Saturday, January 24, 2015

Preview of 2015 Books [Awesomeness Abounds!]

Are you looking for some really great 2015 young adult (or new adult) titles to pre-order with a gift-card? Or maybe you just want to mark your calendar with these new releases...

Because let me tell you, they are AWESOME.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (69)

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.



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: The Last Time We Say Goodbye - Cynthia Hand

Release Date: February 10, 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Published by: Harper Teen

The Last Time We Say Goodbye - Cynthia Hand | Goodreads

There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Blogging & Booktubing

Yeah, yeah, I link to my booktube videos and now I'm writing about booktubing. *shrug* That's because blogging and booktubing actually feel pretty similar to me, and I'm planning on doing both for a while at least.


You know how in those posts for beginner bloggers, they mention how you should know 100% the work involved in blogging before you start out? I knew this. I knew that blogging took a lot more time than people generally thought. I figured that booktubing would be similar, but once again I managed to underestimate the time involved.
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Bias Against YA (+ Best Books of 2014)

You remember all those months ago when I said that I would make a video about the reactions people at my new job had to YA? All the dearest criticism I've heard? Well, folks, here it is. Indeed this video idea was in response to an article, suggesting that people should be less judgmental about their reading...



In the above video, I tell you about:
  • a man who said "That's embarrassing" re: reading Catching Fire
  • another man who said that the Harry Potter movies were enough for him
  • a woman who stoutly REFUSED the idea of The Goldfinch ever being considered YA (despite me not even suggesting that)
  • a woman who, when I said that I read YA, admitted to only ever having read something by John Green... you know... the savior of YA.
  • another man who said that he could flip to any page of any YA novel (that he was reading) and feel like he would still understand what was going on (aka said with a wry smile, like YA is that uncomplicated)
The only solution to the bias against YA I can think of...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (68)

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.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: In a Handful of Dust - Mindy McGinnis

Release Date: September 23, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Published by: Katherine Tegen

In a Handful of Dust - Mindy McGinnis | Goodreads

The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.


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