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Get your geek on

You guys, sometimes The Hub just rocks the casbah. This is one of those times.

YALSA has published its list of 2012 Popular Paperbacks with sub-categories like Forbidden Romance and Sticks and Stones. My personal favorite, of course, is Get your Geek On.

The list of 2012 YA paperbacks that are all about the nerd. Books with asterisks are on the Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for 2012 list. 

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Twisted. Speak. 2008. $9.99.978-0142411841
Do muscles make the man?  
Bancks, Tristan. Mac Slater Hunts the Cool. Simon & Schuster. 2011. $6.99. 978-1416985754
Can the geeky inventor be cool enough to land a job as a professional trend-spotter?
Banks, Piper. Geek High. NAL Trade. 2007. $9.99. 978-0451222251
It’s not all about academics.
Beal, Susan. World of Geekcraft: Step-by-Step Instructions for 25 Super-Cool Craft Projects. Chronicle Books. 2011. $19.95. 978-0811874618
Crafts for the geek in all of us.
*Black, Holly and Cecil Castellucci (ed.) Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2010. $8.99. 978-0316008105
Short stories for all the geeks and nerds out there.
Brande, Robin. Fat Cat. Ember. 2011. $9.99. 978-0440240334
Be your own science experiment.
Burton, BonnieThe Star Wars Craft Book. Lucas Books. 2011. $20.00. 978-0345511164
May the force be with you and your crafty self.     
Chmakova,Svetlana. Dramacon Vol 1. TokyoPop. 2005. $9.99. 978-1598161298
What better place for love than an anime convention?
Dessen, Sarah. Along for the Ride. Penguin. 2011. $8.99. 978-0142415566
There is more to life than perfect grades.
Doyle, Larry. I Love You, Beth Cooper. Ecco. 2009. $7.99. 978-0061236174
Can the geek get THE girl?
*Falkner, Brian. Brain Jack. Ember. 2011. $9.99. 978-0375843679
End of the world, hack no!
Green, John. Paper Towns. Speak. 2009. $9.99. 978-0142414934
Is Q following the map to love, or the map to nowhere?
Going, K.LFat Kid Rules the World. Speak. 2004. $6.99. 978-0142402085.
Troy trades suicide for rock stardom.
Halpern, Julie. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder. Square Fish. 2011. $9.99. 978-0312653071
Choosing D&D over poser punks.
*Loux,MatthewSidescrollers. Oni Press. 2006. $11.99. 9781932664508
Three gamers fight football jocks and a cat from Satan to save the day and win the girl.
Lyga, Barry. Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl. Graphia. 2007. $8.99. 978-0618916528
Fanboy finally meets his match in Goth Girl.
Luen Yang, GeneLevel Up. First Second. 2011. $15.99. 978-1596432352.
From gamer to gastroenterologist.
Mancusi, Mari. Gamer Girl. Dutton Children's Books. 2010. $7.99. 978-0142415092
What’s a girl to do when her only reality is virtual?
Portman, Frank. King Dork. Delacorte Press. 2008. $8.99. 978-0385734509
Imaginary rock star.
Scott, Keiran. Geek Magnet. Speak. 2009. $8.99. 978-0142414170
When KJ starts fending off her geek admirers, she also starts to lose some of her best friends.
Soto, Gary. Accidental Love. Graphia. 2008. $6.95. 978-0152061135
She's a feisty Latina; he's a shy nerd- they're a match made in geek heaven.
St. Onge, CassieJane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. Random House. 2011. $8.99. 978-0375868917
Jane's unlife as a nerdy vampire sucks.
Tahmaseb, Charity and Darcy Vance. The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading. Simon Pulse. 2009. $8.99. 978-1416978343.
Geeks in super short skirts.
Wittlinger, Ellen.  Parrotfish. Simon & Schuster. 2011. $8.99. 978-1442406216
From girl to guy, with the help of a geek.
Zadoff, Allen. Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have. Egmont USA.  2011. $8.99. 978-1606841518
jock for a few months, geek for life.

Did I add every single book on this list to my TBR list on Goodreads? YOU KNOW IT. But I'm hoping you find AT LEAST one or two that you want to give a whirl too. 
If you've read any of these, let me know! I'd love to know where to start to get crackin.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I have only read Paper Towns out of the books on this list, but it is my favorite John Green, even above Looking for Alaska, so I'd say that's a great place to start!:)

  2. I've read Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever. and it's really funny! Definitely loved it. Give that one a whirl.

  3. Haha, glad to see that I at least recognize some of these ... I know i've read Fat Kid Rules the World way back and remember really enjoying it!

  4. I've read Paper Towns - of course - but I've also read Fat Kid Rules the World by K. L. Going. I read it for the Award Winning Reads Challenge last year. ;)

  5. Geektastic is awesome! It's got stories from all the big names in YA lit -- John Green, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, David Levithan, etc. It was my first story collection in a very long time, and it was full of awesome.

    Also have to give the thumbs up to Level Up. It's a quick read, since it's a graphic novel, about the constant battle between playing video games and studying. If you read and liked American Born Chinese (an AMAZING graphic novel!) you'd like it.

  6. Yay geek love! Also, I have never heard of Accidental Love. It sounds awfully cute.


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