Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (10)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent YA book-related news. I'll post about articles I've read from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. For more information, visit the first CMtBR post.

Publishing Industry:

Rights Reports #s 1 & 2:
  • The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volumes 1 and 2, by Daniel Kraus (YA tale of a corrupt young man whose death is just the beginning of his 200-year redemption, Simon and Schuster, fall 2015).
  • Secrets of the Terra Cotta Soldier by Ying Chang Compestine and her son Vinson (Ming learns the history of Emperor Qin, known for building the Great Wall of China, and how and why the terra-cotta soldiers came to be, Amulet Books, January 2013).
  • Just Like Jesse Owens by Paula Young Shelton (A story from the life of civil rights activist Andrew Young, the former mayor of Atlanta, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Shelton's father, Scholastic 2015).
  • Frank by Connah Brecon (a picture book starring a perpetually late bear whose tall tale excuses prove themselves to be true, Running Press).
  • As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds (MG debut - over a summer, two boys, staying with their grandparents, learn that bravery and manhood can mean different things to different people, Atheneum, spring 2016)
  • Little Blue Truck Christmas Countdown by Alice Schertle & illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Original board book - the friendly truck from Little Blue Truck & Little Blue Truck Leads the Way drives around town delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends, HMH Books for Young Readers, fall 2014)
  • Urgle by Meaghan McIssac (Fantasy Adventure debut pitched as The Knife of Never Letting Go meets Stand by Me, Delacorte Press, 2015)
  • The Survival Log of Jeremy P. Quigley by Mark Pett (MG illustrated series - 12-year-old secret genius and recently orphaned Jeremy Quigley navigates both middle school and growing up with less-than-ideal foster parents on a ferret farm, Simon & Schuster, spring 2015)

Second batch of books
(Can I point out that these books are from the rights report of August 26th and they all have GR links already but few of the ones from the 19th do? Is it just me or are YA books added the quickest on GR?):

  • The Whodunit Detective Agency by Martin Widmark (Internationally bestselling Swedish mystery series - Widmark as "the children’s Agatha Christie," Grosset & Dunlap, August 2014)
  • Apocalypse Already by Tommy Wallach (YA debut -  the lives of four teens intersect and overlap several weeks before a meteor is set to pass through Earth’s orbit – with a 66.6% chance of striking and destroying all life on the planet, Simon & Schuster, spring 2015)
  • Untitled by Huntley Fitzpatrick (sequel to My Life Next Door + another contemporary teen romance, Dial) 
  • Valiant by Sarah McGuire (Debut - a reimagining of the Brothers Grimm's "The Brave Little Tailor," Egmont).
  • Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy (YA - Set in a dystopic future in the build-up to World War III, the story is about a daredevil young pilot tasked with testing a prototype jet designed to knock enemy drones out of the sky, only to find herself flying dangerous missions alongside a boy who stirs up buried feelings, which could endanger them both, Sourcebooks, fall 2014)
  • Ensnared by A.G. Howard (third title in series fictional retelling of Alice in Wonderland, Abrams, January 2015)

Hafsah from Icey Books is releasing her self-published sci-fi book, Unbreathable, in October this year. Here's the link to the GR page.

For those of you curious about Julie Kagawa's latest hyped series, the big news reveal is coming October 2nd and she's currently hosting a guessing contest for what the series is about.

Angelfall fans, did you read the excerpt for the sequel, World After? SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK.

Shatter Me fans, get pumped: The next novella will be told from Adam's POV.

Hey, fellow Gayle Forman fans. Did you know about the deleted scene from Where She Went? Actually I bet there are a lot of goodies from the Authors Are Rockstars tour, so you can go to that link and see if some of your favorite authors participated.

On the off-chance that authors are reading this - well, submissions for the YA scavenger hunt are currently open! I love(d) participating in it (now don't have as much time o.O), and it's a great idea for extra exposure for your work.

Most of what I might put up here has ended up in the fun discussions this week - lots of thought-provoking articles all around :).

