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The Nerd Squad consists of the stalwart agents known only by their secret code names: Tech Nerd, Word Nerd, Her Awesomeness, the Bald Avenger, Sarcasm Slayer, the Fighting Foodie, the Scarlet Pencil and T.I. Benz. Together they patrol the farthest reaches of the galaxy looking for tempting geeky morsels and making the universe safe for Nerdkind. Thumbnail: Justice League #34 by Dale Eaglesham

Not Barstool Sports: Books to Read Before You Go off to College

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Just about to begin your freshman year of college, eh? Make sure you have your shower caddy ready, your matching bed set from Target (XL Twin, for sure), and all of those Cup Noodles you’ll never end up eating because you have a meal plan. College is easy! Just kidding, college is pretty hard, duh! However, if we were able to get through it, you probably can, too. With these books, you will have everything you need to be the big person on campus. The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty – 154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel Hardcover, Tiffany Watt Smith (Little Brown and Company, June 7, 2016) You’re about to meet a…

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The Books We’re Crazy about on National Book Lovers Day!

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It’s National Book Lovers Day and as you would expect, we’re pretty flipping happy here at BookTrib! It’s basically our holiday. So while you’re sitting at your desk, up to your ears in work, we’ve decided to take the day and just — read. Curious about what we’re reading? We’ve compiled a list just for you! Here are the books we’re currently obsessing over that we just had to share with our fellow books lovers on National Book Lovers Day: Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director, Gary Vikan (SelectBooks, September 20, 2016) JeriAnn: I always thought that the Indiana Jones movies were a ridiculous exaggeration—surely no one in archeology or art would treat a historic relic so brutally. Where were…

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‘Stranger Things’ is Your New Summer Must-Watch — Plus, a Companion Book List

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If you’ve watched the trailer for Netflix’s new show Stranger Things eight times like we have, you’re definitely able to see why it’s so magnetic. Also, you might be a little crazy. The E.T. with a super-dark twist vibe is giving us major ’80s nostalgia, and is not something to be missed. And with Winona Ryder, who is herself “strange and unusual,” how can this show be anything but awesome? If you’ve watched the trailer for Netflix’s new show Stranger Things eight times like we did, you’re definitely able to see why it’s so magnetic. Also, you might be a little crazy. The E.T. with a super-dark twist vibe is giving us major 80s nostalgia, and is not something to…

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost — Except for Spooky Ones in Books!

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“If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” On June 8, 1984 the world was introduced to the supernatural comedy known as Ghostbusters. I can still remember my favorite scene of the green blob-slob, Slimer, shoveling a tray of room service sweets down his gullet and onto the floor. But the most important part of the film is the cast, the classic comedy crew of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver just to name a few. Jump forward 30 years and now we find ourselves with a new team of ghost exterminators: Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon lead the pack, shall we say gracefully? This movie may seem…

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Murder, He Wrote: The Night Of-Inspired Summer Reading

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Based solely on the first episode, the new HBO limited series, The Night Of, seems to be equal parts True Detective and NPR’s Serial in the best ways possible. The story follows a young man, Nasir Khan (who goes by Naz) who gets swept into a horrible crime after a night of misguided frivolity with a mysterious, beautiful woman. Naz, a college student, picks her up in his father’s cab on his way to the popular kids’ college party, and has a dreamlike night of sex, drugs and odd drunken knife games before waking up to a nightmare: the woman’s body has been stabbed to death in bed next to him. Naz, who clearly doesn’t watch a lot of Law & Order, flees…

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You’re Not Fooling Anyone: Book Bromances That Should Totally Just be Romances

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Ever read a book and wonder why the main characters who are best of friends aren’t just dating each other? Sometimes, if they’re lucky, they will fall in love by the end of the story. However, in many cases, friendship doesn’t always lead to love; which is why we simply call it a bromance. However, let’s step outside of the heterosexual box and take a look at a few literary friendships that, let’s face it, would totally work better as just plain romances. Here, Matt and Katie from the BookTrib staff pick their top three bromances they pretty much consider a relationship: Matt’s Top 3: Frodo and Sam: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein (Mariner Books, 2005) Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee are…

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#Thrillerfest16 is Happening Now! Thrillers that Get Our Pulse Racing

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It’s that time of year again: Thrillerfest ’16 is here and in full swing! Let’s be honest, if there’s one thing keeping most of us up at night it’s a scary movie or book. There’s just something about that thrill that really gets our heart racing. So, of course, it only seems fitting that not only do we fall for a great thriller book, but in turn, we fall for the author of that book, too. Most of readers have a preference when it comes to any author in general. There are some people who read more of one author than another, some authors you may just be discovering, and some that you’re just so completely obsessed with, you’re on the edge of your seat until…

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The 25 Beach Bag Books You Should be Reading — WIN a Bag FULL of Books!

