Saturday, January 16, 2016

Booklist: If you like Big Bang Theory, you should read...

Are you a fan of The Big Bang Theory? It's only a half hour show, but it's so fun. I have the DVDs of the first five seasons, and anytime I'm feeling blue, I'll just put that in and cheer myself up. The geeky characters are lovable, though some are at times annoying. But they know they're geeky and annoying, and they own it. Plus, there are so many nerdy references and often visits from Wil Wheaton :)

So if you're a fan like me, I've got a great list of books for you! If you like Big Bang Theory, you should read...

1. The curious incident of the dog in night-time by Mark Haddon
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. (Summary from NoveList)

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. She's obsessed with and writes fanfiction very much like Harry Potter! (Summary from NoveList)

3. Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff
Boy and girl collide on a dark street at two thirty in the morning: Lesh, who wears black, listens to metal, and plays MMOs; Svetlana, who embroiders her skirts, listens to Björk and Berlioz, and dungeon masters her own RPG. They should pick themselves up, continue on their way, and never talk to each other again. (Summary from Goodreads)

4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. (Summary from NoveList)

5. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder: My Life on the Dork Side by Julie Halpern
As her sophomore year begins, Jess knows she's growing apart from her best friends, Char and Bizza, a situation made much worse when Bizza goes poseur-punk in order to pursue Jess' long-time crush. When Jess, who loves math, sewing, and audiobooks, is invited to play Dungeons and Dragons by class nerd Dottie, she discovers that embracing life as a nerd isn't so bad -- especially when there's a cute boy involved who loves role-playing games, too. (Summary from NoveList)

6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.(Summary from NoveList)

7. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco web-design drone and landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything. Soon he embarks on a complex analysis of the customers' behavior and ropes his friends into helping him figure out just what's going on. (Summary from NoveList)

8. The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
Minutes after eighteen-year-old Bennett Bardo of Gordo, New Mexico, asks Sophie Gilkey, his dream girl, to prom and she says yes, she is abducted by aliens and Bennett catches a ride across the galaxy with a band of misfit musicians to find her. (Summary from NoveList)

9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audiobook read by Wil Wheaton!)
Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's creator. (Summary from NoveList)

10. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist, thinks that having women fill out a six-page, double-sided questionnaire before a date is logical and reasonable. Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, thinks Don should loosen up and learn to live a little. (Summary from NoveList)

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