Posted by: chartroose | May 28, 2009

Weekly Geeks — Favorite Blogs Part One (Old Friends)

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.  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.

Later, Gators!



  1. Wow. I don’t know what to say, Char. This is awesome and it makes my day (and I don’t mean that because it’s 10pm and there’s not that much time left LOL!). I am so honored and I love my icon – very much. I am in such darn good company, too. I wish I did live in CO – or you lived in VA. I need a good IRL friend from time to time. 🙂

  2. This is so sweet of you to do! You listed many of MY favorite blogs too. Each one I was like “yeah, I love that person! She totally belongs on the list!” So much fun.

  3. What a great list of blogs. I see several on your list that I love reading, and even better, there are a few I haven’t read before! Adding their feeds as soon as I finish typing this. Thank you!

  4. I love that you did this now. Proof that it’s never too late to answer a Weekly Geeks question!

  5. You just absolutely made my day! And there is not a doubt in my mind that you are way cooler than me, I’m just a geeky book nerd with too much time on her hands. And in the smarts department, lady, you’re quite inspiring. You read much more broadly than I do and have an amazing sense of humor. I read your blog faithfully and you often have me laughing out loud (because of those aforementioned geeky qualities, however, I don’t always let you know when that happens.)

  6. Woohoo! I made the short list! ~LOL~ But seriously, thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Your blog is one that never fails to make me smile (you can’t go wrong with Monty Python) and you always have something here that is well worth reading.


    Oh, and I’ll take that lovely elf maiden as an icon any day. In fact, I may have worn my hair like that back in high school …

  7. Since I’ve actually met Trish and Lisa, I can say their icons are spot on! Especially Trish…that’s just perfect. And Care, even though I haven’t met her, that’s just perfect, too!

    Actually, I love them all. Although I’m a little worried my night elf is going to open up a can of whoop ass on the elf maiden. Did I ever tell you my coworkers thought I was a good candidate for going postal…my music scared them. But really, you guys have nothing to worry about. Really!

    Seriously, this is the most awesomest post ever. And I’m not just saying that because I’m on the list.

    And if I’m ever in CO, we are so going to meet up and discuss our plan for world domination.

  8. Char, I am so blown away! Thank you so much. I think you’re the Koolest of the Kool Kidz and am so proud to be in this elite group. Although I think you have me confused with someone MUCH nicer, LOL. I’m not all sweetness and light.

    My fave icon of the group has to be TRISH!! It is soooo perfect! Care’s is great too but you’re right, she might not agree. You’re scaring me a bit with Jill’s!! You two really must hook up at some point. She’s quite wonderful, silly and fun.

    Thanks again, I Love this!!

  9. I second the vote for Heather. As a fellow blogger in Baltimore, I’ve gotten to know her at bookish events, and she’s great. I think she’s secretly one of quintuplets — no single person could read as much as she does. (Love her new hair style.)

  10. LOL!

    and hey – I just tried to send you an email and got and instant AUTO reply back minoyf…. crap, it’s BAAaaaccCCK!?

    or do you have a new and improved email addr these days?

  11. Love the list – looks like you and I have some of the same favorites.
    Having just met Trish @ BEA, I can vouch that she is very similar to the cute fluffy cat that you picked for her!

  12. You chose a bunch of my faves. I love Trish’s and Heather’s icons.

  13. Great list. I don’t know Incurable Logophilia, but will definitely be checking it out. I’ve actually been lucky enough to meet Jennifer and Trish in person!

  14. wow, what a great list of blogs. thanks for sharing them.

  15. lisa was my first commentor on my LIFE blog waay back in january 2008. trish and i became blogging buddies through my life blog and she was so supportive when i started my book blog, i can’t even tell you! as for the others you’ve mentioned, i also enjoy their blogs and have to make an effort to stop by more often–i get caught up reading books! this summer should be easier–i’m on vacation! yay!

  16. Char, I love you and have been pretty vocal about that. Glad you like me too! This was a great idea for weekly geeks, because since we obviously have similar taste in personalities (I religiously read half the blogs you mention, and the ones I don’t read religiously yet I will take a look at, because I’m obviously missing some good stuff!).

    Also, did you see my latest post? I had to eat my words on something I wrote last year. I said it once but I’ll say it again: You were right, I was wrong! 🙂

  17. I love your list, I especially love how you put faces to them. 🙂 And now I must go visit the blogs I hadn’t heard of before (which always suprises me but OTOH, what? I think I read every blog on the ‘net? Not even close).

  18. Weasley? What’s the meaning of all this Ron Weasley stuff..?

  19. Jack — LOL. I KNEW someone would question my new banner. Ron Weasley says bloody hell all the time, so he’s my inspiration for my blog title. Plus, he has red hair. Also, that photo is just so stupid! Look at the expression on his face.

    Oh, leave me alone!

  20. What a super list – and you’ve selected fanstastic icons for all of them 🙂

    I have all but one on my regular reading stops; I’m going to fix that and add Incurable Logophilia … thanks for the intro!

  21. Ah, it had never occurred to me that Ron was responsible for the site title. Go on then, I’ll let you have that one 🙂

    And I agree about the photo: he does indeed have a wonderfully gormless expression – only that was why I had queried it.

    But what’s with the red hair thing? I mean, not that I’ve got anything against redheads (*resists temptation to make crude joke*) but what do you specifically like about red hair in this case, as opposed to black, blonde or brown?

  22. Ha! I missed this one, but what a great post and a cool way to celebrate our fave bloggers. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Jack — My first crush was a ginger haired boy in 1st grade. We’d hang out together and play with his little matchbox cars. He broke my heart when he became enthralled by a friend of mine and dumped me. I don’t think I’ve ever quite recovered.

    Due to this traumatic incident, I have been searching for the perfect redheaded guy for my entire life, but I think it’s a lost cause. I’ve been with enough redheaded men to say that I believe they’re even more hopeless than all other men combined. Just look at Grint’s ridiculous (or as you say, gormless) expression, and you’ll see what I mean.

    How old is Grint now, 21 or 22? That’s about the right age. He may still be malleable enough to mold into a fairly decent person…nah, I doubt it. Fame has probably ruined him already.

    My last squeeze had very dark hair and dark eyes and he was about fifteen years older than me, so I’m not all that particular.

  24. Love the icon you made for Trish – and she is pretty damn awesome to hang out with in person!!

  25. lol! Chartroose, I was on a bloggy break when this got published, but I love it! Evil-ah reminds me of Cruella, and I love that song about her, lol. Although I’d rather have a princess icon. :p hehe

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