Confession: When I had cable I was a VH1 junkie. I watched every single show on there including Best Week Ever, a show where they would recap things that happened during the week.
That show has inspired me, in part with Book Blogger Con, to start a feature which I am entitling Seal Of Awesome because I am terribly unoriginal. Every week I will share a round up of awesome posts through out the blogosphere with you.
Jen at Makeshift Bookmark has this to say about The Near Witch by Victoria Schaub: ‘I wanted to put it in the freezer a la Joey Tribbiani for a few scenes’
Ana at The Book Smugglers gives A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness a rare 10 stating ‘It is superb in its storytelling as it celebrates storytelling itself as the Monster tells his stories’.
Anna at Anna Reads was moved by The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.
Melina at Reading Vacation says: ‘If you haven’t given steampunk a chance yet, TGITSC would be a great place to start.’ About The Girl In The Steel Corset by Kady Cross.
Brent at Naughty Book Kitties schools us on books with gay characters and books about gay characters in his review of With Or Without You by Brian Farrey saying: ‘There are a billion things I love about this book, but I’ll try to only name a few.’
Best. Discussions. Ever.
Amy at My Friend Amy was prompted to write about Book Bloggers and Jealousy stating: ‘At the same time, there’s an undercurrent of tension I often feel that occasionally explodes out into the open in the form of attacks on other bloggers that I feel are motivated by jealousy’
In turn, Deborah at Books, Movies, Chinese Food was inspired to write A Personal Post On Jealousy, Blogging And ….: ‘I am blogging because I WANT TO. It’s for me. And if others take joy in what I say, that’s totally awesome.’
Pam at Bookalicio.us, however, has a completely different take in her post Jealousy In Blogging- A Stat Whore’s Take: ‘I have my own set of successes that I want to meet and as I meet them there are more. I am an over achiever fish with rainbow scales.’
The YA Community is full of passion. Whenever we are attacked, we don’t stand for it and knock down our opponents with education and experience. This week WSJ wrote an idiotic article called Darkness Too Visible that launched a thousand tweets, well over a thousand if you want to be accurate with the #YAsaves hashtag.
Nicole at Word For Teens shares the story of how Wintergirls saved one of her best friends: ‘So don’t you dare tell me that dark YA is for aiding people. YA saves lives. My best friend proves that every day.’
Pam at Bookalicio.us shares with us her incredibly personal story and how she wishes she had YA to turn to: ‘I wish I had YA books to read then. I would have loved to have known other people had problems and I believe more than anything that YA Saves.’
Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner describes Why She Believes YA Saves: ‘I wish that I could have had these books to feel not so alone during this time and to understand that the rage I felt within me was ACCEPTABLE and NORMAL…’
Laurie Halse Anderson #speaksloudly in her post Stuck Between Rage And Compassion: ‘Books open hearts and minds, and help teenagers make sense of a dark and confusing world. YA literature saves lives. Every. Single. Day.’
Lisa Is Busy Nerding provides Counterpoints to each part of the WSJ article: ‘the value in reading about other people’s experience – particularly people of our same age – fosters an understanding and challenge to compassion’
Holly at The Book Harbinger discusses Reader Doorways: ‘Most of the time, though, one doorway will predominate either in the book or for the reader. Identifying it is the key to figuring out other books you or others (when giving a recommendation) would like.’