Weekly Geeks 2009 #1 – Blogs I Follow

Thanks to Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise I discovered that Weekly Geeks is up and running again after its creator Dewey passed away in October. A bunch of book bloggers have pulled together to keep Dewey’s various endeavours, including Weekly Geeks, going. And people say the internet is destroying society…what tosh. You can read more about Dewey here where you’ll see a short history of her life in the blogosphere as well as a swag of links to posts in memory of her and her tireless and creative efforts to bring book bloggers together.

However, to the task at hand. The first new Weekly Geeks challenge is, fittingly: 

In the spirit of the amazing community building that Dewey was so good at, tell us about your favorite blogs, the ones you have bookmarked or subscribe to in your Google Reader, that you visit on a regular basis. Tell us what it is about these blogs that you love, that inspire or educate you or make you laugh. Be sure to link to them so we can find them too.

I am currently subscribed to about a hundred blogs but the majority are not book related (I do have other interests you know). So, below are the book blogs I’m currently subscribed to in the order they appear on the book blog tab in my internet browser which is how I choose to keep track of the book blogs I am subscribed to (and yes I know I should put all of these in my Links tab).

Aust Crime Fiction is an amazing website, database and blog that opened my eyes to a swag of new Australian authors and is responsible for at least three quarters of my rather alarming book-related expenditure last year.

Mysteries in Paradise belongs to the aforementioned Kerrie who is a fellow Adelaidian and the only book blogger I have met in the flesh. She partly inspired me to start this blog

Crime Scraps reviews crime fiction set outside the US (mostly) and is the product of the inimitable Uriah whose sense of humour appeals to me

At the Villa Rose provides longer, more thoughtful posts mostly relating to older mysteries.

Lou’s pages is the blog of a Danish student who is bilingual (I’m so jealous). She reads all sorts of books including some mysteries and we share an interest in Scandinavian crime fiction. 

Beth Fish Reads is the blog of a voracious reader with a daunting enthusiasm for reading challenges. I am always curious to see how she’s progressing in her various challenges (and secretly wonder if she’s mastered the art of human cloning just to keep track of them all). Beth is also a wonderful blog commentor and has inspired me to be more diligent in my own commenting.

Euro Crime is the blog that annoys me the most because it’s always full of news about wonderful BBC shows that will be on air here in Australia in about 5 years…but I torture myself by reading it all anyway. She also has lots of information about audio books which I like to listen to as well so her reviews of those help me manage my audible wishlist. 

Kittling: Books is the blog of yet another person who seems to inhale books at the speed of light. I’ve given up tyring to keep pace with Cathy but I do enjoy her reviews, polls and the general book-loving tone of her blog

Scandinavian Crime Fiction is about exactly what you might think from the title and provides early reviews of books that are going to be released here in many months time which gives me time to save up. Ahhh who am I kidding I go straight from there to bookdepository!

Sunnie’s Book Blog is another Aussie book blog which I follow because she might kill me if I don’t (you have to click the link to see what I mean…she’s posted her prison intake passport photo right there)

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7 Responses to Weekly Geeks 2009 #1 – Blogs I Follow

  1. Kerrie says:

    I’m pleased/honoured to be on your list Bernadette. Weekly Geeks gives me a chance to explore blogs outside crime fiction ones.

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  2. Beth F says:

    Wow!! Thanks for listing me with all those wonderful blogs and bloggers. I hardly feel worthy. And you’ve listed some new-to-me blogs that look they’ll become daily favorites.

    BTW: We don’t get those great British mystery series here in the U.S. either — either we have to wait years or we have to rent them on DVD.

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  3. Maxine says:

    Nice list – you can also join some of these bloggers and others (eg Norman/Uriah, Karen of Euro Crime and Kerrie) at the friend feed crime&mystery fiction room, where we provide each other with links to review of yet more books and series that we all don’t have time to read/watch but go ahead and buy anyway!

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  4. bkclubcare says:

    This week’s geek is a tremendous resource for finding all sorts of new and interesting blogs! I love our rating system…

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  5. I did sign up for that friend feed room Maxine but I keep forgetting to go there. I need to work out how to have the stuff come to me. I have started using Google Chrome as my browser and it is a bit odd in the way it handless rss feeds.

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  6. Xavier L. says:

    Thanks for the link! I’ve added you to my blogroll in return.

    I agree that reading about the wonderful series from Albion may be a frustrating experience when you live in a country where it may take years and years to see them – this being the most optimistic case. I’ve been petitioning French channels for years and years for Foyle’s War to finally be aired here, in vain thus far. So Australia is a great place to live after all. 😉

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