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message 1: by Angie (new)

Angie | 512 comments I saw this in another group and I thought it was neat so I stole it :) I thought this group would have a lot of fun with it.

What made you pick your avatar? When was it taken? What is it of (if not you). Why is it unique to your personality or character?

Mine is of myself at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado. This hotel is where Stephen King got the inspiration to write The Shining. Currently the group for Stephen King is reading the Shining so I thought it was appropriate to have this avatar.

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This sounds like a fun thread.. And gives me a forum to explain my recent avatar-jumping for which I want to apologize again ; )

I didn't have a picture of myself that I liked enough to put it in here, so I wanted a book-related theme. At first I had that drawn picture of a girl with books that was supposed to represent Hermione from Harry Potter and as she was one of my favorite characters, I thought I'd pick her but the picture didn't really correspond to my image of her.
I stumbled across the pic with the med school books and the Starbucks-cup in one of my favorite blogs and liked the composition, but as I will most probably never attend med school it didn't really fit. And last weekend I took my own book picture with some of my favorite books/books from my to read pile I am most looking forward to and my reading rat my Mom gave me some time back. (Reading rat is a nickname for someone who reads a lot in Germany. That's why my Mom got me a rat. It normally sits in my bookshelf, on top of some books.)

message 3: by Angie (new)

Angie | 512 comments I love that you took a pic of your to read pile!

message 4: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 283 comments Mine is Fat Freddie's Cat, from the underground comic of the 1970s, the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. I love his attitude, "I'm Fat Freddie's Cat, and I ain't no kitty! Don't be callin' me all over the city!"

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Dottie (oxymoronid) | 698 comments When I first came to GR I used a photo which I had taken while in Belgium a close-up of bright red cherries which I had just picked from the tree in the backyard of the house we rented the last three years of our time abroad. They reminded me of all the owndrful memories of the years there and made my mouth water recalling the delicious cherry crisps which I made from them.

Then I decided I wanted people in the pic and used one from many years ago of my two daughters at a rodeo in Big Bear before settling on the current one which was taken on the front porch of the family farm in Ohio last summer.

message 6: by Stella (last edited Jan 16, 2009 01:45AM) (new)

Stella (stella_exlibris) | 57 comments I wanted to choose a photo on which my face can be seen and I'm not just a farawy figure, so that narrowed down the options.

This phot was taken 2 years ago, when with my best friend we went just the two of us in a little 4 days-truip to Coppenhague. I loved this church and tried getting a photo of myself with it in the background (my friend wasn't around right then), but of course that wasn't too easy, the tower kept being out of the picture, then an elder English man came and asked me if I wanted him to take my picture, so he did (and he also put his finger in it, that's the shadow in the left corner).

I love this photo because quite shockingly I'm satisfied with how I look on it (so rare!), love the sun, the blue cloudy sky (clouds are one of my passions! If I were a photogarpher I would specialise in photographing clouds in different colours, shapes, settings :-D) the green grass, the church and of course it reminds me of our great trip and all the fun we had :-)

Marion, your rat is so cute :-)

message 7: by whichwaydidshego, the sage of sass (new)

whichwaydidshego | 1996 comments Mod
I used to alternate close-up pictures of me. But I was always getting requests to be a friend from creepy middle eastern men with no books on their shelves (or one random, bizarre book). Still, I didn't really bother changing until I got in a mood. Now Marlene and I are one. She is me in this picture. All my attitude is embodied there. Okay, not ALL of it, but all that is there is in me. I mean... it's just so saucy! It's flippin' brilliant! (Maybe I'm hoping I am, too. LOL)

message 8: by whichwaydidshego, the sage of sass (new)

whichwaydidshego | 1996 comments Mod
As a side note, can I just say that I can't believe how good some of these cell phone photos are of the crash in the Hudson. They're so clear and, well, good. Really impressive.