Cover Reveals:

*Note: as usual, some of these were not released this week, but since I hadn't featured those covers in earlier editions, I figured I would share them with y'all now.

Discussions/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

Another great article from BookRiot - Ridiculous ways the internet explains why adults read YA.

Look at these different kind of bookshelves. I like the aesthetics of them, but I think that most of us wouldn't have enough space!

Interesting analysis on what's up with the Barnes & Noble finance report.

The Formula that's ruining teen movies: maybe it's time to retire the Chosen One trope. (Is it? Almost every blockbuster book of the past few years has involved that trope.)

Author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, Phillip Pullman discusses what he thinks children look for in stories.

The American obsession with murder also permeates its literature for children. (Lots of "official" and blogger discussions this week!)

One way to get children to read is to embrace the e-book. And if you're a librarian, don't make a nine-year-old kid withdraw from your summer reading competition.

If you're curious about my discussions posts, last week I discussed my reading habits and bookish red flags, and how my feelings for "bad boys" in YA lit have changed. Carrie at the Mad Reviewer discusses the two categories of male YA love interests that she's perceived. For Genevieve at The Reading Shelf, the main archetypes in YA aren't the two types of love interests but rather the broody couple and the fun friend.

Have you ever wanted to make your own book series banners? Ashley at Nose Graze has a great tutorial for that and more on her site.

Want more discussion posts like those in Top Ten Tuesday” from The Broke and The Bookish? Check out those in Super Six Sunday, an original bookish meme created from Bewitched Bookworms. Last week's topic was your favorite books of 2013.

Last week the topic for Book Girls Don't Cry: They Vent was least favorite things about blogging from JenniGiselle, and Amy.

Katie at Katie's Book Blog discusses book blogger jealousy. I'm with Katie: sometimes I get jealous, wishing I were one of the big bloggers associated with everything YA. You know who is one and who posted with such breathing honesty about blogging and its other downfalls? Jaime at The Perpetual Page-Turner. She tackles a difficult topic: blogging when you don't quite feel like yourself.

Shannelle at the Tracery of Ink discusses her need for a blogging schedule while Laura at Owl Tell You About It discussing scheduling and managing blog posts. Octavia at Read.Sleep.Repeat discusses how her scheduled features add variety to her blog, something which Trish at Between the Lines has done with her posts on marketing (this week: how people fit into the mix). 

How do you read fellow blogger's posts? Cayce at Fighting Dreamer discusses the pros and cons of Bloglovin' and Feedly.

Reem at I Read and Tell categorizes the different types of villains - which ones are your favorite?

Bekka at Pretty Deadly Reviews wants to know whether you lend your books. If you're a frequent lender, perhaps you can recommend some titles to Lauren at Books, Tea, & Me. She wants your advice on e-readers and which books she should take with her to Mexico.

Are you a Crown of Midnight fan? Gillian at Writer of Wrongs made cupcakes based off the book!

Cass at Books with Cass shares some of her lesser known favorite books and invites you to do the same.

Bec at Reader's Wonderland gives ten legitimate reasons for breaking a book buying ban, one of which is that everyone else but you owns the book. Helen at My Novel Opinion wants to know whether you've jumped on the bandwagon with regard to books & book hype. But if you do jump on the bandwagon and also break your book buying ban, which book do you decide to buy? Cee at the Novel Hermit discusses her indecisiveness in a bookstore.

Kate at Doing Dewey Decimal muses about retellings.

Lisa at Read.Breathe.Relax wants to know which five YA books you would choose to be made into a TV series (Graceling would be great!). Meanwhile, May Ling at Good Choice Reading wants to know whether you read the book before you see its adaptation.

Lili at Lili's Reflections rants about giveaway goblins.

Shannelle at the Tracery of Ink has a gif post on the feels of a little book blogger.

Although there has been a lot of drama lately regarding Goodreads, Christine at Oh, Chrys! defends GR and debunks some of the common myths associated with the site. Meanwhile, Asheley at Into the Hall of Books wants to know how you use Goodreads.

