Seal Of Awesome (1)

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.


Seal Of Awesome

Best. Reviews.Ever.

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, 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 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.’

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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  1. I love link roundups. Glad you’re doing this 🙂
    Melanie recently posted..If You Like SummerMy Profile

  2. oh man, i love finding new blog posts on the hot topics of the week. you rule for compiling these! thanks. 🙂
    lisa recently posted..counterpointMy Profile

  3. Great idea! Since I cleaned out my google reader a while back because I was so overwhelmed, this will help me see the best posts of the week!

  4. ahh this is so cool! i particularly like it since i am some-what new to reading book blogs, so this is a good way for me to see other good ones and such! so a seal of awesome to you from me! 😉

  5. Oh. Nice new feature! Like all the links! 🙂
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  6. You have an awesome blog going on here! Thanks for visiting mine. Pretty sure I follow you on Twitter already. I think the weekly round-up is a really great idea. It’ll help introduce bloggers to each other and keep the lovin’ vibe in YA going strong <3
    Lindsay @ The Violet Hour recently posted..June RAK &amp May thanksMy Profile

  7. Thanks for the linkage! This is an awesome idea. Honored to have received the seal… 😉
    Holly recently posted..Reader doorwaysMy Profile

  8. I love this! Especially seeing some of the responses to the WSJ article, they are popping up everywhere and I’m trying to read as many as i can.
    Kellie recently posted..Why I Love YA!My Profile

  9. What a great idea April! I’ve seen some of these posts but not all. Great job!
    Emily aka WilowRaven recently posted..Book Review- The Girl Who Was On Fire- Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins Hunger Games Trilogy by Leah WilsonMy Profile

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