Thursday, May 19, 2016

#Living Your Best Life?

You hear a lot about "living your best life ".  You see it on Instagram , on Pinterest and most annoyingly, as a hashtag. Most of the time you see this accompanied by photos of dream locations, perfectly decorated rooms and gorgeous meals in fancy restaurants. The perfect pair of jeans or 700 dollar boots.

This got me thinking. What about the rest of us? Are we not living our best lives because we aren't seeing the Grecian sunset or the perfectly plated meal? What if we are eating our frozen dinner in front of YouTube videos in our sweatpants?

Living your best life is not a Pinterest board. Maybe living YOUR best life is feeling good enough to take a shower today as the weight of depression lessens. Your best life is playing with your pets or your kids because today was a really good day in your chronic illness. You got to the store even though you were really anxious about it. You started those new meds. You did a chemo treatment, again. You dealt with that asshole at work without letting them rattle you. You went to the gym. Made a commitment. Walked away from a bad situation. Made the phone call. Started writing. Had time to read. Volunteered at the shelter. Said yes. Said no.

Living your best life is more than a hashtag, more than a material thing. It is you. It is doing something with courage or conviction or joy.  It is doing the very best you can the best way you know how. It is surviving another day. It is helping others. In every way big and small that you open your life up with brave steps or a loving act, you are living your best life. So don't compare someone's trip to the coast with your anxious trip to the store or trip to the shower. They all are beautiful. They all have the power to change your life, to make you stronger. Never forget you are constantly braving new adventures, whatever they may be, and I am so proud of you for forging ahead. Never stop going. Your best life is right now, hashtag or no. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

It's Hot for An Anniversary in May...

Five years. FIVE YEARS GUYS.

Geek Girls Book Club is off to kindergarten and I can hardly believe it. Our baby is growing up.

I cannot tell you how teary eyed, weepy proud it makes me that we are all still here, with new friends and old, celebrating dozens and dozens of books and shenanigans...still crazy after all these years, as Paul Simon would say:

It has been a wonderful, winding journey and it has changed my life and many of yours in little and miraculous ways. And I would love it if you wanted to share your GGBC story with us, here in the comments or on the Facebook or Goodreads group, or tweet me at @nikkisticks on Twitter. Like a little online scrapbook for us all to remember fondly as the baby photos fade. I love you guys, thank you for being you.

It also is ushering in our Summer Break! No scheduled books June, July or August, but there are so many amazing books coming out this summer, and so many great ones to catch up on from the GGBC book list, you won't be wordless for a minute!

But we do have a book for May that has me jumping up and damn down with excitement. You know my big three: Neil Gaiman, Richard Kadrey and Joe Hill. They are my trifecta of wonderful. And guess what? All 3 have new stuff coming out very soon. It was horrific to have to pick one for May, but please do check out the new books from Neil and Richard, they will sweep you off your feet with wonder. Richard Kadrey's The Everything BoxNeil Gaiman's The View From The Cheap Seats

So for our 5th anniversary, we are reading Joe Hill's "The Fireman". In stores May 17th.

This one will keep me up at night in the best possible way, and I am really hoping that you will all join me for another adventure with Mr. Hill, and share your thoughts about it the last Saturday of May. It is going to be one not to miss, so get on those library waiting lists early, don't say I didn't warn you. Joe is also going on a book tour, so be sure to check out if he'll be in your area, and give him a big GGBC thank you for being such a great supporter of ours. He's good people.

Richard Kadrey is also out on tour for his new book, so give him a big thanks too because he has been awesome to GGBC too. As has Mr. Gaiman. We are lucky, lucky book nerds guys.

So happy anniversary my loves, and enjoy this new book, I can't wait to discuss it with you, I'll be the one under my all powerful protective blanket, holding my flashlight in a vice grip. I hope your summer is BLISS, and check back with us to see what we're all reading all summer and share what you're up to in the world of books. We'll have SO MUCH to talk about when school's back in.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

If you want to sing out, sing out...

