Here are some of my favorite nerdy things for the month of September:
Goodreads is a website that no book lover should be without! With a Goodreads account, you can create virtual bookshelves of the books and authors you have read, are currently reading, or want to read in the future. They also have daily book giveaways that you can enter simply with the click of a button. Many popular authors have their own blogs on Goodreads that update regularly and it is also not uncommon to see authors such as John Green and Neil Gaiman answer questions from Goodreads members and engage in conversations with readers. Goodreads can also act as a type of social media platform in that members can communicate with and follow one another. You can share your bookshelves and book lists with others and be involved in a community of other readers who share your interests!
- How to Get Away with Murder
This show recently came onto Netflix. Previously I had only seen a couple of episodes, but now that I’ve seen more of the show, I can confirm that I am a fan. The show follows a law professor unlike any other, with some interesting students who have a secret of their own. It is a cerebral show that is a combo murder mystery and procedural law drama. The characters are interesting and relatable and their interpersonal dynamics are so entertaining to watch.
- Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
David Levithan and Rachel Cohn crafted this intricate novel about two teenagers who communicate through a red notebook that they leave different places for each other to find. They have never met in real life but they feel as if they know each other through the clues they leave for one another. Dash’s point of view is written by David Levithan and Lily’s point of view is written by Rachel Cohn. The book is well-written and it keeps my attention. It is also not too stressful to read, which is why it is the perfect book to read before bed. If you’re looking for an easy read that will warm your heart, I suggest picking up this book.
Yu-Gi-Oh! is a classic children’s anime that has been adopted as a favorite by teens and adults alike. A boy named Yugi and his friends battle evil using a card game called Duel Monsters. The cards come to life as holographic monsters that battle each other using attacks that are similar to Pokemon. I’ve been watching this show a lot lately and every time I do I become nostalgic for my childhood.
- Improv comedy
At my college, there is a theater and improv comedy club that meets twice a week. I always attend every meeting and it is the highlight of my week. We play improv games where you stand up on the “stage” and the audience gives you a topic; then you must act out that particular topic or scene. It always ends up being a laugh riot and I’ve made a lot of friends through the club as well. I never knew before how much I enjoyed improv, but now I can’t get enough of it.
- Death Note
Here is another show I have been binge watching lately. It is yet another anime, except this one is aimed more towards teens and adults. It follows the exploits of Light Yagami, who finds a notebook with special powers: whomever’s name is written in the book will die. Light starts out killing criminals but his murders end up getting more and more sinister. A talented detective known as “L” and his taskforce attmpt to find and arrest him. It is a dark but addictive show that will keep you on the edge of your seat and you won’t want to stop watching!