Cece at Steaming Mug of Books discusses what makes a good character. Meanwhile Pat at The Girl Who Keeps Reading wants to know whether there is a secret formula for how some books get popular - could those list of character attributes work, or is there a special type of plot at hand? In YA, two often repeated plot devices that seem incredibly popular are love triangles, which the ladies at Book Nerd Reviews discuss, and selling books as series. Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner discusses feeling burnt-out from series.

Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews wants to know what you consider a spoiler.

Sam at SIK Book Reviews wants to know whether you read the acknowledgements section.

Lexxie at Unconventional Books Views wants to know why the girl's often a virgin in romance stories.

Kayla at The Thousand Lives asks an impossible question: if you could only save one book off your shelf from a fire, which would you choose?

So how about them reviews? Amanda at the Book Bender discusses the importance of reviews while Jasmine at Flip That Page discusses the importance of discussion posts. Jen at the Starry Eyed Revue wants to know how you review, and Asti at the Bookish Heart discussed why she has never requested ARCs for review. Holly at Bookish Musings discusses her thoughts on negative reviews, Sherry at Sherry's Ramblings discusses having problems writing reviews, Jade at Ink Scratchers gives tips and tricks for negative/DNF reviews, and Christy at Christy's Book Addiction discusses choosing which books to review.

Movie/TV News:

Here's a sneak peak at the Divergent adaptation. And, if you didn't already know, the full trailer went up at the VMAs and is available here.

Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast for the Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes movie adaptation.

Some Mockingjay news - Stef Dawson was cast to play Annie Cresta in Parts 1 & 2, and Evan Ross was cast to play Messala in both parts as well. (I'm thinking I need to reread Mockingjay because I don't remember this character.) Also, also, four new stills from Catching Fire.

And did you see this Hunger Games inspired Covergirl ad? And (SO MUCH THG news) remember when I said Coldplay would be on the soundtrack for Catching Fire? Look at the beautiful cover art!

Expect to see The Maze Runner movie trailer coming soon. (Surprised it's not already here - we've seen clips from The Book Thief, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, How I Live Now, and Divergent but I haven't heard much about The Maze Runner just yet.)

Hey, The Vampire Diaries fans... are you planning on watching The Originals, aka the spin-off? Well, Sebastian Roche will return as the Original Father. Also, some nice art here.

More art for soon-to-come teen CW shows. I'm kind of curious about Reign.

The BBC is producing a feature-length adaptation of Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, and Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman are set to star in the film.


Celebrate with Judith from Paper Riot: her blog has turned 1-year-old. INT, ends August 31st.

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends August 30th at 6:00 p.m.

Tor's August Grab Bag Sweepstakes. Ends August 31st.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. US only. Ends September 2nd.
Various NA giveaways: That One Summer by CJ Duggan (Sept. 19); Remembering Joy by Jenni Moen (September 5th); Bad Boys series by M. Leighton (US/CAN; September 1).
What Goes Around by Courtney Summers (September 10) and also here (September 7).


Most Featured Book: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. I actually am still seeing the books I've mentioned in previous weeks, but figured that I ought to mention some others. I've seen some conflicting reviews on Holly Black's latest, but the reviews about Leila Sales' latest have all been positive on my end. Have you read either of these? Did you like them?

(Here's another opinion on The-Most-Anticipated-Books-of-September.)

Recent Recommended Read: I don't have anything for you other than my latest two reviews, one of which was a "meh" book and the other not one of my typical reads or reviews - Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow and Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block. I'm kind of behind on everything in my life right now - the past couple of days have been hectic, and I'm trying, trying to catch up with my to-do list. Actually, you might not see me around much for the next week or so (besides returning/replying to comments), especially since I'm entertaining a few people from Lebanon. If I owe you an email, I promise I will get to it soon though. BUT BUT BUT not everything is stressful - I'm definitely looking forward to my read-along with the lovely Jessie of Ageless Pages Reviews for The Catastrophic History of You and Me. Have you read any of the books I mentioned? (If you're interested in more on Ms. Lia Block's novel, here's another interesting article on it.)