April showers are soon to be upon us, and I think this is the perfect time to read a book that is best known for the movie version of the story. It's quirky, touching, and surprisingly thought provoking. And what it has to say is just what we need to hear in the world right now. Love is everything. Find happiness. Let your freak flag fly my darlings.

So for the GGBC April 2016 book I give you:

                                         Harold and Maude

Nineteen-year-old Harold Chasen is obsessed with death. He fakes suicides to shock his self-obsessed mother, drives a hearse, and attends funerals of complete strangers. Seventy-nine-year-old Maude Chardin, on the other hand, adores life. She liberates trees from city sidewalks and transplants them to the forest, paints smiles on the faces of church statues, and “borrows” cars to remind their owners that life is fleeting— here today, gone tomorrow! A chance meeting between the two turns into a madcap, whirlwind romance, and Harold learns that life is worth living, and how to play the banjo.
(From Goodreads)

You will find you see a little of yourself in these characters, and maybe wishing you were a little more like them. This is a title that is easy to get a hold of at your local library or bookstore, and even for your e-reader. This story is going to be some spring cleaning for our winter weary minds, and I hope you love it.
We will chat about this book starting the last Saturday of April, and we are on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter at #GGBC or @nikkisticks if you want to tweet me directly. All the links are in the sidebar of the blog. I really can't wait for us to read this one, so I'll see you the end of the month. I'll be the one with the banjo, liberating trees. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Happy Women's Day

These women...

I have a friend, who lost her husband after helping him through the ravages of a stroke. She remained loving and positive, even through her pain. Spreading her heart to others. She is Love personified.

I have a friend, who is an artist. She has fought past physical hardship and uncertainty to find her truth, to stand fully in who she is, to create with vision. She is Joyfulness herself.

I have a friend who is an actress. She took a leap of faith to entertain, to bring joy, to be what she is meant to be. She brings fearlessness with her in whatever she does. She is Confidence.

I have friends who are sisters. They not only care for all their family and friends without hesitation, but they live their dream of running a farm. All with working full time jobs and helping their dad through illness. Even in his loss, they are beacons of positive energy and who I want to be. They are Hope.

I have a friend who is a single mother. She raises 2 amazing girls and never wastes time on the negative. She fought through much so she could come out the other side making the world better for her girls and her community. She is Strength.

I have, unfortunately, friends who have fought, and are fighting cancer. Their grace and beauty remained untouched by disease. They used their journey to expand their hearts, and the hearts of those around them. They are Warriors.

I have a sister, who never lets her dreams slip away. She is constantly creating in words, in art, in her own way, a life that is unique and her own. She never lets fear stop her, she keeps her life turned toward the light. She is Inspiration.

I have a daughter, who at a young age has achieved more than many ever will. It's not just her amazing grades and achievements as a child, but as an adult, she has made a life to be proud of. She has a job she loves and friends who support her. She never, ever gives up. She makes things happen. She is Determination.

I have a mother, diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her early 30's. It has physically crippled nearly every joint, causing daily, unforgiving pain. After more than 20 surgeries, she still walks on her own two feet. Has volunteered to make her community better, has raised 2 children and been married joyfully for almost 46 years. My first teacher of grace, of always helping others, and never letting the negative take the brilliant shine off the positive. She is Grace incarnate.

I am blessed, for all these women, and many more I could name. Thank you for giving me your lessons. Thank you for giving me your love. Thank you for making my heart better for knowing you.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Love Is...

It's soon to be February. The month of Valentine, the month of love. But as great as romantic love is, there is nothing as wonderful as the love we have of our friends. Our chosen family, the people who choose us again and again, knowing our best and worst traits.

It seems a sign that the perfect book to celebrate friendship and the love we have for them will be released February 16, 2016. I give you Our new GGBC read:

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner first crossed paths as actors on the set of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Little did they know that their next roles, in a new science fiction television series, would shape their lives in ways no one could have anticipated. In seventy-nine television episodes and six feature films, they grew to know each other more than most friends could ever imagine.
Over the course of half a century, Shatner and Nimoy saw each other through personal and professional highs and lows. In this powerfully emotional book, Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Nimoy well, to present a full picture of a rich life.
As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship, Leonard is a uniquely heartfelt book written by one legendary actor in celebration of another.

