Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (83): Cover Reveals

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest. (If you're interested in how I make these posts, here's your guide.)

My last bookish rounds post was June 25th.

It's literally been two months since I've done a post like this. Which is why today I only have cover reveals for you. This bookish rounds post is a work in progress. I will come back and change things around until I finish and maybe then I'll post this again so that you'll get notified. Since there were about 350 cover reveals, it took me a lot longer than expected... and so everything else will have to wait. My hands actually are a bit numb, too. Lol. DEDICATION.

(I did this once before. Tell me, why didn't I learn my lesson?)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Did I Read 7 Seven Books in 7 Days? + August TBR

You might remember that I was participating a challenge aka BookTube-A-Thon whereupon I was supposed to read seven books in seven days. Did I succeed?

Maybe... maybe not o.O.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Not Finishing Yet Recommending Series

Have you ever recommended a series without reading all the books in it? The story goes, one of my friends asked me for a recommendation for an older woman who had read Divergent but was not pleased with Allegiant. It sounded like she wanted something similar, but with a different sort of ending, and based off the blogger reviews and discussions that came of two falls ago, it seemed like the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu was more up her alley. I was right; she really enjoyed the series. But before knowing that I was right, I was really anxious. I hadn't actually read Champion myself and yet I'd recommended the series...?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Finding "Quiet" Books

When word of mouth fails, how do you find books? There's this perception, I think, among bloggers that when the marketing of a book dies down, we as fans will still remember the book and help push it onto newer readers, that we're a sort of last barrier before a book gets forgotten. And indeed we do try to push people to remember #QuietYA; Nick put together a catalog of #QuietYA recommendations from a bunch of bloggers (with recommendations from yours truly as well). But I can't help but wondering, sometimes, what happens to books when they are forgotten by bloggers.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Do You Want Your Fiction to Teach You Something New?

Do you want your fiction to teach you something new? And by teach, I don't mean life lessons, the themes about love being the thing you'd risk everything for and so on. I mean actual facts or cultural beliefs, like how Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, though it adds in a lot of other details, taught me about Greek mythology. "Greek mythology made fun" is like a tagline for that series, and for his others, Egyptian and Roman mythology made fun. I really enjoy those books, because they teach me something. I never had a Greek mythology class in school, so most of what I know comes from those books -- and I'm glad of it because so many people seem to write retellings of Greek mythology!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Translated and Foreign Editions of Books, Languages, and YA

Do you ever search for translated or foreign editions of books? When I was in high school, I specifically looked for the French edition of the fourth Harry Potter book. Some other book I'd read suggested that one of the characters was trying to teach his or herself how to read in another language by comparing a book in the language in you already knew to the translated version. And I remember getting so excited because I thought, okay, so you actually like the Harry Potter books. This will help with your French classes and you might actually get to a speaking level of French that's not embarrassing.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Seven Books, Seven Days

It's BookTubeAThon week ( Seven books, seven days, different challenges that are hosted on different channels (yesterday was from Ariel Bissett about Book Dominoes; day 2/today is Scene Reenactment from Raeleen at Padfootandprongs). I'm probably not going to have time to participate in the video challenges and do all this reading... so I've chosen to prioritize the reading. Big surprise, huh?

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