In case you haven’t noticed, I kind of follow my own agenda, so I’m many months late with this weekly geeks post. I have 76 Bloglines feeds, and out of those 76, there are probably 20 or so I try to read the minute I notice there has been a new submission (unless I’m too busy to care). Out of those 20, there are about 8 that I feel compelled to comment on more than any of the others. I’m now going to list “The Excellent Eight”, complete with icons! Someday, I may figure out how to add these pictures to my sidebar without making a mess of things.
1. Eva — A Striped Armchair
Eva must be some kind of a genius. She reads quickly and critically and then writes great posts about her reading adventures on her blog. She’s just a young ‘un (early 20′s), and she can do practically everything! When I grow up I want to be like her. (For some peculiar reason, I always call her Evil-ah in my mind). I’ve even thought of this little icon for Eva:
2. Heather – Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books
Heather appeals to my geeky science fiction/fantasy side. I became an instant fan when I learned that she read The Hobbit when she was six years old and enjoyed it! Okay Ms. Smarty-Pants, you may be my superior in the reading arena, but can you talk like such a convincing retro hippie chick that people will start hallucinating the moment you open your mouth? I’LL BET NOT! (Now that I think about it, they might start hallucinating as a means to escape my hippie chick impersonation. What.ev.er). Anyway, Heather is very erudite and cerebral and I love to read her blog posts. Due to our mutual LOTR addiction, I always picture Heather as a lovely elf maiden:
3. Jennifer — The Literate Housewife
I felt connected to Jennifer from the moment I became aware of her existence. There’s just something about her; a good aura I experience whenever I look at her blog and whenever she responds to mine. It’s almost like we’ve known each other all our lives. If Jennifer lived here in Colorado, I know we’d be great friends. I can just picture us giggling together like schoolgirls. I know that Jennifer loves Jane Austen and old fashioned stuff, so if I were to choose an icon for her, it would be something like this:
4. Verbivore — Incurable Logophilia
Verbivore has inspired my current reading life more than any other blogger I visit. I think she’s probably WAY smarter than I am, and, I hate to admit it, but she may even be a bit cooler than I am too. She’s very well-read and she writes beautifully and speaks French fluently and is a true aesthete. She introduced me to Nadine Gordimer (I was totally blown-away by July’s People, BTW), and I’ve been rereading some of her reviews for more inspiration. Whenever I picture Verbivore, I see a sleek, sophisticated “woman about town.” Here is my Verbivore icon:
5. Lisa — Books on the Brain
Lisa was one of my first readers, and she immediately drew me into her warm and cozy world of, well, Lisa. She has such an ease about her that I feel like I’m home every time I venture over to her blog. Her writing style is comfortable as well, and I really appreciate this, especially when I just want to relax and enjoy a few of my fellow bloggers’ observations during a stressful workday. I’ve never met Lisa, but I have the feeling that she has some major charisma going on there. I’ll bet she draws people to her wherever she goes. It doesn’t hurt that she’s beautiful, too! Here’s my icon for Lisa:
6. Care — Care’s Online Book Club
Care will probably hate me for saying this, but she seems adorably sweet and vulnerable to me. She has told me that she’s not at all shy or demure, but I don’t believe her. She’s lovable and cute and cuddly, dammit, and I don’t care what she says! I enjoy reading Care’s blog because it’s a fun mishmash of humorous ramblings about what she’s reading, written in a kind of unique journal style. She’s an original, that’s for sure! So, Care Bear, here is my picture for you (and yep, it’s totally saccharrine):
7. Trish — Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?
Trish was one of my original commenters, and I remember thinking I had really hit the big time when I visited her blog and realized that she had a huge fan base. That she would deign to speak to little ol’ me thrilled me to no end, and I continue to be thrilled every time I hear from her. Trish has got it all: she’s humorous, smart, creative and dynamic, and I’ve been told that she’s pretty amazing to hang out with! Here’s my icon for Trish:
8. Jill — Fizzy Thoughts
I don’t remember how I met Jill here in cyberspace, but I do know that once I did, there was absolutely no turning back! I think Jill is the one of the most humorous book bloggers out there, and she’s super creative too. She’s always making up silly rhymes and songs, and her site is an absolute joy to visit. I have the feeling that Jill and I may have strangely similar personalities. If we were twins, Jill would be the funny one and I would be the evil one. I’d get us into trouble, and Jill would joke our way out of it. I just know we’d make quite a pair! I now think of Jill as Jillora, and this icon matches the name perfectly:
(Night elves can be pretty intimidating)!
That’s it for now. I’ll be doing this again soon because there are many more bloggers I want to celebrate.