There are a couple of blogger awards going around and I'm thrilled to be able to say that a few of my blogging peers thought of me. After some thought, I decided to create my own awards instead of passing these on again to people who already have them. (Also scroll down to see the winners of my MJ Rose contest).
I was awarded the The Premio Dardos Award by Dar for my great reviews and pictures of Emmy. I got the Butterfly Award from Dominique at The Book Vault. Holly and Allison of On My Bookshelf awarded it to me too for having a cool blog. And so did My Friend Amy for introducing her to great YA books and being mysterious ;) Thank you all!
Here are my "You Rock Presenting Lenore's World Awards"
All around awesome award: Steph at Reviewer X. I don't even know where to begin describing the awesomeness that is Steph. Honest book reviews, great blog features like YA Weekly and the very cool Girl Week, and a generosity that blows me away.
Most consistently amazing book reviews award: Jen Robinson's Book Page is a must read for me and when she likes something, that pretty much guarantees I'll like it too. I've bought many a book thanks to her including just recently Graceling by Kristin Cashore and How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA by Marjorie Priceman. I also love her newsletter which you should be subscribing to if you are at all interested in YA and kidlit. Here's to you my fellow dystopia fan.
Top notch book reviews award: There are several other bloggers whose reviews I never, ever miss including Ali of Worducopia, Gabbi of All Five Stars, Anna of Diary of an Eccentric, Jocelyn at Teen Book Review, Marie of The Boston Bibliophile, Caribousmom, and Everyday I Read the Book Blog.
Most amusing book reviews award: This has to go to the Reader Rabbits when they review a book together such as their review of Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year. I love their playful banter and they really must do this more often - please?!
Best non-review posts award: (tie) Taren of The Chick Manifesto for her posts on far ranging and interesting topics such as yummy male characters and more recently all things VC Andrews. Love it! And to Beth Kephart for her poetic musings on the daily writing life. You inspire me. LATE ADDITION: I knew I'd forget something... I also adore Rebecca's Adventures in Bookselling series at The Book Lady's Blog. Keep 'em coming!
Best book piles award: Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Her book piles are always aesthetically pleasing AND full of great books - I look forward to them every week.
Most faithful commenters award: I love getting comments and though I don't have any hard stats, these are the cool people who brighten my day most often - Alea, Bermudaonion, Dar of Peeking Between the Pages, Lauren of Shooting Stars Mag, Beth Kephart, S.Krishna, My aunt Linda, Jen (aka Ladytink), Alyce of At Home with Books, Joanne of Book Zombie and Keri Mikulski.
Most amusing comment award: Marcia at The Printed Page made my favorite comments for 2008 on this post. Marcia also has a great blog and has been hosting Mailbox Monday and Up for Grabs forever.
Coolest contest award: Brooke Taylor's Monster Month of Giveaways in Oct 2008 had a vampire week, a ghost week, a zombie week and a faerie week and even though I did not win (*cries*) I have to give her props for hosting such a creative contest.
Best theme week award: Obviously, Steph gets a shout out here again for Girl Week. But I also must mention My Friend Amy for the giant undertaking that was BBAW. Amy also set up Buy Books for the Holidays of which I was proud to be a part.
Generosity award: Lisa of Minds alive on the Shelves graciously offered to get Confessions of Contractor signed for me when Author Richard Murphy was in town for a signing. The book blogging community in general has been so generous so this is for YOU too.
Most frequent updates award: The two blogs I see on my google reader the most? J.Kaye who hosts a mind-boggling amount of challenges and noontime chats, and has a ton of other exciting features. And West of Mars - Win a Book, Susane Helene Gottfried's way of keeping us all aware of the contests we can't miss.
The "when do you sleep?" award: Becky of Becky's Book Reviews seems to join and complete every book challenge out there as well as hosting a good number of them. She reads so many books, I am beyond impressed.
Best informational blog award: Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations keeps me up to date on kidlit and YA industry happenings and she always has fascinating interviews with authors and illustrators. And great contests.
Best vlogs award: Melissa Walker vlogs about keyhole covers and other exciting topics. Always very fun!
Most creative challenge award: The Chunkster Challenge. If you haven't heard of it, you must go there and read the rules. I laughed so hard, I just may have to join this one.
Best newcomer award: Shalonda has only been on the scene since October but she's extremely enthusiastic and a great addition to the book blogging community.
Ok, I might do more later, but now I'm running out of steam... so on to the winners of the MJ Rose giveaway!
Winners of The Reincarnationist paperbacks are:
Amy (of Passages to the Past)
And the grand prize winner of The Reincarnationist and The Memorist is:
Lorin of Arch Thinking
Please contact me with your addresses at lenoreva AT hotmail DOT com so I can get your books out to you!
Congrats all and stay tuned for my next HUGE contest (hint: it's again sponsored by Penguin) which I will annouce next week.