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Doesn't surprise me... People nowadays have cell phone cameras with a higher resolution than my real camera.;)

message 10: by Lauren (new)

Lauren My avatar is "Red" from Faggle Rock. It was one of my very favourite shows when I was a kid so when I found the picture I just put it up. Also my favourite color is red!

message 11: by Jessika (new)

Jessika (jessalittlenerdy) My avatar is a picture of me that I took one day while I was messing around with my at-the-time new camera. Then I found this really great website ( where you can add all sorts of effects to your photos, hence the snowflakes and the snowman and the text. Oh, and that song is one of my FAVORITE Christmas/winter songs :)

message 12: by Angie (new)

Angie | 512 comments Jess I am going to check out that website!

message 13: by Summer (new)

Summer | 34 comments Mine is a picture of me taken on my last trip to Italy (spring break 2008) outside of a bookstore in San Gimingano (sadly, it was closed). I thought it was appropriate.

Jess, looks cute. Thanks for sharing.

message 14: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 283 comments whichwaydidshego? wrote: "As a side note, can I just say that I can't believe how good some of these cell phone photos are of the crash in the Hudson. They're so clear and, well, good. Really impressive."

Michele, I recently saw an interview with Annie Leibovitz where she was talking about switching to using a digital camera, and how even inexpensive digitals were very good cameras. Then she said, "even your phone is a good camera!" I could just hear the marketing dept. at Nikon going, "Nooooo!"

message 15: by Jessika (new)

Jessika (jessalittlenerdy) Angie and Summer -- You're most welcome for the recommendation :) I love it--it's such a great website for making pictures avatar-worthy!

message 16: by El (new)

El I like to use photos I've taken myself from the big trip we try to take each October; I haven't used one of myself primarily because people are creepy.

With that said, the picture in my current avatar was taken by me this past October when my boyfriend, his brother and his girlfriend took a European trip together. When we visited Centre Pompidou in Paris we wandered around the neighborhood a bit - sat by the Stravinsky Fountain and entered Eglise Saint-Merri. As everyone was looking around this small church and admiring the architecture, I looked up and saw this large circle hanging from the ceiling, with what I assume was a flat canvas with this image framed. I was so surprised to see it and so fond of it that I took a picture, not knowing if it would turn out at all. Luckily it did and is actually one of my favorite pictures that I've ever taken.

The trip had its ups and downs (ever travel with family, or your significant other's family?... egad...), but the short amount of time spent in this church was one of those great moments - this picture represents that.

message 17: by Dini, the master of meaning (new)

Dini | 691 comments Mod
My avatar has never changed since the first time I joined Goodreads -- mostly because I'm too lazy to pick another photo. Heh. It's a picture of me at a co-worker's wedding, took by another (now former) co-worker and put on the office public server. I saved the picture, cropped it, did some simple color editing and voila.

Marion, how interesting with the reading rat. In my country, a person who reads a lot is called a 'book mite'.

message 18: by Erin (new)

Erin | 76 comments Dini - in America a person who likes to read a lot is called a 'book worm' - sort of similar!

My avatar is a pic of my dog, who is a terrific reading companion. I made her sit with Deathly Hallows while I snapped away. It was my fave read at the time. The numbers of pics I forced her to sit through accounts for the long-suffering expression on her face. Poor doggie.

message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

I love your avatar, Erin. Your dog is really cute : )
I find it funny how many languages have expressions for a person who reads a lot.
That has got to mean that reading really is a special activity - I could not come up with any terms for people who do lots of sports or who listen to music a lot.

message 20: by Robbie (last edited Jan 19, 2009 05:23PM) (new)

Robbie Bashore | 592 comments I guess I change my avatar fairly often which is a bit ironic, because sometimes I get frustrated when I can't recognize my friends because they've changed their avatar. When I pick one of myself, I try to find the one that makes me look the least fat. I often put photos of my children, because I think they are beautiful! The current one is a manipulation of a photo of my daughter, done on . A friend of mine used this function, and I thought it was really cool.

message 21: by Angie (last edited Jan 19, 2009 06:14PM) (new)

Angie | 512 comments I love that website Robbie! I am going to make my next avatar the Madonna one!

