At a time when I’m gearing up for big changes in my life, changes that will hopefully mean more regular posting here (more on that in the weeks ahead), I’ve had the good fortune to recently be the recipient of much support, particularly for this blog. When I started out at Blogger not quite two years ago, I didn’t really think anybody would read my ramblings except a few good friends I might catch on a very good day, so I’m thankful to everyone who encouraged me back then and very grateful for those I’ve met in both real and virtual spaces because of it.

Since coming over to WordPress earlier this year, I have discovered some wonderful new blogs and finally feel much more like I’m part of a blog community, rather than sending my thoughts out into the ether, which has been fabulous. Sometimes encouragement comes at just the right time, you know? Anyway, I was delighted to discover while reading the most recent post of midnight coffee monster (one of my latest blog discoveries) that she had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you, Raya, what a great surprise!

As always, with great power comes great responsibility, so I hereby present The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Add the Versatile Blogger award to your post.
  • Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.
  • Let the nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

  • Seven random facts about me:

  • If I had my way, everyone would use the Oxford comma.
  • My favorite movie guilty pleasure is Blue Crush. I know, I know.
  • I’m not a professional sports fan (at all), but I absolutely adore when nations compete in the Olympics and World Cup. I will always root for France over the U.S. in le foot, but at the Olympics it really depends on the event. I have a soft spot for underdogs, which is just one reason I hate NBC’s coverage.
  • I have a hard time writing something, be it a blog post or my dissertation, without a title already decided.
  • I believe that nothing good can come from putting raisins in baked goods.
  • I get a cheap thrill when I discover I have accumulated enough quarters to do my laundry in the basement without buying a new roll of quarters; it’s one of my petits plaisirs minuscules.
  • Although I love living in the heart of San Francisco and don’t really care about homeownership in general, I fantasize about having a real library one day. Dark wood, comfy chairs, a big globe, the whole shebang.

  • And now, the Nominees:
    (Note: While most are relatively new to me, they are not necessarily new to blogging; however, all are to blame for my growing to-read shelf at Goodreads.)

  • Simon at Savidge Reads. One half of The Readers, a podcast I began listening to last fall that opened me up to a whole world of UK reading.
  • Annabel at Gaskella. Despite living on opposite sides of the pond, I feel we have very similar sensibilities, and not just because we both use the Chateau theme.
  • Claire at The Captive Reader. Worth visiting for her incredible home-library porn alone.
  • Jillian at A Room of One’s Own. I love her introspection about her reading project. She is constantly making me think about and reflect on the challenges I set myself.
  • James at Following Pulitzer. There’s nothing I love better than a good list or a great project. He’s up to 1939 and I look forward to his upcoming posts on The Grapes of Wrath.
  • Alex at Thinking in Fragments. Another member of the Brit invasion with a post close to my heart that brought me back to one of my first book loves, Aloysius in Brideshead Revisited.
  • Lucy at Literary Relish. You know I’m going to love anyone who has a Paris in July feature on their blog.
  • Bundle of Books. It’s at this point in the list that I started thinking that I needed to read more American (or even French) bloggers. But Bundle of Books seems to read everything I’d want to read if I could. And I can’t even blame the accent.
  • Rachel at Book Snob. Yes, yes, another Brit. But she lived in New York that one time!
  • Adam at Roof Beam Reader. Adam is currently hosting “Austen in August” and, even if I don’t have room for rereads right now, I’m looking forward to all things Jane. Bonus, he’s American! (I think.)

  • The following are old favorites who cover the world beyond books:

  • Maria at Far Out City posts great photos and news about life in San Francisco and sometimes beyond.
  • John Marcher at A Beast in the Jungle also covers the Bay Area, mostly from a musical angle.
  • If you love old movies, you need to check out the Self-Styled Siren. Brooklyn, represent!
  • Raquelle of Out of the Past also blogs classic Hollywood and is always coming up with great themes for her viewing.
  • And finally, because everything’s better with a few good cocktails, Rowley’s Whiskey Forge is my go-to blog for food and drink.

  • I heartily recommend all of the above and hope to have more time in the months ahead to read and comment more on all of these blogs!