Reading List: The Nerdist Way by Chris Hardwick

The Nerdist Way by Chris HardwickI’m not sure what made me pick up Chris Hardwick’s 2011 book The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life) on a whim a few weeks ago. Up until a few years ago, I knew Hardwick as the guy who hosted the MTV show Singled Out and that was back in the mid-90s (and now I feel kinda old). Having missed things like the PBS show Wired Science and something called Shipmates, except for catching him in Terminator 3, he was off my radar until he popped up on The Soup to promote his own show Web Soup. That wasn’t long before this book came out, but I had no idea it existed. I’m sorry I didn’t find it sooner because it’s really good.

The Nerdist Way is part memoir and part self-help. Hardwick chronicles his difficulties after his success on Singled Out. For a period of several years Hardwick let his life spiral out of control, saw his career go nowhere, and developed a drinking problem. What’s cool about this book is how honest he is about his mistakes. Most of us don’t like to remind ourselves about where we screwed up, let alone tell the whole world about it. In addition to detailing where he went wrong, Hardwick is very attuned to how he turned his life around and that’s where the self-help aspect of this book comes in.

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New Photo Galleries!

Over the past few years I have had the privilege of attending some pretty cool events like Emerald City Comicon and Creation Entertainment’s Official Seattle Star Trek Convention.

Stan Lee and Clare Kramer at ECCC 2015

I took a ton of photos at these events to use in my articles for Cinema Lowdown and Blogcritics. I created new photo galleries so I can share some of my favorite photos here.

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Read More Books

It’s probably one of the most common New Years resolutions – NOS4A2_cover“Read more books.” A lot of people say it, most of us mean, and…well we all know how best intentions go.

One my my new favorite authors (meaning I recently discovered his books, not that he is new), Joe Hill says the number of pages you average reading in a day equals the number of books you will read in a year. I think he may be right about that. I have been listening to a lot of books on audible lately – because there’s so many books and so little time – but I think he’s probably right about strictly reading.

At any rate, I’m really trying to hold true to that particular New Years resolution. I made the same resolution in 2014 so let’s see how I did:

  • In 2014 I got through 18 books – I’m sure that’s the most in a single years since I was in high school – a time when I would pick up a new book as soon as I finished one.
  • Ten of those books were audio versions
  • Six were Kindle
  • Two were paperback

That’s not too bad, but I think I’ll beat it this year.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’m going to go with NOS4A2 because it came as such a surprise. Since it was the first of his books I read, I didn’t really know what to expect from Joe Hill, but I absolutely love this book. You can see what I said about it here.

I also really enjoyed the entire Dark Tower series from Stephen King, but I can’t just pick one book as a favorite.

Actually I enjoyed everything I read (or listened to last year), which is pretty awesome because that doesn’t happen all the time. Do you finish a book if you don’t like it after you start reading? I used to, but in the last few years I have given myself permission to move on. I do a lot more reading if I’m enjoying it. Chances are I will go back to whatever it was I couldn’t finish – sometimes you’re just not in the mood for it at the time.