Between the Bookends: July 2015

Bookends © Sophie Brown

This month in Between the Bookends, the GeekMoms have been reading about alien parasites, parenting skills, dark fantasy, climbing Everest, and the songs that tell the story of modern Britain.

9¾ x 3: Comparing the Harry Potter Platform Experiences

The Three Platforms : Left © Universal Studios (fair use), Middle © Karen Roe via Flickr (Creati ve Commons), Right © Sophie Brown

If you want to visit the magical Platform 9¾ from the Harry Potter series, there are currently three places you can do so. Sophie tries to determine which one is the “best” experience by scoring all three across a range of categories.

Unlock ‘Lego Jurassic World': Will Bricks Find a Way?

Lego Jurassic World © Warner Bros. Interactive

Lego Jurassic World was Sophie’s first foray back to the Lego games franchise since Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7. Recent offerings have put her off of the games, but the lure of her favorite ever movie being given the Lego treatment was just too strong.

Late to the Game: ‘Elder Sign’

Elder Sign © Fantasy Flight Games (Fair Use)

Elder Sign is a cooperative dice-rolling game based on the Cthulhu Mythos in which you and your fellow players work together as a team of researchers investigating a museum, attempting to prevent the rise of an Ancient One.

Between the Bookends: June 2015

Bookends © Sophie Brown

Books about Sherlock Holmes, Hannibal Lecter, plus a report on the new Judy Blume and the new teen smash, The Selection series, are among what the GeekMoms are reading.

Between the Bookends: May 2015

Bookends © Sophie Brown

This merry month of May the GeekMoms have been stuck on Mars, trapped in a strange town, debating the merits of STEM and creativity in our schools, and solving puzzles in a future dystopia. Check out our reading lists as we get ready for the summer.

Review: ‘The Fangirl’s Guide to The Galaxy’

The Fangirl's Guide to The Galaxy © Quirk Books (Fair Use)

There are some books whose titles that don’t just grab your attention, they leap up and lock your attention in a choke hold until you start reading them. ‘The Fangirl’s Guide to The Galaxy’ by Sam Maggs, released today, is one of those titles. The second I spotted the book, and its amazing cover, I knew I had to read it right then and there.

GeekMom Approved Reads for Surviving a ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Hiatus

Sleepy Hollow © Boom Studios

It’s been six weeks since the ‘Sleepy Hollow’ hiatus began, and if you’re anything like me you’re really starting to miss the weekly adventures of Abbie, Ichabod, Jenny, Frank, and the other inhabitants of the little New York town. I’ve been reading my way through the various ‘Sleepy Hollow’ publications on offer to see which are worth reading over the summer.

Between the Bookends: March 2015

Bookends © Sophie Brown

This month’s Between the Bookends selection includes demonic advice, a future British dystopia, and dinosaur sex – just thankfully not all at once!

GeekMom Fashion Inspiration: Abigail Mills

GeekMom Fashion Inspiration © Sophie Brown

Abbie Mill’s clothing is all about practicality and comfort. Her simple style makes her easy to emulate and it’s a look that can be adapted to suit anyone.

Between the Bookends: February 2015

Bookends © Sophie Brown

This month’s Between the Bookends sees the GeekMoms reading about talking cows, dystopian future entertainment, a steampunked wild west, a wall of Trudd, and some big changes for Harry Dresden.

Wrapped in Plastic: A Revealing Look at Twin Peaks

Wrapped in Plastic © ECW Press

If it’s been a long time since your last visit to Twin Peaks, or you’d just like to explore the town in a little more depth, then Andy Burns’ new book Wrapped in Plastic might be perfect for you.

We Are All The Bad Mother

Recipe Rifle © Esther Walker

“I am a bad mother.” It’s a thought that has gone through all of our heads at least once, possibly daily. In the era of picture-perfect Pinterest parenting, the feelings of inadequacy come easily.

Storytime Magazine

Storytime Magazine © Sophie Brown

Storytime is a new magazine for children and parents to share that aims to encourage reading and interaction with stories, but without any advertising or free plastic clutter.

DIY Mickey Mouse Wreath

Mickey Mouse Wreath © Sophie Brown

This tutorial shows you how to cheaply make a Mickey Mouse wreath like the ones I saw on vacation at Walt Disney World.

GeekMom TableTop Games Quiz

TableTop Games Quiz © Sophie Brown

To inspire you to think about giving games this holiday season, I’ve put together a quiz featuring some of the most popular games on the geek circuit.How many of them can you identify?

Between the Bookends: November 2014

Bookends © Sophie Brown

As we leave behind Halloween and head inextricably forwards towards turkey, trimmings, and tinsel, the GeekMoms are still finding time to read. If you dare to join them this month you will find astronauts, dragonslayers, mysterious children, Plato, a platypus, and a rather curious dead dog.

Baking Bad: Let’s Cook, B*tch!

Baking Bad © Sophie Brown

It’s pretty easy to come up with a funny concept for a novelty recipe book, especially when a show as iconic as Breaking Bad is your inspiration, but do the recipes actually work? I’ve spent the last week finding out.