6 Awesome Books to Excite your Inner Fan

6 Awesome Books to Excite your Inner Fan

Librari*Con is upon us once again, and as a giant nerd and lover of many fandoms, I could not be more excited!  I love watching movies and getting obsessed with television shows and then scouring the internet for fanart and memes and discussion boards.  I love finding other people who enjoy the same things as I do and talking about them together.  But one of the things I love the most is seeing my passion for geek culture and fandom reflected in the one media I pretty much prioritize above all others – books.

I turn to books for pretty much everything.  Escapism, research, information, a really good time.  So of course, why not turn to books when prepping for Librari*Con.  Here are a few of my favorites that will suck you in and fill your soul with everything it means to be a fan of something, from cons, to cosplay, to fanfic and fanart!

Inner fan recommendations

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks.  This one is great for superhero comic book lovers who also have an interest in theater. It’s a bit of a Romeo and Juliet retelling, but don’t worry, there’s a waaaay happier ending!

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson. Does anyone else freaking adore the “enemies to lovers” trope? It’s one of my favorites and this book does it well. Trixie and Ben are sworn enemies, each fighting for a top spot in the graduating class. But then they start to bond over geeky stuff and everything changes. I’ve read this book twice and I’m already itching to read it a third time just thinking about it.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This is pretty much my favorite contemporary novel of all time. Never had I felt so seen in my life until I read this book. Cath is nerdy, awkward, nervous and sometimes bad at socializing. She loves a magic and wizardry-based fandom and writes fanfiction. This one is perfect for people who are fans of anything, as it’s a well-rounded read that allows fan culture to shine.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. Oof…this one will punch you in the feels really hard. Eliza and Her Monsters focuses heavily on fanart and fanfiction, but also relationships, mental health, and coming out of your shell.  Have some tissues ready if you tackle this one, because there are definitely some emotional, gut-wrenching scenes ahead!

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. Super fun and fluffy, Queens of Geek actually takes place at a con and will totally sweep you up and shower you with fandom love and appreciation.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston. Another retelling in a sense, Geekerella follows Elle and Darien, two majorly huge fans of a sci-fi television show who meet online and develop a relationship. Against the backdrop of the classic Cinderella story, this one is great if you’re really into cosplay and cute romance.

Conclusion

With Librari*Con getting closer, it’s time to start getting ready, so visit one of our ten branches, free your inner fan, and pick up one of these titles today.  Who knows, maybe you’ll meet another fandom or book nerd just waiting to geek out with you!

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Written by Morgan Malyn from the Goshen Branch Library

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