Celebrating One Year of Words & Geeks


Happy Birthday Words & Geeks!

Can you believe that twelve months ago The Geek Undergraduate and I were just launching Words & Geeks?  Where has the time gone?

I’ve read some amazing books since the Words & Geeks book club started, from YA fantasy to non-fiction, with ratings as low as one star and as high as five.  I thought I would celebrate the occasion with a look back at some of the best and the worst from the last year, and some musings on what is to come in the future.

A Court of Thorns and RosesWhich books became favourites?

So many of the books I’ve read for book club have become favourites, but the ones that really stand out for me are Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (review) and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (review).  Both books really grounded science fiction and fantasy as two of my favourite genres, and ever since I’ve been reading more of both genres than ever before.

Which book was most disappointing?

Without hesitation, I can safely say the most disappointing book was All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.  I gave the book just one star when I came to review it.  The concept of magic and science in a contemporary setting had been so intriguing, but the reality was that it just didn’t work for me.  You can read my review of this book here.

Which books would never have been read if not for Words & Geeks?

Though picking the month’s book is a joint effort, sometimes Emily at The Geek Undergraduate will suggest a book I hadn’t ever considered before.  One such book was Ender’s Game, which as I said above became one of my favourites!  Also, September’s non-fiction read is something I hadn’t even heard of until Emily suggested it – I can’t wait to reveal the title to you all on 20th August.The Probability of Love at First Sight

What has been the biggest highlight so far?

I think one of the highlights of the past year was interviewing Rebecca Raisin, author of The Little Bookshop on the Seine, our Christmas read.  She was so lovely, and it felt pretty special to include her in the month’s events.  You can read the Q&A here, and my final review of the book can be found here.

What does the future hold for Words & Geeks?

We want to continue reading awesome books!  One thing we want to work on is making the book club even more interactive, finding ways of featuring posts by fellow Book Club members.  Watch this space…

If you’re interested in joining the Words & Geeks Book Club, you can check out our current read here.  Look out for Words & Geeks blog posts on the 1st, 15th, 20th and last day of every month, plus Twitter reading updates too.

Happy reading!


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July 24, 2016
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