Nerdy Book Club

This is a book club designed for writers looking to enhance their craft through reading. Gather a group of readers and writers to discuss the story arc, character developments, pacing, and other techniques in a variety of nerdy best selling books. These aren’t your grandma’s book club books, and you won’t find any classic literature here, but we’re going to bend the rules and uncover what makes these novels wonderful in their own unique ways.

HOW NERDY BOOK CLUB WORKS

It’s like a regular book club, but better. Gather a group of avid readers or writers ready to take reading to the next level. Once your group is set (4-10 members recommended) choose a venue, be it at your local library, alternating home hosting, or online blog/forum/social media! It’s best to have a leader for the day, but feel free to rotate, and then pick a meeting time and let the discussions fly. Stay on track, but don’t shy away from deeper questions and examinations of the book. Stick to your time (about two hours for the questions) and call it a day! Oh, but don’t forget the most important part: snacks. No matter how you do this, brain food is a must.


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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is a beautiful story of love and magic, and neither of them in the way you might expect.

You may want to consider reading Fangirl before Carry On as it’s the original source for Carry On and enhances the story’s depth while explaining the somewhat familiar-but-skewed world. It’s not required to read Fangirl to fully enjoy Carry On, but I would encourage you to do so for fun anyway.

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The Mercyverse

A breakdown of the first three books in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.  

A quintessential urban fantasy—released in 2006 before the vampire/werewolf craze exploded—Mercy is a kick ass Native American mechanic able to take care of herself, but chaos is never far behind for her and her allies.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a dystopian sci-fi set in 2044 when most of the world’s resources are depleted. Inside the most immersive video game ever created: OASIS, there is a key to the creator’s fortune—if you know enough 1980’s pop culture references to find it.

This book is a geek gamer’s delight. Full of nostalgia, this book has been recommended by friends and Patrick Rothfuss alike.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a heart wrenching story that highlights the inequality and assumptions of mainstream America. This relevant story of love, hate, family, and community will break your heart, lift you up, and show you that hate, anger, and violence f— us all up.

This 2017 YA novel is everything we need today.

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Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly is a deviation from my usual book choices, but hits hard for historical fiction lovers.

Based on a true story, this tale of the human spirit through incredible pain and fear is told through three points of view—each lending a unique voice and lens through which to see WWII and the aftermath.

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Born a Crime by comedian Trevor Noah is a beautiful look at life as a South African child who doesn’t fit in.

Raised during the fall of apartheid, Noah weaves a scattered series of childhood events with a special focus on the strength of his mother. His life story, and the stories of those he’s known, encourages the reader to questions their assumptions and experience life outside their bubble.

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