Category: Book Club (page 1 of 4)

This One’s a Shoutout to my Nerds

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Okay so if you know me at all then you know that I’m a mega nerd and love sci-fi. After recently perusing some super dorky books on Amazon, I stumbled across a reco for a book called Sleeping Giants.

It had a massive metal robot that an ancient alien race had disassembled piece by piece and scattered across the world thousands of years ago. It had a team of scientists scouring the planet in the hopes of assembling this massive humanoid. It had an international crisis as clandestine government agencies feared that it was a weapon of alien origin.

Needless to say, it sounded exciting and right up my alley.

Oh, and the best part – turns out it’s the first book of a trilogy. I read the first book in like 45 minutes (ish) and returned to Amazon to pre-order the second book (which is out now). I love when a good book just keeps on goin.

If you drool over movies like Independence Day, Star Wars, World War Z, etc. – then I HIGHLY recommend Sleeping Giants + Waking Gods.

Happy reading, ya big nerds.

~jason

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide: Irony

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This gift idea is a little on the ironic side during this season of endless giving and commercialism. Okay actually it’s very ironic and completely tongue in cheek.

But it’s also an incredibly enlightening revelation around how ‘stuff’ weighs us down.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing will instruct you on how to address each item in your home to determine whether or not it “sparks joy.” If it doesn’t – SEE YA!

Get the packrats in your life this lovely little book about decluttering. They’ll thank you – and maybe give you some sweet hand-me-downs! ;)

~j

ps – these make me happy:

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Furiously Happy

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I need to share this book with everyone I know – which includes you!

Seriously – read this book. I haven’t LOLed like this in such a long time.

Jenny Lawson has a way of finding humor in the things that might ordinarily knock the wind out of you. She struggles with depression, anxiety and heartbreak, like so many. But instead of succumbing to the immense weight of life – she actively chooses to be defiantly, heartily, FURIOUSLY HAPPY.

Her quirky humor will leave you giggling – trust me.

I’m actually forcing myself to not read more than a chapter or two at a time so that I can make this goodness last just a little longer. I love it so much!

~j

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The Fifth Wave

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I started a new book over the weekend that I think you guys will like.

Do you like The Hunger Games?

Yeah, me too.

Do you like Independence Day and War of the Worlds?

Yeah, I know. Duh. Me too.

Well I’m a huge sci-fi nerd and basically anything involving monsters or aliens or big-budget movie adaptations will likely catch my attention. A couple of months ago I saw a trailer for The Martian and thought it was the coolest thing since… Gravity or Interstellar. I bought the book right away so I could get into it before seeing the movie. And lo and behold I loved both! Such a great story and brilliantly adapted to the big screen.

I have similar hopes for The Fifth Wave. It’s like The Hunger Games in that there’s a strong female protagonist who is basically set on revenge and kicking some alien ass. On top of that, it has the nonstop action of an extraterrestrial invasion of Earth followed by massive population decimation.

Check it out before the movie comes out :)

~j

Life is Good

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There’s some wild weather headed to the east coast this weekend so please please please be safe.

If you find yourself stuck inside, this is the perfect chance to grab a few feel-good books just in case the power goes out and you must find a technology-free way to entertain yourself.

Life is Good, by the founders of the clothing company of the same name, celebrates the power of optimism. It’s sort of like a scrapbook of lists, letters and other such inspiration to leave you thinking positively.

Happy reading!

~j

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