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Best Worlds and Settings in Modern Sci-fi/Fantasy

Recently, I’ve been reading Literary Wonderlands: A Journey through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created by Laura Miller. It outlines literary works with the best world-building across history, from early myths to modern sci-fi/fantasy franchises. Inspired by this, I’d like to share with you some of the books with the most immersive settings I’ve ever read, books that had me walking their worlds long after I closed the pages. (I skipped the obvious ones like Harry Potter, which were of course featured in Literary Wonderlands.) Continue reading Best Worlds and Settings in Modern Sci-fi/Fantasy

What Makes a (Hu)man: Allegiance Back in Theaters Feb. 19

allegiance-poster-8db536d51dd5614df272e6bcf48a9e8dOn Sunday, February 19th, Allegiance will be broadcast in theaters for a second time. The one night only event last December broke records for Fathom Event sales. “The premiere was its highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event to date, the 14-year-old company said, bringing in more than $1 million in ticket sales in about 600 theaters.” The filmed Broadway musical focuses on the experiences of Japanese-American citizens in internment camps during WWII. The musical stars George Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung, and partially draws from Takei’s own experiences.

In the wake of executive orders trying to protect the country from interior and exterior threats, this story feels all too familiar. There are those Americans rallying against the “Muslim Ban” and those who either don’t see a problem with it or don’t feel it’s their place to speak up.  Allegiance is technically a look at the past, but it’s also a frightening possibility for our future.  Continue reading What Makes a (Hu)man: Allegiance Back in Theaters Feb. 19

Books on My Holiday Wishlist

Happy December! ’Tis the month of gift-giving holidays, so if you are at a loss for what to ask for or what to get your YA-reading loved one, check out the recent releases on my list for inspiration. Continue reading Books on My Holiday Wishlist

5 Irish American Women Writers to Check out this St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just a week from today! Want a way to celebrate that doesn’t involve loud parties, chugging Guinness, and pinching people who aren’t wearing green (or in addition to all that)? Why not check out some Irish American female authors? Some of the people on this list you’ve heard of but probably didn’t know were Irish. Others may be a lucky new find (just call me a leprechaun for showing you these treasures). Some of them frequently feature the Emerald Isle in their works and others don’t. In any case, what better way to show your Irish pride than by brandishing a nice shiny copy of one of their works and curling up in your room to read? Continue reading 5 Irish American Women Writers to Check out this St. Paddy’s Day

Historical Fiction Starring Powerful Women You Know Nothing About

Last summer at Book Expo America, I picked up a few historical fiction titles that I’ve only recently gotten around to finishing. Each one stars a female historical figure who held a position of great power or importance but who tends to get left out of history books in favor of her male counterparts. So, if you are interested in a fresh perspective on some of world history’s most significant events and leaders, including the reigns of Cleopatra and Catherine the Great and the Lincoln assassination, I highly recommend each of the books below. Continue reading Historical Fiction Starring Powerful Women You Know Nothing About

Top 5 Sci-Fi Classics

Whenever I get really into a genre, I like to explore its roots. This helps me understand the tropes and clichés of the genre, and references that more recent publications might make. So, since I know many of you geekettes love a good science fiction book, let’s talk about some of the genre’s classics. Continue reading Top 5 Sci-Fi Classics

Geekettes’ Book Challenge: July Updates

Welcome back to the Geekette’s Reading Challenge! Want to see how far we’ve come since last month? Need to get ideas for those last few tough categories, like “a book by someone under 30”? Read on below!
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Ten Books You Should Read That Will Change Your Life

All book lovers know the feeling of finishing a book that you know made an incredible impact on you. You close the book and sit in silence for a few minutes as you think about what you just read. Not everything we loved reading impacts us in such a profound manner, but everyone can identify at least a few books as the source of a life changing experience. Here are a few books that changed my perspective, inspired me, or gave me all of the feels…

1. Every Day by David Levithan

David Levithan’s thought-provoking novel about a teenager named A who wakes up in a different body every day of their life will cause you to rethink your life and speculate what it would be like if you were in A’s situation. It gives a perspective that is unlike that in any other book. This is my favorite book. I recommend it for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong.

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Geekette’s Book Challenge: February Updates

Last month we introduced the reading challenge from POPSUGAR that several of the DG book babes have committed to for the year 2015. Check out the  progress we’ve made in month two of the challenge! You can also use this post for ideas of books to read for each category if you are doing the challenge yourself. Continue reading Geekette’s Book Challenge: February Updates