Yeah.. Nerdy girls exist.
As far as good books, I’m rather fond of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde (yes, two Fs). It’s…. surreal. On the surface, it’s alternate earth criminal drama, but then it *really* goes down the rabbit hole as the series goes on. THing being, it does so while still making sense and maintaining readability.
Good Omens is good, as is just about anything written by Terry Pratchett. His Discworld books have proven as prolific as Piers Anthony’s Xanth novels, with one important difference: They don’t suck. If you want a good entry into Pratchett, besides Good Omens, ‘The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’ is a good one. It’s set in the Discworld, but doesn’t touch any of the continuity of the other books, happily dancing off by itself. It does have Death of Rats (aka The Grim Squeaker) in it, so it’s good.