Kendall’s #GeekySummerReads – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope

I’m reading through a geeky list of books this summer that all have some sort of a supernatural, sci-fi, or general geeky feel to them. You can check out my blogs about the first three books on the list, RobopocalypseAsylum, and Ready Player One. You can also follow the hashtag #GeekySummerReads to hear me talk about the book I’m reading, and join in on the conversation yourself. I just finished the latest book on my list, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher.

This book is exactly what it sounds like. It is Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, with Shakespearean language. Take a look at the book trailer:

Basically, the book is structured just like any other Shakespeare play you read back in high school or college, but the iconic scenes from Star Wars are highly recognizable—even if you struggle with reading/understanding Shakespearean language…

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Kendall’s #GeekySummerReads: Ready Player One

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Over the course of the summer months, I’ll be going through a reading list that I’ve created for myself. The books I’ve chosen have some sort of a supernatural, sci-fi, general geeky feel to them. Follow the hashtag #GeekySummerReads to hear me talk about the book I’m reading, and join in on the conversation yourself. I’ve just finished the third book in my list, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and I have to say it: this has been my favorite book of my summer reading list so far. I absolutely adored this book. When I read the last page, I wanted to flip right back to page one and start reading it all over again.

Here is a basic synopsis of the book:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

This book was completely amazing. I was fully pulled in right from page one. OASIS was truly a virtual utopia that had something for everyone, be it school, church, shopping, or gaming. Honestly, I kind of wish OASIS was a real thing, because it sounds AMAZING…

Finish reading over at Girls of Geek 12!

Kendall’s #GeekySummerReads: Asylum

Over the course of the summer months, I’ll be going through a reading list that I’ve created for myself. The books I’ve chosen have some sort of a supernatural, sci-fi, general geeky feel to them. Follow the hashtag #GeekySummerReads to hear me talk about the book I’m reading, and join in on the conversation yourself. I’ve just finished the second book in my list, Asylum by Madeleine Roux. Let’s talk about it!

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Asylum is the story of three teenagers, Dan, Abby, and Jordan, who are taking a summer courses at the New Hampshire College Prep program. The only problem is, the college’s usual summer housing isn’t available, and the students are forced to stay in the Brookline Dorm—which just so happens to be a former psychiatric hospital. As the trio begins to explore the dark halls and hidden areas of Brookline, they slowly begin to uncover the hospital’s dark secrets, as some terrifying things that simply refuse to remain hidden…

Finishing reading at the Girls of Geek 12 site!

Kendall’s #GeekySummerReads: Robopocalypse

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Over the course of the summer months, I’ll be going through a reading list that I’ve created for myself. The books I’ve chosen have some sort of a supernatural, sci-fi, general geeky feel to them. You can check out the list here. Follow the hashtag #GeekySummerReads to hear me talk about the book I’m reading, and join in on the conversation yourself. The first book on the list was Robopocalypse, by Daniel H. Wilson.

To offer a short synopsis, Robopocalypse is the story of our world in the not-too-distant future. The world has become largely robotic, and after the creation of a super robot, Archos, the robots begin rising up and eliminating humanity. The author formats the book as a retrospective look on the robotic uprising, called Zero Hour, and the aftermath, the New War.

I adored this book. It was suspenseful, engaging, and provided a bit of a break from the constant chatter of a zombie apocalypse. Daniel H. Wilson did an amazing job creating a world that felt eerily similar to our own, which upped the stakes as you read. When you’re talking about zombies or aliens taking over the world, you can always have that anchor of “zombies and aliens aren’t real”. But robots? Those are kind of a thing. Sure, we don’t all have a robotic butler puttering around our home, but a lot of us have a robotic personal assistant, Siri. Reading the book going, “Oh my word, we have that technology now!” really made the book a lot more thrilling, eerie, and exciting. If you haven’t read it yet, you should definitely pick it up–what’s more, the sequel, Robogenesis, comes out in June, so this is the perfect time to jump in….

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Kendall’s Geeky Summer Reading List!

Chaucer the Dog reading Canterbury Tales by Chaucer the Poet

Hooray for reading!!!

Winter is finally beginning to leave us, which with the warmer weather means that most of my favorite shows are beginning to enter into that awful season: the summer hiatus. Though a nice Netflix binge is a relaxing way to pass a crazy-hot summer day, you can only marathon so many shows until you start to enter into a bleak period of self-examination. Do I do anything other than watch Netflix? What am I doing with my life? Where did this stain on my shirt come from? When was the last time I even ate? When was the last time I showered?


Maybe that’s just me…

Either way, since I am no longer a student with the awesome luxury of a completely free summer, I only have a limited numbers of hours that I can spend ingesting unhealthy amounts of television. I suppose this is a good thing. Since I work full-time, but I still need to fill the void left by my favorite horror, sci-fi, and supernatural shows, I’m making this my summer of supernatural, scary, sci-fi reading. I’m a bit of a book geek, so I can see this list will only grow over time until it mushrooms to a completely unmanageable size. Still, here’s where my Geeky Summer Reading List is starting out:

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