Nerdfighter Book Recommendations: A Gift Giving Guide for Nerdfightastic Readers Booklist
So these are the books that were recommended by John Green (compiled for my own benefit and others) [Prices according to Amazon Prime in USD]:
For fans of the Swindon Town Swoodilypoopers:
- Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts by Julian Rubinstein ($5.60)
For people who are interested in decreasing worldsuck:
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo ($15.63)
Fans of The Catcher in the Rye:
- Sula by Toni Morrison ($10.99)
Fans of Downton Abbey:
Fans of TFiOS:
- The Blood of the Lamb: A Novel by Peter De Vries ($11.20)
Fans of The Hunger Games:
- Uglies by Scott Westerfield ($9.99)
- Matched Trilogy (Box Set including signed copy of the third book, Reached) by Ally Condie ($31.24)
- Divergent by Veronica Roth ($9.99)
Insurgent (Collector’s Edition) ($13.59)
To read with a romantic partner:
Harry Potter Fans:
For people who care so much about characters and don’t even know why:
- The Art of Fielding: A Novel by Chad Harbach ($10.19)
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak ($7.78) [This is literally so cheap it should be criminal because of just how amazing this book is.]
Fans of Crash Course World History:
- Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel ($8.91)
- The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (Volumes I
- & II) by M.T. Anderson ($8.79 and $9.20)
Fans of Crash Course Biology:
- The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee ($12.24)
Fans of Looking for Alaska (the boarding school part):
- The Disreptuablle History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart ($9.99)
Fans of Looking for Alaska (the NO SPOILERS part):
- To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis ($13.80)
For Sherlock fans:
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ($10.00)
- Books by P.D. James
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls ($11.19)
Buy your gifts here: Tumblr-approved Etsy shops and other crafters
Earlier I mentioned that this year, I want to buy more of my gifts from small businesses and Etsy sellers instead of mega-corps. I asked my crafty readers to send me links to their or their friends’ online shops/Etsy stores so I could make a list. Here’s the list!
(if you want to be added, send me your shop name!)
Gewgaws & Gimcracks (*stunning* pearl jewelry made by one of my personal tumblr pals)
MaddieAGoGo (who says, “My bags are 100% organic cotton and I do custom orders! The profits help pay my medical bills, so if you could publish my shop that would be so great!”)
Tesoro Jewelry (Harry Potter stuff!)
Snappy Shop (fab aprons!!)
offscreen (includes a cross-stitch that says “fuck the patriarchy” and lots and lots of cute cat toys)
Cleverplane Confections (handmade *candy*)
LibertyBliss (custom hammocks for ferrets, rats and hamsters)
Kommoner (in Australia but ships elsewhere)
Annie’s Fingers (does not contain any actual fingers — more along the felt-crafts-and-hand-drawn-cards line)
FoldsBoz12 (a reader’s 12-year-old son’s origami mounted on cards)
Damn Fine Designs (pie & donut earrings!)
A Case of the Nerds (custom iPad/Kindle cases)
If you like sci-fi romance novels, get my friend’s eBook here!
If you’re looking for some other book porn, here’s my list of better books than 50 Shades of Grey
One reader wrote: “In addition to supporting the crafters on Etsy, I’d like to suggest browsing the artisans of Novica as well. Novica is a partnership between National Geographic and artisans the world over so you can buy unique wares directly from the talented people who make them and not the people who take advantage of them. It supports their independence and the economic stability of their communities.”
Need a custom item? Check out UNIIMI.com. (It stands for “U Need It I Make It”.) It’s like when Etsy had the Alchemy section. From their website: “simply post a new project request with a description of the item you want. Our artists will bid on your project with their estimates and you will have the option of choosing which artist you would like to work with.”
Another option is GoodKarma, which offers sustainable, functional handmade items for the home.
more of that hannukah oil, please
this afternoon I’m hoping for a miracle of the hannukah oil variety: Left cash and credit card at home, not sure I have enough gas to get there. also, I’m not pretty enough, or stupid-looking enough to wrangle a free gallon or two from the gas station. if this were a sink or swim situation, I’m pretty sure I’d be sinking.
Hey! You there!
Welcome to the first annual tumblr Holiday White Elephant event!
First things first: A traditional White Elephant Gift Exchange includes stealing other peoples’ gifts. This is more like a “Secret Santa” gift exchange, but Santa is not as cool (or as holiday-neutral) as elephants, so we’re going with this.
For this event, we’re going to match up tumblr users anonymously, so they can send holiday gifts to each other.
In order to sign up to send and receive a gift, we will need the following information sent to us as an ask or in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org:*Your name
*The winter holiday you celebrate
*A list of things you like
*Your price bracket
The price brackets will be as follows:
- Email/letter gift
- Homemade-$10 gift
- $10 - $25 gift
- $25 - $50 gift
Hopefully, as we get going, we’ll set up a paypal to accept donations to help with shipping costs for people who wish to participate, but for now, when you are matched with your Elephant, you will be told what state/country they live in, and we will try to keep you close to your buddy so you don’t wind up spending $20 on shipping.
Please note that you will be randomly assigned a partner and we will not accept requests as to who you want to sponsor as an Elephant. However, we completely respect financial burdens, and will keep people within similar price brackets (for example, someone who wants to email as their gift, will receive an email as their gift. Likewise, someone who wants to spend more than $25 will get a gift worth more than $25)
Your Elephant will not know who you are - only the list of things you like, your price bracket, and your address - until after the holidays. After the New Year, we will post who was matched with who, and you two can choose whether or not to connect over tumblr. If you’re uncomfortable giving out your address, choose an email gift! We want to be as inclusive as possible.
Please let me (PC) or Matt (TWUBC) know if you have any additional questions. Until then, signal boost this post, and sign up to send and receive a gift from a tumblr-er for the holidays. :)