Which articles did you like best? Did I miss any news? Did you host a cover reveal or discussion that I should have posted about? A giveaway? Leave the links, and I'll either edit this post or post about 'em next week.

Side note:  One of the best parts of compiling this feature every week has been the lovely response that I've received - comments and help gathering bookish news. Thank you all so much, and special thanks to Siiri from Little Pieces of Imagination for providing me with some of these links! (Also, it's her birthday today - send her some good thoughts :D).

I don't know what he's saying, but I'm going to pretend that it's Happy Birthday.
And I hope that this makes you laugh o.O. After all, you did recently refer to James Marsden :).


  1. Lisa (Lost in Literature)August 28, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Ohmygosh I'm SO excited for My Life Next Door's sequel! The name and cover anticipation is killing me! I may have a SLIGHT obsession with book covers... maybe... ;) Great post!

  2. I just found out about the My Life Next Door sequel! I can't wait! The first book was so cute and fun. And an Adam point of view novella?! I didn't read Warner's, but I imagine that I'll probably have to get my hands on this one.

    What did you think of the World After cover? I like that it just about matches the first one, though the wings look more like bat wings to me. :P Still, I so can't wait! That excerpt has me praying for November to get here sooner.

    As always, thanks for sharing! I honestly don't know how you keep up with everything. :)

  3. I guess YA probably has the biggest fanbase and number of people who keep up with new releases? Maybe that's why?

    I did not remember Messala either! Natalie Dormer got cast as Cressida and I stared at my laptop screen trying to remember who that was despite the fact that there was even a description, I still couldn't remember the character lol.

    Ooo I haven't read any conflicting reviews about Holly Black's latest yet but I probably will check them out after writing my review of it, I'm intrigued! xP Negative reviews are always really interesting to read about.

  4. Sarah (Escaping Through Books)August 28, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    I am so excited that the next Shatter Me novella will be from Adam's POV because I'm still Team Adam, even though it seems like the rest of the world has turned Team Warner. (Well, actually, full disclosure, I am Team Adam for Juliette... Team Kenji for myself!!! I always go for the hilarious side characters, like Thorne from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.)

    I loved the Divergent trailer! It was a very smart marketing move to put so much Kate Winslet in it. She looked perfect, as always. After being really, really disappointed with the Vampire Academy trailer, this was exactly what I needed.

    And wow... there are so many awesome discussion posts on various blogs this week! Those are my favorite kind of blog posts, so I'm off to read and comment! As I've mentioned before, your Bookish Rounds posts are the most thorough round-up posts that I've come across. Thank you so much for spending the time writing them up!

  5. Lauren, Love is not a triangleAugust 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I am blown away whenever I read this post, Christina! I don't even know where to begin with all this juicy info. I'm planning to read COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN and THIS SONG soon, so I will add my voice. It seems like certain books really take off around their pub date. Or they get a few good review and then everyone is clamoring for them. I'll come back to read more of this later. I need to be able to sit down with it.

  6. I am so excited for the Angelfall sequel! SIGN ME UP, SIGN ME UP.

    Thanks for all the fabulous links as always. I hadn't seen the one on "murder for young readers," that's a book I definitely need to check out when it's available. I do think it's funny that you sometimes see these "Did you know murder in children's books isn't new?" exclamations, like it's such a big revelation, though. I think the only people who aren't aware of that are the ones who don't read children's lit or YA. It's a fact of life, and when it's responsibly written in the right context, it can be an extremely important and thought-provoking part of children's lit as well.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  7. I didn't know about the My Life Next Door sequel--yay! And a novella from Adam's POV? I am so there. I am definitely Team Adam and I can't wait to get inside his head. Thanks for all of this good info.! ~Pam

  8. I'm wondering what the sequel will be about. I didn't remember that many missing plot threads, and now I'm super worried about what will happen to Jase and Sam's relationship if subjected to another book o.O. I hope the book cover is as pretty as that for My Life Next Door :).

