Hey all, Dani here.
We are over halfway through the year. Goodness gracious, where has the time gone. But also, can this nightmare year be over already? With everything happening it is making me even more anxious about the fact that Damian and I are supposed to get married in October. If the world keeps going on like it is…I don’t know how that is going to affect us. We’ve talked about different possibilities to get around gathering size restrictions and such, but…I don’t know. I get so anxious when around other people anymore, even people I know and used to hang out with regularly.
Anyway, it is the first Monday of the Month and that means it is once again time for a Calendar Girls post.
Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was started by Flavia and Melanie, but is now being hosted by Katie and Adrienne. They are all wonderful ladies, and you should check out their lovely blogs. Okay, so Katie is still on a brief hiatus for a few months, so for right now Adrienne and myself are all hosting Calendar Girls together.
So if you link back to Adrienne, and me, we can keep track of all the book picks and posts each month. Thanks, everyone!
First, more about the Calendar Girls. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl.
Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and both Katie and Adrienne will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!
Oh, and you don’t have to identify as female to join the Calendar Girls. We welcome readers of all types. So if this sounds like fun for you, join us in all of the fun bookish conversations.
Finally, our very own host-on-hiatus Katie achieved a bingo during the Calendar Girls Springtime Whirl, and she has selected our July theme.
The July theme is…
Embrace Your Geekness Day
Favorite Book With Geeky Characters
Thanks for picking an awesome theme this month Katie. I’m super excited about this one. For anyone who somehow doesn’t know this already…I’m a huge geek. If that hasn’t been obvious by me talking about both attending and working at conventions, and talking all the time about books, D&D, Magic the Gathering, manga, anime, TV shows, movies, etc…then hello. I am a geek, and I love all my wonderfully geeky passions.
So this month and its theme present a challenge for me, because I’m sure that I have a whole bunch of options for books with geeky characters. All right, I’m just going to browse my bookshelves and see what I can come up with. I’ll start by getting all my contenders together, so I don’t have to stare at all 12 of the bookcases in my bedroom for too long.
Whew so many options to choose from.
Would it be weird to pick a non-fiction book for this one? Because honestly, all of these are great, but if we’re talking about embracing your geekness, then there is really only one book…well, technically two books by the same author, that really stick out in my mind. So, you know what, any of the books I have on the contender list are great, and I definitely recommend all of them for the geek culture and geeky characters and adorableness. But I’m sticking with my gut decision on this one.
I have to give this month to Felicia Day, specifically for You’re Never Weird on the Internet, though her second book is also really cool, and it has a lot of creativity exercises and such. But her first book, a memoir of the fantastically geeky life she has had, really spoke to me, and continues to speak to me four years later.
Felicia took her drive and determination and paired it with her geeky interests to create a life where she gets paid to do the things she loves. So, she gets to write geeky web shows, play board games, live stream play video games, and talk about books and music and whatever topics interest her.
I dream of having that sort of life, one where I can get paid to work on projects that I love. I’m just lacking the proper work ethic and drive to actually make it happen. The obstacles always seem too big for me so I cower back to a safe corner, where I’m pretty much talking about geeky topics into a small crowd.
It has been great these past few years to find more and more fiction books with characters who play D&D and go to comic and anime and fandom conventions and who do cosplay, characters who are passionate about card games and board games and video games, and who freely talk to others about those passions. I am so happy to see myself and my friends reflected in books.
So I love being a geek. And I’m looking forward to more geeky characters and stories in the future.
All right, well that’s all from me for now. Be sure to check out the other Calendar Girls posts. I will be linking them down below as they get posted. I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.
Other Calendar Girls posts to check out:
Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads –
More to Come