The Geek Girls Book Club is built on friendships, on connections that go beyond our families and partners, these people are a huge part of who shape us and make us who we are. Who we choose to be. I hope that you will read this and share it with your friends, and we will all remember how blessed we are to have people who love us, even when we make loving us hard.

The book, written by my forever crush William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) will be released on February 16, so get on your library waiting lists and pre-order your copies now. Because it is released later in the month, we are going to have this one be our February/March read to give everyone time to finish it.

So grab your geeky friends, read this book and keep it, and them, close. You are going to really enjoy this tale of friendship and adventure. We will discuss this one the last Saturday of March, so I will see you here, at our Goodreads group, on Twitter and Facebook (Links for all are in the sidebar). I'll be the one holding my Spock doll wearing my Captain Kirk robe with a tear in my eye. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


A new year, letting some old baggage go, wrapping and holding on to the good moments like precious heirlooms. It is time to forge ahead. Time to pick a new path of adventure to start the new year off right.

So I thought to start the year on a high note we will have a story I love that is short and amazing, and a story we visited before, and is sadly coming to an end.

This month, GGBC has for you:


Odd and the Frost Giants is a classic, lovely tale by the wonderful Neil Gaiman, Link to Odd and the Frost Giants, available just about anywhere. You will love the imagery and the adventure of this story, and is a great one to share with younger Geek readers in your life. One of my favorites.

The second book is the final book in the Wasted series by our own Cara Vescio, Totally Wasted. Link to Wasted series website
If you haven't read the first two of the series with us, you will not be disappointed. This is a great series filled with amazing women, bad ass action and pop culture references. It is amazing. I think you will really enjoy it. This can be ordered easily, right from Amazon. On Kindle too!

This will be a great way to start your year off, and get ready for more incredible titles as the year goes on, including some guest picks for certain months!

We'll discuss these beauties the last Saturday of January, and that is done with #GGBC on Twitter, on our Goodreads or Facebook groups, or right here in comments. (Links are right here on the blog.)

Hope that your new year is filled with more joy than pain and more light than dark, and I can't wait to see you to discuss the books! I'll be the one in the corner, looking dangerous, drinking red wine and reading.

Monday, November 16, 2015

4th Annual GGBC Craft-A Palooza!

Every December, we have a tradition here at The Geek Girls Book Club, and that is that December is about YOU.

Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, this time of year is jammed with stressors. Lines, weather, impatient people wherever you can put a huge cloud over the whole time of year.

So instead of having another thing to do, even as fun as reading a book, I want you to do something YOU WANT TO DO. Only catch? I want you to share what you did with us on one of our social media groups, or even here in the comments.

You want to learn to play the ukulele? Tell us what you did to make it happen. Learn poker? Dog training? The history of swords? Knitting? Painting? Photography? WHATEVER. Go and learn something awesome, make something crafty, and share what it is and what resources you used to do it. You may just give the rest of us something new we want to learn too! Need some inspiration? Look at our sister group, Geeks United In Crafts, the link for that is in the sidebar right here on the blog.
So choose your own adventure and give yourself the best present ever, TIME.

I know that a lot of you sweet Geeks are crafty folk, so I'm sharing here my Geek-A-Palooza guide for 2015. It is a brand new book by the adorable Joselyn Hughes, and it is AMAZING. This was just released November 3rd, but you can still request it at your local library, or get it from just about any book seller of your choice. I promise you will so dig it.

Find her at @joselynhughes on Twitter!

I cannot wait to see what you are all doing, and instead of waiting until the end of the month, you can feel free to post whenever you'd like, and as much as you'd like. Use #GGBC on Twitter, or post to our Facebook or Goodreads groups (links in the sidebar) or leave it here in the comments!

I hope that the end of 2015 finds you happy and well, and that you know how awesome you are to me and all of us here at GGBC. I can't wait to see your adventures in December, and get ready to start a whole new year! I'll see you in social media, checking your awesome ideas, I'll be the one holding a hot glue gun with glitter in my hair.