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Robbie Bashore | 592 comments hee hee! One day I showed my kids, and we got a lot of laughs out of the bride one and the superhero one!

message 23: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 361 comments Mine is artwork by Meredith Dillman ( who does a lot of fantasy/fairytale/myth artwork. Love her stuff! I chose this because it looks a little bit like me (okay, in fairy-tale world!) since I have long blonde hair and blue eyes and tend to be a bit of a romantic! ;->

message 24: by Arctic (last edited Jan 20, 2009 04:38PM) (new)

Arctic | 571 comments I've always liked your icon Kathryn - thanks for mentioning the artist.

Mine is me at a friend's wedding a few years ago. I like it because it's a candid shot. I tend to alternate between pictures of me and pictures of polar bears. Though I've been stuck on this one for awhile.

Deb, there's a restaurant here called Fat Freddie's inspired by the same comic.

message 25: by Ann (new)

Ann | 345 comments Kathryn wrote: "Mine is artwork by Meredith Dillman ( who does a lot of fantasy/fairytale/myth artwork. Love her stuff! I chose this because it looks a little bit like me (okay, in..."
Well, ditto ;> My friend found a site that had all these great art avatars and Dillman's was there and so I grabbed myself one with the blond hair and that was, IMO, a little romantic and a little adventurous. She does lots of fairy art, and is totally worth checking out, I think. :)

message 26: by Deborah (last edited Feb 03, 2009 11:22AM) (new)

Deborah | 283 comments As you can see, I've changed my avatar. This is a photo of Odie, our new family member. He's a 5 year old Lab/Shepherd mix who we adopted from the Animal Rescue League last Monday. Many of you know that we lost our beloved Blue last year, then lost Zydie, the Golden Retriever we adopted soon after, to lung cancer. Soon after that I developed back problems and had to have surgery in October.

It has taken awhile for my back (and heart) to heal. But thanks to a good surgeon and a great PT team, I achieved my goal of adopting a dog by my birthday (March 1) more than a month early. Odie (we didn't choose that name, but he's had enough disruption is his life without a name change) is a real sweetheart and we look forward to many happy years with him!

Arctic, if I ever make it to Nome, I have to check out Fat Freddie's! I've wanted to visit Alaska for years. (Just not in January or February)!

message 27: by Ann (new)

Ann | 345 comments Deborah,
Odie is adorable! I'm so sorry for all your losses, but Odie looks like a very happy dog so I hope he helps your heart heal a little faster :)

message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

Odie looks very cute, congratulations on having a new family member!
And I don't find the name too bad, the Odie from Garfield is a very faithful and good-natured dog, after all : )

message 29: by whichwaydidshego, the sage of sass (new)

whichwaydidshego | 1996 comments Mod
Ann & Kathryn, I always get you two mixed up because of your avatars! (That's usually what I look at rather than the name.) I checked out her website and while I didn't find any there that would work for me (and nothing like either of yours), I did get a laugh looking through the fairies and finding a green fairy named... Absinthe! Too funny.

Where did you two collect yours? I'd be interested...

message 30: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 361 comments Michele-- Haha! That's SO funny because people get us mixed-up in real life, too! Apparently we look like twins, even though we are three years apart (sisters).

Gosh, I don't even remember the website where I got the avatar--it wasn't off her actual site, it was one of those catch-all avatar sites and was in the FANTASY section. (Sorry!)

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Angie | 512 comments I just changed my avatar to my two cats... Pippin and Merry!

message 32: by Amanda (new)

Amanda | 16 comments My avatar is one of my cats - Rameses. He is the most photogenic little cat I've ever seen - mostly cause he's always sleeping in is just so darn cute!

ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ (katyabookqueen) Angie wrote: "I saw this in another group and I thought it was neat so I stole it :) I thought this group would have a lot of fun with it.

What made you pick your avatar? When was it taken? What is it of (if..."

