiting lists, head to your favorite book seller and get ready for some much needed delightful weirdness:

"From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was “homeschooled for hippie reasons,” Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit."

I hope all of you will join us on this read for September, and pass the word along to your book loving friends, even with thousands of members, we always are happy to see new faces, or twitter names, in the geeky gathering. 

A reminder that we also have a podcast now, which you can find at Alcohol & Authors. We have two episodes already up, and are soon to have one for August, so join us and give us a shout out if you'd like. We want your earholes to be happy.

So welcome back Geeks, I've missed you! The September read starts on the 1st, and we talk about it the last Saturday of the month on Twitter at #GGBC and on our Goodreads and Facebook groups too. The links are off to the right, here on the blog, you can even get yourself a snazzy GGBC tshirt to show off your book club cred. I look forward to hearing what you think of this book, so join me! I'll be the one in the corner, pretending to talk on her phone so she doesn't look weird.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

A GGBC Podcast!

Now that we have our summer reading list and time to relax a bit, I thought it would be a great time to debut the new GGBC podcast: Alcohol & Authors:

Hello! We’re Cara and Nicole, two geek-minded women with an affinity for reading, writing and spreading literary fun while having a drink or two. We love to learn about new indie projects: books, games, libraries… we review books on a selective basis. We actually judge books by covers.
11136704_10152682886316290_6178538828627081096_nC. Elizabeth Vescio (or just Cara) is the author of the Wasted Series and Adventures of the Dress. She published her first book, Elegantly Wasted in 2012 and is currently on her 4th book. Cara is a photographer, gamer, cosplayer and animal enthusiast. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and four mutts. She’s passionate about Shakespeare, Paul Simon and Loki as portrayed by Tom Hiddleson.
Motto: Sarcasm is life.

nicoleNicole Girtman is the founder of the Geek Girls Book Club, avid knitter and mother of alpacas. She also founded Geeks United In Crafts, is a gamer, amateur photographer, collector of old cookbooks and loather of raisins in cereal. She lives in Minnesota where it’s cold in the winter, hot in the summer and accents are a way of life.
Motto: If Kiefer Sutherland can get arrested at a strip club on a Tuesday, SO CAN WE.

There should be a new episode every month, and forgive any newbie podcasting mistakes...we're still figuring out how to play with the cool kids. Now you can read and listen to the podcast to connect with GGBC, and be sure to leave us a comment if you'd like and pass it along to your geeky friends. It's cool to be able to talk to all of you after 4 years, and I hope the blog and podcast can help us reach lots of geeky readers and bring us all together! Grab a drink, relax and join us!

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:

" 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.