Nerd Nation has officially reached Indianapolis. Andrew Luck recently started his own book club and continues to be an example of Stanford athletes expressing their academic interests off the field.
For years, Andrew Luck has recommended books to his teammates and now extends his recommendations to fans. On his website, Luck recommends Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee and Daniel James Brown's Boys in the Boat. Maniac Magee is labeled as the easier read on the website and is recommended for "first rookies." The book is about an orphan who succeeds in sports. Luck said of the book via ESPN, "I loved this book throughout my childhood. I actually still read it."
Meanwhile, Boys in the Boat is recommended for "first veterans." Luck read the book as an adult and mentioned via ESPN, "I got this from my Oma [German for grandmother] for Christmas one year, and it's just an incredible snapshot of life during the Great Depression and the integrity of sport with the Games obviously in Nazi Germany."
After Andrew Luck created his book club's website, he also set up a question and answer section. Through this section, Luck interacts with readers and uses social media feeds to create a dialogue about the books. Luck has made videos about the books and readers have an area to respond.
Andrew Luck has been a great book recommender. After Luck gave center Khaled Holmes two different books in recent years The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Dissapeared by Jonas Jonasson and Zorba the Greek by Jonas Jonasson, Khaled Holmes said via ESPN, "[Andrew's] definitely well-read, and his recommendations are pretty good."
Stanford athletes have shown their academic interests in recent months, and Luck is just another example of it. Luck said of reading according to ESPN, "I love to read both fiction and nonfiction and I feel strongly about the power of reading. So I thought, 'Why not start a real book club?'" These days televisions seems to be taking over reading, but it is awesome to see a Stanford athlete enjoying and encouraging books. If you haven't seen Luck's website, definitely go check it out and read his books.