Mine is the club logo for Everton Football Club (English Premiere League Soccer). That's my fiance's favorite team, so of course, I must support it. I have a few family photos on my webshots album but I don't like putting a photo of myself on other websites. Just a personal thing.

message 34: by Dini, the master of meaning (new)

Dini | 691 comments Mod
I often get Kathryn and Ann mixed up too, especially because you two often use the same expressions/manners of speaking, aside from the avatars. I thought you must be related somehow ;)

Angie -- how cute is it that you name your cats Merry and Pippin! I love them in the Lord of the Rings movies.

message 35: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn | 361 comments That's so funny, Dini! ;-p

message 36: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 283 comments Angie wrote: "I just changed my avatar to my two cats... Pippin and Merry! "

Angie - does Merry get Pippin in "the worst kind of trouble?" I also like the Jack Bauer thingie on your profile page. My husband and I think that in the final season of 24, Jack shouldn't be killed (I would say that then there couldn't be a movie, but this season proves that, at least on 24, death isn't quite as final as it used to be) there should just be a shot of him slumped in a corner, snoring. Very Sopranos.

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Robbie Bashore | 592 comments Deb: I read about Odie in the "joys and concerns" e-mail. Congrats!! He looks like a real smiley dog--it makes me happy just to look at his photo!

message 38: by [deleted user] (new)

Now that we speak of mixing people up - Apart from confusing Ann and Kathryn (I have figured that out by now) I keep confusing Robbie and Deborah. Don't even know why. I know you two are friends, so maybe you have adopted a bit of each other's way of talking - I simply keep mixing you up, although I mostly think I figured it out by now : P

message 39: by Angie (new)

Angie | 512 comments Deborah thanks for the 24 mention... too bad that can't be my avatar!

message 40: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 283 comments Marion - it's an honor to be confused with my friend, Robbie! I think one of the things we share is a kind of off beat sense of humor. It just occurred to me that our dogs (Homer and Odie) are both named for cartoon characters:)

message 41: by Ann (new)

Ann | 345 comments LOL! That's SO funny Kathryn and I get mixed up - even online! I can understand why, of course, but I still think it's funny:) We've been tempted to carry around a picture of us when we were really young (say, 3 and 6) to prove that we aren't twins. Some people won't believe us when we saw we aren't :p

Amanda, yes! Rameses is SO cute!!! :D I can see why you picked him for your avatar;>

And Angie - Merry and Pippin, huh? Hmm... I wonder where you came up with those name lol!:) That's such a cute idea!!!

message 42: by Robbie (new)

Robbie Bashore | 592 comments Yeah, Marion--neat! The funny thing is, I don't think anyone would ever confuse us in real life. Probably the most obvious difference is that Deb has beautiful long red hair, and I have shorter (light or dark brown depending on season or dye) hair.

message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

Hey Angie, great new avatar, by the way : ) I like your teeth and your shirt ; )

message 44: by Angie (new)

Angie | 512 comments Thank you! It is in honor of the Stephen King fan group... we are reading Salem's Lot this month!

message 45: by Dottie (new)

Dottie (oxymoronid) | 698 comments Angie wrote: "Thank you! It is in honor of the Stephen King fan group... we are reading Salem's Lot this month! "

Hold the phone -- wait just a minute -- what does the shirt say? Constant Reader? What else? And where -- please, please, please -- did you get it?

message 46: by Emily (new)

Emily | 60 comments Mine's of myself ziplining through trees in Whistler, British Columbia...fabulous place! I highly recommend a visit there and a little east to Jasper and Banff National Parks in Alberta if you like the outdoors and/or phenomenal scenery.

message 47: by [deleted user] (new)

I can't really see it either, Dottie, but I guess it's a Stephen King signature, isn't it?

message 48: by Dottie (last edited Mar 05, 2009 01:20PM) (new)

Dottie (oxymoronid) | 698 comments Marion wrote: "I can't really see it either, Dottie, but I guess it's a Stephen King signature, isn't it?"

It does look like his signature but what is the Constant Reader part about is my real query. Angie, tell us more please.

message 49: by Angie (new)

Angie | 512 comments Oh sorry... I haven't been paying attention! The tee-shirt is being sold at Here is a link:
All profits go to King's charity. And I love the shirt I got. Constant Reader is a term Stephen King uses for his fans. He usually includes a note to the fans in all his books and his name for them is "Constant Reader". So he'll say "Thanks Constant Readers". Or something like that. I love cafepress too! You can find about anything there! Type in whatever you are interested in and you will probably find something on it!

message 50: by Dottie (new)

Dottie (oxymoronid) | 698 comments Well, well, well. thank you, Angie, that's interesting.

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