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    Pop Culture Readers’s Advisory: The Flash


    The Flash is a hit, and one of my new favorites. It’s the story of Barry Allen, a slightly nerdy forensic scientist who finds himself with super speed due to a lightning strike and some scientific irregularities. Barry isn’t the only one who was changed that night and not everyone wants to use their powers for good. Add in some unrequited(?) love, a team of super smart scientists, and a whole bunch of secrets and there’s plenty to jump off from for readers’ advisory.

    As I was working this list a common theme became characters that are in extraordinary situations who might be in over their heads and probably don’t have the whole story.


    Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

    heroHero by Perry Moore


    Adaptation by Malinda Lo


    Sight by Adrienne Maria Vrettos

    boy nobody

    Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

    last thingThe Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan

    how to lead

    How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller


    The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson


    Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan



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    Pop Culture Reader’s Advisory:The Big Bang Theory


    Love it or hate it a lot of people are watching it and that makes it a great place to start for some reader’s advisory. Outsiders, science, and fandom ahoy. Just some ideas to jump start your lists, displays, and more!

    Finding Yourself for the Nerds, Geeks, and Gifted


    The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller


    Winger by Andrew Smith


    Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern


    Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar


    The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga


    An Abundance of Katherines by John Green



    Feynman by Jim Ottaviani

    basherExtreme Physics by Simon Basher


    A Black Hole is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami Decristofano

    or for older readers


    Death by Black Hole by Neil DeGrasse Tyson


    Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmerd

    Comics, Fandom, and Popular Culture


    DC Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle 

    or any DK guide to comics or sci-fi.


    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline


    For the Win (or anything else) by Cory Doctorow


    Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant

    Many of the “and Philosophy” books would work


    Redshirts by John Scalzi

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    Binge Watching? How About Binge Reading? Finished Series to Binge On.


    With DVD box sets and streaming services more and more people, especially young people, are binge watching. Binge watching is exactly what it sounds like: watching a lot of episodes of a show at the same time. Binge watchers will often watch an entire season of a show back to back.

    So, how do we harness this energy for books? By reading an entire series start to finish! You can use this idea for a book display, book list, lock-in, or even for book discussion if you have some hard core readers.  Here are ten finished* series to get you started.


    Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter


    Divergent by Veronica Roth


    Delirium by Lauren Oliver


    The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater


    Curse Workers by Holly Black


    Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness


    Hourglass by Myra McEntire


    Summer Series by Jenny Han


    Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach


    Jessica Darling by Megan McCafferty

    More binge reading?  Try Lauren Kate’s Fallen, Condie’s Matched, Dashner’s Maze Runner, Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Artemis Fowl, or if you have a few months Naylor’s Alice series.  There are a ton of great options for any kind of binge reader.

    *We all know that “finished” is a little questionable these days with e-novellas, companion books, and authors writing follow-ups ten years later, but we’ll go with it for now.