  9. Heheh, I remember, Sam. Our mutual love of George :). Though I do worry what the sequel will be about... but I suppose that we can just trust that Ms. Fitzpatrick will weave another awesome story. Ha-- I guess we're the opposite on the SM novellas, though. I read Warner's but I'm not sure I have any interest in Adam's, even if he's the more stable choice of the two. (Predictions for title? Something to do with his ability and destruction?)

    Ahh, I like the World After cover. I thought the bat wings were supposed to be like the demon wings Raffe gets sewn on by... Belial? And Laylah? at the end. And the Politician dude. I think that was the one thing I didn't quite have a grasp on visually from Angelfall... But yes! I know, right? The excerpt was TOO short and why world? WHY NOVEMBER!

  10. So very true. I do think that we have the most active and largest fanbase, so people are always eager to add new books to GR.

    Oops, totally missed that announcement about Cressida. And I have no idea who that is. I wonder if they're the soldiers...? The team with her at the end? Ehhh, movie won't be out for another year anyway. We'll have the time to reread and find out who they are by then :).

    Ooooh!! You got to read it!!! How wonderful. Can't wait to see :). I'm still deciding whether to read the 8 chapter excerpt or give up the book for lost lol. If you are looking for some negative reviews, Sam from Realm of Fiction gave it 2.5? I think, if I'm not remembering incorrectly, stars, and Jenni from Alluring Reads gave it 1.

  11. Lol. Team Warner is definitely the more vocal of the two in the blogosphere, but don't be discouraged. I bet this novella will show the amount of Team Adam members out there :). Also, Kenji is probably my favorite character from SM, and Thorne is one of the reasons why I'm super excited for Cress. Sooo basically, you might have to fight me for them :P.

    Ha, I didn't even think about that, but that makes sense. Kate Winslet and the famous actress who plays Tori. They'll probably help with the interest. I liked the Divergent trailer well enough, but I'm not sure that non-readers would know what the book is about based on the trailer o.O. The only thing you get from it is that Tris is different and different is dangerous and there's lot of action. I did like it better than the one for VA though.

    :) enjoy the discussion posts! And thank YOU so much. It's always so nice to hear such encouraging things :).

  12. Ooh, looking forward to reading your thoughts on Coldest Girl & This Song. Still super excited for This Song (no change from my comment on your blog just yet ;D). Coldest Girl, though -- I'm debating whether I even want to read the eight chapter excerpt. And I agree - the hype definitely picks up around pub date, though for most of the summer, it did seem like Bone Season-Crown of Midnight-Beginning of Everything and another book I can't remember. Only now are the others starting to overwhelm them... Yay, I hope you enjoy the rest if you revisit :).

  13. I think you might like the article then :). The author seems to point out some of what you said - that children's lit has always been full of murder & violence. And yes, I so agree with you. I think most of people too who criticize YA & kid lit for its darkness forget this, excuse the fact that it could be written and incorporated in a thought-provoking way, and yes, don't read the lit but feel free to criticize it nonetheless. Yeugh.

  14. Me neither! I'm curious as to where she'll take Sam and Jase in a sequel o.O but excited nonetheless. Hehehe, I feel like I should have pointed out your comment to another blogger down below; she said it seemed like most of the blogosphere was Team Warner. You two are proof of TA being around :). I hope you enjoy reading his novella when the time comes!

  15. I could kiss your pretty face right now! Mwahhh :* :) his gif DID make me laugh and he isn't so bad to look at either;) Even with this ridiculous hair and that costume, haha. I'll tackle all these links when I get home and discover what else has been going on this past week that I don't know of:) Have I ever told you that I'm forever glad I stumbled upon your gorgeous blog? No? Where here I go! You are one of the most wonderful people I have met in blogosphere and I sooo wish I could meet you in real life. I hope you had a good night sleep and a great day ahead of you! *hugs*

  16. This Star won't go Out! Pretty cover for Letters to the Dead! Excuse me whilst I fangirl.

  17. Probably the prettiest cover I've seen in the past few weeks.


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