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There’s nothing quite like being at the beach. Picture it, you’re lying in the warm sun, listening to the waves crash in front of you as the beautiful breeze keeps you cool; it’s pretty much every person’s dream day. The only thing that can make it even better is having the perfect beach read to really help you kick back and relax. Well, get ready because we’ve got the perfect list for all of those gorgeous summer beach days coming up. Here are 25 of the perfect books (in no particular order) that you definitely NEED to have in your beach bag. WIN 12 of the 25 amazing books below and a BookTrib Tote Bag!  Click the bag to ENTER: The Girls In The Garden…

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Happy Father’s Day: The Books We’re Giving Our Dads

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We love our dads and Father’s Day is the perfect reason to shower them with all kinds of fun gifts. So what’s better than a gift that caters to each and every hobby that our dads might have? It’s no secret that books are what give us life here at BookTrib, so it makes perfect sense that we would be gifting our fathers with some awesome new (and a couple older) reads. In honor of all of the amazing fathers out there, here are the books that we’re giving the most important men in our lives: Amanda: The Fateful Lightning: A Novel of the Civil War, Jeff Shaara (Ballantine Books, June 14, 2016) My dad loves history books and is an avid collector…

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Summer Celebrations: The 6 Wildest Parties in Literary History

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From music festivals to beach bashes, summer gives us the freedom to frolic outside and enjoy a margarita…or six. Summer really is all about the evenings of partying until the early morning with friends, or afternoons in the park, reading in the sun. We decided to combine these two fantastic summer activities by giving our take on the six wildest parties in literary history for you to fantasize about and maybe be inspired to throw your own summer bash. Matt’s Picks: The Acid Tests from Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe (Picador Reprint, 2008) “Everything in everybody’s life is…significant. And everybody is alert, watching for meanings.” Journalist Tom Wolfe following a group of degenerate hippies searching for ‘truth’ through the…

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A Reading List for Every Singleton Out There

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It stinks to be singled out, but it certainly doesn’t stink to be single. If you want some distraction from your crippling loneliness — erm, we mean independence, check out the six books we picked below! Matt’s Picks: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, Allie Brosh (Touchstone Books, 2013) I had an awkward childhood, but who didn’t? I’m also a 20-something college grad who doesn’t have a clue. Allie Brosh’s book features her favorite stories from the cult blog of the same name accompanied with silly Microsoft Paint drawings that are the epitome of derp. She recounts hilarious anecdotes from her youth and throughout her 20s. I can relate. So much so that…

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go: 6 Unconventional Books that Make Great Graduation Gifts

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It’s that time of the year again! Finals are over, GPAs are officially documented and the diplomas have been printed. For just about anyone reading this, either you or someone you know is graduating from college this month. But instead of the same old Dr. Seuss book everyone gets, this year give something else -– a book that will really get those ambitious and creative juices flowing! Here we’ve compiled a list of 6 fantastic, yet unconventional, books to help you (or your graduate) keep up the momentum needed for post-college success. Mercedes’s Picks: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso (Portfolio, 2015) When it comes to style and confidence, Sophia Amoruso’s company Nasty Gal is where you go. I’ve been shopping there for as long…

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5 Things We Hope to See from Netflix’s Daredevil Season 2

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Alert the media! Marvel’s Daredevil is upon us, and it’s bringing a few familiar faces to the comic book lovers of the world. Who’s interested in seeing what Daredevil himself Matt Murdock and idealistic best bro Foggy Nelson are up to when we return for the second season of the Netflix original series? I know I can’t wait to revisit Hell’s Kitchen and Karen Page (how could we forget about Karen Page!?) and the intrigue it has to offer our favorite Marvel gang. Season 2 will hit the Internet on March 18, so we expect you’ll be coming up with an epic excuse to skip work and jump into binge-watching mode. So, will Season 2 deliver a superb second installment? That remains…

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Abs as Flat as a Book – Hottest Men of 2015!

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Last year we treated our readers (and let’s be honest, ourselves) to a little present—the killer abs of the 10 hottest men of 2014. We’ve been pretty guilty of turning up the temperature a bit lately with “Olicity” Watch, Battle ‘Ships (can we blame Rachel Carter for global warming?) and of course, Heat Index. So why stop there? To help keep the roads free of ice over the holidays, we present our second annual Abs as Flat as a Book: the hottest men of 2015. Consider it a present AND a public service. Happy Holidays – You’re welcome! Adam Driver Intergalactic bad boy Adam Driver wowed us in Star Wars VIII. Not only is he easy on the eyes, but…

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Throw an Out-of-this-World Star Wars Viewing Party

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So the gang is coming over tomorrow for a Star Wars viewing party before you all go to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It goes without saying that you’re going to watch the previous movies in Machete Order as popularized by blogger Rod Hilton. That means starting with A New Hope, followed by Empire Strikes Back, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi. (Trust us, you don’t need to bother with The Phantom Menace.) But this isn’t just any viewing party; this is THE party right before THE movie. You know, the one you’ve been wishing most of your life would happen. You owe your guests more thought and fun than (Han) Solo…

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